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Tuesday
Sep132016

Bright Lite Gospel Flattery

“Somewhere in the last 20 years we have bought into the philosophy that we need to cater only to the emotional faculty of our believers, and so we manufacture feelings in our churches, we manufacture emotions in our churches. Feelings have come unhinged from the mind and belief….”
—Ravi Zacharias




Bright Lite Gospel Flattery


Come on in!... Enjoy the service!
Let us flatter you awhile…
Let us boost your super Ego,
Come prevail with us in style!

Join the crowd!…Just have a seat, sir…
We’re quite sure you’ll fit in fine!
We have Faith the Bible’s errant.
No one here gets “left behind”!

Just relax!...And let your hair down…
Doctrine’s not that big-a-deal!
Yes, “Emote!”s our new promotion,
With an emphasis on “Feel”!

Calm reflection’s not conducive
To the program we’ve got planned…
No, the mind’s not that important.
And we trust you’ll understand.

Listen up!...Get those ears tickled
With the news you WANT to hear!
We preach “God-the-Friendly-Fella”,
NOT that jealous God to fear.

Make a wish!...You’ll find the world here…
Entertainment, fun, and MORE!
Witness our Enthusiasm.
Scripture?....Taught as metaphor.

We’ve moved on…WAY past the Bible….
(That’s just something we outgrew!)
We do church now more “progressive”…
Manufactured just for YOU!



Lord, we bought the broad way package…
Bright Lite Gospel flattery.
Lord, have mercy, Lord, forgive us…
Take us back to Calvary.



“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue
that says: “By our tongues we will prevail;
We own our lips---who is our master?….