I've had my mind blown a time or two by the outrageous activities done in the arena of the "SERMON". I've seen circus's brought in with towers and skateboarders, Nubian half clad ballet dancers, dancing to classical music, [with young men drooling with their eyes bugging out..], and even prophetic insight preached in the most odd of demonic religious manifestations, as the possessed one was brought up front to model it!
But as far as slick goes, let me relate a bit less obvious one, that got my attention.
I visited a friend, in another city, over a weekend, and went to His local assembly, that he had attended for some time...T sat threw the usual, predictable niceities, the bulletin, offering number one, announcements, etc. Wow, I did it. Now, for the Word. I had my Bible ready to jump on any scriptures that may be referred to, and also to hide in, to read if the preaching deal got a little too boring. ...you know, catch up on some study,,etc.?
The Pastor came up, introduced himself, and gave a queue, and a movie screen slid down behind Him, and the show began! Very cool neocharismatic tunes began to waft throughout the auditorium, and as the Teacher opened His mouth, a scripture opened within the titles of a slide show, and a partial motion picture, with each and every scene, perfectly orchestrated with his every Word. I did not need my Bible. It was all right here, in the movie. I only had to enjoy! How cool, the Holy Spirit could can Himself! The Narrator, this Pastor, spoke about Him! Right while the Movie displayed the beauty and Pathos of this man of God.
How thoughtfull, to combine entertainment with the Gospel! Everyone was happy, and no one had to work too hard; after all, this was a day of rest.
The only problem that I saw, was that the Holy Spirit took a rest also.....somewhere else, He had went on a short vacation probably, to the broken and desperate!
Oh yeah, the movie. It ended well, and he never missed a beat. The offering #2 was big, I think, because everyone seemed so satisfied. It all went so well....so smooth. Everyone felt they had received a true revelation from God, and I would give it 4 and one half stars out of 5. Almost perfect. Another spirit-filled sunday. :roll:
We've came a long way baby.