Ambiance of most churches today is dark, filled with dazzling lights and superstar pastors
After WW2, churches departed from ornate design to simple architecture. It cost less and took faster to build. After all, the gilded age was associated with oppression. In the 1990s, Hillsong Music made concert halls the standard.
Churches today are often set in a dark AMBIANCE filled with dazzling lights.
Darkness descends on Christian churches
Churches that pack huge numbers are often set in a dark ambiance filled with dazzling lights. Gone is the “old world” of stained glass and artsy hall. Understandably, young people find those boring.
To make it more appealing, they have preachers wearing signature clothes that match their huge homes. People are naturally drawn to this—well, “the world” is.
“I have come into the world as light so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.“
False worship in dark churches
Today, worship leaders push an emotional experience. We are moved by the melody, even if the lyrics are more about us than God.
Most of these “pitch-black worship” have false teachers who say little or none about repentance and sanctification. Some don’t even quote Bible verses. Instead, these superstar pastors preach “be yourself” rather than “die to self.”
Superstar pastors preach “be yourself” rather than “die to self.”
The world has infected the church
John MacArthur, criticized for being old school, insists “the world” has infected the church and turned it “dark.” He said, “Cut out the music. Turn on all the lights—normal lightbulbs, please. Have a man stand in front of them and preach the Word—Try and sell that.“
Have a man stand in front of them and preach the Word—Try and sell that.
Dark ambiance draws young crowds, but is it working to lead them to the one true light?
I was a youth worship leader and have been to many “worship nights.” Then I saw a demonic manifestation during a “high worship” retreat. As I grew in my faith, I began to see an “emotional setup” rather than true worship.
An “emotional setup” rather than true worship
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”