Unregenerate soul - COME ON DOWN!
Revolution Church (Long Beach, CA) is having its Grand Re-Opening (with "new and improved" everything) on February 5 - which is known around the world as "Super Bowl Sunday." To get more people to come to the worship service, the church is raffling off two wide-screen televisions and two PlayStation Portables for the children. Revolution prides itself in being an emergent church with "practical messages" (usually church-speak for two minutes of Bible and 25 minutes of stories and jokes).
If this is an acceptable model of church behavior, I wonder what Jesus thinks of His Bride? Is she not attractive by herself? Must she put on the world's makeup in order to be "acceptable" to the world? Must we trick or bribe people to visit the church?
Too bad the disciples didn't think of this at Pentecost. Then we could read in the Bible that "Those who accepted his plasma TV were baptized and that day 3000 people were added" (Acts 2:41). Yeah, yeah, I know - they didn't have plasma TVs back then - but they plenty of other things they could've given away - like the GOSPEL!