12.06.2005

WWJD?

I saw an article on Yahoo about how many of the new Mega-Churches are closing on Christmas Day because they were "anticipating low attendance on what they call a family day." Uh, yeah, you read that correctly. I didn't think much about it until I saw that the ridiculously large "Fellowship Church" in Grapevine is joining in the shut down. Maybe the Purpose Driven Life doesn't include church on Christmas. And, you know what? Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. More proof that the sign of the Apocalypse is upon us.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let them close if they chose to. That doesn't mean the the rest of us believers can not be thankful and give grace to the birth of our saviour. If this offends anyone, then just get over it! There are more people that believe than don't believe.

bigcatdaddy said...

I can't put my finger on it....but something smells of money.

Anonymous said...

.....some "purpose driven" folks may think it's too much to heat the church building.

..these mega churches are all the rage now....

...must take some big bucks to keep them running.

Anonymous said...

Remember the reason for the season...spending time opening gifts.

In my humble opinion, these churches are making a big mistake and sending the wrong message. Maybe that's why they didn't consult me on their decision. Come to think of it, very few people consult me on their decisions.

Anonymous said...

Well, CHURCH is the ONE PLACE I WANT to be on Christmas morning! :)

comment4U said...

Anon @ 8:19...made me chuckle. ;-)

It's a horrid message to send parishioners. "Happy Birthday, Jesus! We're closed: come back tomorrow."

You know, I have little kids and Christmas morning is obviously THE morning around here. BUT, if I make them go to certain friends' parties because it's a sign that they "care," how do I present that Jesus' birthday IS NOT important enough to hit the showers and GO TO CHURCH?

Values of the heart, and those "taught" by alot of churches out there are so way off base....very sad. Good post though, Barry....

bigcatdaddy said...

For once....I am in agreement with comment4u.

Closing a church on Christmas Day is all kinds of wrong.

Anonymous said...

If the big "evil" megachurches were about money do you think they would close and miss an offering opportunity? Have any of you ever been to one of these churches? I bet most of you offended bloggers (and Barry)won't be in church either, you just like to take potshots at something you don't really understand. Why would you conclude that because FC Grapevine is ridiculously (your words)large it is not effective.

And check your history, it is highly unlikely that December is the historic date of Jesus birth. And of course, everybody knows the bible says you have church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday. Give us a break and pick on somthing else. If these churches take a different approach that works then God be praised.

Anonymous said...

It's every church's decision, but it does seem a bit hypocritical especially when it seems to me that church should be the place you would want to be on Christmas Sunday. And we all know that it was probably not the exact day Jesus was born, but the day we set aside to celebrate that glorious day! Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

comment4U said...

Oh, I hardly think anyone's using Sunday--the 25th--as the sticking point here. It's the MESSAGE that a church is proclaiming by closing on the observed date OF Christmas.

I mean, c'mon--it's special enough to warrant a celebratory dinner, $$$ spent on because-I-love-you gifts, lights and tinsel everywhere, and probably a nice day off work on Monday but NOT the doors of God's symbolic house open??

comment4U said...

And, bigcatdaddy, come into the fold, honey, c'mon in.....lol...

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:09 is right...At these mega-churches, they target those that haven't been in church before and the average attendence for most(not all)families in these mega-churches is 1 time a month...Why not close on Christmas if the majority of these people are likely to not be there anyway?

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:24... because these people, the ones who only come once a month, see that the church is closed on Jesus' Birthday, or the day that we celebrate it, and this sends a message, a hypocritical one, that it is just not important enough. Not as important as our families, and as Christians, Jesus comes before our families. Something that we as Christians sometimes forget. Me included!
Blessings to everyone this Christmas!

LoveLit said...

Well, I attend church here in Wise County, and we will be having services Christmas morning. So, why go all the way into the Metroplex anyway to one of those ginormous churches where the preacher doesn't even know your name? Stay in the "humble confines of Wise County", go to church, celebrate Jesus and by all means...BE MERRY! Merry Christmas Bloggers!

m&m said...

Anon 10:17 PM Your ranting and logic created a premise for churches to not exist at all. If an individual can believe, be thankful for and give grace for Jesus without the church being open, then what's the purpose for the church in the first place? I don't think anyone was offended by this, just making note of the perceived hypocrisy. And "more people that believe than don't", is that world wide or what?

Anon 11:09 AM Again, no one seems "offended" by this. No one that I read said FC Grapevine was "ineffective", just ridiculously big. I didn't understand your deal with the Bible saying church is sunday am and pm and wednesday. Sarcasm? If so, cool.

Anonymous said...

Seems I've read that Jesus ministered to and taught thousands and thousands at a time. Sounds like a pretty large group to me. Not sure what day it was, but it must have lasted a while because he wanted to feed them supper before sending them on their way. He even had the disciples break them down into smaller groups so each one got fed. Some of the comments make me wonder how many will be having/going to services Sunday evening on the 25th?

Anonymous said...

I attended the Fellowship Church with a very cynical view of this mega-church! And I have to say I came away with a drastically different view of it! I found it to be very warm, very Bible-oriented, Christian-based church. They have team groups to minister to smaller groups. The preacher was not a "feel-good" speaker but rather convicting! I will chose to believe that the leaders of this church prayed about their decision...and I won't judge them for that!