by A.W. Pink
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths!” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure sound doctrine. Those who . . . preach the total depravity of man, insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth, set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ, find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing. Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted.
In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road! The multitude is affected with itching ears which crave novelty and that which is sensational. They have ears which wish to be tickled, ears which eagerly drink in the songs of professional and unsaved soloists and choristers, ears which are well pleased with the vulgar slang of our modern evangelists!
The things which are now done in so many churches–the socials, the fund-raisers, the bazaars, the concerts, the moving picture shows and other forms of entertainment–what are these but idolatrous commercialization of these houses of prayer! No wonder that such places are devoid of spirituality and strangers to the power of God. The Lord will not tolerate an unholy mixture of worldly things with spiritual.
“Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!” John 2:16
by A.W. Pink