Life Church – A Worldly, Modern Church
Sunday, July 27, 2014, I went to LifeChurch to observe one of their services. I wanted to see, for myself, what a modern church is like. I can tell you it was amazing what I saw. First, the music was very loud. As you enter the sanctuary, they have boxes attached to the doors full of ear plugs, for those who can’t handle the very loud rock music. Do you know why? I do. It’s because the music is so worldly and loud that a Christian who goes to a normal church service, in order to enjoy the service, has to wear the earplugs to block out some of sound. Do you think that is holy and true? Do you think music that is so loud that you have to wear earplugs is pleasing to the Lord? The music was about as worldly as you can get, with the lead singer in skinny jeans jumping around, and with a haircut where he had to keep pushing the hair out of his eyes. I thought maybe he forgot to use hairspray. The lyrics were lame and like most modern “Christian” songs, didn’t mention righteousness, the blood of Christ, holiness, the Trinity, grace, etc. They even had a guitar solo, just like the worldly rock concerts. And that is the main problem with LifeChurch. It is world friendly. It sounds like the world and acts like the world.
The funny thing is, the speaker kept talking about being deceived by satan, and also about living a life separate from the world, but at the same time, the service was as close to the world as you can get. The speaker said they would do everything just short of sin to try to get the message out. In other words, they are going to get as close to sin as you can get (which you can tell by their service). But why would a Christian want to get that close to sin? And just where is that line, where sin begins? If you don’t know exactly where that line is, how do you know you’re not sinning when you try to come right up to that line? You would think that a Christian would want to get as far from sin as you can get. But not at this church. Do you know why he said that? I do. It’s because sin is attractive to the world, and they want to be a popular church by being attractive to the world. I’m not sure why a Christian or a church would want to be attractive to the world when the Bible speaks otherwise (see James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-16). They want to make people feel comfortable while they live like the world. They want to tell people to change their life by becoming a Christian, but they don’t have to change the way they dress, the music they listen to, the way they talk, what they drink, etc. You will NEVER hear a sermon on those subjects at LifeChurch.
As far as God’s word goes, I looked but could find no one who brought a Bible. After all, why would you need the word of God in a worldly church service? I looked on the chairs when people were standing to sing. I looked at people coming in the door. I never saw one person who had a Bible, other than the one my friend brought. I didn’t bring one because I knew where I was going – to a worldly church where people don’t have to bring a Bible. They don’t put any Scripture on the screen, but there are some verses printed in the bulletin. The verses are from the new versions, which is strange, because when the speaker quoted a verse, he quoted from the King James. Do you know why? I do. It’s because the new versions take the word “Christ” out of the verse he quoted (Philippians 4:13). I don’t know if a leader over thousands of people can be that ignorant, but doesn’t he realize that his versions are so bad that he can’t even quote them? He also quoted the King James because the King James Bible’s cadence and wording is such that it is very easy to memorize. But the congregation doesn’t know the difference, because they aren’t taught those things.
As for the picture, does that look like something Christian or Biblical? The picture shows a monster, one of the monsters in the movie Frozen, but a monster nonetheless. Ask yourself, does a monster glorify God or lead people to the Lord? Is it something that a church should do? The lobby was turned into a movie set. The Bible was nowhere to be found. The theme of the sermons for the last four weeks was “At the Movies.” There was a notice before the main sermon like you see at the movies. It said the sermon is PG 13 and not appropriate for young children, and parents were strongly cautioned about it so they could take their children out if they didn’t want them to see it. What kind of Bible message is so bad that a child shouldn’t see it? Why should we be given a caution before a church sermon that it is not appropriate for a child to see? Do you know why? I do. It’s because they are so worldly, and are trying to be like to world so much, that they will exclude children to make the service popular. They’re using movies of the world in trying to give truth, instead of the Bible.
The funny thing is, the speaker said that one of the tools of the devil (he never called the devil by name, but called him the “evil one”) is that he lies. Yet he is using the lies of the devil (worldly movies) to give Bible truths. You can’t get truth from the lies of the devil. Luke 6:43 says, “…neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” John 8:44, speaking of the devil, says he “abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Don’t you think, if you want Bible truths, that you should just use the Bible? Do you think using worldly movies is holy and TRUE and Biblical? Do you think Jesus would approve of a message that young children shouldn’t see? Remember what He said to His Disciples? “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14.
This church is going against the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible, and is trying to use the world to discover the truths of the Bible, instead of using the Bible itself. There are many examples in the Bible we can use to find the truth in it’s pages. LifeChurch is a worldly church for the end times. A church like this will, eventually, come out as accepting homosexuality. I’ve been around people who attend LifeChurch and who love LifeChurch, and they were very worldly – they cussed, drank, etc. I know the reason they like LifeChurch. They don’t get real preaching about sin and how to live a true Christian life, and how to be separate from the world. They are not convicted about their sin, for their pastor will NEVER give them a true, convicting message aimed at their sins and based on the word of God! The messages are generic slop that smells like the world, and as a result, the people who attend look like the world, talk like the world and walk like the world.