For a long time, independent mega-churches has been the pet coffee shop topic of the protestant Christian circles. The constant buzz surrounding them ranges from the size of their tens of thousands of memberships, to their millions collected from offerings, tithes and donations, to the commercialization of their “Christian products”, to their charismatic lead pastors, to the salaries of these pastors, to their multi-million spendings, to their prosperity / healing gospels, to their mega-millions church buildings, etc. the list just goes on and on… see here and here.

Pop Christianity, The Church of Roses

I personally have stood at the “Persecution Stand” for a long time against these mega-churches and quite frankly, without totally understanding the issues concerned or even attempting to understand it. In short, I have to admit I was throwing spanners into the body of Christ, making accusation, planting doubts and cynicism; without a slight sense of guilt whatsoever. If anything, I felt I have fought-back the justice due to God by lashing at these churches. A lot of my “information” passed down were actually rumours, hear-says and critical judgements from others. On hindsight, I have not been just in my attitude towards them.

However, God has led my wife and I through an intrinsic path (no lesser than 4942 miles or 7954 km each way) through the Promised Land itself and suddenly I found myself landed in a Jesus focused mega-church; strangely without even a whimper. I have now unexpectedly-yet-naturally crossed from the “Prosecution Stand” to the “Defendant Stand” and loving it. I would thus like to share with you my personal viewpoint from the other side of Jordan River.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.   1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NLT)

Pop Christianity, Detroit Call God

Many of us understand the “One Body-Many Parts” principle as written in 1 Corinthians 12, see here. Usually we would apply it in a micro-sense, that is, within a single church community, different parts working differently but all for the sake of the same body-the single church. However, seldom do we apply it on a macro-sense, different churches or Christian organizations working in different fields / locations / cultures / approaches / fashions for the sake of the unified body of Christ and the advancement of the Gospel. Although we may be all different, but we all been baptized into the same body by one same Spirit, the Spirit of God.

 

So now can we accept with an open heart other believers, churches, pastors, Christian bodies who although is founded in the same true gospel of Jesus Christ but are yet different?

Pop Christianity, Pop Goes The Church

Many negative labels had surfaced including “Pop Christianity” in the line of street-pop-culture, accusing “new creation” churches of a compromised gospel to win popularity, gain attractions and grow the numbers. Sadly, most of these accusations are thrown blindly. Worse, they are not from the outside world but from the body of Christ within. Some established denominations with long history, instead being the “big brother”, have turned into “old man” laced with pride, arrogance, stubbornness and legalism. I was reminded in the Bible when Jesus criticizes the religious leaders in Matthew 23:1-36, where they care more about their facade than the important Life within.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”     Matthew 4:19

To be fisher of men, do we head out to sea or just wait for the fishes with a pole on the beach? While the devil goes around blast-fishing killing without regards, do we want to hop onto the most state-of-art fishing vessel that comes with GPS, sonar and satellite imaging to better our catch, if we can? Do we still want to use cheapo-blur photocopied gospel tracks of yester years stifling down onto everyone who wouldn’t care-less to even take a look or produce good quality commercial products that sell Jesus Christ? Do we think to ourselves that millions can go into charity causes (which is good and necessary) but forfeit the chance of building His temple where He deserves only the finest and best materials (1Kings 5-6) and where thousand upon thousand of believers can come together in glorious worship of His Holiness, bring heaven down to earth, literally? Can we in the midst of gloom and doom stands out as light of the world, and give light to everyone else in the room?

Pop Christianity, It's Okay to be Different

Instead we should rejoice that the body of Christ is raised up in the marketplace, the gospel of Jesus is being preached, more people are accepting Christ, fellow believers blessed and honoured, testimonies of His goodness flooding every media. Any one part of the body is honored, every other part should rejoice with it. Know that we all wear a common badge, the badge of our Savior’s great love.
Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

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Comments
  1. Justin says:

    It does make me wonder what reasoning some people have in critisizing the good mega churches. Would they rather them STOP growing? Should these churches turn away people coming down the isle?

  2. King David says:

    For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

  3. Ewan says:

    In the picture with the graffti why does it say allah?

  4. King David says:

    Allah is the generic word for GOD in Arabic.

    Although the term is known in the West to be used by Muslims, it is actually used by Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, in reference to “God”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah

    It is interesting to note that Bibles in Arabic/Malay/Indonesia languages, our Father God is translated as Allah.

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