Friday, September 12, 2008

To Churches That Seek To Amuse

I had a friend tell me she heard on the local christian radio station that, "as a Pastor, if you do not keep your congregation amused you are sinning!" I obviously told her that either she misunderstood the radio host or the radio host was dead wrong. The sad thing is she probably heard him right.

Below is a puritan writing from a few hundred years ago and his view on amusing the church.

(Archibald Brown, "The Devil's Mission of Amusement")

Jesus pitied sinners, pleaded with them, sighed over them,
warned
them, and wept over them; but He never sought
to amuse them!


When many of His disciples turned away, because of the
searching nature of His preaching--I do not find there was
any attempt to bring them back, by resorting to something
more pleasant to the flesh. I do not hear Him saying, "We
must keep up the gatherings at any cost! So run after those
people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style
of service tomorrow! Something very short and attractive,
with little, if any, preaching. Today was a service for God
--but tomorrow we will have a pleasant evening for the
people!
Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it, and have
a pleasant time. Be quick, Peter! We must get the people
somehow; if not by Gospel, then by entertainment!"
No, this was not how He argued. Gazing in sorrow on
those who would not hear the Word--He simply turns
to the twelve, and asks, "Will you go away also?"
~  ~  ~  ~

We have published Archibald Brown's superb 10 page
article, "The Devil's Mission of Amusement".
Must reading! Please forward this to every church
leader you know!

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