“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.
From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.
My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”
(Mark 16:15). “That is clear enough.”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon
The ungodly are ever seeking after joy, but they find it not: they busy and weary themselves in the pursuit of it, yet all in vain. Their hearts being turned from the Lord, they look downward for joy, where it is not. Rejecting Substance, they diligently run after the shadow, only to be mocked by it. It is the sovereign decree of heaven that nothing can make sinners truly happy but God in Christ; but this they will not believe, and therefore they go from creature to creature, from one broken cistern to another (see Jer 2:13), inquiring where is the best joy to be found.
Each worldly thing which attracts them says, It is found in me; but each disappoints. Nevertheless, they go on seeking it afresh today in the very thing which deceived them yesterday. If after many trails they discover the emptiness of one creature comfort, then they turn to another, only to verify our Lord’s word, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again” (John 4:13).
- A.W. Pink, The Scriptures and Joy
“Yes, my reader, it is possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His name, and though the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How necessary it is then to find out where we really are; to examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith; to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are building our house upon the sand, or whether it is erected on the Rock which is Christ Jesus.”~ Arthur Pink, “Another Gospel” Real men read Pink (A.W. Pink) Matthew 7:24-25
“Jesus, Jesus, my whole trust is in You. I know that no righteousness of my own can save me, but only You. O Christ-sink or swim, I cast myself on You”? Oh my brothers and sisters, you are drawn by the Father, for you could not have come unless He had drawn you! Sweet thought! And if He has drawn you, do you know what is the delightful inference? Let me repeat just one text, and may that comfort you-“The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying, I have Loved you with an everlasting love-therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. C. H. Spurgeon”
“THE faith that God requireth of sinners is that they rely upon Christ, as despairing of their own righteousness, leaning wholly and withal humbly, as weary and laden, upon Christ as on the resting stone laid in Zion. But He seeks not that without being weary of their sin they rely on Christ as mankind’s Savior, for to rely on Christ and not be weary of sin is presumption, not faith. Faith is ever neighbor to a contrite spirit, and it is impossible that faith can be where there is not a cast-down and contrite heart in some measure for sin.”
Excerpt From: Rutherford, Samuel. “31 Days With Samuel Rutherford.” Lewis Publishing, iBooks.