I was a guest at a different kind of church a couple of years ago. They advertised themselves as church done differently so I decided to give it a try. It was done up like a night club complete with a coffee bar and they gave the sacrament to everyone, including the children. It wasn’t real wine but cranberry juice.
It was a strange experience but one thing that always bothered me is that it seemed like the pastor took the Lords name in vein.
He was giving a “message” or what I would rather call a sermon and they had a full surround sound and screen like a theater complete with a rock band type of choir and dry ice. There was lots of hype and on the screen he presented a picture of a man on a raft in the middle of no-where surrounded by great white sharks. His message was that sometimes God will do things like that to you and sometimes metaphorically speaking of course, Jesus will come and see what you have hiding in your closet.
Nobody else seemed to be bothered by this and needless to say I don’t attend that church anymore, but it seems to me that something like that would be taking the Lords name in vein as I don’t believe that God causes disaster in our lives on purpose. We might do that to ourselves from time to time but I would never say that God would purposely cause disasters or do things that would make me feel ashamed. If God and Jesus did that, who would actually go to Them for anything.
I am just reading to much into that?:shrug: