I am starting this thread because me and my mom disagree about Newspring "Church." I think it is an Emergent/Seeker-sensitive "Church" based on what I've read elsewhere on this site and other sites. The whole things feels like a cross between a rock concert and an infommercial/corporate retreat.
I am a fundamentalist pre-trib. dispensationalist (etc., etc.) follower of Jesus. I want a traditional service with hymns and "meaty" sermons that are more than just milk.
I wear my Sunday-best to church because that is reverent and how my dad taught me. No flip-flops, jeans, or HATS (on men)! Emergent people just don't get this, but as a lawyer, I also do not go before a judge with my shirt untucked so HOW MUCH MORESO JEHOVAH!!!
I do not make fart jokes in church or reference bathroom humor and certainly don't think a pastor should!
I think a pastor ought to be a serious-as-a-heart-attack kinda guy and be somewhat akin to a theologian. He should not be a stand-up comic or crowd-pleaser. Rather, he should be filled with the holy spirit and speak the Gospel message despite the fact that this scares the fire outta people. He ought to burn bright with the holy Word of the Living God and burn others in the process! Remember Moses and the followers of Korah? How bout Elijah and Ahab's two companies of fifty soldiers?
A pastor ought to preach openly about sin to convict sinners, ask them to repent, have faith in Jesus, and come to salvation. He should also preach the "meat" that is prophecy and the wiles/tricks of Satan. This is opposed to "feel good" messages about super basic truths, like you would learn in 4 year old Sunday School.
ANYWAYS! This Perry Noble guy just isn't my type of pastor and their music is like going to a night club for a show. He is irreverent and childish, and while he does preach the Gospel message, that's pretty much all he does. Really basic stuff like its a giant youth group service for teenagers.
Well, my mom likes the music and is entertained, but I just can't stand it. Especially the way they sell things like books and t-shirts in the lobby, and then one of the associate pastors bragged about getting rich off it during the sermon.
I have only been about 8 or 9 times with my mom, but I have had enough of this dog and pony show! This is kiddie church. And, I've never heard them talk about the rapture or any other eschatological issues. Are they amillennial/preterist? I do not know.
All that said, however, I know I've felt the holy spirit move in that place before (At least I hope that's what it was!!!) during an eyes-closed, hand-raising type of altar call where no one goes before the altar because there isn't one. What happened to confessing Him before others? Anyways, I know that they preach Jesus, but they sure do have a different way of doing it! It's just like a "Christian kindergarten." REALLY BASIC!
ANY THOUGHTS? COMMENTS? DISPARAGEMENTS?