When we got Satellite TV we got about 200 channels. In an effort to prevent endless channel surfing CP narrowed down our favorites to about 40 channels. I really don't need ESPN Ocho,
the gardening channel, fitness network, the 24/7 juicer channel and the Erotic Boutique. I think in my quest to remove tasteless programming I'll remove God TV, The Inspirational Network, and Word Television. I feel bad about this, but it seems to be the most bizarre vacuous self-centered preaching I've ever heard.
I can just imagine what the non-Christian must think when he happens upon this "carnival of souls." It seems that the gospel message is like a raisin hidden in a huge Caesar Salad. Occasionally there is a real Bible study, but most of the time it's one thirty minute Beg-a-thon after another. The majority of the teaching includes:
the church's relation to the modern state of Israel (like the Jews haven't suffered enough)
the old canard of Seed-Faith (sow here please)
the discredited prosperity doctrine (hard to sell in a global economic collapse)
Yay-God Music (lyrics, melody, talent optional)
Holistic Medicine (spend a fortune to keep your soul out of heaven)
There is nothing new under the sun. Christian broadcasting is now selling dispensations at a rate that would make a medieval Catholic Bishop blush. One of the name-it-claim-it (blab it and grab it) preachers was praising Tiger Woods as a great example of the product of quality mentoring. Obviously, this message was a bit dated. The less said about Tiger, the better. I listen attentively to these guys and gals but I can't understand a thing that they are saying, or what it has to do with God. I thought I was watching Louis Farrakhan for while after hearing this preacher add up a dozen unrelated numbers to make some inane point about 9/11. I can't take it, I can't watch another lady breathing like she's in labor while occasionally getting sucker punched by the Holy Spirit. I don't mean to be critical, I'm well acquainted with Spirit Filled worship and I'm not ashamed of it, but I wonder how this goofiness and self indulgence looks to the non-believers.