04 January 2013

Jesus Finally Gets His Name in Lights

The following photograph was taken at Passion 2013 and was tweeted out earlier today by Passion founder Louie Giglio:

Further Reading


  1. In 1985, John MacArthur preached against mystical practices, corporate strategies in church, and entertainment driven activities that pass for worship. (The Sufficiency of Scripture). He fervently warned about what would happen to the church if the scriptures were left to be weakened by people bringing these other messages. In listening to it now, 28 years later, it seems extremely prophetic, because it all came true. He was able to warn that generation because he sticks close to the word in correct interpretations, and in so doing, can spot these devastating trends early.

    The word will always divide truth from error, and his sermon from nearly thirty years ago is as refreshing today as it was then.

    What we see above is A word, not THE Word. It is a hollow and shallow and sham word made of cardboard and lights that passes for proper exaltation, being absent the knowledge of the nature and character of who He is. It's trompe l'oeil.

    I am really sick over this conference. I've been crying and praying and studying and thinking. I do mourn for the thousands who've attended and risked their hearts to Baal. Oh, how I want to rejoice that 60,000 kids got together and praised Jesus. I want to. But that is not what happened this week at Atlanta. And instead of rejoicing, there are tears.

    1. Perfect assessment.

    2. Elizabeth, I wholeheartedly concur....


  2. Pretty sure the narrow gate does not have a neon light set-up.

    1. who said it doesn't, according to scripture God's glory will be one big light set up. we will no longer need the sun or moon's light.

  3. As this disgusting debacle continues the necessity for screaming the truth of the Gospel becomes more urgent. The ever increasing insults to the Lord Jesus Christ must be met with exposing the evil that produces such nonsense. It has always been a weapon of choice of the wicked one to tell the faithful in Christ that it is unloving and judgmental to accuse one his false prophets of wrong doing merely by associating and/or endorsing another of his false prophets. Over at Apprising, our brother Ken Silva documents the association of the "Jesus Culture's" home church with such heretical giants like Benny Hinn and Todd Bentley. Wow! Who woulda thought? So for the naysayers who think that all is well with Jesus Culture, the last four days at the Georgia Dome (what was it that you "learned?") and your future following the minions of hell, it is the duty of Christians-the real ones, not those faux "believers" with whom you associate-to expose the lies, false teachings and the false prophets that have fed you the poison that you seem to love. Hopefully, some will have their eyes opened, and will repent and believe the Gospel unto salvation. Please find it in your heart to forgive those who adhere to the Scriptures in this matter. Specifically 2Cor. 6:14-18 and Eph. 5:11. Since there are no Scriptures that give you license to follow these false prophets and still retain your "Christianty" it would be wise for you to examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith---are you really saved at all? Rest assured those who teach you these doctrines of demons are not saved so why would you follow them to hell? The fate of all false prophets is graphically spelled out in 2Peter chaper two and the entire Book of Jude. Not a pretty outlook for those whom you so willingly and blindly follow. Jesus had some harsh words for those you have chosen to follow in Matt. 23:15, but the scary part is that those who follow these false prophets will becomes twice the child of hell as were their teachers. Today is always a good day to repent.

  4. Wow, i would just say that you people commenting on this are the people that make me sick. You are upset that 60,000 people are screaming with excitement and happiness at a sign that says jesus, i would hate to see how you react when the falcons are playing in that dome. I met a lights guy from passion city church and he told me that the reason passion does so much production isnt to make the people on the stage look good. They could care less if there are even speakers on the wall or light in the ceiling. The people who do the production are people that absolutely love lighting video and audio and want to use their gifts to the best of their ability for Jesus. Now after hearing that how can you say that it is evil. How can you say that those comments after the tweet says that the passion is all about jesus. So by all means find something to be upset about, but please look at yourselves first. This dome raised 3 million for slavery, and if those christians have slightly different doctrine or they want to go all out on production then i will not argue. For they are doing good in a dark world, and that it what makes me happy.

    1. John, Jesus said for us to "stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment"-John 7:24

      In and of itself no,, there's nothing wrong with decorating things and having Jesus' name in lights. However if you would do a much closer examination and look deeper behind all this hoopla, you would find that passion 2013 places their emphasis on "worshiping" Jesus externally. We know that Jesus said to FIRST clean the INSIDE of the cup and then the outside also will be clean"-Matthew 23:26. Their emphasis is not on the inside ~

      Look closer and examine this movement and you will find that they are not preaching on genuine repentance, on sin,the cross, nor the JESUS of the Bible and God's word in context. All they are doing is "preaching" themselves and "vision casting" which is unbiblical and has absolutely NOTHING to do with JESUS. Why have Jesus' name in lights if you are going to preach about yourselves?? They have "another" Jesus-2 Cor. 11:4,,,

      --2Cr 11:20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.

      as Ray Comfort stated so well "You'll find that a false convert will try to impress you outwardly with what he lacks inwardly. He wants to show you he has plenty of branches because he lacks fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.

      God said "I will have no other gods before me" and the impression I get as a Christian is their emphasis of externals but inside they are full of dead man's bones. Genuine believers do NOT need ANY of this window dressing when the REAL DEAL of worshiping God is on the INSIDE of them.
      What happened to God's WORD being enough??

      "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."-Exodus 20:4-5

      "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."-Exodus 20:7
      Sincerely IN Christ

    2. Amen, Linda. Good post.

    3. So you are just judging their insides? why cant it be that their insides are filled with jesus and it overflows into our lives. I am not here to tell you all that passion is the greatest thing on the planet, and I'm not here to tell you that you are completely wrong. But i do believe that you all are condemning people that could be genuine christians. Also posting jesus's name on a sign is not taking his name in vain, if those who posted it are doing so in worship.
      So to end, i just ask that you all think about what i said. Are you condemning all because a few may just be there for the show, or are you condemning all believing none to be believers?

    4. I agree with you John. Whatever we do, let's do it for the Glory of God! and Scripture to be gentle and kind with words. too much bitterness from these passion 2013 critiques. sounds like they got some scars that need healing. i shall pray.

  5. I'm having a hard time finding scripture which tells us the name of Jesus in lights is prohibited or forbidden, can someone help me?

    1. lol, none. says Jesus is Light of the World!

    2. It is a violation of the second commandment. It is idolatry. Whose names do we put "in lights" in our culture? Famous people who have achieved a level of notoriety for entertainment. The devil himself tempted Jesus which such things and Jesus himself denied it based on Scripture.

      What is the intent, when you really look at it? Are the 60,000 gatherers to bow down and worship the literal name of Jesus in lights? It's the Eastern Orthodox church icons all over again. This is basic church history and Scripture.

    3. You are kidding right Frank?
      You equate lifting up the name of Jesus as idolatry?
      No one was asked to bow down to a sign nor was that the intent.

      Does your church display lyrics to worship songs on a screen or wall during services? What is the difference? The people in your church (or just about any other christian church) have their hearts in the same place as the 60,000 did at Passion 2013... A place of worship.

      You seem to be so full of what is right in your mind that you blow right past what is true. Honestly the things I see on this page are the same things that keep people away from christianity. Please work towards drawing people to Jesus, please.

  6. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
    “Lord, did we not raise 3 million dollars to help fund an end to slavery and sing and dance and scream at a large neon sign of your name?”

    John, can you answer what the response might just be?

  7. Bill i'm sure that some people at passion who might try and use that excuse, i am just saying that a large portion of the passion event people will be saying they want to get in because they do know jesus not because of any works. It just seems like you are condemning people without knowing their hearts.

  8. The lives were changed at Passion conf. You can say what ever bad things you like about Passion conf but you cant stand againt it because all they are doing is for Jesus. So please stop wasting you time pointing fingers but rather serve the Lord and spread love and positivity. Thanks, Nonto

  9. I can't believe the synopsis I just read, I was there. I would stand to defend Passion and what transpired over the four days but to stand and defend against the words written here is sort of silly. People actually commented negatively about the name of Jesus being spelled out in a sign? C'mon.

    I pray you will spend a little more time actually connecting to people that are out there rather than judging them. Jesus connected with people at the level they were at, spoke to them through the things and with words that they could understand. Passion does an excellent job of bringing the Word to these students. It does not try to make it palatable... it just presents The Word in a way that reaches and touches the students and changes hearts and lives.

    Lastly Slavery was not at the heart of the conference. Jesus has always been the heart of the conference. Eradicating slavery was ON our hearts this year. Yes, Passion lifts up a cause but the cause is never lifted higher than the Name above all names.

  10. Bill Irving,
    Scripture also asks us "where were you when I needed clothes, food, and shelter?" those 65,000 college students have an answer. do you?
    in Christ,

  11. John I'm sure there ARE many that were at the conference that are Christians and many who are not-and I say this with a grieved heart.

    ~I was referring to the people who are heading up the passion 2013 and did not clarify myself. -thank you for pointing that part out so I can correct my error.

    What I am doing is questioning their spiritual assessment based on their teachings-their doctrine and what they espouse according to Scripture-does it match?

    About Matthew 23:26~

    First lemme say this: We know that Jesus does say we are NOT to judge( hypocritically). But the verse does NOT say we cannot Judge at all -Matthew chp. 7. And it does not say we cannot judge error and false teachings.

    The scripture I posted to-- "FIRST clean the INSIDE of the cup and then the outside also will be clean"-Matthew 23:26 ---in its context is about (hypocrisy not salvation). I'm not here to say whether a person is saved or not and nor do I know their motives nor their heart--- Only God does

    What I AM saying based upon that verse in Matthew 23:26 is this: --I and (all Christians are)given the authority to judge anyone who claims to be a Christian/especially influential teachers and recognize their FRUIT. Fruit -- is referring to (doctrine) correct or incorrect doctrine(good or bad fruit). Is what they are espousing matching with their (outer show)according to Scripture? We are to make a spiritual assessment based upon what they teach, preach, etc-(Mat.7:13-20). Does what is coming out of their mouths match with their outer behavior? Sanctified behavior is the essential companion to authentically sound doctrine.-Sound doctrine is a prominent feature of good works. They go hand in hand. If your doctrine is not sound then your works will show forth the truth.

    Remember, Jesus said "From out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."-Mat. 12:34b-35.

    I would ask you John how are they worshiping in Truth and in Spirit when what they are teaching is contrary to sound doctrine? Is this not hypocrisy? What they are teaching and saying is not matching their outward show. Your external must match your internal. They profess one thing in the name of JESUS and yet their doctrine is false. How do you reconcile the two? You can't-- they're diametrically opposed and this to me is hypocrisy.

    Please show us in the bible where "Vision Casting" is biblical and where taking God's word out of context is okay? Please show us where in the bible it's okay to placate SIN and call it anything else but what it actually is- And please show me where it's okay to speak lies in the NAME of JESUS? So you say they're not using the Lord's name in vain? what is it called to put Jesus' name up in lights and yet IN HIS NAME teach false teachings and twist bible verses? I call it taking God's name in vain.

    Sincerely IN Christ, Linda

    1. Linda, you are exactly right! Which Jesus are these people worshipping? If it is according to the doctrine preached there, then it is another jesus, not the Jesus of the Bible.
      As I look at the massive amounts of people in that stadium I can't help but think of what Jesus said about the few who actually enter His kingdom. The road is narrow and FEW are those who find it.

    2. exactly Anonymous! As we come to the close return of Christ, deception is taking hold of many people. The Counterfeit looks so much like the genuine that most people cannot tell the difference anymore. You have to really look hard and not on the surface.

      Just an analogy:

      Where I work when we open the store we count our store cash and then take the deposit to the bank.

      Just a couple of weeks ago, the teller found a $20 dollar bill that she believed was counterfeit. How come we didn't see it and know it was counterfeit? They sent it off to the Fed and the Fed sent back a confirmation that indeed it was counterfeit. They know because they handle real money all the time.
      Same with us who are Christians, if we are reading God's word and letting God's word get in us, memorizing Scripture etc, we can spot the counterfeit. If a person is NOT, then they cannot see the counterfeit and it just slips by them. Why? because many are biblically illiterate.

      Most have a "form of godliness but deny its power. Have nothing to do with them"-2 Timothy 3:5


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