Market, Money, Time and Faith Porn Fiction

I am in the process of writing a very fun sci-fi suspense trilogy. I call it Pogland. Fun and challenging and time-consuming (which is why I’ve been off of social media). 

If you know me, you know I have some strong views on the role theology needs to play in fiction. I came across a Christian sci-fi/fantasy: “How to write and be published” video this morning which at first I was thrilled about, but soon found to be very disturbing.

I was flabbergasted! What a role money plays in the Christian publishing industry!

Now I understand not everyone can write just to write, or write what needs to be available. Or publish just any book. Publishing comes down to the bottom line, profit.

On a secular forum board recently a writer posted that they were nervous about having to write a sex scene for the very first time. Instead of just saying nothing, I replied. I suggested that he didn’t actually need to bend to the bandwagon. If he’d never felt the need to write such a scene before, he could still write an excellent book without it. And even appeal to a larger audience because he didn’t.

As a Christian, by my comment I meant so much more. But secular fiction is moved by secular values. And he wants to write what sells.

It’s the same for “Christian” fiction. Christian fiction is moved by Christian dysfunctions.

Now it might be true that dysfunctional marriages lead Christian women to escape into “Christian” romantic fiction. But that’s not always the case. Strong Christians read and write Christian romance novels.

Francine Rivers and Redeeming Love is the epitome of Christian faith fiction. I am also especially appreciative of authors Elizabeth Maddrey and Chautona Havig‘s real-life Christianity in the context of their romance stories.

But theirs is not the common denominator in Christian fiction. The common denominator is a dummied-down nominal Christianity. That’s where the money is.

  • For people who don’t want to grow in their faith through their time in fiction.
  • For people who don’t want to be challenged in their free time.
  • For people who want only to be entertained.

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Dysfunctional faith leads people to escape into borderline fiction.

Dysfunctional faith will earn a writer money. Take Love Comes Softly as an example. It’s a great series, but it’s great in a “it’s not dirty” kind of way. It’s wholesome. But is that what we should be doing? Is that ALL we should be doing? 

Just writing Little House on the Prairie Christianity? Wholesome fiction, get-away, beach-reads? Escaping from this world and its duties fiction? 

Case in point, alcohol is a gift from God.

The book of Proverbs and the gospels show us that wine is a gift for man to enable them to get a buzz, a bit of euphoria. That buzz helps us get through the low times of life, through the busy, hectic times of life. I live in Europe where the view on alcohol is not burdened by the judgmentalism of the Prohibition movement.

But while alcohol is a gift from God, we see as early as Noah’s time, that getting drunk is shameful. Too much alcohol is a sin. Elders and deacons and their wives are measured by this. And their standards are our standards. Not just “if” you want to be in leadership, their standards are the bare-minimum for the mature faith.

So too much alcohol–too much of this world–is a sin. Just as too much reading or too much entertainment is a sin. If it produces nothing but entertainment, it’s overdosing on buzz.

Do I have a Bible verse to back up this rant?

Yes. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17).

Sins of omission.

How is reading frivolous wholesome fiction a sin of omission?

Because you have not used those hours of your life for the betterment of your relationship with God, or the betterment of the world.

The two greatest commandments, upon which the Law and the Prophets rest

It’s like sleeping your life away, and while sleep is necessary, and we can even say rest is necessary, oversleeping is a waste of the most precious resource we have: Time.

On the interview I mentioned earlier, the publisher said they are not looking for books with overt Christian message, but only those with a hidden Christian message. They intend to be cross-over books. As an example, she says, read any of Christ’s parables.

We don’t want Christian words, she says, we don’t want Christian messages. No conversions. No preaching. We want…good wins over evil, and be kind to others. Oh, and werewolves and vampires are okay, as long as they are the bad guys.

I couldn’t watch the rest of the interview.

I asked my husband, why is it that they want books that do not grow the reader in their faith through fiction? Why do they want hidden faith, covert messages?

Money, he said. That’s where the money is. It’s how the market of Christian fiction has to function.

And so we come to the faith porn industry. To make money, Christians sell out message for money.

Well I suggest that when Christianity loses its message, it ceases to be Christianity. “Authors have to make a living,” they may say. So they prostitute the name of Christ, and promote a lie.

When the message is traded out for things that are universally acceptable, like “good wins over evil,” it takes the beautiful name of Christ and drags it into the dregs of common-ism. It makes light of the cross. It should cease to use the name of Christ in its label and should be honest and upfront. It is moralistic worldly wisdom. Humanism.

To use the parables of Christ as an example of how to hide the message forgets the very cut-throat effect of his parables.

  • I am the good shepherd, read the message: “I myself am Yahweh of Ezekiel 34!” This parable sorted people into two groups: lovers and haters.
  • A certain man built his house on sand, another on rock, read the message: “My words are equal to the entire Law and the Prophets, if you reject me you reject God himself.” This parable sorted people into two groups: lovers and haters.
  • The prodigal son looked at the pigs around him and fled home, read the message: “You religious leaders have no compassion for the lost.” This parable sorted people into two groups: lovers and haters.

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The parables are not happy wholesome secret messages. They are cut-throat. They divide between self-righteous God-haters and trembling beggars kneeling before God. Separation filters, each of them. Sorting people. Left and right, like sheep and goats.

Yes, we need more Christian science fiction and fantasy. But not by circumcising the gospel out of it.

I’m not saying I’m the best author who knows how to do this perfectly. I am not. I tried with Trunk of Scrolls, and for what it is I think my story’s beautiful.

But I have a vision, “I have a dream,” you could say, that Christian fiction would be a way for Christians to use their down time to be entertained into new growth in their faith. New avenues they hadn’t considered. New insights into the beauty of Christ.

I know it’s not only me who talks with others about these things. Bringing Heaven’s eternal conversations into the here-and-now.

I know what it’s like to build faith in someone face to face. Can’t we make the Christian fiction industry into THAT kind of thing?

So I’m starting a list of writers whose works are not ashamed of the Christian message and promoting true Christ-loving life. Please post the names of this caliber of author below along with titles you recommend, and add a blurb about why you think this qualifies. 

Thanks! 

–Darlene


“I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” Jewel the Unicorn in C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Flee the Wrath to Come!

Flee!

If we have learned anything from these warnings, EVACUATIONS for Hurricane Irma and Pac NW Fires, it is the reality and mercy of the urgent need to…

“Flee from the Wrath to Come!”

Do you hear the alarm? Do you not worry about the God of Nature? Why does he stir up the storms? Why the earthquakes? Why the fires? Why so few lives lost? What mercy, what strength, what warning.

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Hear Charles Spurgeon’s words:

“Flee from the Wrath to Come!”

“Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” [Matthew 3:7]

“Who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us.” [Hebrews 6:18]

I. First, dear friends, let us think of THE TREMENDOUS DANGER which overtakes all men and women who do not flee from it.

1. I remark, first:, that this “coming wrath” is absolutely just and necessary.

2. Nor is “the coming wrath” any the less sure because it is delayed.

3. I tremble as I try to speak of this “coming wrath” because, when it does come it will surely be something very terrible because divinity enters into the essence of it.

II. Now, in the second place, I want, just; for a few minutes, to tell you about THE MEANS OF ESCAPE. John the Baptist said to the Pharisees and Sadducees, “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?”

By this question, he seemed to imply that there is no way of deliverance from “the coming wrath” but by fleeing from it.

1. First, we flee from the coming wrath by taking immediate action.

2. Fleeing means, not only immediate action, but swift action.

3. To flee also means to run directly to your object.

Notice how John the Baptist explained to those Pharisees and Sadducees the way in which they had to flee. He told them,

1. First, that they must repent.

2. Secondly, that repentance must be practical.

3. Then John went on to say to the Pharisees and Sadducees that they must give up all the false hopes which they had cherished: “Do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.” �

How does Christ deliver us from “the coming wrath?” He does it by putting himself into our place, and putting us into his place.

((These are Spurgeon’s outlined points: See the detailed sermon here:

http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/2704.htm

 

Holy Pleasures that Will Not Be in Heaven.

We never think about this, probably.

Holy Pleasures that Will Not Be in Heaven.

When we think of HEAVEN we see the Lamb on the Throne, we imagine throwing our arms around Jesus and breathing a sigh of relief. We gulp, thinking about the White Throne Judgment, but know Jesus will be our advocate, standing between us and God.  We anticipate him wiping the tears from our eyes, and our getting our harps and robes.

We imagine what life will be in this new civilization. We see streets of gold, a glassy sea, a city with jeweled walls and pearled gates. We know there will be a Tree of Life stretching over the river of life. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Pure bliss. Peace. Joy. Love. No desire to hurt others, on accident or purpose. No hurt we will receive from others. Just getting along with them, being always kind, always loving, always thoughtful. Being the ME I always wish I could be but never can attain to.

We sometimes look so eagerly to heaven that we forget that earth has pleasures Heaven never will.

We never think about what treasures we will have lost.

Some things that are precious and holy on earth will be absent and seen no more in Heaven.

I’d like to remind you of these things so you treasure them & enjoy them in this short life as you wait for GLORY.


INTERPERSONAL PLEASURES

There will be no more… Making-up After a Fight.

  • When your child or friend or spouse hurts you, speaks disrespectfully, and your heart is broken. Or you get out of control and hurt one you love, and build up the courage to apologize, the coming-together in forgiveness and restoration–that will not be a part of Heaven.
  • What this means for you today is this: make the most of it. Reconcile with others. Buckle your belt and swallow your pride and make it right. That kind of sensation of forgiving and forgiveness…that kind of making-up and making things right…THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE IN HEAVEN. Do it today and get the special blessing today. For this is your only opportunity to enjoy that kind of restoration with another sinner.

There will be no… After-Church Time

  • You and your family go to church and fellowship with other believers. But you also sit with friends over coffee before or after the service and talk about life and difficulties. They tell you about their struggles, and you listen and put your arm around their back and tell them the Lord is sufficient to meet their needs. They close their eyes and tell you about their week. They moan and are burdened.
  • You listen some more and then say comforting words, Scriptural truths, words from the Bible. And then you pray for them. This kind of balm is not in Heaven. Or maybe their story is one of joy, of answered prayer. And you share your joys and burdens and prayers with them.
  • This fellowship is a taste of Heaven, but we will not commiserate with other believers and help them in their time of need. Its time is now. Enjoy the pleasure of comforting and encouraging one another while it is called TODAY.

There will be no… Socks on the Floor

  • You know it’s the little things that wear and wear and wear against us. The socks on the floor, the box of toys dumped on the bed, the clean laundry in the dirty laundry basket again. These little annoyances that make up life will be no more in Heaven.
  • The whiney kids, the hungry husband, the complaining wife. While we don’t like these things, at the same time, these are moments where we can meet the needs of another person. We can pick up the socks and toys. We can be patient where patience is due. We can do these things now, because we won’t be able to please God this way in Heaven. When we are enjoying our sweet reward, we will never need to restrain our temper and push forward into the frustration “yet again” tasks. This is your only chance for that. Do it well.

There will be no… Relief

  • Little things relieve us. Food. Water. A hug. The toilet. A shower. While Heaven is ONLY relief from the suffering of this world, a place where our tears are wiped away–as a sign of full relief–the fact of the matter is that after that entrance into Heaven there is no more relief necessary. We will have arrived at the point of peace after the storm.
  • So the little reliefs of this world–the drink of cool water after mowing the lawn, the mouthful of hamburger after a morning at the office, the sitting down on the couch with a sigh–these are things to be cherished. Because the pain will be done away with, the relief will be no longer necessary. When you drink that cool, refreshing water, consider Heaven. When you take a shower, enjoy the relief. These are passing pleasures.

There will be no more… Family

  • In Heaven, we are family with everyone. It is only about family–the same father God, the same brother Christ, the same Spirit joining us in love and peace. But our husband or wife, our sons or daughters, our mothers or fathers, our brothers and sisters and cousins, these will no longer be joined to us in that relationship. It will be better, of course. But the family unit changes in orientation. You are no longer what you were here to them. They will have finally learned how to trust in Christ to be the giver they have longed for, they will not need you as a mediator.
  • Which means, as it falls on you to be the strong one, to be the provider, to be the comforter, to be the rule-keeper, this world is where you get to raise and train those kids, comfort that spouse, honor those parents. In Heaven, those dynamics will be gone.
  • In Heaven, your son will not throw his arms around you and whisper, “I love you Mommy!” You will no longer kiss and hold your wife. This world is where you get to show and enjoy these familial affections. (Matthew 22:29-30)
  • Family in this broken world is a poor reflection of the True Family of God in Heaven. This world’s family is a foretaste. We said, “till death do us part.” The bond then will be to Christ and to each other as members of the Church. It will be better, it will be pure, it will be right. But it will not be like you have it here. So embrace one another and delight in that holy passing pleasure.

There will be no more… Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer will be Outdated

  • No doubt about it, this world is hard. But thanks be to God who has given us the joys of prayer.  “For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 5:4-5).
  • The longing we have, the need for relief, the cries for help–these will be no more. We will talk with God, but it is not prayer like we have on earth.
  • The Lord’s Prayer will be invalid: His name will be hallowed, his kingdom come, his will be fully done always and without hindrance. Heaven and earth will come together under one head, Christ.
  • Our daily bread will no longer be under question as we feast with God: “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined” (Isaiah 25:6).
  • Our debts will be forgiven and no crimes will ever be committed against us so we will not forgive debts. We will not be tempted, all evil will be vanquished. The only thing of the Lord’s prayer left will be:

“Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever” (Matthew 6:13).

There will be no more… Faith

  • Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. In Heaven, our faith will be sight. We will no longer have to hope for the promised land, no longer have to struggle with believing God for the best, no longer have to cling to his promises against all nay-sayers.
  • In Heaven all those things that have been promised will be realized. There certainly will be hope in Heaven. More promises and more surprises to take us through eternity. But no more faith, only knowledge.
  • For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away… For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:9,11)

There will be no more… Unbelievers

  • While we may feel a moment of relief considering this–no more hassles from co-workers over the existence of God, no more lawsuits over wedding cakes, no more struggles in front of abortion clinics–at the same time, in Heaven, there will be no more opportunity to share your faith with someone who has never heard of Christ. No one will turn from sin and repent because of God using what you say or do.
  • If you know the joy of telling someone about Jesus, giving them a Bible, hearing the rapture of their first experience with God–this kind of joy of the harvest will be gone in Heaven. We will have no one more to tell about Jesus.
  • And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:34/Hebrews 8:11). So enjoy this great privilege. It too is passing away.

All this means–there will be no more need for Compassion.

  • When sorrow and mourning “flee away” we will also lose the opportunity for showing compassion to those who sorrow or mourn. This world is the only chance you have for that. Use it well. Enjoy the gift of compassion. Develop it. Ease their pain.
  • I don’t know how we will feel toward those in hell. Will we see them? Perhaps (Isaiah 66:24). But will we grieve for them? No. Our sorrow will have turned to joy, and no one can take that away. Jesus said, “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
  • All this to say, “the redeemed of the Lord shall return and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:11). The LORD promised, “I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow” (Jeremiah 31:13).
  • When the perfect has come, we will have no need anymore for the temporary, shadow-joys of this world.

 


OTHER LOST PLEASURES


There may be no… Bacon, Eggs or Milk

  • God, who is the creator of variety, of taste, of a sustaining environment, made pigs out of bacon, and created chickens to produce eggs and cows to produce milk.
  • But Death will be no more, and the wolf lies down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6), so for us, too, pork bacon will be done away with. And eggs and milk are a result of animal reproduction, so they may be no more. The former order is passed away, and animal use for food may be part of that old order. Food, too, is up in the air. We just don’t know the dynamics of heaven. We only know that it’s called a feast, but we will not die. So we will not need food for sustenance.
  • But don’t worry. God is the inventor of color and taste. He has something greater in store. These may be a shadow of those bigger joys. Imagine that! A greater flavor than bacon! Meanwhile, enjoy the flavors of earth. These too will pass away.

There will be no more… Sun or Ocean

  • We love to see sunrises and sunsets, especially over the sea. We love to hear the pound of the surf and the sliding of the sand against itself. In the New Heavens and the New Earth these will be changed. “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:19) “and there was no longer any sea” (Rev 21:1).
  • The heat of the sun that hinders the worker, the chaos of the sea that sinks ships. These will be taken care of. There will be steady pleasure and order in Heaven. But as man we have tamed many aspects of the sea. We do not hesitate to have a family picnic on the beach. We ride the waves on boogie board or surfboard. We sail with the wind on our face. We sit with our kids on the seashore and make sandcastles. That will not be in Heaven. These too are a shadow of the joys of Heaven.
  • Certainly “joy unspeakable” will be better than making sandcastles or sailing. But these specific pleasures will be no more. Make the most of them to develop family memories and to glorify God by enjoyment of them.

There will be no more… Night.

  • Looking up at the stars. Counting them. Finding constellations. Looking through telescopes. Bonfires at night on the beach. This world is where we get to do that. It is a kindness from God. The predictable nature of the stars, which comforted and guided journeyers of long ago, is here today for us to explore. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).
  • The lessons of the stars, the glory and righteousness of God (Psalm 50:6), these will come to an end. We will no longer need them when the old order of things passes away (Revelation 21:4). So get all you can from the night and the stars while you walk this earth.

All this means–there will be no need for General Revelation.

The invitation will have been sent and accepted, the party guests will have arrived and the doors will be shut (Matthew 25:10-11, Luke 13:25-27).

  • This world, though broken, has things Heaven will NEVER have.
  • Use these opportunities in your ONE LIFE to glean the special holy pleasures this damaged world alone offers you.
  • Comfort the grieving, seek comfort from others, hold your crying child, pray for your grieving friend, go out to look at the stars and think of the God you will see face-to-face.

These are passing holy joys, passing holy pleasures.

By doing these things now you are bringing honor and glory to God who wills you to comfort others and glorify him.

This world and your one life is your only chance to participate in these unique holy deeds. They will pass away. 

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.”

(Psalm 39:4)

What is Wrong with This Picture?

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On the one hand, I understand the desire to use your talents to display yourself to the church. “He who can teach, teach…” etc. But this video (click to watch) is a travesty of worship. Here’s why…

If you want to know how Church should be, you really should know the end from the beginning.

What is the end to which we are all pressing? What is the end to which our Sunday worship points? Is it to a stage where people are bringing attention to themselves?

No. It is to the Lamb on the Throne.

Even though heaven will be a civilization, where we will be in our bodies again (resurrected & changed), and will have industry and purpose–even still, our eyes will not be on ourselves anymore. (See link at end).

We will not be self-absorbed, and self-worship will (finally!) be dead. We will be meek and humble and eager to turn all things to Christ.

These young men certainly wanted to glorify God. I don’t doubt it. But they were misled.

Unfortunately they took the limelight in a place where eyes are to be on Christ alone—they stole the show at the worship gathering of the Church.

“My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand”
(Song of Solomon 5:10). 

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent”
(Col 1:17-18).

Whether or not this belongs in church pivots on one crucial question—What is the purpose of the Church’s gathering?

If it is to delight in ourselves, tell ourselves how great we are, how talented we are, show how much we love God, then a display of “us” has a place at church. If it is a time where we exult in ourselves, sure, why not?

But, if it is something else, we have a big problem.

How can we know?

One way is we can rewind to the first Christians. Do we see Paul and Timothy dancing ballet as they gather together? or doing mime? or encouraging each other to use creative ways to worship? No, what we read is things like, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you,” (1 Cor 11:23). They were cautious to pass on what they were supposed to, and be what the Church was supposed to be.

Another way is to look at the times we see the quintessential worship service happening, in heaven. Isaiah 6, Daniel 7 and Revelation 4. The Throne of God is before us.

What do we see?

People and angels falling down on their faces, covering their feet and eyes, trembling with fear, casting crowns, looking at the Throne. While they do take the gowns and harps they are given and play them. But in Rev 5:8, 14:2, 15:2 and 18:22, no one is looking at the harpists. They are background. No one applauds them. No one is awed at their work.

In heaven we are FINALLY relieved of self-worship. We are finally freed of our desire for attention on ourselves and enabled to love God and love others SELFLESSLY (like it says in Phil 2:2-3 “being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. [Doing] nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility [counting] others more significant than yourselves.” So what business do we have turning THIS WORSHIP TRAINING TIME into self-worship? Even in the name of God-worship.

If worship at church is a taste of our eternal worshipful life, then it should NEVER BE self-promoting. If a worship leader is ever applauded, he has failed in his task. A worship leader should make himself disappear as he brings the worshippers to God. “He must increase but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

So then, what about our talents? How CAN we use our talents for the Lord?

We do have a responsibility to use our gifts. This is shown in the parable of the talents. The word talent actually came into the English language from this very parable.

Investing “what we are given by God” for the GROWTH of God’s kingdom is a valid use of our talents. Instead of “upstaging” God during a worship service, we should use our talents for the express purpose of EVANGELISM at the appropriate time. 

“There is a time for everything,” Ecclesiastes says, and if women or men have ways they can use their talents to “bring fish” to hear the gospel, they should use those giftings.

While churches do attract seekers, the purpose of the Church’s gathering is worship. Outreach is not the purpose of worship. Outreach is the RESULT of worship. “Take it outside!”

The purpose of worship is to propel us to the ultimate business “out there” of evangelizing a lost and hurting world. We have no greater job than to use our life and breath and talent and gifts to declare the praises of God.

But not in the time we have set aside for worship. It would be like a new bride talking on the phone when her new husband is holding her in his arms. What business does that phone have there?

Friends, we have to see our task and duty for what it is. We are to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves, love our enemies, love one another.  As we care for others in their difficulty, we are showing love to others out of our love for God.

But in the short moments we set aside in the week for an intimate time of love between Christ and his corporate Bride we have no business in self-delight. We can encourage each other during coffee and donuts. We have no business spending that rare time fighting the whirr of questions these effeminate male dancers spin into our heads. That certainly was in the minds of people sitting there. We have no business turning church into a talent show.

We have one business, that is to BE the Bride who is delighting in her Christ.

This is what should consume our thoughts each Lord’s Day…

“As I looked,
thrones were placed,

    and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

his clothing was white as snow,
    and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
    its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
    and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
    and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
    and the books were opened.

…and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.”

(Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14)

You may disagree. But you are wrong. We take our cues from Scripture…not whims, Hollywood, or cultural abnormal norms.

It is breaking the First and Second Commandment to delight in anything else but God during Worship. If it is not enough, and you need entertainment to be satisfied….gulp.

For more on what I say, study the book of Colossians or 1 John.

May our love not grow cold, though the time is getting short…


Link on Heaven: (See Heaven According to Scripture @WhitehorseInn).

Also see Lee Irons: A Critique of Tim Keller’s “Evangelistic Worship