A Vista, Calif., megachurch is canceling all worship services this weekend and leaving no excuse for Christians to stay in the pews and out of “being” the church.
“So many people think of a church as a self-contained religious club – but it’s not,” said Pastor Larry Osborne of North Coast Church. “A healthy church is a community of Jesus-followers who live out their spiritual commitment 24/7.”
Over 6,000 North Coast attendees are living out their commitment as they tackle 139 community service projects at 70 sites throughout North San Diego County. On Oct. 25 and 26, the church is closing its doors for a “Weekend of Service” and providing churchgoers the opportunity to show the love of Jesus. [article]
Well one aspect of “being” the church is that you can tithe to yourself.
Now it is very good for them to be getting involved in community projects, but they are in need of a little both/and. Loving God and loving neighbor are not mutually exclusive activities..
It is rather interesting all of the divergent paths Protestantism has followed since the Reformation. Then we had the false charge that Catholic’s believed justification came via works and now we have a Protestant Megachurch canceling “worship” to do works. Over the last couple of years there have been Megachurches that canceled Christmas services to give family time. But the idea that going to church is about us an not giving the due worship and thanks to God is not confined to just Protestants. Bishop conferences have transferred Holy Days of Obligation to Sundays to make things more “convenient” or we have parishes tailoring liturgy as entertainment.