When The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS NOT Enough…

***hat tip to A Little Leaven***

…you resort to stupid gimmicks like this to fill the pews.

So why dream up a stupid stunt like this? Well, according to The Connection United Methodist Church in St. Louis:

At The Connection we want to let people know the church is absolutely relevant and useful – that life & faith can meet in a way that impacts our very existence. The church is as “fly” (translation – cool or hip) as we dream it and create it to be. God is certainly not out-of-date and neither should God’s people be out-of-date. (source)

While the purpose of every believer is to spread the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ, the purpose of the church is very clear – (1) teach biblical doctrine, (2) be a place of fellowship for believers, (3) observe the Lord’s supper, and (4) be a place of prayer:

Acts 2:42 (New American Standard Bible)

42They were (A)continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to (B)the breaking of bread and (C)to prayer.

We don’t have an option of making the church a realization of “our dreams” – it’s God’s House. Period.

Yet more seeker sensitive/relevant/emergent garbage to pollute the arteries of The Body…


17 Responses to “When The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS NOT Enough…”

  1. 1 Jeanie Franklin September 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I thought I have seen everything, bu this takes the cake. I should not be surprised with what i am seeing in this day and time.First, a baptist minister wearing robes like the catholic religion and all the pomp,right now i don’t know what to say. And now this: Pimp my Church. What an affront to the Church of Jesus Christ, It’s any wonder because of His mercy and grace,He hasn’t struck these people dead. This is blasphemous!

  2. 2 Brother K September 5, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Thanks ST for showcasing all of these recent additions to the liturgical vocabulary; now when I pepper my speech with “fly” and “crunk” all of my “homies” will know that I am “dope” instead of a 41 year-old white guy. Really: has the Church morphed into Barbara Billingsley from ‘Airplane’? I speak Jive!

  3. 3 Preach Preacher Preach September 5, 2008 at 9:23 am

    As a Pastor, I was reproach by some fellow Pastors for not going along with a “Pastor Fashion Show”. Its all about JESUS & not about man. Good post. If the word won’t draw them, John 12:32 Then it will drive them.

  4. 4 naturalsystah September 5, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Oh dear.

    From their site:

    “So, come each Sunday in September and find out what The Connection is becoming.
    You’ll find people just like yourself, searching for something meaningful in life.
    You’ll enjoy a live band playing music that will connect you with God,
    hear practical & relevant messages that make an impact on every day life, and build relationships worth keeping for a lifetime.

    Now, that’s a fly, outrageously pimped out church.”

    Need I say what is wrong with the picture they’re painting?

  5. 5 Ken September 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

    It’s beyond sad that so many in the “visible” church think that preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not enough. The problem with the dog and pony show approach is that you have to keep bringing in more dogs and more ponies. Then when that isn’t enough, some dancing bears, jugglers and clowns. Oh that’s right we’re already doing that. The church I attend has recently begun to slide down this slippery slope, bringing in a stand up comedian to help raise money for the building fund. And playing clips from his stand up act during Sunday morning services, just to prime the pump I’m sure. I recently finished reading Charles Spurgeon’s articles on the “Down Grade Controversy” and almost two centuries later nothing has changed. We never slide all at once, it’s just by degrees. By the time we wake up it’s too late. Sadder still the slippery slope becomes the norm, and the way of the Cross becomes the abnormal. We are not called to consult the culture, but to confront it. Like I’ve said before, the great apostasy is not coming, it’s here.

  6. 6 gcmwatch September 5, 2008 at 11:29 am

    “…searching for something meaningful”

    Gee, I wonder what that could be? Probably user defined.

  7. 7 speaking truth September 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Rather than address everyone’s comments one by one, I’ll just send out a heart I AGREE to everyone!

    This is yet the latest example of how the American church has become the caricature of it’s former self. We have:

    – Christians meeting in house churches (basements) in China
    – Christians being killed in Muslim countries
    – Christianity is under overt attack in Brazil and Canada (and coming more and more here in the USA)

    and this church is touting their “live band and relevant sermons”?


    While we shake our heads in amazement, let’s continue to pray without ceasing, and be more and more engaged in active (true) evangelism in our daily lives.

  8. 8 EnochWalked September 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Brother Speaking Truth,

    Does anyone remember back in the day, depending on where you’re from, when Christianity was on AM Radio ONLY and those Holy men of GOD were preaching the true gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, CHRIST Crucified, CHRIST Risen, and the wages of sin is death but the gift of GOD is eternal life through JESUS CHRIST our LORD? And our women raised their children even if “papa was a rolling stone”! Divorce was Shamed! Fornication was shamed! Out-of-wedlock pregnancies were shamed! Any blatant sin/behavior was publicly shamed!

    From the late 1970s throughout all the 80s up to the 1993(when I was living under my father and mother’s roof and provision), there were virtually very few TV ministries existent–Jerry Falwell, Robert Schuller, and Pat Robertson. Then there were the extreme charismatics that FELL BIG time: Jimmy Swaggart, PTL-Jimmy and Tammy Faye Baker(look at that photos of this poor woman’s last days on earth–now they have a blatantly gay son that is promoting gay christianity), and only 1 black–Fred Price!

    These broadcast came on only on early Sunday mornings on the local networks(ABC, NBC, CBS–no FOX or CW back then) or the channels that your VHF antenna could not get except on crystal clear no wind days(LOL–my parents did not get Satellite TV until I moved out 1994????Romans 8:28 Amen). There was no TBN, No Word Network, no 24 hour broadcast of PIMPS(Pulpit Imps Mini$tering Pro$perity $alvation…Go ahead and say Amen!–Man I am laughing! You have permission to use it and if you come up with something better, Amen!)

    AND…Drumroll…THINGS WERE MUCH BETTER in our Churches, our homes, our marriages, and our Nation before TBN, 24 hour “Christian” TV, the Word Network (Christian in Name but not in Spirit)

    Starting in the late 80s and 90s and TODAY, men of GOD along with the women of GOD were focused on building their OWN kingdoms(Prosperity) and NOT CHRIST’s Kingdom–SAVING SOULS AT ALL COSTS! The devil and the powers of darkness worked overtime and stole the souls of our children(my generation) with MTV, BET, Hip Hop, Crack Cocaine, Gangs, Black on Black crime, black men being an endangered species from Abortion and black on black crime, Babies having Babies(Teen pregancy), Pornography(fornication), AIDS, HIV, Herpes, STDs, from homosexual/sodomy/lesbian/perversion and Harry Potter and a list of sins and abominations and issues to many number. The Shepherds in our grandparents generation kept up the “Blood Stained Banner” but the Baby Boomers and Generation X ARE MIA/AWOL! The greed and avarice of the 80s and 90s spawned the spiritual enviroment we have today!

    Brother Speaking Truth, you and your family have a blessed weekend in JESUS NAME!

  9. 9 Lavrai September 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    These folks are sillier than silly. Do they know the Tabernacle of Meeting used to be a tent…? Would they have wanted to pimp that, too?

  10. 10 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen September 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    * throws up profusely.

    This is just sick.

  11. 11 Pat September 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I am so surprised that Pulpit Pimps web did not catch this one yet!
    The church does not need any more “pimping”. We, the sheep go through enough as it is. 1John 4:1-6. I don’t believe this church truly understood what a pimp is-the origination? We have to be so careful-its one thing to reach out–

  12. 12 Kyle September 6, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I noticed the announcement on the website of Pimp My Church said:

    Every Sunday in September
    car cruise on Virginia avenue, 9am – 1pm

    At least they didn’t say from 9pm – 1am. It would have given cruising a whole new meaning.

    Thank God for small favors.


  13. 13 C. A. Blackmon September 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I actually live in St. Louis within walking distance of this church. Last week I received a flyer in the mail advertising this event and threw it away because I thought it was somebody’s sick idea of a joke. Imagine my surprise to see the logo on your site. It took a minute to remember where I’d first seen it. I’m even more surprised to find out that it is indeed sick, but there’s no joke. This “church” is in need of some serious prayer. God does not play!

  14. 14 rascoe1 September 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I reall dont care what MTV says, this is the meaning of pimp:
    a) a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings; panderer; procurer.
    b) a despicable person
    c) to exploit

    Do you think they are telling on themselves and not realise it?

  15. 15 Kayla September 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm


    Thanks for the information. I don’t fully agree with you and so I posted an article about this post on my site.


    Feel free to comment here or there. Healthy discussion is always good 🙂

  16. 16 speaking truth September 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm


    Thanks for your comment – and trust me, it’s ok not to agree with me (very few people do).

    You’re absolutely correct – healthy discussion is always good, and I’d be happy to visit your blog to comment (and I promise to be respectful), so give me some time 🙂

  17. 17 speaking truth September 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm


    I couldn’t write in HTML code on your website (and I wanted to add pertinent links), so I decided to reply to you here. I understand the premise of your disagreement, but I believe that we agree at the core.

    I pretty much said all that I wanted to say in my article. In my opinion, this is a cheap gimmick – like all of the other gimmicks to fill church pews (free gas giveaways, raffling off used cars, “relevant” sermons, etc.). The church’s own website stated that their intention was to make church “as fly as we dream it and create it to be”. When did God give us the authority to recreate His church? What gimmicks did the Apostles use to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

    I believe in evangelism – street preaching, proactive discipling, etc. I don’t believe in cheap marketing tricks to grab someone’s attention, yet leaves them as confused (or worse) than they were when they were presented with the Gospel in the first place.

    What happens once we’ve “hooked them” to come to the church building – teaching them about salvation & regeneration by telling them to “just say this prayer”? Do we have to continue to entertain them with “crunk” and “relevant” services for them and their children?

    Regarding the crux of the seeker-sensitive movement, I wrote an article peeling the onion a bit more. In the post, noted expository preacher RC Sproul succinctly explained the fallacy of the movement (the 2nd video on the page). Sproul debunks the two false pillars of the seeker movement: (1) that unbelievers are “seeking” God, and (2) that the purpose of a weekly worship service is to reach the lost.

    I understand how my views don’t sit well within a society that has watered down the Gospel to the point that Jesus Christ is just another way instead of the ONLY way, but the truth is the truth. Bottom line: I believe that we as Christ’s ambassadors should tell the world about Him (and use his pure Word to do it), but I don’t think we should make Him palatable in order to be accepted by the masses – particularly if they don’t accept his fundamental truths.

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