Does the setting or environment relax people? Are people made to feel extra special? Does the music stir emotions when needed? Do the sermons make people feel good? Is the best effort made to avoid offending people with talk of sin? It’s questions like these that seem to be the focus of so many ministries nowadays who desire to increase their attendance levels by increasing their perceived entertainment value.
They have chosen to subject themselves to the demands of a culture focused on entertainment so they can be popular. This is partially why we are in the midst of great apostasy and why many churches and some Christian music artists actively participate in and contribute to the policies of the New World Order. People who are not necessarily Christian, but consider themselves “spiritual” or marginally and nominally Christian contribute to this problem also when they go to church or listen to Christian artists specifically to be entertained without the intention of putting God’s word into practice. Even atheists or witches get a kick out of these things to start dialogues with committed Christians–not because they have a genuine interest in Christianity, but because such interactions provide some entertainment value for them when they talk to other unbelievers like them. Interactions with Christians serve as fodder for their gossip, to give them a good laugh (“Can you believe that Christians actually believe x, y, and z? That is so hilarious!”).
Radio host Dave Hodges pointed out recently in a column he wrote that “the church should be calling government officials out when they violate the word of God. But instead, we are witnessing the opposite. Government doctrine is replacing the word of God in a furtherance of the grand deception. …The church has forsaken its role as the moral authority in the country…” It is doing so to entertain people right into solidifying their anti-God thinking, which is a road paved straight to hell, while preachers who actually teach God’s word are considered the equivalent of stand-up comedians.
Jesus had a large audience, some of whom were fake people who mocked him behind his back (and sometimes to his face), did the opposite of what he taught, considered him a nice entertainer, and gave him fake compliments to his face. For example, the day after he fed the 5,000 men and went to Capernaum, the people noticed he was gone and ran after him to Capernaum, asking Jesus when he had arrived there, to which he responded:
26…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6
They wanted to be entertained with another free meal to satisfy their flesh, totally ignoring the spiritual implications of why Christ did the miracles to begin with–to point them to their need for salvation from sin. That’s the message the Church needs to focus on again.
Harry A. Gaylord
Read a similar post entitled, “A following, but no fervency: religious fakes & phonies.”