Atheist “mega-churches”

There was an article on Yahoo today about the spread of atheist gatherings called “Sunday Assembly” which offer songs, inspirational talks, and a place for atheists to come together. The article refers to these as “atheist mega-churches.”

Knowing full well that news articles contain bias opinions and sometimes do not have all the facts, I decided to visit the Sunday Assembly website to see for myself what this group was all about. What I saw saddened my soul and is something we should all be aware of and praying for.

The group describes themselves like this:

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrate life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one.

What makes this upsetting is the fact that there are good ideals that everyone should uphold covering up the outright denial of God.  Things like helping others and celebrating life.  These are good things.  But the fact that these are done within a self-proclaimed “godless” community is what is scary.

There is nothing wrong with doing good deeds.  With helping others and celebrating life.  But the blatant denial of God’s existence…there is certainly something wrong with that! 

I just imagine the devil is thrilled at these groups.  Touting good works and love to lure people in while denying God in all His goodness.  The Bible tells us that kind words, bountiful knowledge, and good works are nothing without love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).  While these folks may participate in uplifting talks, songs, and good deeds, they lack Love.  Yes they may have the feel good sentiment many people associate with love.  But true love cannot be had outside of God, for God is love (1 John 4:8.)

The founders of this group make it perfectly clear in their statement that the good that they do is to be done in a “godless” environment.  Furthermore, their vision of a “godless congregation in every town, city and village” is a frightening revelation.  Their motto may state some good things, but their vision is nothing short of evil.  No good can come from denial of the Lord.  Denial of God is a serious offense.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:32-33,

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.”

Those who deny God are only aiding the devil.  It is one thing to truly not know of God.  It is another entirely to be aware and to still deny His existence.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:30, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

And yet the people who are attending these gatherings are children of God.  They clearly have a yearning to be a part of something.  They want to come together with others, to make a positive difference, to be uplifted.  Whether they acknowledge it or not, they are yearning for God.  The community that they seek can be found in Him.  I pray that they will not be deceived by the godless nature of these assemblies but will instead hear God’s voice calling them home where they will find all they seek and more. 

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10 thoughts on “Atheist “mega-churches”

  1. 8kidsandabusiness November 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Maybe some of the atheists in the congregation will be touched by the Love of God while upholding these principles and they will see that the desire to help people is only genuine when it begins with God. Here’s hoping and praying….

    • rosesnearrunningwaters November 12, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

      I hope and pray the same! Perhaps they will realize that even in these congregations they are still missing the most important part.

  2. ayearningsigh November 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Concealing vice within virtue; it’s so sad and they are blinded by it. But then again if they do not believe in God, they surely do not believe in Satan either? You are right, it’s great that they want to do good things but they may soon learn through the power of the Holy Spirit that there is nothing good on this earth that does not come from God. The act in the likeness of the goodness, the sympathy, the LOVE, that God created us in. As the woman above me stated: “maybe some of the atheists in the congregation will be touched by the Love of God”! Couldn’t agree more!

    • rosesnearrunningwaters November 12, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

      Thanks for the comment! I know I pray that they will be open to His voice and find His love!

  3. wordprocessor November 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting this. I was alerted to it, too. It’s the enemy at his old tricks (he has no new ones) giving a counterfeit and cloaking it… All people long to worship the Lord (we were made to) and long for fellowship with other believers (b/c we are made to live together as His church and body).

    Lord, expose this deadly lie of the enemy. Holy Spirit, fall on these meeting and break free those trapped by the enemy. NOTHING is too strong for you! Jesus, bring your rescue to each and every person. You came to set the captives free! Hallelujah! In your holy name. Amen.

    Thanks again! Let us continue boldly approaching the throne. Whatever we ask in Jesus’ name we will receive.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters November 12, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

      It seems to have been getting a lot of media lately. The more attention it gets, the more people can pray about it! And hopefully, prayerfully, their hearts will be open to Christ.

  4. reinkat November 12, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

    I found this very disturbing, especially at first read. In thinking further, I realized that in this essentially Protestant culture, fellowship is of great importance, and it is only natural that secular humanists are trying to gather like this, in imitation of church. But it is only an imitation, and will never satisfy the longing of the heart for God. Thus it will fall away.
    There have always been fraternities, social clubs, political gatherings, etc, to try to fill this hole inside, to no avail. There is always the emptiness at the center of the organization.

    I read another post right after yours, on this blog: and the verses quoted sounded almost like a rebuttal to the yahoo article. It was comforting and reassuring to me, in a way.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters November 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

      I read the other post you linked and it was a welcome reminder! God can reach out to us in even the most unlikely situations and I pray that while they are searching for community they find God waiting to welcome them home! God Bless

    • Lyn November 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply

      This post reminds me of 1 Corinthians 8:6 and James 1:17. All good things come from God, and our very existence is for the purpose of giving glory to God. When we are following our purpose in life, we are fulfilled…when any part of our purpose is thwarted by evil…motives, desires, etc…it leaves that empty place inside of us, and we continue to look for ways to feel “fulfilled”. Without God, it is a futile attempt…like Romans 1.

      Our prayer should continue to be that God will draw these to Himself, and offer them true purpose and fulfillment in Him.

      Blessings to you both!

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