Religious entertainment!

A great company of evangelical churches have already gone over into the area of religious entertainment, so that many churches are tramping on the doorstep of the theater!

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us:
shallow lives,
hollow religious philosophies,
the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings,
the glorification of men,
trust in religious externalities,
quasi-religious fellowships,
salesmanship methods,
the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit.

These and such as these, are the symptoms of an evil disease–a deep and serious malady of the soul.

Religious entertainment has so corrupted the Church, that millions don’t know that it’s a heresy. Millions of evangelicals throughout the world have devoted themselves to religious entertainment. They don’t know that it’s as much heresy, as the “counting of beads” or the “splashing of holy water” or something else. To expose this, of course, raises a storm of angry protest among the people.

Isn’t there a difference between worship and entertainment?

The church that can’t worship, must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship, must provide the entertainment. That is why we have the great evangelical heresy here today–the heresy of religious entertainment!

– A.W. Tozer, 1897-1963

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Types of Sermons

If we were even to try to name some of the types of sermons heard on occasion, let alone trying to classify them, our task would be difficult.

There might be the BUTTERFLY sermon in which the preacher flits from book to book not lighting too long at any spot lest someone should catch him.

There is what Jeff D. Ray called the OLD MOTHER HUBBARD sermon. In this, the preacher uses each word as a jumping-off place into extended elaborations of disjointed items.

There is the BAG OF BEADS message which consists of a number of good ideas without a string to tie them together.

There is the PERSECUTION sermon structure in which the preacher stays with a verse until persecuted and then flees to the next.

There is also the MAJORING ON THE MINUTIA method. This emphasizes the items picked up by an exegetical microscope so that as Thomas Hobbs once said, “the preacher casts atoms of Scripture as dust before men’s eyes, thereby making everything more obscure than it is.”

There is also the SKYSCRAPER sermon in which the preacher tells one story upon another.

Lloyd M. Perry, “Biblical Preaching”

 

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