“Megachurches are sprawling wastelands of Christianity”


Advisory: The editorial board of HNewsWire adopted the official policy to bypass many social media platforms. Some of these include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Parler, and YouTube. We believe these companies are responsible for many of the spiritual ills our world faces today. In some cases, however, we have allowed our guest contributors to include content from their YouTube channel while we search for alternatives.

Featured Story

The False “Church System” Deception

American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide their congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience, according to research from the University of Washington.

The real question is one of obedience. Does this church look like the church of the New Testament? Are we carrying out what Christ has given us to do? That is non-negotiable, but size is never made a part of the command…

“We’re not told to get to a certain size and split, nor are we told that a small church is ineffective. We’re told to be faithful, specifically to the Great Commission.”

“I don’t think that you can say that a church is more biblical because it’s small, or more biblical because it’s large. I don’t think either model is unbiblical…

“I think the question is obedience and effectiveness. Is the church obedient to what God has given us? Are they faithful to the Great Commission — are they making disciples, and baptizing them and teaching them to observe all things whatsoever He’s commanded? Are they reproducing, making other churches?” 

Saddleback in California. There is dancing, drama and singing. There are video games, themed play parks and an indoor aquarium and reptile display. They even have branded water bottles. But Saddleback isn’t a theme park, it’s a church. Right?

Saddleback is one of the USA’s 1,600 megachurches – defined as a church with more than 2,000 people in weekly attendance. While these large churches are still outnumbered by smaller churches in the country, their influence is undeniable. Over half of all the people who go to church in the USA attend a megachurch.

Lakewood Church in Texas lays claim to being America’s largest church with up to 50,000 attendees across its multiple services. The 16,000-seat sanctuary serves as a cavernous studio for pastor Joel Osteen’s incredibly popular TV ministry, with cameras on large boom arms swinging back and forth and a production quality to the staging, lighting and sound that would rival The X Factor.

While Osteen delivered a feel-good motivational talk (my wife likened it to spiritual fast food), Bell preached a meaty and creative theological sermon. Osteen’s made-for-the-cameras theatricality stood in stark contrast to the informal hipster vibe exuding from the stage at Mars Hill Bible Church.

Michigan Mars Hill Bible Church. They had a celebrity pastor of their own at the time – Rob Bell. The church was very large (around 10,000) but the style and theology couldn’t have been more different to Lakewood.

Everybody in the congregation seemed to be under 30. Meeting at a rented theatre on Times Square, the service more like being in a nightclub than a church, with the congregation bouncing around to electro-synth worship music, led from the front by an entourage of good-looking musicians and singers.

The church is led by a tattooed pastor who is a close friend of Justin Bieber. In fact, Pastor Carl Lentz is credited with helping to put the pop star back in touch with his Christian faith.

Do you really want to be taught by and do you really think you should trust the teaching of someone who has grown rich and continues to do so as a result of their stated “ministry”? How much of the “Bible truth” we are being fed has been polluted by the influence of money and the love of it?

Here’s The Problem:

Finding a mega church without an American Idol running the show is as hard as trying to find Obama in a church. It is rare indeed. It’s not just that they put their pastors on pedestals. Many churches are in competition for bragging rights about church size. They all want to move up on the list of the top 1000 largest churches in America and they do not much care how they advance. Whatever works is their overriding methodology.

It seems the more they water down the gospel and push worldly self-help programs and downplay sin the larger they grow. Even a moron could figure out why that is. If there is no repentance, salvation, baptism and discipleship required for church membership or if there is no membership at all like in some churches you will have more attenders. You also will have more numbers if you never take anyone off the membership lists. Nevertheless, the Church is not about how many people you can get on a church roster or into your church building on Sunday to listen to your American Idol.

I can’t put all the blame on the pastors of these churches because they just carry out what the rest of the church wants and if they did not go with the popular agenda the congregation would find someone else that would. Like in politics, a constituency usually gets the leadership they deserve.

When any church gets so market driven and seeker friendly that counterfeit Christians becomes the majority within the church it is very likely that it will also become a counterfeit Christian church. I can name some and they are some of the top churches in America. The chicken or egg question is, did the counterfeit Christian church become that way because the pastor led them there or was it because the membership wanted an Idol made in their own image? Look at some of the top books on the Christian book market today and you will see many are written by pastors of mega-churches teaching some major heresy. It seems that there is quite the demand in pseudo-Christianity for all kinds of heresy.

Universalism is now a real popular heresy in some seeker friendly and emergent churches. Nobody wants to believe anyone will go to hell anymore without Christ. The American Idols say God would not be that cruel to let grandma go to Hell even though grandma opposed His Savior and salvation. So the Idols are now  judging God. They would lead you to believe that all the warnings in the Bible about Hell and damnation must just be figures of speech they are just hyperbole, or else those scriptures are not really God’s Word they are just the writer’s opinion. So the Idols even become a judge of what is God’s Word and what words might not be. Red letters in the Bible are rated higher than those dark letters. Poor God! He is totally misunderstood! Since God is love, everyone is going to Heaven. Just ask any universalist? Never mind, that if God left some people in Heaven they would soon make it Hell. What kind of love is that?

In this mega circus you will find healing and prophecy and the promise of wealth in the name of the counterfeit Jesus of the Word Faith or New Apostolic Reformation movement. Negative thoughts and words are about on par with hexes in these churches and God can never say no. After all, they think that their big mouth contains the God force that will speak things into existence.

Most people in this movement would be quite comfortable in New Age teaching because they believe much the same thing. One big difference is that people in the New Age movement are probably saner and they obviously know more about why they believe what they believe.  At least those in the New Age admit they believe in spiritualism but those in this movement think that practicing spiritualism means that they are being filled with the Holy Spirit.

StevieRay Hansen
HNewsWire Editor

HNewsWire- “All political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” Just look at some of our modern day examples: torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”; murder is “collateral damage”; the aggression initiation of war is a “pre-emptive strike”; the theft of taxpayers’ money is a “bailout”; and the theft of depositors’ money in a bank is a “haircut” or “bail-in”.In a blatant example of Newspeak, the New World Order controllers (through the psychiatric DSM V) have tried to rename pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” and redefine pedophilia as a “sexual orientation”. This makes no sense, since sexual orientation has to do with gender not age, with whether you are attracted to males or females, not how old they are. There are even organizations (like B4UAct.org) which are claiming that pedophiles are being unfairly stigmatized for their feelings! Psychiatry, it should also be noted, has a history of inventing fictitious diseases such as ADHD (as admitted by its inventor on his deathbed by Leon Eisenberg).

Note from StevieRay Hansen: I tend to be very vocal about ADHD, it was only when I surrender to Christ, I became complete, the fight is real, I believe the difference is how we fight these battles….

It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.

Children are being misplaced or lost in our foster care system, we must demand more openness and accountability from each state.
If you have information or believe there is a child in danger that’s being exploited please contact 127 Faith Foundation email [email protected]
Call 325.347.2654

Please help me help these kids(orphans) that are in trouble, PLEASE 80% of the book sales goes directly to the 127 faith foundation

HNewsWire Radio

3.8K Views On YouTube

“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, then to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, ‘If any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Proverbs 31:8 (NIV)
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute


Jesus come quick, there is nothing left in society that’s sacred….

Share this post:


The 127 Faith Foundation: We do not solicit donations from “those on disability, on a fixed income, or those who cannot afford to give.” Please Pray!

Amazon “Wish List” for The 127 Faith Foundation

Or, make checks payable to:

The 127 Faith Foundation
PO Box 127
Pontotoc, TX 76869


Tagged In


The number of Orphans aging out of Child Protective Custody has grown at an alarming rate. The 127 Faith Foundation receives many requests each week to house them at our ranch. Our prayer is that the good people of our country will step up to the challenge and offer financial support for "the least among us." We need your help! StevieRay Hansen, Founder, The 127 Faith Foundation


Must Read


Other Sources




Latest News


By Edward O'Hara | October 21, 2021

In the first chapter of Joshua we see Israel preparing to cross the Jordan and enter the promised land. We read how Joshua was told…

Read More

Putin Orders All Workers Home For One Week Amid Record COVID Surge — What’s

By StevieRay Hansen | October 21, 2021

So Hard To Understand, There Is Every Indication the World Has Enter a “Pestilence” Phase… Pestilence Has Arrived: Evidence is Emerging to Suggest That The…

Read More

Satan Soldiers Have Spoken: Supreme Court Declines To Block Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers

By StevieRay Hansen | October 20, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block a vaccine mandate for health workers in the state of Maine on Tuesday, sending a potential green light…

Read More

Leaked Audio: DOJ Official Doesn’t Think Americans ‘Sincere’ Over Religious Exemptions.

By Bryce Abbott | October 20, 2021

A Biden Justice Department attorney was caught on tape dismissing the sincerity of Americans claiming religious exemptions to the Covid-19 vaccine.  In a leaked phone call…

Read More

Data Proves Covid-19 Kill Shot Deaths Rose Rapidly AFTER Vax Roll-Out In 40+ Countries

By StevieRay Hansen | October 20, 2021

A quantitative data analyst has compiled data from Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center and published a video showing a dramatic spike in alleged Covid-19 deaths after…

Read More
Place Your Ad Here

We make every effort to acknowledge sources used in our news articles. In a few cases, the sources were lost due to a technological glitch. If you believe we have not given sufficient credit for your source material, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to link to your article.

StevieRay Hansen

In his riveting memoir, "A Long Journey Home", StevieRay Hansen will lead you through his incredible journey from homeless kid to multimillionaire oilman willing to give a helping hand to other throwaway kids. Available on Amazon.


  1. Robert M on March 1, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Size means nothing. Does the church teach the word of Jesus Christ?

  2. Rhett Newmark on April 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I adore your wp web template, wherever do you obtain it through?

  3. Elwood Prichard on April 10, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Regards for this wondrous post, I am glad I noticed this internet site on yahoo.

  4. Phebe Marantz on April 10, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I ran into this page accidentally, surprisingly, this is a great website. The site owner has done a great job writing/collecting articles to post, the info here is really and helpful when i do research. You just secured yourself a guarenteed reader.

  5. Florentino Clougherty on April 11, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Perhaps you should also a put a forum site on your blog to increase reader interaction.`,:;*

  6. Camelia Baisden on April 11, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I’d like to say “well done”! This is an excellent bit of material you have written. I am in agreement with you on many points. You have made me think.

  7. Logan Cartin on April 11, 2019 at 9:03 am

    This is the right blog for anybody who wants to discover this topic. You realize a whole lot its nearly hard to argue along with you (not too I personally would want…HaHa). You actually put a different spin over a topic thats been revealed for years. Wonderful stuff, just fantastic!

  8. Antoinette Lipphardt on April 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Nice post and site. Good that Yahoo listed so i was able to get here. This site will go no in my bookmarks from now.

  9. Shelton Olubunmi on April 11, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Hey there! Good stuff, do keep us posted when you finally post something like that!

  10. Melina Tenen on April 14, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I am glad to read this post, it’s an impressive piece. I am always looking for quality posts and articles and this is what I found here, I hope you will be posting more in future.

  11. Manual Than on April 15, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this web site. I’m hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me to get my own site now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a great example of it.

  12. Daniel LeBlanc on June 22, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    The delusions now coming upon the world can take us down many many rabbit holes. As Scriptures testify they will engulf the world and deceive even the elite.

    1 John 4:1 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    2 Timothy 3:13 – But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    I have a website which came about by a letter I was writing to my children. Nothing for sale, no books are hawked, no trips to Alaska, no, none of that….your money has no value there.

    If you decide to visit the site at the top of the home page please read and earnestly consider what is written about….God’s Family and God’s Church.

    As for me see the About page. There is only one to follow and it’s not me, any man, or mans churches.

    Best to you and your loved ones: Daniel

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.