Monday, October 5, 2009

Glory to....man?


My wife was listening to Christian Radio yesterday and heard the announcer mention a new thing going on called “Man Church” which was designed to attract men. Men are less likely to attend church versus women so here is an attempt to solve that problem. She wanted me to check it out because the message sounded consistent with the modern so called seeker friendly church strategy that is so prevalent today. Here is the link: http://cschandler.com/manchurch



The key selling points for Man Church are:

-Coffee and donuts
-Man Church is church the way a man expects it to be done.
-every aspect of Man Church is geared for men
-a definite manly focus - being the best possible husband, father, employee, leader - being a real man.
-This ain't your mama's church!

-Coffee and donuts

So what do we have here? Man Church is the way “a man expects it to be done”. Instead of the way a “man expects it to be done” we should ask how God expects it to be done. Jesus answered that question in John 4 when He said “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

The focus is on men and what men like. In fact every aspect is geared for men. Unfortunately that fits the description of every false idol from the fall in the Garden of Eden, the Golden Calf at Mt. Sinai and the ungodly traditions of the Pharisees to which Jesus said, “They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men" (Mark 7:7-8). Being a better Man as the focus instead of the focus being on Christ and true worship of Him is legalism.

The big selling point in the ad is Coffee and Donuts (mentioned multiple times in the short message). And so we see that Christ is missing from the description of “Man Church” but then that has always been the case. That is what makes Man Church what has been throughout the ages. Nothing has changed except the repackaging and marketing of it. Leave Christ out and you have to preach something else. Coffee anyone?

We don’t need Man Church or your Mama’s Church, we need the real Church which is Christ’s alone. While thinking about this I happened to come across Hope Christian Church in Brisbane. Australia that had something very different on it’s website. Here is the link: http://www.hopechristianchurch.com.au/about-us/our-church

The key focus was not on “man” but on God being glorified:

-At Hope Christian Church we endeavour to make our services about the glory of God above everything else.

-We passionately desire God to be glorified through preaching and thus cannot pamper the egos of fallen men.
-We ardently yearn to have God honouring meetings that give as little prominence to man as possible.

That is certainly not Man Church. And for that I am grateful.

Love, Rob-roy

2 comments:

Christian said...

My wife and I heard the same report yesterday while in the car. While I regularly listen to programs where they point out the fallacies with such irreverent churches (e.g. Wretched), my wife doesn't listen to Christian radio as often (though she is soundly saved). But she couldn't believe what she had heard either. Especially when they talked about how the, "church," would show things like Ultimate Fighting as a part of their, "worship."

Thanks for bringing this up.

willohroots said...

I pastor a new church plant that has been very successful with men. We just baptized 6 last month. We do have coffee and donuts. As for the rest, well....
We are honest with each other,
Christ is the measuring stick we hold against ourselves, and while we always fall short, we never cease to strive.
We do not box at the air but fight a real fight, against addictions, flesh, false teaching, fear, and our own stubborn wills. With Jesus there is a victory. we do not have short sermons, we have in depth, expositions of the Word. And we sing to praise our Maker.
We are a real man church. New men, made more like our Savior every day.