I have written about the megachurch movement often. I have family members that attend one, therefore I tried to mute my words to some degree. However, I have been watching this movement since at least 2011. I sensed something was wrong about it from my first encounter. With each fact and observation, I have come to know that my original observation was correct.
How are they wrong you ask, in one important way they twist and pervert the scriptural meaning of the community of believers and keeping one another accountable into social control communitarianism, there are more but that is their first and primary form of error, it was intended by Drucker when he helped start the movement.
I hold two things to be undeniable at this point. 1) America is in the midst of a revolution and 2) the megachurch movement has had and is having some impact on making that possible. There are many other factors of course. However, what is happening and is about to happen would simply be impossible if there were not hundreds of thousands of middle-class Americans, and importantly their kids, sitting in communitarian churches. If that offends you or seems too far fetched I suggest you are simply not paying attention.
I spent a portion of yesterday drilling down into the social media accounts of a leader at one of these churches. I had seen the edges of the ‘ally’ movement but I had not looked closely. The individual in question is one of this church’s ‘middle-manager’ leaders, they have lead and shepherded others since they were a pre-teen (she is about 25 yo now). Here online actions are straight-up social justice warrior (SJW) tactics, the softer gentler sort.
- find a conversation where one of her followers are “talking about the issues”
- Subtly correct others when they misuse words
- Call in (tag) black folks into conversations with folks that are not willing to give ground on the meanings of words – to shame them into seeing a different perspective
- Shutting down conversations that are not going her way after calling for help and almost shaming fellow Christians
- Actively engaging with and encouraging others that repost her narrative, especially those that include hashtags and “confess and repent”
That is all a kind and gentle version of a struggle session, it ends with people accepting new truth about definitions and confessing their ‘sins’. All of this from a person a mega-church that I track has entrusted over and over to ‘shepherd’ others just a few years younger than her.
All the available evidence suggests she is not just a lone wolf – people like here never are. She is executing the will and intent of this church.
Yes, I have a problem with the megachurch, and it has nothing to do with worship style.
Summary of why I know this movement is a problem (very short version): The big brain (Peter Drucker) behind the megachurch movement was a man that grew up in Austria exposed to thinkers and philosophers of or influenced by a the branch of philosophy that gave the world nihilism, fascism, communism, nihilism, and socialism. In his own writing, he expressed his belief that mankind needed a new way, that both communism and capitalism were insufficient. His concept to achieve this was communities of communities, lead by a leader and who lead leaders, all following a plan. He believed the community was more important than the individual. He believed essentially that fascism went wrong when it failed to account for the spiritual.
After attempting to implement his plan in American industry through ‘plant communities’ he focused his efforts on the churches. Drucker was key in the formation and growth of the dominant organization that helps megachurches grow and provides templates and plans to megachurch pastors.
At the heart of all of this is the notion that the individual is less important than the community, that leaders must be followed, that the community must be served. (Read the full version here)
Many of those megachurches you see around all started in the mid-1990s yet they use the same lexicon and new words (intentional, relational, authentic) have the same sorts of services and the same vibe. This is because no matter what ‘origin’ story they publish on their website they all started with a few folks that attended some Leadership Conference events, bought the material and the mailing list and used the plan; Peter Drucker’s plan. None of this is authentic no matter what they and the marketing material tell you.
Watch Chris Rosebrough’s video (long but worth it) – open the PowerPont presentation here. This lays out the Druckerite foundations of the megachurch movement and its alignment with failed ideology.
The megachurches encouraged and nurtured by Drucker and the Leadership Network are not acquiesce to bad ideology. Social gospel has infiltrated all the mainline denominations. See Founder’s Ministries presentation on Critical Theory.
Most that attend these sorts of churches have no idea of how deeply Marxist and communitarian ideology has entered their church – most Americans are not aware of the lexicon (do you know what intersectionality really means and where it comes from). Most of their sermons do not tell the whole story – the real focus of these churches is in the small group – that is where the real indoctrination and social control occurs – see the example of the communistista small group leader above.
Obviously, churches are not the primary cause of the cultural zeitgeist and the increase in ideological absurdity. Universities and schools have been usurped for years. Tucker Carlson did a recent piece on how this cult of communitarianism has become normal.
We, middle-class Americans, have made this possible. The notion that America, a land that has made more progress than any other nation at any other time, is simply wrong and evil is absurd. Every group that has arrived here, up until the late 20th century, has progressed and improved. Repeating a narrative continually that we oppress and commit genocide is wrong, it can only lead to division and hate. Building a communitarian organization that indoctrinates and controls the thoughts of it members and then peddling such nonsense is evil; it is not Christ-like.
The megachurch, in order to be relevant, cool and hip, is now fully bought into. I watched a video tonight of the senior pastor of the church the SJW communista mentioned above. He “preached” for almost 30 minutes without referencing the Bible. Finally, he referred to Ephesians 2:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
A church with leaders that are actively, and in coordination, promoting ‘blackness’ have significantly misread and misinterpreted this verse. Christ creates a new man among Christians, a new creation in Christ. Quoting this verse, while promoting divisiveness is hypocrisy. Twisting the notion of a new creation into the support of division is simply wrong. (preaching a sermon without really using the Bible is also the sign of a false teacher)
This from a Church that has been fairly silent on the issue of abortion, the sanctity of the family and other sins that are tearing the culture apart. Picking a sin that is ‘relevant’ to champion is error.
America needs a new Great Awakening and it needs to begin with Christian Americans abandoning these social gospel ‘churches’ for real authentic Christian churches. Justice, love, and mercy will come to us through Christ – not Marxist communitarian social control.