2 Kings 16:10 “And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.”
When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet the King of Assyria, he also started to copy their pagan altars! And not only that, he instructed Uriah the priest to do the same in the temple of God in Jerusalem. This is the best example about using the ways of the world in the worship of God!
John Macarthur in his book “Ashamed of the Gospel” (pages 69-70) wrote something about this to which some large churches in USA have plummeted to ‘entertain’ their congregations using worldly methods. One of the five largest churches in the USA decided to stage a wrestling match between church employees to ‘perk up attendance at Sunday evening services.’ Another church installed a half million dollar special effects system that can produce smoke, fire, sparks and laser lights after studying it’s effects at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas. The Pastor ended one sermon by ascending to ‘heaven’ via invisible wires while the orchestra added the musical accompaniment to the smoke, fire, and light show. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought we are called to feed the sheep, not entertain the goats!
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