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.
I hear exactly what you’re saying!
Our church was turning into a huge Starbucks with a little religion thrown in. The music has turned into anything but praise music. It was nothing more than a Sunday morning Christian rock concert. Our pastor (probably about a 50 years old) and his associate pastors attempting to dress like they’re 20 year olds. Embarrassing!
Our pastor never, and I mean never gave any messages on any of the controversial (evil) things taking place in our society. His great goal is to reach the lost young people, but remained silent on the evils of homosexual marriage which, BTW is a huge topic hear in Utah. His stated philosophy is: “We have to tell them what we’re for, not what we’re against.” I guess our Pastor was not familiar with how Jesus and the Apostles dealt with sin!
Our Church views people in the following categories (and yes I’m serious!): 1) visitors, 2) regular attendees, 3) members, and 4) All In. Becoming very cultish to me!
I’m glad we left when we did!
Want a laugh (or cry), check this video out that makes fun of this seeker-sensitive movement. It really nails it!:
I know it’s none of my business, but I would love to read the letter you sent to your church!