Sunday, March 11, 2012
Worship For Sale?
Let's be honest, a Christian concert is nothing more than a worship service no matter where you play, UNLESS of course you're promoting your Christian concerts "for entertainment purposes only." (which many do by the way) So, if you sell tickets for people to partake in the worship of God, since when did we start having to pay to worship God? Since YOU decided you need the money? Since YOU decided everyone else does it this way, so it must be right? Whatever happened to living by faith? Whatever happened to trusting God to provide? Whatever happened to "freely ye have received, freely give?" Of course I understand there are expenses associated with music ministries, just as there are expenses associated with all ministries, but selling tickets to a worship service? Should we start having a cover charge at church too? After all, churches have needs too, right? And what about the poor? Do they not get to worship God with you because they cannot afford to buy a ticket? Is that how you treat the poor? Seriously? We are commanded by God to "plead the cause of the poor and needy," not sell tickets to them. (Proverbs 31:9) And how many unsaved people do you think are going to buy a ticket so they can listen to someone sing and preach about Christ? Maybe none? Are you evangelizing the lost or just having Christian socials? Worship is holy and we are NOT to be selling tickets to the body of Christ to partake in it. What part of that don't you understand? We have once again turned the
into a marketplace and I suggest those of you who partake in this abomination repent before you leave God no choice but to intervene into the situation. We need to learn to trust God (hey, there's a novel idea!) and stop devising our own plans on how we "think" God should be providing for us, and this should begin with earnest prayer. Christian musicians and singers who demand fees or sell tickets to "Christian concerts" need to seek God's wisdom and direction for your "ministry" because you are NOT being led by the Spirit of God when you resort to selling tickets to a worship service, no matter how you try and justify it. I can assure you one thing, if Jesus Christ had a band, He wouldn't be selling tickets just so He could make ends meet. You cannot serve two Masters, pick one...
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