Many U.S. churches today have become entertainment-driven social organizations eager to blend in with secular culture instead of focusing on biblical discipleship, an American Pastor, David Jeremiah has warned. “The Church has forgotten what it is supposed to be and is coming under attack,” Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California said. “We’re not an entertainment service; we’re not here to see how close we can get to what the world does. We have to hold to the truth. We have to get nourished.
Jeremiah, explained that amid a nationwide decline in church attendance, far too many churches have become “obsessed” with remaining relevant. “There’s an incredible motivation on the part of everyone to be successful, and a lot of times services are designed simply to attract as many people as possible to Sunday Church” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with getting people there, as long as you share the Gospel but when we have the wrong focus we will never preach anything that’s controversial and we will always be trying to figure out how to get more people to come to our Church.”
The New York Times best-selling author pointed out that ironically, churches that focus on entertainment and fail to present the whole Gospel are actually driving millennials and Generation Z away. He cited research from Barna Group which found that 67% of millennials prefer a “classic” church over a “trendy” one. “In California, we see interest on the part of millennials and younger for the Bible and for truth,” the pastor said. “Most of the time, we see statistics about how people are leaving the Church, but in many respects, young people are demanding more truth and teaching, and less entertainment. They’re not interested in shallow expressions of religion.”
Many Christians feel uncertain when it comes to living as followers of Christ. “The idea that God expects us to build character in our lives is a foreign thing to many people because it hasn’t been taught from our pulpits.” In Romans, God outlines the character qualities He wants His people to grow and develop: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Jeremiah said “I encourage readers to take these promises from God and memorize them, then verbalize them. When we share those truths with others, it helps them and embolden us, deepening our commitment to the Scriptures.”
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