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, June 13, 2016

Living on Emotionalism

Some people live on emotionalism or on sentimentalism.  As they believe that nothing matters except this kind of riot or excitement of the emotions, they will, of course, do everything they can to encourage it; and quite often it is deliberately worked up.  There are services in which people clap their hands and shout and sing and repeat certain types of choruses — it is done deliberately to work up excitement.  And the more excited they get, and the more emotional they become, the more wonderful, they think, the blessing of the Spirit has been.  It is mere emotionalism.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg.198-199


Anonymous said...

The REAL problem is: many PASTORS believe and propagate this false form of worship. Goes hand in hand with the church growth movement leaven.


Jim said...

Hey Glenn,

This sounds like the church I used to go to. I watched as the pastor would have songs repeated as to heighten the emotions state and make it easier to manipulate the congregation. It is really sad to see the outright abuse of the flock they are entrusted to, one day they will stand before the judgement seat and give an account if their actions and then it will be too late to repent. I seen all too many times with everyone is really emotional he would create a manifestation of the "Spirit", and then people were willing to do all sorts of things...mainly being slain in the spirit and they think it is a sign of God's blessings on them. This is what happens when people see their experiences as truth.

Jim B.