Sensual Gospel

The Sensual Invasion

The other day, I heard a beautiful worship song.  It was penned by a brilliant songwriter, known the world over.  It displayed the poignancy that brilliant songwriting does, that seemingly casual ability to hit on a tune so simple as to be unforgettable, and yet somehow so superior that most of us could never come with anything half as good.  It was gorgeous.

Its lyrics were intimate and personal, and yet so unpretentious.  They called out, “My sweet Lord, my sweet Lord…” with a humble and heartfelt yearning, real praise and a sense of adoration.  That phrase was repeated over and over, and then the yearning expanded with a real cry, “I really want to know you! I really want to be with you!  I really want to see you!”  Not much more to it, that was the bulk of the song, repeating the simple phrases of love and longing over and over.

Toward the end, the writer finally introduced a new phrase, as the song entered the sort of ecstatic climax so familiar to our generation of church-goers and/or pop musicians.  That new phrase, calling out the name that was so to be praised, was this, “Hare Krishna!  Hare Krishna!”  The song was, “My Sweet Lord,” by George Harrison of the Beatles, in adoration of his savior and guru, Krishna.  George’s life at the time was a melee of music, hindu spirituality, (including yoga and meditation) psychedelic drugs, and sexual infidelity.  He was truly devoted to his lord, and believed with all his heart.  So much so that he had his ashes scattered in rivers in India at his death.  He was a real proponent of unity, saying, “All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn’t matter what you call Him just as long as you call.”

Minus the “hare krishna” refrain, his song could easily be one sung in churches on Sunday morning, or on Christian radio.  I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that it already is.  Because as I said in my previous post, the tidal wave of apostasy that I believe is preparing to wash over the Western church (maybe the whole church?) has already sent little predecessors up to lap at our feet, not just to make us feel comfortable, but to actually excite us about that which is to come, with prophecies and expectations of massive harvest, global revival, ecumenical renewal (heard anybody talk about “unprecedented cooperation in the ‘Body of Christ'” lately?), and coming signs and wonders.

Big claims, I know…  But consider this.  What if instead of turning believers (and unbelievers) aside from the core doctrines of the faith, putting a gun to our heads and yelling, “Deny Christ!  Reject His church!  Break all unity!  Start to hate and stop loving!  Call him NOT-Lord!”  what if the devil were a little smarter than that?  What if he realized that he would need something more subtle to deceive the people of God, and his plan was actually to keep all the right words and phrases and doctrinal hashtags (#deityofchristforever, #Jesusrocksmyworld, #churchisthepeopleofGodcool,#virginbirthanddeathandresurrectionetcetera), but erode the reality so he could substitute a new meaning for the same old words?  What if he offers a new Jesus?  A different Lord?  Institutions called church that bear little or no resemblance to anything described or prescribed in the New Testament?  What if he creates a new version of love, totally disconnected from God’s love?  (Side note:  your children’s generation now believes that homosexuals “love” and Christians “hate.”)

What if he could substitute a sensual religion for the actual one?  What if he offered us a form of godliness that denies its power?  What he trains us to repeatedly invest in activities that feel like they change us, but don’t?  What if the workouts burned, but the weight never came off?  What if the boyfriend caresses, but the ring is never on the finger?  What if the chemo doesn’t shrink the tumor?  What if the tears are shed, but the life stays self-centered?  What if the songs are sung, but object of them is a god of our own making?  What if the teachings are moving, but nobody can remember what was said, because they are hearers, not doers (Jas. 1:22)?  What if teens who used to dance at a club now dance in a church (that looks just like a club)?  What if the altar call nabs 200 hundred who actually think that Christ has their life because of that trip down the aisle rather than because He has their life?  What if people feel so stirred up that they devote themselves to the lord without ever having loved the truth, hated their sin, and taken up their cross…and their sacrifice turns out to be ashes in an Eastern river?

What if a generation is being trained to feel saved rather than to be saved?

What if rather than preaching a gospel unto repentance, a gospel is preached unto emotionally driven spiritual encounters?

What if Christian spirituality is becoming a degree or two removed from pagan spirituality, in which getting a moment to “center” oneself, to “meditate,” to “be with God,” to “touch the heart of God…” or any number of other phrases, is being taught and embraced at large as if it were what the Bible says?  Here’s a song we can’t turn on our local Christian radio station without hearing…

And ooh there’s something ’bout the way Your sun shines on my face
It’s a love so true, I could never get enough of You
This feeling can’t be wrong, I’m about to get my worship on
Take me away, It’s a beautiful day yeah yeah yeah…

If you watch this gal sing, you gotta love her.  It’s so fun, it’s so upbeat, it’s so effervescent.  But it’s not Christianity!  IT IS NOT THE GOSPEL. In fact, you could easily take out the word “worship” and substitute “party” or “flip-flops” or “weekend” or any number of fun ideas in there with no problem.  And that should tell you something.   It’s takin’ a break, gettin’ some sunshine and music and youth and feeling good.   All of which I can get on other stations.  I like youth, I like sunshine, I like bopping…but what does it mean that people would confuse it with Christ and think it has anything to do with worship?

What does it mean?

What does it mean that like George Harrison, Christians are doing yoga everywhere?  Like George’s meditation, they are practicing “contemplative prayer” and seeking out the mystics for spiritual guidance, (as popular, or maybe more popular, in the evangelical church even than charismatic)?  And like George’s whole-hearted worship, Christians are singing “Oh my sweet Lord!” being taught consistently by their music, and sometimes even their sermons (as I’ve shown with IHOPKC and Bethel), that their God wants them to feel His presence and encounter His love, or some such, rather than to be saved from their sin and obey the Lord Jesus.

Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”

And He said to them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’  But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’  Luke 13:23-27


13 thoughts on “The Sensual Invasion

  1. Reblogged this on The Narrowing Path and commented:
    Don’t miss this excellent article that strikes at the heart of a significant aspect of deception within the Church, from a sister in Christ who has firsthand experience of the sensual invasion of which she speaks.

    Thanks to the Floating on Tiptoes blog for directing me to another sister in Christ! Praise God for the way he is gathering us together.

  2. Reblogged this on Wings of the Wind and commented:
    My friend Sherryn of The Narrowing Path found this article at another blog I follow called Floating on Tiptoes. I have been listening to contemporary “Christian” music for over 40 years. To be honest, I know none of the “new” artists. I’m sure there are some good ones but it all sounds the same to me. Much of the time I can’t understand what is being said. Am I getting old or is there a reason when I hum these days it’s hymns from the old hymnbook at my church filled with words based on Biblical truth. I hope you read this article. There are many strange things happening in “Christian” churches these days.

  3. All I can say is stay away and AVOID like the plague “Jesus Culture” and anything to do with them (including their “church.”) They have as much to do with the Biblical Jesus as a pound of butter has something to do with a bicycle. Nothing.
    Be aware, at all times.

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  7. Beth,
    I so appreciate your website. I don’t have a connection to bethel personally but have listened to their worship music for years. About a year ago, I started hearing about occult practices within certain groups of charismatics. I started doing research about the NAR, IHOP, Word of Faith, and others. I was horrified at what I discovered about Bethel and these other groups. Fortunately, I was never in any of these groups as I grew up in what I consider now to have been very solid, Word-based, doctrinally-sound charismatic churches. For the last 17 years as an adult(I’m 42), I’ve not been in charismatic churches but in other Bible-believing, Word-teaching, Christ-preaching, gospel-driven churches…hallelujah! I still believe in the continuation of spiritual and miraculous gifts and healing for believers, major tenets of charismatic faith, but with greater understanding of their place in the whole counsel of scripture. I’ve been supernaturally healed by Yahweh Rapha!

    But my grounding is completely, wholly, totally on scripture, the Word of God for everything. The Word is my source, THE authority. All my faith comes from God’s Word, and my exercised and granted gifts flow from my time in His Word. I seek nothing but His Word, and I find His presence there. I meet Him in worship and in prayer and in constant communication with Him as His Word is in me and flows through my
    mind and heart constantly. So prayer and worship and “words” from Him to me and others and songs and discernment and faith naturally come from this walk in His Word.

    Here’s what I have been wrestling with since finding out about the false teachings and practices of bethel and others:
    For years, I’ve worshipped to their worship music. I’ve felt the anointing on certain songs and worship leaders. I know the Lord’s presence as I experience it with other worship songs from other doctrinally sound groups as well. I don’t want to support a heretical ministry. But God has greatly used their music to minister to me. His Word doesn’t return void. So if His Word is sung, it will accomplish its purpose in me. I put away all bethel and Jesus culture music last summer because of the info I read. Then I read about other worship teams and their church’s heresies. So I prayed and prayed and prayed…and finally I decided this with The Lord(and asked him to correct me if this was wrong): if a song is based on scripture, glorifying to God, lifting the name of Christ and the gospel, I will listen to it and worship with it. Could there be and are there some true believers within these ministries? Are there any in leadership that are truly born again but just deceived by some of the false teaching? Could God be raising up some worship leaders who are truly His children so that His other true children are still ministered to while trapped in these false groups? Are they all lost? I really want your honest opinion you’ve seen it first hand.

  8. Blaise Foret ( his home page addresses his exit of IHOPKC and the ramifications and then you (michael’s response who is pro IHOP, how sad, which he is wrong and hasn’t researched a matter and wait till he goes through those type of brutal interrogations). Obviously Michael hasn’t researched your site which is excellent and written well (can’t write well). How is the homosexual spirit at IHOPKC, noted a lot of young men with that spirit on them (what religion will breed because religion isn’t of God)?

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