Easter 2010.

Last Sunday was Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and I thought I’d give you a peak at what services were like at a few churches in America.

SOS church had a message based on Avatar.

You’re invited this Easter. Bring your family and friends to come and experience CHRIST IN 3D! The one true AVATAR!

Granger church had a message based on The Matrix complete with a marching band.

You never know how GCC might open an Easter service. This year, for the “Wake Up! What if some dreams only come true when you’re awake?” series, it was a little bit of The Matrix and a marching band of volunteers performing “This Too Shall Pass.” It was an unexpected and must see arts element.

And North Point church had a laser light show described as a “spectacular Easter laser show” to kick off their “Paparazzi” theme.

If your pastor presented a doctrinally sound exposition of Scripture that exalted the risen Lord without all the distractions, consider yourself blessed and part of an ever-shrinking and endangered populace within American Christianity.

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See also, last year’s DefCon post: What is the sermon topic at your church going to be for Resurrection Sunday?

14 thoughts on “Easter 2010.

  1. What does one say? How can those who supposedly love Jesus as much as they claim, blaspheme His name so? Talk about deception and delusion…

  2. This is reminiscent of when Star Wars first hit the scene, and people had bumper stickers saying “Jesus is the force” (NOT!). Lots of people no doubt mean well, but they don’t think it through. The sons of Aaron may have meant well, but look what happened to them.

    Either way you look at it, referring to Jesus as an Avatar (even THE Avatar), is a foolish and dangerous thing to introduce people to. In the Hindu sense, it draws people to the Gita to introduce doctrines of demons to them, of which avatars are a part. In the contemporary James Cameron blockbuster sense, it conjures an image of a superhero in our own image that we make use of as we see fit (who by the way can become immortal with a mystical transfer by the local witch). Since when do we need occult imagery to preach Jesus? Unless it’s to preach a different “jesus”. Seems more and more that that’s what people seem to want.

  3. Jesus and lasers. Who didn’t see THAT one coming?

    The King of Glory is reduced to a two-bit player overshadowed by the luminous neon glow of worldly enterprise in the citadels of those who think of themselves as doing Him a favor, getting rid of that tired, old full counsel of the Word of God and exchanging it for something more temporally sparkly. Who knew the King of Glory needed a make-over?

    Ichabod.

  4. What the feature list on the second North Point poster didn’t include:

    “At North Point you will find:

    Real direction for real people on a real journey…to hell.

    A nonjudgmental atmosphere…we’ll let you wait for Judgment Day for that.”

  5. Here are my notes from our sermon on 7 April:

    Romans 2:6-16, Voddie Baucham preaching. Message titled, “Justification by Faith … Justification by Works.”

    Taken by itself (always a bad idea), this passage could be seen as teaching salvation by works and by responding to General Revelation. Certainly, the whole Bible teaches that the works of man will be judged: Eccl 11:9, 12:14; John 5:28-29; 2 Cor 5:10; Gal 6:7-9; Eph 6:8; Rev 2:23 & 20:12-13.

    To be clear – nobody is saved by works of the flesh, nobody is sanctified by works of the flesh. That some scriptures can be seen to teach this, if viewed in isolation, makes it vital that we look at what the whole counsel of God is on this important matter.

    To better understand this passage, it helps to know a bit about the style of argument used by Jews in the Roman and Greek culture of the time. Verses 6-11 form a logical device called a “kaiaism”, wherein the argument is made coming and going, as shown below:

    A. Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (vs 6)
    B. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality,
    C. eternal life. (vs 7)
    D. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,
    E. indignation and wrath, (vs 8)
    E. Tribulation and anguish,
    D. upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; (vs 9)
    C. But glory, honour, and peace,
    B. to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: (vs 10)
    A. For there is no respect of persons with God.

    Paul is describing two groups of people, their motives for their actions, their actions, their reward. One group is seeking after God and His attributes, the other is self-seeking. The immediate context of this is his argument that stretches from chapter 1:18 through 3:20 is showing man’s dire need for justification, the guilt of the Gentiles, the Jews, and the nature of lawlessness.

    This passage, vs 6-16, is mainly to show Paul’s countrymen, the Jews, why they are guilty. The theological context is found in the Paul’s letter to the Romans and in James letter. James 2:21 & 24 show that faith does that does not produce good works is dead – not saving faith. This is why we say “your faith doesn’t matter – the Object of your faith does”. Compare Romans 3:37 – 4:5 to Galatians 2:16. The good works performed by Christians are those performed by the Spirit of God working in and through us. Such are the evidence of being adopted by God. See Matt 7:15-29, 1 John 2:5b-6; Phil 2:12 – 13. Faith in Christ – alone – saves. If one claims Christ but walks in sin, he ought examine himself and not take for granted that he saved. For the child of God is a new creation, indwelt by the Spirit of God – the very power that raised Christ from the dead!

    Look unto the Lord Jesus and walk in obedience to His Word, let the praise of His name be continually on our lips!

  6. The local episcopal church sign reads “no bunny loves you like JESUS.” I should call the church and admonish them. I would so much prefer that they realize there is a verse in the Bible, Hebrews 4:12, and that they would adjust their sign messages accordingly. It is infuriatingly frustrating to read their sign messages. The messages are usually this childish, and pun laden. Unbelievers must scoff at these signs as much as, if not more than, believers.

  7. How’s this one? At Easter time, a local church’s sign read, “A Time To Dye For…” How’s this one, “Church For Those Who Hate Church”? Here’s another one that got me going, “1 Cross, 3 Nails = 4Given”…Sick, corny, blasphemous and a slap in the precious face of our dear Saviour.

  8. Corny, but not blasphemous? Forgive my ignorance, it’s late and I should be in bed. I have been broadsided with hate mail today from so-called Christians telling me to take them off my mailing lists. I have been called everything from hateful to arrogant to judgmental…why? Because I am torn to pieces over what Jesus did for me on the cross. How He suffered, was tortured and died for me…and the church laughs it off with these abominations???! Yes it is blasphemous, yes it is sick, yes it is a slap in the face of Jesus Christ. It blasphemes His precious sacrifice and cheapens it to the point of ridicule. Does it break you to read it?Does it convict you of your sin? Does it tear at your soul when you see signs such as this? Or does it make you laugh at it’s cleverness? This is why I say it’s blasphemous…anything short of all out and complete adoration, worship and praise for our champion, the King of kings is blasphemy as far as I am concerned. I hope I have made myself clear.

  9. Hey revivalandreformation, it all goes along with the religion of those people, they also belittle the working of God by turning his calling in to an invatation made by us in a simple list of steps we must do, totaly doing away with the working of the Spirit bringing us to repentance and trusting in his work in Christ, making God obligated to them for the works they have done.
    I heard one say that the witness of Steven at his stoning is what worked on Pauls conversion, Didn’t bring up the fact that Christ showed him self to paul and blinded him and then told him where to go! Heard a so called preacher of works say that Paul gave him self to God after that through his free will???Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
    Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Sorry, but adding worldly sayings and jokes to the word of God is because they really don’t understand what it is that God has done in Christ, and shows their heart is of this world. If we are not of this world how come they us it in their sermons and on their billboards…2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
    2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
    2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
    Yes as I study the scriptures no where does it give glory to the things of this world or combin the things of evil man to bring one to repentance to God.

  10. Yes I agree. The way I see it, and the way I see the Bible, is this: the term blasphemy is anything that deprives God of His due worship. Anything that cheapens His holiness, and anything done in the name of God vainly.
    According to Wikipedia, Blasphemy “is irreverence[1] toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs. The Abrahamic religions condemn blasphemy vehemently.”

    This is what I was trying to say to Richard. It is stark irreverance to make light of ANYTHING that Christ did for us. Yes there were three nails and one cross, but to reduce His anguish, pain and suffering to a clever mathematical statement is clearly blasphemy…at least that’s my opinion on it. Sure it’s not an in your face insult as the “time to dye for…” but it still took an opportunity to give God His due praise and worship and turned it into a clever little ditty.

  11. This is well beyond the regular attempt at revelance that so many churches have fallen prey to. Mark Driscoll said that this was the most demonic movie he had ever seen. A while back I saw a post that Tim Stevens, of Granger Community Church, posted to his blog and thanked the author for his work on getting all the spiritual insights from the movie. Here is what I wrote in response to that post: http://lunchboxsw.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/christianity-in-the-movie-avatar/

  12. Remember the Lion movie that came out a few years back, the one every church of America was comparing to Christ…someone sent me something about Easter and it said so that Christ gave his self on the cross to appease Satan! That’s what the lion did for the evil witch in the movie! That has been put into peoples minds by pastors playing that junk for their flock. The truth is God in His great Mercies gave His son as a cover for His children from His great judgment to come and makes us just before His great Holiness and is the power of his salvation.
    Evil human minds can not come up with anything that compares with Gods great work.

  13. Paul Latour wrote, “What the feature list on the second North Point poster didn’t include:

    “At North Point you will find:

    Real direction for real people on a real journey…to hell.

    A nonjudgmental atmosphere…we’ll let you wait for Judgment Day for that.”

    Great post, Paul. You said all that I wanted to say about North Point’s Easter Laser Light Show postcard. Not real surprising that these 3 churches were also in DefCon’s Easter craziness post from last year. http://defendingcontending.com/2009/04/09/what-is-the-sermon-topic-at-your-church-going-to-be-for-resurrection-sunday/

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