I wonder how many have been to any of these "mega-churches"? I have been numerous times in the past and will continue to go in the future, because I believe many of these pastors need to be openly and publicly rebuked in front of the entire congregation for mis-handling the Gospel and preaching a false Jesus and a false plan of salvation.
I understand that there are exception to the rule, but the majority of these mega-churches experience their growth by preaching a sugary sweet, watered down easy believism and thus a false gospel and a false Jesus. They preach Jesus wants you to be happy, happy, happy, not Jesus wants you to be Holy, Holy, Holy.
One personal example is of a mega-church I attended this past Easter. They had over 20,000 seekers attend there 10 services. They never spoke of the cross, never spoke of the resurrection, never spoke of repentance and only mentioned Jesus a few brief times, the message was about Peter being a fisherman. At the end of the service they had people sign a paper that was provided in the bulletin that stated to the affect I believe Jesus is the son of God and has already forgiven me for all my past sins and all sins I will commit in the future Upon signing this paper and tossing it into a wading pool set up on the stage as a symbol of throwing away your sin and casting them upon Jesus voila your saved, going to heaven and nothing you do or say in the future can ever change that You are already forgiven for every sin you will ever commit. This church proudly claims that it patterns itself after Saddleback and purchases much of their material from them. They follow the Saddleback pattern to a tee.
The fastest way to grow your numbers is to not preach hell, judgment, sin, wrath, holiness, cross bearing, the blood of Christ, repentance, self denial, death to self and flesh, righteousness - just preach love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace and happiness mixed in with some pop psychology and Dale Carnegie type motivation and I guaranty your numbers will grow and your converts will become twice the children of hell.
I think if most people would head down to their local mega-church and see whats actually going on, they would be truly shocked!!! I believe many more people would agree with me that most of these pastors need to be openly and publicly rebuked in front of the entire congregation for mis-handling the Gospel and preaching a false Jesus and a false plan of salvation. Most of these pastors are demons disguised as angles of light. They need to be stared down, called out and shut down!!!
What would Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul, Peter, John Wesley, George Fox, Charles Finney etc. do if they walked into one of these churches this Sunday?