When did preaching become entertainment?

When I grew up the preachers preached hard, worked up a sweat, christened babies, buried the dead and encouraged the living. They lived in the world of black and white, gray areas did not exist and living on the edge simply meant you were on your way to hell. These preachers were the pre-WWJD generation. For them it was not a question they already knew what he would do, say and they would tell you what he would say about your life. They were not right all the time, but they felt a calling on their lives. Their center stage was often at the front of a storefront. What made them bearable was they were sincere in their beliefs. They would come to the pulpit in their robes or their gray, blue, black or brown suits. Piety was often a way of life not just a word in the dictionary. Now we see preachers ready to strut and wait for their close ups. Preaching is big business. It’s lights, camera action. It’s about getting more in the door not necessarily getting more souls closer to the Great “I AM”. We are in the age of the Preachers of LA and soon to be released the Preachers of Detroit. We will see them flaunt their wealth as they spout well worn platitudes. It is a new day but is it a better day? Share your thoughts.

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  • Adimu Mazwi  On October 3, 2014 at 3:02 am

    My thought :Jesus said the last will be first and the first will be last. He said many will come to Him on that Day and said ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ In the book of Acts, when the people brought all the goods before the apostles, they did not take them for themselves, they distributed them among the people according to the need. Finally, Jesus said how hard is it for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God! He said that it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle. Many “saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost-filled” people will be disappointed.

  • elogam  On October 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    The Bible tells us that church leaders will be held to a higher standard. (James 3:1) These “Hollywood” style preachers (I don’t consider them ‘pastors’) will have their reward here, and will lament for all eternity how they squandered this opportunity they were given to minister for God.

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