Mar 11, 2019 by Michael

Francis Chan Speaks Up Against 'Wave Pool' Churches And Says It's Twisted And Evil

Well known evangelist Francis Chan revcently told pastors that they have to set aside their own personal agendas and make church that Jesus is the one who is leading their church. He spoke on Tuesday at the Exponential Conference at First Baptist in Orlando, Florida, reported CBN.

"I realize that a lot of times I don't act like He's the head of the Church," Chan admitted. "I don't act like I'm just like an arm. And I don't really humble myself, 'Lord, You're the head of the Church. What do You want me to do?' The arm doesn't do anything unless the head tells him to do it."

"If it was up to this mind to build a church, if it was up to this mind to keep a church together, Lord I'll just create something that this mind wants. And what I like, what I enjoy. God, I need you as head over the church. We need You as head over the church," he said.

Chan was outspoken and said that there are dangers when making church like a "wave pool" at a water park – fun, but "so different from real surfing."
"I can create a wave. I can make a wave start at 9:20. And I can have a peak at 9:30. And then it will die out at 9:50 so we can get the kids out of child care. I can make a wave where everyone is having a blast and then we walk away and we go, 'whoa God moved!' Eh, I think it was man-made this week," explained Chan.

"As long as we're OK in the wave pool and create a little bit of excitement, we're not going to get to see the things we see in (the Bible)."
Chan is often very critical of churches should be treating the gospel these days. He goes on by saying that "One of our elders called it pastoral malpractice… we are actually ruining people by making them consumers. Because you're supposed to be turning them into servants. We don't come to be served. We serve and give our lives as a ransom for many. It's at the core of what we understand it means to follow Jesus Christ. And we've twisted it and it's evil."

Chan believes the church can change by repenting and honoring God.
"You know what, we can change...We've got to give God the glory he deserves and we've got to be willing to suffer whatever we need to suffer to walk away from our sin, to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, because we believe what the disciples did – that Jesus rose from the dead," he urged.

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