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.