Church sized MAN-CAVE

HURRY UP!

We have to get to church on time today!

Pastor is showing the football game in the sanctuary right after service!

His email says it is going to be a great day of worshiping together!

I want to get early so we can get a good seat up front!

Man, I love this church!  I love this Pastor!

This is what church should be!

 

 

With the church service almost at an end, the anticipation mounts by many in the congregation as the worship team starts its final song of the service.  Many sing a little louder as they anticipate the fellowship of other church brothers watching the game with them in what will soon become a massive church man-cave:

We bow our hearts

We bend our knees

Oh Spirit come make us humble

We turn our eyes

From evil things

Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands

and give us pure hearts

Let us not lift our souls to another

Oh give us clean hands

and give us pure hearts

Let us not lift our souls to another

Oh God let us be

a generation that seeks

who seeks your face, Oh God of Jacob . . .

The final worship song by the worship team is visually interrupted by the church Media Arts Director in his attempt to flow seamlessly from the worship song into the game that has already started.  A 12 foot tall cheerleader is projected up on the church monitors where the lyrics to Give Us Clean Hands used to be just seconds earlier.  She is bent over at the waist showing her backside while looking back over her shoulder at the audience.  “Sorry . .” he quickly interjects over the church sanctuary PA as people start moving to the front of the congregation to get some of the “good” seats that are being vacated by some of the more “legalistic” brothers and sisters that aren’t staying for worship and fellowship during the game.

 

The sanctuary is loud with many different conversations going on all at once.  There is chest bumping, high fives, groans and cheers as the game enters its final minutes.  With 5:22 left in the game, a penalty is called for having 12 men on the field.  The church sanctuary is electric when the NFL referee shouts at his refereeing crew:

 

That was . . . G – d  d–mn it!”

I could end this post right here.  I think many that read the bible understand at least one of the commandments that was broken here and they also understand the gravity and implications of it being done in the church sanctuary.

 

There are churches all over America playing NFL games in their sanctuaries.  Pastors all over America initiate this.  Pastors all over America rationalize and defend the NFL as being compatible with a Godly lifestyle in spite of and in contradiction to what the text says.  Pastors all over America are discipling people to love the world and worldly things.  They do it by participating.  They do it by initiating.  They do it by rationalizing.  They do it by preempting sermons so that people can get home for the start of the game.  Some of these Pastors are very much and dearly loved friends.  If confronted by Nathan himself,  they would not drop to their knees in repentance.  They would not tell Nathan “I have sinned against Adonai.”  They would see no need to repent because they see no need to change.  Their love of their traditions and their love of the NFL supersedes what the NFL represents – what it actually promotes.  The Pharisees are in error, not them!

 

In 1st Corinthians, we find that the church there is worldly.  More succinctly, still worldly!  They were still worldly and still on milk instead of being weaned because they were living by “human standards” instead of  “Godly standards.”  The NFL is not a Godly standard, it is a human one!  I wrote a 3 piece series back in beginning of May entitled “The Largest Church (Ekklisia) in America.”  In part 3 of that series, I amplified and expounded Titus 2:12 so that it would not be glossed over – so that biblical understanding the words behind the words would be understood:

Titus 2:11-12 (CJB:  Amplified and Expounded)

11 For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people.

 

12It teaches us to refuse

to be part of,

or have anything to do with,

anything

that is in active opposition to God

or a behavior against God’s commands

and

to refuse to be part of,

or have anything to do with

things that are considered morally reprehensible to God

by humanity in its fallen and rebellious state –

things which are a

            • distortion,
            • corruption,
            • and perversion

of the God-given, God-sanctioned desires of humankind

things which result in

            • sexual,
            • moral,
            • and ethical rebellion against God

and to live the kind of life

concerned with life beyond a strictly earthly existence –

a life that will not cease:

a sensible life lived

              • soberly,
              • with self-control
              • and in moderation: 

A life lived correctly by coming to your senses

regarding living your life

in a lifestyle that fears and respects God,

now,

during this period where God is NOT revered –

during this time which is driven by the evil one and the powers of darkness;

If you can rationalize this verse above, then

 

That was . . . G – d  d–mn it!”

 

is likely to be little more than a small embarrassment, and maybe,

not even an embarrassment at all.

 

Narrow gate or wide road?

Hot, cold, or luke warm?

 

Fan” or follower?

 

I share these teachings in love, not in condemnation.

To teach right thinking and doing . . .

Blessings!

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About Even If Ministries

Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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2 Responses to Church sized MAN-CAVE

  1. This is prompted by several true stories, one that happened this weekend.
    Blessings!

  2. mimisuze says:

    Great piece Bill! My prayer is our Lord uses this to convict. I think when it becomes your habit or your lifestyle to “rationalize”, a piece like this will be hard to “take to heart”…..all part of the “picture” of living worldly…..Having your cake and eating it also so to speak. But all the “rationalization” you do won’t mean a thing to help you when the time comes of your judgment. If scripture tells us…”with great trust (faith) comes great rewards”….what does it say about “rationalizing” worldly things?

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