"...When He [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matt 9:36

"Do not rob the poor, because he is poor... for the Lord will take up their case and plunder those who plunder them." Proverbs 22:22-23

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Big Bang Theory - Push Da Big Red Button, Boom Goes Da Church

Below is the video of the FBC Dallas implosion. Pretty impressive. Below that is the still shot of the pastor and two others pushing The Big Red Button. Is there a deeper, allegorical meaning in three men in suits pushing a button and blowing up the church? Hmmm.



I liked the looks on the faces of the men (pastor in the middle) pushing The Big Red Button that makes it go boom. I like the suit and ties for a building demolition - nice touch! For more pictures, visit this blog.

From that blog, is this quote:
"We're doing this for one reason," Jeffress said, "to magnify the glory of our lord Jesus Christ." With that, the three made a show of plunging down the button in unison, cueing a series of explosions around the church complex below."

10 comments:

Lydia said...

Mega churches are all about theatre.

9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;[a] 20 and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”[b] 21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Katie said...

Lydia... perfect scripture here. Good work. :)

Lynn said...

Lydia,
I don't think it's just mega churches. I think many people sitting each Sunday in their church get the disturbing feeling that they are watching a performance.

Lydia said...

I don't think it's just mega churches. I think many people sitting each Sunday in their church get the disturbing feeling that they are watching a performance.

October 31, 2010 4:10 PM

I understand. But work in mega churches and you will see that it is a very slick Hollywood style of production. In some, even planned jokes for laughs are carefully inserted with care of timing in the 3pt proof texted sermon because laughs get attention back. Emotions are manufactured for effect. Some use fear tactics. All of it is manufactured to elicit a response. Where is the Holy Spirit?

I have seen it all. It is chilling.

To say this "building" is for the glory of God reminds me of the tower of Babel.

Anonymous said...

Dorky is the new excellent at FBCD. Everything they do is now scripted, cheesy and phony. And those who remain there are eating it right up. This was just an outward expression of an inward implosion that began 3 years ago.

Anonymous said...

First Baptist Dallas NOW looks perfect!!!!!

Anonymous said...

These guys in suits remind me of Jerry Falwell in a suit sliding down a waterpark slide in the 1980's....to celebrate attaining a financial goal I believe.

Paul and DeeDee said...

I don't go to FBC Dallas or any mega church for that reason....but I have been in there building. It is a modge podge of extremely old office buildings that simply were made to work for the church. I can see why they would want a new building. When I was there it took at least 20 minutes to get where I was going, through a series of falling down hallways and up and down different ancient elevators because the floors don't connect from building to building....it was kinda a mess.

They have a lot of members and need a building that will work better for them and is a little more appealing to visitors.

I am sure there new plan is quite overboard but my point is they were in need of a new building.

Anonymous said...

I am sure there new plan is quite overboard but my point is they were in need of a new building.

November 3, 2010 8:38 PM
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I am sure the poor, hungry, needy, orphan, and widow will agree with you. :) They will just have to get whatever is leftover. Not to mention the future costs to maintain and air condition and heat and staff the new building. Jesus wept.

Anonymous said...

I don't go to FBC Dallas or any mega church for that reason....but I have been in there building. It is a modge podge of extremely old office buildings that simply were made to work for the church. I can see why they would want a new building. When I was there it took at least 20 minutes to get where I was going, through a series of falling down hallways and up and down different ancient elevators because the floors don't connect from building to building....it was kinda a mess.

They have a lot of members and need a building that will work better for them and is a little more appealing to visitors.

I am sure there new plan is quite overboard but my point is they were in need of a new building.

November 3, 2010 8:38 PM

Joel Gregory writes about this in his book, "Too Great A Temptation".

He also pointed out Criswell's FOUR elaborate offices in that hodge podge. Each for a different purpose depending on who he was meeting with. And of course, each office required staff.

I guess it never occured to them to renovate. I have been there and know what you mean by the hodge podge but I am also listening to Jeffries words about the new building and he is as man centered and materialistic as you can get.