After seeing the video of a Minneapolis church having their Easter Sunday “3D” giveaway, my mind began to race and to be honest my blood began to boil. This giveaway was not of clothes or food; most definitely not Bibles. This giveaway was one with new 3D TVs, new 3D Nintendo DS game systems, and 3D movie theater gift cards. To top it all off this giveaway was not for an evangelistic block party, but the main focus of a worship service held on Resurrection Sunday. Most of you my be intrigued, but let me point out the most disturbing line that led the coverage of this church. The pastor said (please pardon his language) “I have no problem bribing people with crap in order to meet Christ.” Bribery for Jesus?
Isn’t real worship more than just getting people to meet Jesus? Real worship is characterized by a surrender to the Savior’s call, repentance and hatred of sin, faith in the atoning work of Christ and His resurrection power that frees us from the bondage of sin, and assurance given by the Holy Spirit who is set upon us as a seal. Even if that is what Pastor Dykstra seeks to highlight, the allure of the 3D TV is the actual spectacle. Though he sees nothing wrong with this practice, I wonder if there really is anything that should regulate our worship? If it is merely our sense of what is acceptable, then we have no right to say that this Pastor is not doing what is acceptable for his congregation. If there is some clear biblical principle, then we have a sure ground to know whether or not this worship gimmick is right or wrong. So, is there such a biblical principle? I think so, and it is called the regulative principle. Read the rest of this entry »