Are you ready for the next big state-of-the-art discipleship tool for every member of your church, including staff? It's called RightNow Media, a slick new video streaming program that compares itself to the Netflix of Christianity, and you don't even need to lift a finger to sell it to your membership: Its marketers have provided an out-of-the-box promotional launch package with videos, banners, enthusiastic emails ("our church has unlimited access to three awesome libraries: Bible Study, Customizable Training, and Leadership Events," says the form letter), and a powerful announcement kit for your pulpit on the big unveiling day. Best of all, church leaders no longer need to disciple Christians; they simply let these guys do it for you:
Who is it for? Every person and every ministry area of your church:
"There's powerful video content for small groups, youth ministry and kids content moms can use at home. Watch any of these videos instantly from your computer, mobile device or TV."
Bonus: If you can persuade 30 percent of your church to create a RightNow Media account online, they will send you a free Apple TV. No kidding.
Is this biblical discipleship? Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, and in Titus 2 urges us to "Teach Sound Doctrine," with older men training the younger, and older women teaching younger women. What do we use to teach sound doctrine? Paul told Pastor Timothy that it is the Bible. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." That's what churches are supposed to do.
So why would we abscond that great responsibility to men like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, John Ortberg, Christine Caine and other highly problematic teachers, many of whom are not sound biblical teachers and whom have introduced apostate teachings that have dealt severe blows to the Body of Christ?
Why would your church want to proudly advertise content from the biggest Emergent training conference (Catalyst) and one of the grand-daddy organizations of the Business-Driven model (Leadership Network)?
I will ask again, is this biblical discipleship or another wolfish indoctrination tool into leftist, emergent, Purpose-driven agenda? Do you know that many of these teachers and books should send red flags to your mind and chills up your spine?
For instance, one of the first books/videos you will see in the "library" is The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This book teaches you to draw chalk circles around what you want to pray for and demand that God answer your prayer, just the way "Honi the Circlemaker" did it thousands of years ago. (No, Honi was not a child of Israel.)
Other videos promise to help you "unleash your church" and "change the world." More than 4,000 churches have signed on to this agenda, with help from a Launch coach. the video teaching library contains 2,000 teaching videos:
"...from a host of great pastors and teachers on almost every subject that impacts your daily life."
You can always tell where discipleship goes off the tracks when we emphasize life application tips rather than sound biblical doctrine about Jesus, the Gospel, the Bible, Heaven, Hell...stuff like that.
If you are wondering what is so problematic with the teachings of some of these "well respected" leaders and materials, I encourage you to begin investigating immediately. In these confusing days, there is no shortage of humble-sounding, delicious poison waiting to devour the sheep in your church. And if you don't warn them, who will?