Mime Ministry - Pagan Practice in the Church!!
Why are churches opening their sanctuaries to pagan and secular activities in these last days of the year 2014? The so-called mime ministry is a typical example of this invasion. The origin of mime is Greek and Roman pagan practice.
Pantomimes or “the panto” originated in Greece and was worship to the pagan god of the theatre, Dionysus. Dionysus inspired joyful worship, ecstasy and festivals. At these festivals and celebrations mimes, actors and a myriad of entertainment filled the theaters. It involved a dance of bodily movements - facial gestures preformed by actors at festivals in honor of Dionysus. Mimes were used in Greek religious ceremonies and banquets and Telestes in Greece is believed to be the first pantomime actor.
When the Romans adopted pantomime, men and women would paint their face white - so that no one could tell who’s who during the performance. Sometimes all kinds of wild orgies and drinking parties followed the event. When Roman mimes (sometimes naked) performed at private banquets and courts all over Europe, they honored the fertility goddesses.
The Apostle Paul encountered pagan practice when he visited Athens, Greece. This is recorded in Acts 17. The Bible says in Acts 17:16
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
The Apostle Paul preached the gospel on Mars Hill. As he was preturbed at the sight of false idols and pagan worship that went on in the temple theatre. Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ Hill, and said,
“Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” Acts 17:23
The great theologian Charles H. Spurgeon, (in an article in “Cult of Celebrity” posted on July 17, 2013 by Chrystal Whitt), warned the church of his day of the futility and falsehood of using amusement and entertainment to win souls - he pointed out two things:
(i) My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it?
(ii) “In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of this gospel of amusement!
It is sad to see Christians (some deceived and some knowingly) support pagan worship in the church. They seem to think that the church can increase its membership by bringing secular practice into the church. There is a belief that this will attract people (especially young people) into the church. This is apostasy; this is compromise of the Gospel of Christ. This is mixing the holy and the profane. This is a sign of the rise of the false church from within the true church.
The Apostle Paul warned the church in Acts 20: 28- 30:
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
It is time for more of us, Christians to be more vigilant and stand against false pagan invasion of the church. In 2 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul warns us about mixing the holy and profane. For there cannot be any agreement between the temple of God with idols because every believer is the temple of the living God. We must come out from among pagan practices, be separate, and do not be associated with “mime ministry”
We have to expose this cancer, "Mime Ministry" wherever it shows its ugly head. It is satan behind the mask. We have souls to win for the Kingdom of God in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.