Jesus Does the Harlem Shake?

Mind equals blown.  This is must see.  In an attempt to appeal to local youths, C3 Church in San Diego decided to make their Youth Ministry more appealing to newcomers by trying on something worldly…bringing Jesus down from the cross to bust out the Harlem Shake.

Al B, the inventor of the Harlem Shake is quoted saying that the dance is “a drunken shake…it’s an alcoholic shake, but it’s fantastic, everybody appreciates it.” He said it comes from the ancient Egyptians and describes it as what the mummies used to do.  Pretty hard to align that with scripture.

The Founder of C3 Church, Phil Pringle, had this to say to the C3 congregation in San Diego:  “DON’T you DARE criticize and pull down your pastor or anybody else around here! If you want to do that, just go now! We’re having too much fun to have the critics and the miserable people around!”

Note the opening words of the song…”Con Los Terroristas”…translated to English says…”With the Terrorists.”  I guess nobody bothered to research the song they chose to represent their youth group.  Discernment is each Christian’s responsibility, as it is also the responsibility of the entire church body as a whole to teach and rebuke brothers and sisters so that we all may learn and grow and walk in humble righteousness with our LORD.  Scripture says, better is open rebuke than hidden love (Proverbs 27:5), and, as for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all (1 Timothy 5:20).  Jesus said, “If he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a heathen man and a tax collector. (Matthew 18:17)”  It seems discernment pretty well went out the window here, and more troubling is that this is a growing trend among many new churches…tossing sound biblical teaching out the window in exchange for entertainment that will draw a crowd.  Ultimately we must discern what is good by asking ourselves the simple question, “Does this glorify God?”  It is important that we encourage our brothers and sisters to deny worldly acts, and unify the body of Christ in a way that represents Him with love and respect.  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children (Ephesians 5:1).

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[c]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Vanity of Vanities?

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. (Ecclesisastes 1:2)

Baptism with style vs. Baptism with heart!!

Ultimately, only The LORD knows the submission of the heart.  I will say though, that for the cost of the wedding baptism cake alone, at least 500+ people could have new ESV Bibles in their hands.  

$1 ESV Bibles

I am planning a project for distributing $1 Bibles to come later.  Please let me know if you would like to be involved or how you can do this in your area!  Let us be ever mindful to steward what resources we can for the furthering of His Kingdom, for where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also (Luke 12:34).  We should all take an honest evaluation of ourselves and ask: Are we being submissive to our Lord?  Further, are we being good stewards of the abundant resources he has blessed us with?  As my pastor, Mitch Maher says…there are an abundance of places in this world where you could place many of us, and we would have more Biblical knowledge than anyone within 150 miles…maybe 500 miles.  We have resources in abundance.  Just look at what these Russian missionaries are doing with nothing more than a frozen pond and a heart for Jesus.  Amazing.

 Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.