In his piece “Crisis at North Point,” Todd Pruitt, one of the co-hosts of Mortification of Spin, denounces the raunchy stage act that was performed at Andy Stanley’s church during a Sunday morning worship service. To enlighten his readers, Pruitt included a video of the all boy band’s performance. However, the video is no longer available for viewing. According to Steven Kozar who posted the video on Museum of Idolatry on July 25th: “North Point Church is making it more difficult to view their “boy band” video (since we published this a few days ago), so we’ve made this video to remind everyone of it’s questionable and foolish content.” Following is a much shorter version of the performance:
Click here and scroll down to see more of the boys in action.
We urge you to read Todd’s Pruitt’s blog post below which has been posted in its entirety:
There is a crisis at North Point Community Church. North Point is the super duper mega church in Atlanta founded and led by Andy Stanley. Stanley has enormous influence through North Point, his books, and conferences. For many, Andy is the go-to guy when it comes to effective communication and leadership. But there is a crisis at North Point. This crisis is dishonoring to God, destructive to God’s people, and threatens the churches influenced by the Atlanta mega church.
If you were expecting some salacious detail or breaking news then this will be rather disappointing to you. The evidence is readily available. Indeed it is supplied rather proudly by North Point. The sickness at the heart of North Point is on full display in the following video which captures the goings on at a recent worship service.
Perhaps I’m naive but “Love The Way You Turn Me On” should have been a tip off to those in leadership at North Point that something was not right (at this point I don’t expect those who continue to attend to have sufficient discernment to recognize what is wrong).
Honestly, I am tired of hearing about good intentions and great results when it comes to garbage like this. This stuff does nothing, absolutely nothing to “reach” anyone. It only confuses. I would not care so much except for the fact that I once served as pastor of a church in Philadelphia where Andy Stanley had influence among some of the top leaders. And there are many other churches whose pastors, youth ministers, and children’s directors are influenced by Andy Stanley and North Point. I don’t know who has influence in Andy Stanley’s life but I hope that among those who do, someone will have the courage to call him to repent of such foolishness. This sort of thing is destructive to the people of God. When imitation of the world is allowed to flourish in a church it is clear that the shepherds have become predators.
As a side note, you may remember Andy Stanley famously saying in a sermon earlier in the year that people who go to smaller churches are “lazy” and don’t care about their children because those churches cannot provide the same sorts of experiences as do big churches like North Point. When I watched this video one of my first thoughts was, “How lazy it is to go to a church like this.”