September 13

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Entertainment VS. Enlightenment

Various forms of entertainment are offered by many churches. The entertainment ranges from skits and plays, to bands on stage, to games and sporting activities. Such things are offered to draw you in. After you are in, a little religion is sprinkled in to make you feel good.

The Bible gives a different picture of churches. They drew people in by offering one thing, the gospel (Acts 6:7; 16:4-5; 1 Thes. 1:7-9). This was not done in the form of entertainment. No plays were performed by Peter or Paul. Rather, they, like Philip and others, taught people “the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.” As a result, “men and women were baptized” (Acts 8:12).  In other words, the people were enlightened with the truth and obeyed it (cf. Eph. 1:18).

Entertainment amuses your mind, while enlightenment enriches your soul. God gave the gospel as His power unto salvation, not plays and pageants (Rom. 1:16). Jesus said men are drawn to Him by being taught, not amused (Jn. 6:44-45).

What does your church do; entertain or enlighten? Are you being entertained to death—spiritual death? It is time churches give up gimmicks and get serious about religion. They need to forsake their worldly practices and get back to the Bible. If you agree, give us a call or visit our services.


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