You know, the Church started out with a Bible, then it got a hymnbook, and for years that was it – a Bible and a hymnbook. The average church now certainly wouldn’t be able to operate on just a hymnbook and the Bible. Now we have to have all kinds of truck. A lot of people couldn’t serve God at all without at least a vanload of equipment to keep them happy.
Some of these attractions that we have to win people and keep them coming may be fine or they may be cheap. They may be elevated or they may be degrading. They may be artistic or they may be coarse – it all depends upon who is running the show! But the Holy Spirit is not the center of attraction, and the Lord is not the one who is in charge. We bring in all sorts of antiscriptural and unscriptural claptrap to keep the people happy and keep them coming.
As I see it, the great woe is not the presence of these religious toys and trifles – but the fact that they have become a necessity, and the presence of the Eternal Spirit is not in our midst!
Now, if this is true, and we have any concern about it, we must ask ourselves if we really know who it is that we are ignoring when we refuse to give the Holy Spirit His rightful place of ministry in the church and in our lives.
“Lord, we’ve been taught good methods in Seminary; we’ve emphasized the need to be technologically up-to-date to reach our generation. As I do indeed commit myself to excellence in reaching people for Christ, help me to remember that the power is not in the methods or the means, but in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”