How Emotion-Driven Churches Are Ruining Christians

By Josh Blankenship

Let me first start by saying that I am not an emotional person. I am rarely driven into decisions because of the way they make me feel. My faith in God doesn’t come from an emotional place, it comes instead from a logical one. I would be the first to tell you that as humans we can never fully understand or comprehend the story of God. I know and understand that faith is called faith for a reason. I will not argue that there is no emotion involved in your relationship with Jesus, and I will not argue that our logic and understanding is enough to comprehend the wonders of God.

I will, however, argue that churches today have become so reliant on the emotional pull of preaching, worship and faith that it is beginning to produce negative results. 

Emotion is temporary. You feel one thing one day and feel the exact opposite the next. There is nothing wrong with having emotions, but when you use them to fuel anything in your life (especially your faith) you are in for a rough ride.

Let’s start with worship. Worship is primarily about glorifying God and expressing our love and appreciation for what he has done for us. Sounds good, right? The problem is that too many of us are making worship about how it makes us feel. We expect to come to a worship service to “feel” the presence of God. We often judge the success of a worship service by how many people lifted their hands or shouted “Amen.” Those things are not bad. Participating and being involved in the music is usually good. The problem is that it tends to teach people that unless you are emotionally involved in singing you are not really worshipping. I know no worship pastor wants to hear this, but we’ve made singing too big a part of what are churches do every Sunday. It seems to me that we are more interested in giving people a spiritual buzz than teaching and showing them what true worship looks like. The problem with a spiritual buzz is that people come down from those. They often head to work on Monday not as hyped for Jesus as they did the day before. Be careful that your actions are not harming people more than they help. An emotional “close to Jesus” moment can be good, but it also can teach people that God only shows up in those moments instead of being there in your everyday (sometimes mundane) life.

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Source: Church Leaders