Concerns Raised as Atlanta’s Embassy Church to Make Aerialists ‘Full Part of Worship Experience’

Photo Credit: Screenshot from itsapostleb Instagram

ATLANTA, Ga. — Concerns are being raised as Atlanta’s Embassy Church has announced that it plans on making aerialists a “full part” of its “normal worship experience.”

Bryan Meadows, who leads Embassy, recently posted photographs and a video from the CreativeCon Conference, which included a time of worship that incorporated a female aerialist suspended from the ceiling.

“@EmbassyCity fully plans on making aerialists a FULL PART of our normal worship experience!” he wrote. “We endeavor to create a culture driven by the creativity and character of Christ! This was one of my favorite highlights!!!”

The post, while generating over 300 likes, has also both garnered applause and raised eyebrows.

“So cool! So out the box!” one commenter wrote.

“This is HOT!!” another stated.

“I’m all for using all our gifts in the house of God, but how about she covers up her lower body? It can be as distracting as a male worshipper topless,” a third asked.

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“The church is the gathering of God’s children to worship, not for a form of entertainment. This shouldn’t be taking place at church,” another said.

Meadows responded to some of the comments, including one follower who asked why having an aerialist is even necessary during worship.

“Because they shouldn’t have to go to the circus to use the gifts that God gave them!” he said. “The church should be able to create space so that everyone can use their gifts to glorify God. People may be distracted for a couple weeks, but they will get used to it!”

“If people can get used to all of the other foolery that happens in church, I’m sure they can get used to somebody genuinely trying to use their gifts to worship God,” Meadows stated.

According to the Embassy Church website, Meadows believes that Christians should be active in “various world systems and sectors, such as government, business, entertainment, family, arts and media, and education.”

“This is how this generation will rise and establish the Throne of our God, the Lord Jesus Christ,” it states.

However, David Whitney, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland, told Christian News Network that he believes having an aerialist suspended from the ceiling during the time of worship is a distraction from focusing on the Lord and “illustrates how great the need is for revival, repentance and restoration in our land.”

“Biblical worship is conducted for an audience of One, even the One True God. In His Word He tells us what worship is acceptable to Him. For example, 1 Chronicles 16:28 [says], ‘Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,'” he said.

“Thus, an aerialist would seem to detract from the whole purpose of a worship service, which is to focus on giving the glory and praise to God alone,” Whitney stated. “The claim made that this is simply ‘somebody genuinely trying to use their gifts to worship God’ is disingenuous. The worship of the One True God must conform to what pleases Him as He has spoken in His Word.”

He pointed to Christ’s lament in Matthew 15:8-9 as a reminder that God’s people must be careful how they worship.

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me,” Jesus said. “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Whitney likewise remarked that the aerialist’s attire was concerning, and pointed to 1 Timothy 2:9, which says that women are to “adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefacedness and sobriety.” Meadows told a concerned commenter that the issue of clothing can be discussed.

“We need to pray for our land, that a revival would break forth and the people would return to the true worship of the One True God,” Whitney said.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    worship of the goats ….. by the goats …… for the goats …….. doctrine abandoned ….. itching ears being scratched ………..

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      and “itching eyes” also ………….

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    People become born again by hearing the Word of God and by a move of the Holy Spirit, not by stunts and tricks.

  • Reason2012

    It just shows that they know the real goal of rock music in church: to cater to the flesh, pretending that, too, is worship or praise to God.

  • Sola Gratia

    “People may be distracted for a couple weeks, but they will get used to it!” Sounds like something coming from Satan not from a pastor.

  • ktorch

    I’ve always said religion is a three ring circus, and here it is, proven beyond doubt.

  • Dianna Zerbe

    Open their eyes Lord JESUS! you are to go to church to hear word of God and to worship Almighty God! Church attendance isn’t supposed to be about entertainment! aerialist are distractions from worship. Men will be watching half naked women instead of talking to JESUS and being taught word of God. That’s devil sneaking in cracks slowly and some churches are welcoming it with open arms! Lord help us JESUS!

  • Vive la différence! Whatever floats your boat! Live and let live.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      yeah …. NOPE ……………..

    • 337noname

      Age and let age.

  • Rob Watkins

    I’ve seen this first hand in Las Vegas at Central Church including the playing of secular music during service. This new age movement should not be but, another sign of Christs soon return. The Holy Spirit made it clear to me immediately. Wrong all the way around.

  • Chet

    The modernist “church” has gone altogether crazy…

  • Elca

    And yet people say the ” Slippery Slope ” is a logical fallacy? Really?
    Next will be women on the Praise Team wearing fishnet tights sing praises to their god…
    Many women already breast feed in church…so what’s next? Anything goes.
    Expect the unexpected.

  • CivilWarImminent

    Lust of the flesh while at a service….it just doesnt sit well for a number of reasons.
    Those folks should go back to the drawing board and rethink this one.

  • Anthony06811

    They use my name but I don’t know them says the Lord….

  • Gail Zarr

    Warnings against False Teachers
    1Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron.…Berean Study Bible

  • irishslave

    It’s soooo apostate….

  • JW

    Are they also going to have pole dancers on each side of the stage? Maybe they think that will increase the number of men attending?

  • Steve

    About 5 yrs ago, I was in Sacranmento on a Sunday, and decided to visit a church that I visited years ago. I arrived just a few minutes before the service. This was a large church building, large sanctuary. I decided to sit about 15 rows from the front. As I am getting seated the lights dimmed and then there was a smoke or mist that was being released and there was blue and pink lights on the stage. Then the “worship team” began to play, it was a rock type ‘Christian type’ music. It was VERY VERY LOUD. I decided to move back it was so loud. I ended up 2-3 rows from the back. It was still so loud I went out into the lobby, they closed the doors and it was still loud. I literally stood at the outside window of the lobby and it was still pretty loud. (Oh and I have a moderate hearing loss) When that was over, they had a ‘pastor’ who gave what I consider a very poor talk, not even remotely a sermon. That is when i realized how many churches have totally lost their way. There is a church in Merced, CA who had a youth ‘pastor’, I have listened to two of his ‘talks’ This used to be a good church. Lord come and shake the ‘church’ up. If only 5 people in the churches get on fire for You, that remnant is all You need Lord, let me be one of them. I have visited a Baptist church in Medford, OR and the pastor gave a 15 minute sermon of pablum, I was so insulted and disgusted. Again Lord shake the church to its core!

    • ‘Michael Gunnells’

      I had a similar experience in an Atlanta area baptist church. It’s what I would consider a mega church. My family and I went to the ‘contemporary’ service because my nephew was being recognized for something. They also had a band playing songs, and it was very loud. I’ve been at concerts which were not that loud. At least they had a coffee shop so I could nurse the headache the music gave me. The sermon also wasn’t very good. I really wish I could talk my brother out of going there.

      • Incredulously Yours,

        ‘Mega’ is the FIRST indicator it is a BUSINESS…Period.

  • grimriffer

    Should I feel the need to cover my childrens’ eyes during worship?

  • Kate Frederickson

    The church will be filled with perverts, even more so now than what’s in there now. Don’t let your kids go to the bathroom alone either, it was bad enough back in the day, it must be a cesspool of perversion now. I don’t go to church, let that go it’s own way many years ago, I could see where it was going, and I was right.

    • Cindy

      You’re so right. They will be feeding a monster. I have always said there’s at least one pervert in every church. The bigger the church, the more there are. Every single one of my pervert uncles and grandfather went to church regularly. Most people probably trusted them and thought they were wonderful. Trust no one. And never let your children go to the restrooms alone. You are so, so right.

  • fanofjesus

    fortunately, it’s easy to tell which churches are really serving God and which ones are merely trying to lure people away from the real churches. People will attend the one that meets them where they really are at–the real church for those really seeking God, and the fake ones for the people just wanting to “look holy”

  • tomnchrist

    The Devil has always used sexual immorality to draw people away from God. Today’s populace is just as gullible as ever, and the “Clergy” will use anything to grow a false Church.

  • Incredulously Yours,

    “….by the creativity and character of Christ!…”. Riiiiiiiight. Because, ya know, he’s JUST soooo P.T. Barnum-like! *EYEROLL*

  • Alleged-Comment

    Dumba** idea! Whatever it is, it’s NOT a church.

  • Azsteve53

    Bread and Circus, why not sell access to porn during services, eh? I am sure congregation numbers will go up, is this what a believer in Christ comes to see? A church is a religion, a set of rules and an order created by people for worship of God and building a relationship with him, religion is about the glorification of God,, and it should be kept that way.

  • Cher DeJoy

    What’s next for this church and so many others like it… to erect a brass pole or two front and center on the stage?! It’s pretty obvious as I look around at so many abhorrent things that are NOT of God taking place in and out of churches that I don’t really need to say in which “times” we are living in!

  • guymark


    Pretend that there is some sort of “God” and then reckon it wants some “sow-on-a-string” strutting its stuff?

    Do the punters (I mean congregation) stuff $1 into her panties when she finally descends?