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Summary: As the summer vacation starts many churches have come up with various vacation programs which they call it as vacation bible school filled with pragmatic, man-centered, entertainment-style programs designed to lure kids and teens into the church..

Baiting the hook with promises of fun and excitement with spectacular worldly events like hip-hop and rock music, cool and fun entertainment, craft time, snack time, or game time and with bunch of unbiblical programs. These people act in entertainment-driven, just like the secular world. Most people today are woefully deceived, following their own self-made concept of God to reach others. Some Pharisaical, legalists who erroneously believe that entertainment is very much required to attract children’s and others in order to learn about God and salvation. They are the wolves in sheep's clothing justifying the wholly destructive nature of VBS. In Jesus days, Jesus nor did his disciples not organize worldly entertainment to draw people.

Sin, salvation, death, hell, Gods wrath, judgment, is not fun and amusing. Many professed carnal religious people are collecting registration fee for VBS schools. Some collect money from children for refreshments, crafts, or materials. This discourages those without money or with little interest. During Jesus time, we see that Jesus nor his disciples or apostles pressured the people to give money in any form.

Many churches and VBS schools sell their materials with their selling gimmicks in the name of God, charity and blessings in order to make money for their organization.

Isaiah 56:11 says “And meet impudent dogs, they never had enough: the shepherds themselves knew no understanding: all have turned aside into their own way, every one after his own gain, from the first even to the last”.

2 Peter 2:3 says “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not”.

We see nowadays days where televangelists and greedy pastors are continually begging for more money, twisting the Scriptures in order to exploit people, even asking parents for donation to the church or organizations. God said to give the money to the needy. With the church money, these pastors and their families go to vacation or trips to many places with Gods money.

These people have turned the House of God into a place of greed, gluttony, merchandising, fraud, and a den of thieves and robbers. Jesus was Poor. Jesus never had any luxurious stuff like modern-day preachers. Jesus himself cared for those in need by feeding the hungry. Crowds of four thousand (Mark 8:1-13) and five thousand (Mark 6:30-44) had assembled to listen to Jesus. They soon became hungry. When his disciples suggested that Jesus send the people away to buy food, he responded by saying 'I have compassion on these people...' and 'you give them something to eat.' He proceeded to perform miracles to feed these large crowds of hungry people.

Here is what scriptures says:

How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites...........you are so full of greed and self-indulgence'( Matt 23:25).

'Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they love to parade in flowing robes and to have everyone bow to them as they walk in the market places. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. But they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property, and then to cover up the kind of people they really are, they make long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the greater (Mark 12:38-40).

2 Peter 2-3 says “Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and his true way will be slandered. In their greed, they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction is on the way.'

He may say he is singing for the Lord, but the appearance and what this portrays to many is not the spreading of gospel and reaching people. Its no wonder Satan was an angel first, the Angel of music. It makes sense that Satan would use music to spread his message. It's no coincidence that world today his much further away from God with the rise of hip hop over the last few decades. Any form of entertainment in which one participates in excess robs the Christian of valuable time with God.

Many kids and teens who follow these people, begin talking like the world, dressing like the world, looking like the world, and acting like the world completely embracing the secular world lifestyles manifesting the ideologies of their humanistic founders when they attend these so-called churches and VBS schools. There is nothing Christian about it, it’s only fun and cool. Usually, the kids have been waiting eagerly for these entertaining events and are not much concerned about discovering the love of Jesus Christ.VBS is giving more importance on the latest worldly stuff, worldly themes, 1 Corinthians 10:21 reminds us that “You simply cannot drink of the Lord's cup and the cup of devils”. James 4:4 says “Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (1 Peter 3:15).

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