Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Biggest Evangelistic Opportunity of the Summer

Ichthus Festival

If you want THE evangelistic opportunity of the summer, come to Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, Ky, June 10-13th 2009. Ichthus can't be explained, it has to be experienced. It used to be held every April until they moved it to June to try to avoid the rain. Of course, when it was moved to June it got deluged too. It is like a "Christian" Woodstock complete with mud-romps all under the guise of Christianity.

Every band in the Christian music world descends on this little town for this festival. This year will be the 40th anniversary of the festival. Approximately 20,000 people attend this event. That's right, 20,000! The size of the town doubles during that week-end.

While most of the people who attend are sincere, they are sincerely wrong. They have a form of godliness and they truly believe that they are behaving and responding as Christ would have them, but truth be told their hearts are far from God.

There are many anemic sermons given throughout the festival begging the youth to come to Jesus and give their hearts to him because there is a God-shaped hole that only he can fill. Hell is not mentioned and repentance isn't explained. Many who were asked to define repentance at Ichthus believe that repentance means saying you're sorry. This isn't a jaded observation on my part. Check out their "beliefs" page (below). There is no mention of repentance being necessary at all.

Beliefs
  • That the one God—eternal, holy, and all-powerful—exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • That Jesus Christ is the “only begotten” Son of God. That anyone who calls on the Father, in the name of Jesus, and believes that He is the Son of God, sent to bring salvation, will be saved.
  • That Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, resurrection, sending of the Holy Spirit, and final return provide everything necessary for human salvation, holy living, and an eternal life of ever-deepening worship, intimacy, and joy in God.
  • That the Bible—Old and New Testaments—is divinely inspired, without error in all that it affirms, and is the authoritative source of faith and practice imparted to every generation by the Holy Spirit.
If you are in the area or are interested in attending, a group of us are making plans now to attend. Please contact me via e-mail and I will include you in the communication and plan making. It will be here before you know it. Check out the video to get a feel for the wonderful evangelistic opportunity that awaits at this year's festival.

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