TOYING WITH ETERNAL DESTINY
By Akin Ojumu
William Murphy is the lead pastor of The dReam Center Church, a mega Church in the metro Atlanta area. In his bio, the man describes himself as “Truly an anointed man of God, who walks with a trifecta anointing of Bishop, Intercessor, and Worshiper.”
You’d think that someone so “trifectally anointed” would know the boundaries between light and darkness, righteousness and unrighteousness, and spiritual and carnal. Being such a super-spiritual somebody, you’d expect him to know not get himself wrapped up in the things of this world.
In this video clip, you’d realize that the man with the trifecta anointing doesn’t seem capable of drawing the line between that which is acceptable and abominable to God.
This past New Year’s Eve, William Murphy turned his church assembly into a nightclub where the people danced to the beats of rap music produced by gangsters. With the “Bishop, Intercessor, and Worshiper” egging them on, the congregation sang along as DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out” and Fast Life Yungstaz’s “Swag Surfin” boomed from the loudspeakers.
Some folks may read this and see nothing wrong with people dancing to rap music during Church service. Well, perhaps, they should listen to the lyrics of the two rap songs in question. These are lurid songs that even most TV or Radio stations would never play, and if they do, some of the words would be bleeped out because they are sexually suggestive and inappropriate.
Take for instance the lyrics of the song “Walk It Out” by DJ Unk:
Now hit the danceflo’, and bend ya back low
She do it with no hands, now stop pop and roll
I'm smokin bubble ho, yeah dey in trouble ho
I like the way she move, an undercover ho
For those who may not know, the word “ho” in the lyrics is a slang for “whore.” And the “smokin bubble” refers to the state of being high or stoned with cannabis intoxication.
When, in the name of being relevant to a post-modern world, a supposedly Christian assembly promotes songs that sexualize women and glorify violence, you know the Church has serious problems. William Murphy’s attempt to blur the line between what’s considered righteous and unrighteous, is a fast-rising trend in present-day Christianity.
Known as the seeker-friendly religiosity, the proponents of this idea design both their church buildings and their services, and reinvent the Christian message, all in an effort to bring more people through their doors. They go all out to offer worldly allurements to attract the multitudes. Such a Church avoids doing or saying anything that would offend or drive the people away.
There’s great folly in trying to invent a “Christian” message that aligns with contemporary culture. These attempts to create a Gospel that’s inclusive, accommodative, nonjudgmental, and that demands nothing of the hearer are nothing but futility of futilities.
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
It’s a rather dangerous thing to dilute and adulterate the Gospel to make it more palatable for the post-modern world and to get them to come and fill up the membership roll.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you... In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3).
Diluted and adulterated gospel is spiritual poison that tickles the ear and gives false reassurance to the soul. The preachers of a false gospel and those who consume their errors are playing Russian roulette with their eternal destiny.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” (Matthew 7:13).
Enough already to all the shenanigans that go on in your church done in an attempt to contemporize Christianity and make it attractive to a sinful world.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8).
You must realize the futility in the performative nonsense that you all do in church to modernize the Gospel and make it more palatable to unregenerate souls.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Don’t go to the Church closest to your house. Go to the Church closest to the Bible. It’s time to come out from their midst and be separate. For the sake of your soul, run for your life.