Christian Nightclubs and Other Not So Helpful Ideas

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Most of the pagan practices that have become entrenched in mainstream Christianity today gained their foothold among believers who believed erroneously that, adopting ideas and practices from the sorrounding culture is an effective way to propagate the gospel.

In reality, what is often propagated in those scenarios is a dangerous heresy that requires courageous saints to tackle headlong in order to pass on the truth of the gospel to the next generation. Sadly, this efforts at revival never seem to succeed at fully rolling back error; ask Martin Luther.

This sad and seemingly inevitable (inevitable because Jesus implied  this adulteration when he asked, “will I find faith on earth when I return?”)  history of the church, and the Word of God form the background against which we must view some of the efforts by the church to adopt popular culture in these times.

The idea of a Christian Nightclub is one that has been around for a while, but the plan by Julius Agwu to launch one, ostensibly on the orders of God compels us to examine these matters once again.

Adoption of ideas from the culture around us is not inherently wrong or sinful. In reality, many cultural practices are neutral or even morally right. The idea of a nightclub will however not fit either of these bills. It is entirely permissible to have things like Christian Schools, Christian hospitals etc. A nightclub is however a different matter.

Believers already have adequate terms for describing their gatherings, and including a nightclub is certainly not going to produce the edification that all our activities are to be geared towards.

Actually to better understand the superfluity and repulsiveness of the idea, we only need realize that it is the same thing being done in reverse when people talk of Gay Marriage and Church of Satan. Just as it is obvious to the believer that both the church and marriage have inflexible definitions, the idea of a nightclub does not lend itself to easy adoption by the church.

In short, the whole concept of starting a Christian nightclub is misguided. It is just as misguided as some of the Christian reality shows, and the new hogging of the limelight, and ostentatious display of our designer cloths on the red carpet as we attend church events.

Do we not even realize that there is “a great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) who have walked this path before us? Those folks weren’t preening on the dusty steps of the temple and granting interviews to the Jerusalem paparazzi as they went in. To be sure, here’s an account of what it was like in their time.

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour . [2] And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; [3] Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. [4] And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. [5] And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. [6] Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. [7] And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. [8] And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. [9] And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (Acts 3:1-9)

Seeing the sort of legacy that has been left us, one is forced to ask “from whom did we inherit this mindlessness that leaves us destitute of any original ideas, and compels us to ape the world?” For a people of whom it is testified, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ”. (1 Corinthians 2:16), how is it that our only thought for how to win the world is by being worldly?

In the end, this false gospel that you can eat your cake and have it will not stand the test of fire. The Christian race requires sacrifice. Jesus says …

…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

If you mean to be a Christian, you can’t keep your old life or merge it with the new. You can’t put new wine in old wine skin,  you will ruin both.

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