Religious Entertainment!

A great company of evangelical churches have already gone over into the area of religious entertainment, so that many churches are tramping on the doorstep of the theater!

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us:

  • shallow lives,
  • hollow religious philosophies,
  • the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings,
  • the glorification of men,
  • trust in religious externalities,
  • quasi-religious fellowships,
  • salesmanship methods,
  • the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit.

These and such as these, are the symptoms of an evil disease–a deep and serious malady of the soul.

Religious entertainment has so corrupted the Church, that millions don’t know that it’s a heresy. Millions of evangelicals throughout the world have devoted themselves to religious entertainment. They don’t know that it’s as much heresy, as the “counting of beads” or the “splashing of holy water” or something else. To expose this, of course, raises a storm of angry protest among the people.

Isn’t there a difference between worship and entertainment?

The church that can’t worship, must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment. That is why we have the great evangelical heresy here today–the heresy of religious entertainment!

(A. W. Tozer on Worship and Entertainment) [Pictures Mine]

Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act,
and this takes discipline. We are to worship
“in spirit and in truth”.
Never mind about the feelings.
We are to worship in spite of them.

Comments 4

  • “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24

    This is easy for church leaders…
    1. Open the Bible
    2. Read The Bible
    3. Explain the meaning to the people.

    What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

    Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.

    A. W. Tozer Knowledge Of The Holy

  • Thanks Len! Agree, it’s kind of a thin line that can be crossed easily in the heart by us I’m guessing, and the individual needs to beware of the crossing, & turn our own heart & mind back to worship — of Christ. Love Tozer AND E. Elliot

  • I think Donald Whitney hits the core problem…

    “How is it possible to worship God publicly once each week when we do not worship Him privately throughout the week? Can we expect the flames of our worship of God to burn brightly in public on the Lord’s Day when they barely flicker for Him in secret on other days? Isn’t it because we do not worship well in private that our corporate worship experience often dissatisfies us?”

    Donald S. Whitney Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, 1991, p. 93-94,

  • What an indictment on the contemporary worship service…

    “Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. How many times have you stood and sang, “Take my life and let it be” when you haven’t given Him one ounce?”
    — Leonard Ravenhill

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