As I watched the recut trailer for a second time, I was amazed at how just changing the music and a keen eye for cutting out the humorous parts made it seem like an entirely different film. It was such a dramatic difference in presentation.
Imagine watching that trailer and being convinced that you would love to see that movie. You share your excitement with a few of your close friends and can't wait to get out to the theater to see the film. The night finally arrives! You go to the local cinema, buy tickets and popcorn, then make your way into the theater to find your seat. The preview trailers play and then finally the moment has come, it is time for the feature presentation! Then the film starts playing and utter disappointment washes over you. Your heart had been set on seeing a dramatic and emotional love story but what you are getting is the farthest thing from that.
How often have we set up people for that kind of disappointment in the church?
With the best of intentions, we tweak our outward presentation to appeal to certain people but once they actually walk through the doors of our church they get something completely different than what we originally presented. It is truly important that we examine just what we are advertising to the world to make sure that it lines up both biblically and with what is actually happening in our churches. It is Gods plan to expand His kingdom here on earth through His church. We don't need to try and be anything more than what God has called us to be.
There is another danger lurking among churches that dresses itself up as one thing but is actually another.
Deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
1 Timothy 4:1 says that the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
These two things work together hand in hand putting on display enticements that will draw away those who are already a part of God's church. We have to walk in discernment so that we can see past the glitter and lights. Because the heart of the spirits and doctrines are not Godly.
As we live out our faith let us be careful to not set up others for disappointment and to protect ourselves from being deceived! The only way we will accomplish either of those things is to be led by the Holy Spirit.