Dream word – SOLID
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” NKJV.
‘Wibbles,’ rubber valves & novelty Christians
Well, I see the inflatable church was in the news again today. The original church designed by a British company, was some 47x47x25 feet, and included a blow-up organ, altar, pulpit, pews, candles and “stained glass” windows. Blow-up vicar is extra.
There are quite a few of these inflatable churches now scattered throughout the world, and are used by various denominations. They are primarily novelty items used for quirky weddings or bizarre funerals, or worse still, they are used Evangelistically to take church to the beach, or wherever else the scantily clad but spiritually minded may be lying in the sun, all covered in factor 8, all begging God to send church to them because they can’t be bothered to get dressed and pay a visit. I’m sorry, but part of me says, “Let the lazies burn!” Remember, the Lord said, “Those who seek me with all of their heart shall find me.”He did not add that, “And for those of you struggling at the beach, my own bouncy house is just left of the bouncy castle. Oooh and do remember to take your shoes off please. Just hate that sand!” We have taken our most presumptuous desire to make God more accessible to new depths.
Anyways, this innovative product was exhibited at the Ideal Churches exhibition in Sandowne Park (how fitting.) The sales blurb said that it was “well received”, especially after it was dedicated by an Anglican vicar from Tamworth. Those Pelicans, God bless ‘em! If they’re not arguing about what gender they can have sex with, they’re blessing bouncy castles! The world and his wife has gone mad and the established church has got its underpants on its head, pencils stuck up its nose, and is stood in the religious market place offering two for one on any deal whilst dribbling the word, “Wibble!”
The inflatable bouncy church is not innovation my friends, but rather it is devastation. This is a real church catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions. Don’t you know that blow-up churches produce blow-up Christians? In other words, when the church is brought to you lest you should be too inconvenienced to go to it, it reinforces a whimsical and novel kind of Christianity, and shows its clown faced ministers of accessibility to be painted with a brown nosed, mealy mouthed, pleading pitifulness. These plastic air filled monstrosities are emblematic of what we are doing on a much grander scale in our overly seeker-sensitive gatherings. My friends, we are, at best, producing novelty Christians. We are collecting husks of people, empty shells, and then wondering why they crumble in the way.
The answer to the phenomenon of the blow-up Christian, the inflatable church-goer, is not to pander to their flesh, but to proclaim the message of fleeing the wrath to come, whilst praying passionately for the redemption of their eternal souls.
In the coming days, all blow up Christians will most surely get blown away so please examine yourselves tonight and should you find any rubber valves on your own body, you need to be very worried. indeed.
Listen: “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19-20 NKJV
Pray: Lord call Your people and then make them solid and lasting. In Jesus name we ask it, amen.
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