The closer we draw to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, the more opposition, new age doctrine and bizarre philosophies will become prominent among us. The greatest challenge the church faces today is not sin or worldliness, but rather it is the departure from sound doctrine. It is clearly a major sign that we are in the last days. The Apostle Paul said, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires,becausethey have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turntheirears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3, 4). In this short article, I am going to bring a very interesting phenomenon to your attention to make you aware of just how close we are drawing to the very end of the ages. I am going to make you conscious of a counterfeit church that is getting ready to spread like wild fire among us.
Just a few days ago, I learned about two British comedians that have started a movement they are calling “The Sunday Assembly”. Like I always do, I immediately began to investigate who they are, and what exactly they are about. Everything that I’m about to share with you is factual and can be validated with a simple search on google. “The Sunday Assembly” sounds very much like a church, but I assure you it is not. In fact, it is so far from a church that what I’m about to share with you will shock you into the reality of the challenge we face in this last hour. Believe me when I say this; we are living in the very end of times, and the kingdom of darkness is at work as never before. “The Sunday Assembly” defines itself “as a godless congregation that celebrates life.” Here is their Public Charter I took off their Website; SundayAssembly.com: “The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates 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. They could not be clearer as to who they are and what their mission is. They are serious about what they are doing and they are relentless in their pursuit to spread all over the globe.” Their Facebook page, facebook.com/TheSundayAssembly, says, “The Sunday Assembly” is a worldwide network of godless congregations that meet locally to hear great talks, sing songs and celebrate life.”
Similar to most Churches, “The Sunday Assembly” has a type of doctrinal statement that is as follows:
The Sunday Assembly:
- Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
- Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
- Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
- Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
- Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
- Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
- Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organizations or services.
- Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
- We won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can.
- And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have.
Here is the scary thing; “The Sunday Assembly” is already up and running all over Europe, San Diego, New York, Washington D.C, and Nashville. As I write these words, big preparations are on the way for their launch in Australia this coming Sunday, November 24. Their goal is to have 40 new assemblies in every major city in the U.S. within a year, and over 1000 in the next few years. They are already attracting thousands of atheists and homosexuals across America. Up next on the list are the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles. Unlike the church that is divided on so many issues, they are united in their cause and are moving full speed ahead. In contrast to the Pentecostal Church today, they are not interested in having hundreds of small struggling congregations all over cities, states, and the country. Instead, they are similar to the Jehovah Witnesses, Roman Catholics, and even Muslims, who all pool their resources and efforts together, to build strong, lasting congregations in order to have maximum impact on cities and towns where they exist.
Furthermore, one of their founders Sanderson Jones is using a church model to plant his assemblies, noting that there is very little that’s bad about church, except that in their church, there is No God. They have recently launched a 40 day 40 night tour in America from October 20 to November 24, starting in the City of New York. Here is a quote from an Atheist writer and speaker named Adam Lee, on a popular Atheist website, patheos.com: “Last Monday night, I attended a meeting of the Sunday Assembly in New York City. It was the first U.S. stop on their 40 Dates and 40 Nights tour, in which cofounders Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans are barnstorming across the country to drum up support and excitement for launching satellite congregations in, as they say, “every town, city and village that wants one”. The group desires to more visible by establishing Mega Churches where atheists, skeptics, and anyone can feel welcomed, by experiencing the joy of fellowship with other non-believers, while omitting fellowship with God. During their services they sing songs such as, “Lean on me,” rather than “leaning on Jesus.” They also sing “here comes the sun”, rather than Jesus, son of God.
The motto of the movement live better, help often, wonder more, reveals their desire to have community but without anyone or anything to worship. On their website, under the subtitle “What should expect from a Sunday Assembly event,” here is what it says: “Just by being with us you should be energised, vitalized, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the Assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday. But life can be tough… It is. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, we have moments of weakness or life just isn’t fair. We want The Sunday Assembly to be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved. Most of all, have fun, be nice and join in.”
While showing love, kindness, compassion, and being refreshed and restored are all good things, it is only a smokescreen to mask what “The Sunday Assembly” is all about. It reminds me of Eve, who was fooled into eating the forbidden fruit by a talking serpent. Most of what he said to her was entirely true, but it was tainted by one small lie. God said to Adam and Eve, “For in the day you eat of the fruit, you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17b). The enemy simply inserted the word NOT into the equation and said,“You shall not surely die” (Gen 3:4b). Throughout history and even today the Satan has been successful at twisting the word of God. He is also a master at getting Christians to twist the word of God to mean what they want it to mean, whenever they choose to. The Apostle calls it, “handling the word of God deceitfully” (2 Cor. 4:2). Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.”
This is real folks; “The Sunday Assembly” is not some kind of made up story or conspiracy theory; they are for real. They are not playing games and they mean business. Once they begin to gain traction and more popular, their financial support will be unending. However, it is nothing but a counterfeit church whose leaders are inspired by the powers of darkness. It is a mockery of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. My fellow Christians, pastors and ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, these are the type of issues that the church are up against. New age religion and false doctrine is now the greatest enemy of the church of God and not the church of Satan. The church has not yet realized that as time changed, so the enemy has changed the way he attacks. Unlike in third-world countries, the way he is attacking the church in America is not through demonic manifestations, but by infiltrating every major entity of society with counterfeit doctrine. Most unbelievers will never be influenced to join the church of Satan. The very thought of worshipping the devil will scare most Americans to death. However, they may be more inclined to join “The Sunday Assembly”. The enemy has totally changed his tactics and has reverted to what he does best, which is to tell lies covered with truth. Jesus said he is a liar from the beginning and he is the father of all lies (John 8:44).
In conclusion, I have two suggestions that I believe to be the appropriate response to the “Sunday Assembly”. First things first, the church must return to sound doctrine. There must be a complete return to sound doctrine if the church is ever going to weather the storm of the false doctrine that has already begun to settle among us. The reason Christians no longer know the truth of the word of God is simply because it is no longer taught from the pulpit. Preachers of the gospel are no longer preaching the unadulterated and complete word of God. The message that we hear in our churches today is not consistent with Biblical text. It is a message that caters to the emotions of people who attend our churches and does not align with scripture. It is a seeker sensitive, seeker friendly gospel that has made the church weak and indifferent. It is a message that only makes one feel good for a moment, but lacks the power to transform lives into the image of Christ. If we do not return to the Bible and teach our people truth, I’m afraid we will continue to lose souls to Islam, Atheism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, and even to the Sunday Assembly. The church will become so irrelevant and powerless that even the very elect may be deceived.
Secondly, the church must begin to rally around the mission, which is to win and disciple the nation (Matt. 28:19). We cannot continue to gather in our good-looking buildings and host conferences to talk about prayer more than we pray. We cannot continue to launch church-growth campaigns while the American church dwindles in attendance and hundreds closing its doors every year. Jesus never asked us to grow churches, but rather He instructed us to win and disciple the lost and as a result, the church will grow. Church growth must never be the focus. And lastly, we cannot fight against each other and expect to fulfill the “Great Commission”. Jesus said, “A kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). We must once again unite based on our common belief on who Jesus is, and not on the doctrinal and philosophical beliefs that does nothing other than divide us. Let us focus on the mission at hand and stem the tide of godlessness that is sweeping across America. If we don’t, we will lose the fight and we will ultimately fail in the mission imperative.