Sadly, some Baptist churches (and other denominations) are getting caught up in the “Seeker Friendly” movement. You have church growth a mile wide and an inch deep. Watered down messages, praise band only music, stages with large screens, but no alter.
This is why we recently left our Church. The Pastor began by removing the word “Baptist” from the churches name. Then he had a Church growth consultant come in. Then he got rid of the orchestra and choir, then he told the congregation (Paraphrased): “If you’re not ‘all in’ with these changes, you’re not concerned for the lost...”
The seeker friendly movement is a dangerous trend many churches are adopting. Doubt me? Just take a listen to Rick Warren or Joel Osteen.
I had to leave a very large, independent Bible church in my city for the same reasons. It was becoming seeker-sensitive entertainment to fill the coffers. And they almost had to, with the multi-million dollar building operation budget they had to meet each month. And people condemn the Catholic churches for gaudy opulence.
The last straw was on "Student Sunday" when the youth basically take over conducting services for the day. It's bad enough to have segregated traditional/contemporary "worship," but on this day, the contemporary fully eclipsed even the traditional. And by contemporary, I'm talking 100 dB screeching, drums, and electric guitar. The singing sounded like dry heaves, and the message was oh, so squishy, shallow and non-offensive.
I wrote a very extensive "dear John" e-mail to the pastor that day.
Rick Warren and Joel Osteen are false prophets and hopefully not indicative of the direction of Christ’s church.