Heartbroken, shocked, and even nauseated – that’s how I felt this afternoon when I received my weekly email from 20Schemes, a ministry that I support. One of their church planters was walking through the town he served and saw this sign:
If you glance quickly at the title you think “Oh, it’s a local church.” If you read closer you begin to wonder, “Wait, what is this?” Are you ready? It’s a church for atheists. Yep, read that last sentence again.
This is what a blogger had to say about her first encounter:
“[Sunday Assembly] started not with an introduction but with an invitation to get up on our feet and – BAM – straight into some energetic singing of uplifting, well-known pop songs, aided by a small band, a few leading singers, and words projected on a screen. Out of nowhere, it suddenly felt like church!”
We are created with a natural desire to worship, so when we choose to rebel against God and refuse to acknowledge the ONE who, alone, is worthy of worship, we will substitute something else in His place. If you think that is an exaggeration, look at the poster again. Those who accuse us of believing nonsense choose to meet in a setting that mimics our corporate worship.
As another staff member and I were talking about how sad it was for those not understanding that they are worshiping the wrong thing, it hit me; we have many in our Christian churches today who are worshiping the same thing they do at “Sunday Assembly” – music, encouraging messages, no commitment (only once a month), etc., they just do it under the disguise of a Christian church.