We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, January 11, 2016

Entertainment Is For the Immature

The child likes entertainment.  This was true of all of us in childhood. The child tends to have a secret antagonism even to its own parents, if they are parents worthy of the name, because they exercise discipline. …

Unfortunately, this tends to be true of us as Christians.  I have sometimes thought that one of the first problems and trials a young pastor has to meet is due to this very thing, that he has to accommodate himself to the fact that so many Christian people display this characteristic of childhood.  They like a change; anything as long as it is different; change and novelty and newness, and especially the craving for the element of entertainment and excitement.  How much more enjoyable it is to be entertained than to go through the drudgery of a lesson!  If you keep you eye on the religious periodicals and their advertisements and apply this teaching of the Apostle you will understand what I mean.  The unusual, especially if it has the element of entertainment and excitement, is clearly that which is most popular.  That is a clear indication of the child outlook and mentality.  The Apostle is concerned to impress this on the minds of the Ephesians, because if they did not realize it and understand it, they would never grow out of it.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16,” pg.229

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So Glenn, when pastors decide to use entertainment off the pulpit instead of preaching the truth, what does that say about them?

Rhetorical question.