Sunday April 29th, 2007 was the last day we will call ______ ______ Baptist Church home. We have decided to call it quits and to never attend services there again due to what I believe is the flat out whole sale of the church over to the Seeker Sensitive Movement. I'm sure it started out very subtle with the study of the Purpose Driven Life and the 40 days of purpose, but just over a year ago I started to noticed some changes, like a new slogan that states "WE EXIST FOR NON-MEMBERS", all of the Bibles & hymnals have been removed that made way for a jumbo screen to be the central focal point and a constant bombardment of contemporary 7-11 songs, you know seven words repeated eleven times in order to stir up your emotions. The pastor constantly saying on Wednesday night services "you will hear things on Wednesday nights that you won't hear on Sunday morning." Why does he say this? Or "if you only have one hour to give I would rather you give it in a small group." Is he for real? All the sermons on Sunday became geared at healing relationships, or how to be a better you, and 10 steps to something I am told I am missing in my life, or the gospel according to the barbecue grill or some other funny little sermon, never about the Holiness, Mercy, Grace, Wrath, Judgement, or Justice of God or the Deity of Christ and I can't tell you the last time I heard the word HELL or Repent on a Sunday morning. They slapped a cool new multi-color paint job in the sanctuary that really sets the mood for entertainment, it looks more like a movie theatre now that plasma TVs are plastered everywhere though out the church. And money seemed to be a popular topic in the announcements every other week, and be sure to come and join in the conversation about the 'quirky' sermon you just heard, as though someone was going to add some theology to the gospel according to the grill. Add in a worship minister with rock star like credentials and a band to back him up who says "God is not concerned with putting his stamp of approval on your worship" and the next thing you know the new invitational hymn is Desperado by the Eagles, and then top it all off with a $10.00 CAR WASH with FREE Valet Parking as you attended Sunday school class and worship service while eating your complementary donut and drinking your free cup of coffee while you are entertained with the spiritual counsel of the rock-star followed by the comedian. And they have the gall to call this church?
Sorry I can't take it anymore!!!