That’s what Francis Chan called it, but I would disagree with calling today’s consumerism church gatherings as out right evil, and I also think Francis Chan didn’t mean it as harshly as he said.
Evil is something with an intention to deliberately harm, and I’m guessing Francis Chan meant to stress the “harm” done by a consumerism church, not that the leadership of said churches intend to deliberately harm their congregations.
I’ve shared the video clip below where you can see and hear and decide for yourself.
I have been known to question and challenge the ways of consumerism churches and preachers at the CrossHope Chapel Pastoral Notes posts, but I think that most are sincere and are simply seeking to replicate what we’re being taught in seminary as the way to live out God’s calling in ministry.
I would agree with Francis Chan that the consumerism approach is not the way to make disciples and is more aligned to today’s culture than to the Bible, but I tend to have pity for their struggling congregants not a repulsiveness against that as an evil.
At CrossHope Chapel we do church differently and trying to explain or describe our family style discipleship focused non-conventional relaxed format to others is not easy. In fact, it is easier to avoid experiencing church at CrossHope Chapel than it is to actually be vulnerable enough to fellowship in an atmosphere of God’s grace where you can’t hide in a back pew or slip in without being noticed.
In the video clip below, Francis Chan talks about the consumerism church today and why he has opted to get involved in the house church movement.