As you read the following quote by A.W. Tozer, think about the churches that you have been in that have been set up and designed to reflect entertainment centers (theaters, coffee shops, etc.). How many have black ceilings? How many have disco balls hanging from the ceiling? How many have stage lighting? How many have "dramas" and choreographed dancing? How many "sermons" are now "stories," following the current fad of "narrative preaching"?
The church that can't worship is the church that must be entertained. And "pastors" who refuse to lead a church biblically must provide the "flock" with entertainment. Tozer saw it decades ago. How much more prevalent is it today? I'd say it's not prevalent at all... I'd said it's rampant. And, frankly, it's pathetic. Here's Tozer's quote:
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!