Gone Commercial?

Yesterday USA Today featured an article entitled Some megachurches closing for Christmas. Why are these mega churches canceling their services on Christmas Sunday? “Cally Parkinson, a spokeswoman for Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., said church leaders decided that organizing services on a Christmas Sunday would not be the most effective use of staff and volunteer resources. The last time Christmas fell on a Sunday was 1994, and only a small number of people showed up to pray, she said.” Parkinson goes on to say that, “If our target and our mission is to reach the unchurched, basically the people who don’t go to church, how likely is it that they’ll be going to church on Christmas morning?” First, using the fact that the unchurched do not go to church, as an excuse for canceling church is absurd. Such logic is completely nonsensical. Secondly, it is important to note that their church’s mission is to reach the unchurched; not to glorify God or to herald the Gospel of Christ. Willow Creek, and every other seeker friendly church, is driven by the fickle desires of the unchurched instead of being driven by sound Biblical doctrine. Ultimately, their church is controlled by the desires of the unchurched and therefore their church has become a product to be marketed.

USA Today also reports, “Among the other megachurches closing on Christmas Day are Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville, Ky., near Lexington, and Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas. North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., outside of Atlanta, said on its website that no services will be held on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, which also falls on a Sunday.”

Most interestingly enough the secular newspaper reports that, “It is almost unheard of for a Christian church to cancel services on a Sunday, and opponents of the closures are accusing these congregations of bowing to secular culture.” Are these churches bowing to secular culture? Yes, in shame of the Gospel and to their shame before Christ.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) Need I say more?

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5 thoughts on “Gone Commercial?

  1. Keith –

    Interesting post. I’m not so upset that they would cancel CHurch because it lands on Christmas Day. But Just the fact that they are cancelling Church for a man made holiday, that truly has not even been commanded by God to celebrate. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against celebrating Christmas. I just don’t think Christmas should be a special day for people to make sure their in church over any other. Nonetheless, these so called Churches really have no clue as to what the church is. They think it is for evangelism. When the church is an assembly of the “called out ones” who are there to Glorify God. Great post though, I really enjoyed it.

  2. The main thing that bothers me is that they are canceling church because they expect a low turnout. In addition, because they are “megachurches” the low turnout is probably a bigger number than many churches could hope to have in membership.

  3. i just love how non-Believers who go to church maybe a couple of times a year question why a church would close on a “holiday” that should be celebrated the cornerstone of THE church. welcome to the world…

  4. It is quite ironic that non-Believers are the ones to notice that there is something wrong with the situation. Sadly the leadership at these churches was not wise enough to spot trouble coming.

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