Have you ever heard the expression "you could really feel the spirit move during the worship service this Sunday"? I have. Everywhere. Not just in charasmatic or pentecostal churches but in Southern Baptist and even (gasp) reformed churches! EVERYWHERE I'VE BEEN... This cartoon made me chuckle and sigh all at the same time. My lungs are confused.
Yeppers....thats about right. It's all about knowing your audience and giving them what they want. As long as you know what they want and then deliver it, the crowds keep coming. Everyones happy because everyone is entertained. This is NOT what the church looks like in the New Testament. This is what is looked forward to by those who plan to "go to church" every week.
But is anyone growing? Is anyone being equipped to minister? Is God's temple being built? Is Christ's body displayed including all its members? Is Christ the Head (and by head I mean director)? Is everyone able to participate and minister to one another freely yet with order as we see in 1 Cor 14?
The traditional church of today looks nothing like the church of the NT. Do we really think that is a good thing?