The Sunday Assembly, or atheist mega church movement, seeks to do “good without God.” Christians must be answering the atheist church with the God behind the good. We explain what that looks like on this video excerpt from episode 15 our youth ministry podcast, Youth Challenge Today.
Answering The Atheist Church
On Youth Challenge Today 15, we discussed the Sunday Assembly, also known as the atheist mega church. One of their marketing lines suggests that they can achieve, or mimic, all the good of religion without God. And they are doing good things such as community service. However, the question begs to be asked: Who decides what is good? If “good” is decided on by human committee, popular vote, or majority rule, then it can change from day to day, culture to culture, nation to nation, etc. What is good today may be deemed bad tomorrow. In other words, good is entirely subjective when mankind defines it. Specifically, what is good for you may not be good to me.
Only God Is Good
Christians understand that only God is good (Mk. 10:16), and that all good things come from Him. And because He doesn’t change neither does the definition, or reality, of “good” (James 1:17). This is because good is objective; we must be told what good is in order to have a set measurement that is decided upon by an unchanging standard giver. Without that we quickly degenerate into what was taking place in the land of Israel when “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6).
The Appearance Of Godliness
But why are people – many of which were raised in Christian churches – drawn to the atheist church movement, and why do they seek to do good? Perhaps it is because they have seen the Christian church neglect the mandate of Jesus to serve others. Maybe it is because many Christians have – as Paul put it – the appearance of godliness (2 Tim. 3:5), but deny it’s power by failing to do the good to which we are called – the very good works that non-believers are desiring to do. The atheists will do in their own name the things that Christians fail to do in the name of God. And these things ought not be this way.
QUESTION: How can Christians encourage each other to do good for those around us? Let us know in the comments below.
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