God’s church is NOT the place for a theatrical play!

Posted: April 30, 2009 by mimi in Uncategorized

Are you serious? Don’t turn the Lord’s church into a show? It’s not for our glory but HIS!

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Comments
  1. Heidi says:

    Uh, wow. I have several thoughts. First, I think there is a place in church for creativity and arts and doing them WELL for God’s glory. However, I’m also turned off by the feel of a “production” on a Sunday morning. I think there’s a place for that (like the motocross) in outreach events, but spending all that money and energy to “wow” people on a Sunday morning seems like a waste of resources to me. Not to mention it overshadows the message.

  2. mimi says:

    well, exactly. on a sunday morning, the message of the cross ‘should’ be the main focus. not some theatrical show to ‘wow’ people that want or need entertainment for Christ or church to be worthy of their time. stunts/shows like that definitely have their place and can be free expressions of joy in God’s gifts of talents but to do all that on a Sunday morning when the intent and focus should be on the seriousness of Jesus and proclaiming and ministering the gospel to the people of God is irresponsible.

  3. joelmartin says:

    Idiotic. Can you imagine this guy being fed to the lions or standing up to an Emperor? It’s a joke. Reminds me of this:

    http://www.vimeo.com/1713668

  4. Amen! At first we could be drawn in by the entertainment of it but when we take a step back and look at things through the lens of God’s Word, we quickly realize the error in what is being done.

    Here’s a post that may lend to this conversation that also speaks directly to the use of drama in the Church.

    http://ashepherdsheart.blogspot.com/2007/06/welcome-to-drama-church.html

    God bless you for upholding the Word of Truth!

  5. Ken Sarber says:

    Has anyone read the book “Jesus: the Evangelist” by Richard D. Phillips? I haven’t read the whole thing yet but I’ve read bits of pieces of it. When I get a new book, I skim through it first before engaging in actually reading it. It’s an expository study on the Gospel of John, chapters 1, 3, and 4. Phillips uncovers from Scripture how Jesus evangelized. In the back of the book, which talks about evangelism and God’s sovereignty, pages 183-184, Phillips makes some interesting comments that put the topic of creativity into good, Biblical perspective. Here are some of the comments:
    “….because God is sovereign, our evangelism should be zealous and creative……Jesus was also creative, taking any topic and using it to draw connections to the gospel……With the proud Pharisee, Nicodemus, Jesus spoke of his need to be born again….When a hungry crowd came to be fed, Jesus performed his miracle with the fishes and loaves, then went onto proclaim Himself ‘the bread of life'”
    “Likewise, Christians can and should employ the arts, acts of mercy, military and business experiences, sports programs, and service ministries of all kinds as vehicles for presenting the saving truth of Jesus. Such approaches should never take the place of gospel truth and should not marginalize serious Bible teaching, but they can be employed in natural and creative ways to introduce opportunities to connect people to Jesus.”

    FYI, Richard pPillips is in NO WAY associated with the emergent church. He is in NO WAY liberal in his theology or teaching.

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