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Been to lot of them. The more I went to the show, the higher priced the admission got. Finally realized it was all smoke and mirrors and I was being taken for a sucker.Still hanging my head in shame.
That stuff is BIG, here in Southern Cal.
People are suckers for it. Save your money and go to a REAL show.
Let me get this right – do people have to pay for admission to churches where you are like Al says and your cartoon shows?
There’s an admission price, all right – and money is the least of it. Having a ticket booth at the door would be a refreshing change – dispense with tbe strong- arm tactics, pleading, and shaming. And call it what it is – a show. An amazing, glittery, lights-camera-action, drama-filled spectacle designed to awe and leave you all tingly – or at least feeling crappy enough to crawl back next week in search of redemption. That’s too straight-forward, though – marketing is everything, so dissembling dressed up in “spiritual” clothes is necessary to maintain the illusion. On with the show!
I’ve visited a number of Protestant churches over the past 50 years, and been a member of a few. I’ve become increasingly aware of a shift from a church “community” to a “church” performance piece. In my experience, two things contribute to that: 1) The size of the church – bigger church, less individual participation and individual responsibility for the life of the church, more “show.” 2) Changing the service to appeal to young people and thinking that means rock bands, overhead projectors and a worship team. I believe that’s what makes an offering can feel like the price of admission rather than the support of a community of believers.