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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Playtime in the Church


Children’s ministries have for years focused on playtime and coloring; teens have been treated like large children who need to be entertained with contemporary music and a multitude of games and activities; adults are not to be bored with biblical exposition and theology. These practices stem from the late sixties, when the rebellious and spoiled baby-boomers…began to reshape everything (including the church) in their own image. Two generations of Christians have come and are moving through the church, many of whom have never experienced what a biblical church should be. So far removed are many Christians from the New Testament paradigm that many do not know that anything else exists or ever existed.

Gary E. Gilley with Jay Wegter, This Little Church Had None: A Church in Search of the Truth, by pg.222

2 comments:

Jesse said...

Glenn,

So is any and all forms of entertainment in a church to be considered wrong by biblical standards? Are churches supposed to be silent to the point where only the pastor speaks and one is tired out of his or her mind at the long lecture being given? What would be your toleration limit before you would (or advice somebody to) leave a congregation?

Nonetheless, the worship of God is something we should be taking very seriously. It is in fact a matter of utmost importance, and a lot of professing Christians seem to be oblivious to that fact.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Jesse,

No. The point is, what is the purpose of the entertainment? The vast majority of entertainment in church is to draw people in; sucker them in with gimmicks. And that is wrong.