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.