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Dear Sir,

I recently read in the weekly Christian Post this article entitled, “An Inside Look at a New Generation of Pastors.” It was the pastor of the Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Elevation Church is described as “A pop culture-friendly church with an Orthodox Christian message.” I have been a Christian for many years, and I would appreciate your explanation of this new type of ministry.

Finally, do you believe that the elimination of the Sunday night service and replacing old time gospel hymns with contemporary Christian music is a positive or negative for the church in the 21st century?

-D. Peterson, WA


Arno's Answer:



Your description, “A pop culture-friendly church with an Orthodox Christian message” is very fitting for many new churches. One of my sons recently told me that in a survey at one of these new, successful and popular churches, they found that the overwhelming majority were people who had never gone to church and found Christ through the preaching of the Gospel. Here we must take the Apostle Paul’s advice in Philippians 1:15-18, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.“ When the “Orthodox Christian message” is proclaimed, I rejoice, although it is true that I do not understand why the extremely loud Hollywood entertainment-type music is part of the service and the old time gospel hymns are rarely used. But the Lord will divide the real and the fake, in modern churches as well as in old fundamental ones. He will have the last word.

Midnight Call - 12/2013


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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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