Christian fellowship and unity serves a Divine purpose. We are exhorted to not forsake the “assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). There is strength and encouragement when the saints gather together in worship, to pray or to engage in missions.
But there is no evidence in the Scriptures that the early church used their places of worship to host the depraved barbaric, gladiator fights that were popular in the morally declining Roman society. This is exactly what is transpiring in many churches today. Churches today are being used to promote the barbaric sport of two fighters trying to knock each other out with violent blows for money and entertainment. How far have we fallen!
There were several churches nationwide that hosted viewing parties for the Mayweather v. McGregor fight. Other churches are hosting boxing matches on their church grounds. How can Christians use their church buildings, which are designated places for the worship and honor of God, to promote the violent sport of trying to beat your opponent into a vegetable?
What’s next? Women in bikinis engaged in mud wrestling, cage fights or how about Christian outcasts being eaten by lions and tigers? Have our churches become the Roman mob? We don’t need to ignite the lower passions of the Roman rabble through sport, drink or money so that people can come to church. What we need is the Holy Spirit, the pure teaching of God’s word and we need a converted church ministry that will not be swayed by every new fad or by the winds of popular opinions.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4.