Focus on gospel, not gimmicks

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: December 30 2013 | 2:29 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:27 am in
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Lenore Skenazy’s editorial “Café a bad reason to go to church?” on Dec. 28, lists problems smaller churches are facing in 21st century America. As she states, “Those Norman Rockwell congregations are having a hard time because they’ve been doing the same old same old in an era of intense change. Walk in and there’s the pastor, the pews, the choir.”

She goes on to state it’s the younger people who are packing the mega churches. These churches are using all of the bells and whistles to attract the crowds. The old days of the choirs, piano and organ, I think, are gone, Richard Lovelace said. I cringe when I think of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir being replaced by a praise team. A choir adds so much to the worship experience.

I wonder why people attend church. Is it to worship the living God or is it to be entertained? Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter chapter 4 verse 3: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.”

I am very concerned the churches today feel they need to use gimmicks to bring the people in. Since the day of Pentecost, the Gospel message itself was enough to “bring them in.”

Rev. James W.


Cedar Rapids


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