The pastor’s name is Deitrick Haddon, and he is a preacher only in the loosest sense of the word. He is a “gospel” rock performer (what the press on the Left Coast calls a Christian R&B vocalist) and he and his staff put on rock concert “revivals” in and around Los Angeles. At the end of the concert they offer to the attending “pastors and reverends” some “altar time” and use that to send some audience members off onto a journey into eternity. In my critical eye, those folks so mesmerized by the music should be advised that they might want to consult the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s book — the only source of information on God, Jesus, the church, Christianity and worship and on what God requires, on angels, Satan, and on every other related Christian notion and teaching. Reason: because the things they have just witnessed and over which they are sweating and praying cannot be found anywhere within its covers. This is big money, Hollywood quality stuff that has nothing to do with God or Christ, but which (like the previously mentioned Christ Fellowship located here in South Florida) succeeds in bringing in the feel good crowds by the thousands. And Mr. Haddon is an award winning musician and front man.
There is a program profiling Mr. Haddon and six other “preachers” in and around L.A. The show is titled Preachers of L.A. It airs during the day on the Bravo channel (an NBC Universal owned cable network), which in this endeavor takes some time out from their usual promotion of homosexual and other bad behaviors to provide a wider stage for these folks to display their “moves” and their lives.
I have no interest in demeaning people, as they are really no different than most of the mainstream Christians who surround everyone else, although what they do speaks volumes. They stir them up and then pray them into sainthood and send them off on their way with a recommendation that they ought to show up down at the local congregation. But I will point out the blindingly obvious central premise: that to the person, not one of them can find anything they either practice or preach within God’s Book or anywhere near it — Not one thing. But they all look well fed and comfortably kept.
As with the last post, this is entertainment that seeks to sustain itself upon the wallets and lack of sensibilities of the audience. The supplicants in these stage shows ought to break out the Bible. And true Christians ought to feel ashamed and saddened. Ashamed because of the loss of souls and saddened that the followers don’t seem to be able to distinguish when they are being taken. While it is true that the entertainment part does no harm, it does no good either. And it is certainly something that has no precedence in the scriptures, not in the words of Christ or an apostle; and it leans on seeking to stir up emotion within the attendees, and relies upon that aspect. In fact it has no example, no command and inference upon which to lean, in any sense, anywhere in God’s Book. Rather, most of the behaviors and words present are found condemned within the Bible. That makes all of it the work of some other God. And I close by noting the God of this world never sleeps.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
(1 Peter 5:8)
“The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”