Rant alert

Is everyone at Northpoint Church afraid of mentioning the name of Jesus, or is it just the people who lead from the stage for a service? Watching their online streaming of a church gathering gives me the impression that they intentionally avoid mentioning the name of Jesus in their songs, messages or even announcements. Sure, sure, all the mention of almighty God and the Father God is fine, but since we’re talking God why not be explicit and mention the God Who came to earth and lived among men? It is after all the One Whose body is the mystical church of God.

It annoys me that generally all of Northpoint Church’s speakers, Andy Stanley included, make so little mention of Jesus Christ. Their use of scripture is also incidental to the points their speakers convey as well. It’s as if they use scripture only enough to simply please anyone who has a real interest in the Bible. Otherwise scripture isn’t at all necessary to understanding life. Try listening to a typical Northpoint sermon from any of the pastors in their cycle of speakers and anyone who has a sincere interest in the Bible being exposited will be left with a dearth of spiritual nourishment. Scripture is only used in incidental ways to support the speakers’ overall points and isn’t delved into to uncover its meaning.

I suppose this is what people want because so many attend their network of churches. If pablum is what people want, then pablum is provided on a platter of pop culture. I know I shouldn’t waste my time with this sort of thing, but occasionally I’m interested in the behaviour of churches which broadcast live streaming to stay current. Northpoint is a complete disappointment for a believer of Christ.

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The name's a dodge simply because 1) on the internet I can be whomever I choose, and 2) I'm just paranoid enough to keep scoundrels and government out of my business and don't care to sort 'em out from the decent folk. My blog, my opinions. Don't like 'em? Sure, kindly tell me about your far-fetched, idiotic beliefs...kindly. In the end we'll neither of us change the others mind, but I will take the time to read your arguments if they're thought out in a rational fashion and not full of hyperbole. I'm a Christian human being. It's not a flavor or color preference, it's who and what I am. Don't like it? The above considerations apply. I'm not about to waste anyone's time or mine shoving Christianity down their gullet if they demonstrate even the least resistance. When someone's ready to hear I'm only too glad to share. The Gravatar? It's Jenny Lake in the Tetons near Jackson, WY. If God had a house that's where it would be.

Posted on 02/03/2013, in Church, Scripture, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow. I was in a Church service today with a recognized guest speaker, and he said things that were disturbing as well. He kept lifting the Bible up in the air and blurred the lines between what the scriptures said about Jesus, and what the scriptures said about itself. As I listened, I became keenly aware that he was beginning to cross a line and was deifying the scripture. I became very uneasy as he continued. Finally, he confirmed my impressions when he lifted the Bible high into the air and made this emphatic declaration: “This is God, right here.” It really creeped me out. This guy didn’t make a mistake. He said what he meant. This man was a national leader in the Church of God (Cleveland). Deifying the scripture is very, very dangerous. So in one “church”, we have no mention of Jesus as Deity, and in another “church” we have the Bible being exalted as Deity. Something stinks.

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