New Jersey Church Hosting Living Star Wars Nativity
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:14-18 (KJV)
In the book of Revelation, Jesus warns us that the last church on this earth right before the Rapture will be the cold, dead, worldly and lukewarm church of Laodicea. This is a very prosperous church by financial standards, but it is also a church that no longer trusts in the power of the old-fashioned gospel to reach lost sinners and save souls. They have all the glitz and glamour of the world, because they no longer believe in the gospel once delivered to the saints. Liquid Church in New Jersey is proof-positive of this fulfillment of last days prophecy.
On Christmas Eve, there will be a living Star Wars nativity scene at all five locations of Liquid Church in New Jersey. A rep from the church tells me Princess Leia will stand in as Mary, Han Solo will represent Joseph, Chewbacca will be all the animals in the manger and R2D2 will rep the wise men. What about baby Jesus, you ask? Sadly, it’s not Yoda. “We have a wooden cresh with swaddling clothes to represent Jesus, but no Star Wars character will be in the cresh,” she says.
Head pastor at Liquid Church, Tim Lucas, tells us exactly what his reasoning behind the Star Wars Christmas themed manger is. In his own words he says that while we may have the “greatest story” in the world, that that story itself, the gospel, lacks sufficient power to draw people in.
We want to draw on the excitement surrounding Star Wars in order to reach new people and teach them about the birth of Jesus Christ, in a way they’ve never heard before,” says Lucas. “We believe we have the greatest story in the world, but the challenge is reaching people with that story. So, as a church, we want to be dynamic, engaging, and culturally relevant. … There are no rules that say church needs to be dry and boring. One of our core values at Liquid is that ‘church is fun.’ It’s okay to laugh and celebrate together while talking about Christmas. If that means having Star Wars characters in costume and dancing Stormtroopers, I’m all for it.“
How tragically sad it is when the pastor says that “one of our core values is that ‘church is fun'”. 25 years of Bible reading and study have yet to lead me to the passages that would prove his statement to be true. Pastor Lucas, like thousands of other Laodicean-age church leaders in 2015, no longer believe that a sincere and passionate preaching of the gospel has any power in and of itself. This is what God has to say about Bible preaching:
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:21 (KJV)
Pastor Lucas, when someone from your staff shows you this article, you need to know that the gospel is not and was not ever meant to be ‘culturally relevant’, not by a long shot. The Bible stands in opposition to “modern culture” in all ages, times and seasons. When people come to church, they are supposed to ‘see a difference’, that it is not like the world. Instead of being, as you say, a “fun” way to spend time, church was always meant to be a sober time of WORSHIP unto the Lord. When I go to church, I sing at the top of my lungs, shout amen at the preaching, and love hearing the word preached in power and in truth. Nothing boring about that! But what I don’t want is the stinking old, sin-cursed, Devil-soaked world in there with me.
“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;” Titus 1:3 (KJV)
So enjoy your Hollywood “Christmas” service this year, and all the thousands of people that will flock to see the Star Wars presentation of the gospel. But please write to me and let me know how many people got saved at any of your services, how many people kneeled at the altar, weeping over their sins and asking Jesus to save them from Hell. You do preach on Hell, right? Because that’s what Jesus came to save us from.
I would truly like to know.