Celebrations of ourselves…

Our services are often celebrations of ourselves more than they are of God. Never before, not even in the Medieval Church, have Christians been so obsessed with themselves. Self-esteem, self-confidence, self-this, self-that have replaced talk of God’s attributes. Ironically, it has created the opposite of its intention. Without the knowledge of God in whose image we have been created and the grace which has made us the children of God, narcissism, or self-love evolves into depression.

Michael Horton, quoted in Fool’s Gold: Discerning Truth In An Age of Error, John MacArthur, General Editor, p. 169

The church’s mission is to bring glory…

The church’s mission is to bring glory to God in all they do (1 Corinthians 10:31). There should be a desire to please God with everything done in the service. Contrast this to the seeker-sensitive church, where every detail of the service is judged by how well it pleases people.

Dan Lucarini, from Why I left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, page 126