Is Your Church a Theater or a House of Worship?

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Ambiance of most churches today is dark, a musical show 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.

How false teachers twist the Bible.

Darkness descends on Christian churches

Churches that pack huge numbers are often set in a dark ambiance filled with dazzling lights. Its almost like a musical show really.

Gone is the “old world” of stained glass and artsy hall. Understandably, young people find those boring. Instead, more churches adopt a a dark themed ambiance. Somethibg Satan is comfortable with.

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.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as light so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

hillsong darkness
Hillsong’s pitch black church with Carl Lentz. In 2020, he admitted committing adultery. In 2008, their worship leader admitted faking cancer to win audiences. In 2018, Hillsong released “Peace,” set in a bizarre dark-occult theme. (What’s wrong with Hillsong?)

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.”

How to identify fake pastors

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.

Most churches today are set in dramatic dark themes and dazzling lights. People are drawn, but is it really winning them towards the true light of Christ? In heavenly worship, the glory of God gives it “light”—where there is NO darkness.

Dark ambiance draws young crowds, but is it working to lead them to the one true light?

Despite efforts to make it appealing, church attendance is declining in America. However, woke churches are gaining more followers.

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.

Remember, music is Lucifer’s turf. He uses it to draw young people to cheap grace to make lukewarm Christians.

An “emotional setup” rather than true worship

Romans 12:1
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.”

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