Tuesday, January 11, 2005

OYBP Update and Megachurch madness

Today's reading is Genesis 27-28 and Romans 9:16-33, and Jennyjo and I are still on track (Jj actually confessed to reading ahead the other day!)

I'm impressed how the readings have correlated - reading the OT and NT together is an excellent plan.

On another note, check out Revival.com, where you can take a quiz, lip-sync the sinner's prayer, and be registered to win a Hummer H2. The quiz is especially disturbing to me. Here are the questions and my answers:

Have you seen Mel Gibson's new film "The Passion of the Christ"? no

Have you heard controversial statements made regarding this film? Yes

Do you realize that Jesus died on the cross for you? Yes

If today were your last day here on earth, do you know for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt that you would go to Heaven? Yes

Have you ever heard that the Holy Bible reads, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." And "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." And "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved?" yes

Did you know that you are a "whosoever"? yes

[instructions on how to pray, aloud, the sinner's prayer] Did you say the above prayer? No


When you asked Jesus to come into your heart and to forgive you, He heard you and did so. All of your sins are now forgiven. Always run to God & not from God because He loves you.

Fill in your information to complete the survey and be entered to win an H2 Hummer:

Apparently, the negative answer on the last question makes no difference. The least they could do is provide a link or email address for someone who can answer questions or provide some relational ministry.

Megachurches have sunk to a new low. I'm not sure that such a place deserves the title of 'church.' I was too disappointed to even provide my email address in case I win the H2.

Jesus didn't offer fabulous prizes to his followers. In fact, he and his disciples lived a simple life. Here is a bit of what Jesus says on the subject of wealth:

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I'm not sure that Revival.com is too interested in what Jesus says though; a search of their front page showed only one reference to Jesus, and that was in a "special offer" for a 3 DVD set (for only $45) featuring a live recording of their last "crusade." (click here to order)

Perhaps I'm just cynical, and I'm sure some megachurches do bring about real relationships with Jesus, but if I wanted fads and quizzes I'd get on the South Beach Diet and subscribe to Cosmo.


Blogger Joy Ridge said...

A. Julie and I too, are keeping up! And even though some believe OYBP are only for the purpose of reading the entire Bible and not for study, we are getting a lot out of this! As you know, anytime you are "feeding" yourself the Word, it is a GOOD thing!

7:18 AM  
Blogger charlestongal said...

wow, i'm stunned about Revival.com

yeah, and just speachless....

anyways, what plan do y'all have for reading the bible in a year (still struggling with this thing) because mine is like 5 chapters a day and that seems like a lot...

12:23 PM  
Blogger ~rich said...

right now our plan has us reading 2-3 chapters in Genesis and 1 chapter in Romans each day...it is a lot to cover, but if you think about how much of a novel or textbook you might read in one day, it doesn't seem so bad.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Gracey said...

No, you are not cynical. Our church is heading in the direction of the "mega church" and it terrifies me. I am praying (and will continue to) that God's plan for this little church comes to fulfillment before all our spirit filled parishoners leave us.

Keep on questioning those things that don't seem right. Usually they aren't. Many blessings and thanks for speaking up.

5:19 AM  

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