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Sugar-coated Sermons, Take heed!

2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Instead of believers coming together to fellowship around the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, without all the extraneous paraphernalia, and just to feed on His Word, we have too often turned our services into a carnival. The Word has been pushed aside into a secondary place. Instead, we have an hour and a half of preliminaries, with singing of silly choruses and empty spirituals, and joking and laughing and horseplay. Entertainment has taken the place of worship; singing and music instead of preaching; and then a fifteen-minute sermonette, highly spiced and sensational, in order to keep people awake after all of the wearying entertainment. And then we wonder at the worldliness and the shallowness of Christians today. We have substituted or added pickles, olives, radishes, and highly seasoned extras, and have relegated the Word of Life to a side dish, which few will touch.

The assembly of the saints should be first of all a time of worship and devotion and feeding and feasting upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and not a matter of shallow entertainment. It is a sad thing indeed when a Bible-teaching service or prayer meeting is attended by only a handful of worshipers, while a high-powered entertainer, a musical night, or moving pictures will draw packed houses. Instead of gathering around the person of Christ and feeding upon His Word, we are today regaled by cowboy stunts, ventriloquism, magic tricks, and western movies. Oh, for a return to the good old days when folks went to church not to be entertained and amused and tickled, but to worship the Lord, and to feed upon His Word, and prepare for service through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

John 12:48  “

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Written by M.R. DeHaan, M.D.

Shared by Mugisha Charles

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18 thoughts on “Sugar-coated Sermons, Take heed!”

  1. Sadly, I have to agree with you,bro. Remember when I was first saved – I’d get so fired up after the sermon I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone. Just get home and think about what I’d heard. The richness. The conviction. But what you’ve just shared – it does diddly! Doesn’t change me, convict me, want to be like Jesus!! Papa’s back home on His throne – fingers in His ears – going “Not listening! I’m not listening!” So they just strum a little louder!! So sad. Remain in the Truth – Reuben

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  2. I’m both shocked and relieved (I don’t feel like a ‘bad’ Christian) at how many Christians feel the same way I do about ‘church’. I read a similar blog a few days ago in which the person said “if the Holy Spirit walked out of a church service, most church services would carry on as they always do. Nothing would change”. There’s just too much entertaining going on!!

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  3. HalleluYah wow I got Holy Spirit chills reading this . Truly the TRUTH MAKES US FREE.i agree with you, and what these people fail to understand is that only what we do for CHRIST (from a sincere heart ) will Last. Are you writing a book? This is Powerful ! Continue to be used IN ENTIRETY by He who has called you a PROPHET TO THE NATIONS. Peace and grace be multiplied !

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  4. HalleluYah wow I got Holy Spirit chills reading this . Truly the TRUTH MAKES US FREE.i agree with you, and what these people fail to understand is that only what we do for CHRIST (from a sincere heart ) will Last. Are you writing a book? This is Powerful ! Continue to be used IN ENTIRETY by He who has called you a PROPHET TO THE NATIONS. Peace and grace be multiplied !

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  5. And all of the “entertainment worship” gimmicks have done little to bring more people to worship services! People need to understand that worship services are to be pleasing to the Lord first, not to us. We grow by way of serving our God and His Son, while enjoying fellowship with like-minded believers. It’s worship in spirit and truth unto the Lord, not a concert for people!

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