PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the most popular videos on the internet takes aim at a sensitive and unlikely target, Christian churches.
More than 16 million people have seen the video called “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus.”
The video was posted by a young Christian man who delivers a three minute rhyming rant about how churches have strayed from the teachings of Jesus.
The video blames churches and organized religion for wars and intolerance. Despite that, some influential pastors are okay with its message.
“I think there’s a lot of churches that are just full of religion and very little about Jesus. Its really saying that institutional religion is not a good thing if doesn’t come from the authenticity its really important for a new generation of believers to be authentic to be real,” says Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Plano’s Prestonwood Baptist Church.
But other churches call the video harmful and dangerous to their mission.
“In the video he says Jesus came to abolish religion and that is false, he came to abolish bad religion,” says John Cravens, First United Methodist Church of Plano Youth Minister.
Some Christians worry the video will discourage people from attending church.
“At first I was really uncomfortable with it,” says Audra DeVantier an 18-year-old Plano East Senior High School student, “It makes people who go to church look like they are just there to condemn you.”
Video responses continue to pop up online fueling a heated debate within the Christian faith about whether churches are spreading a different message from their messenger.