"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple." Psa. 27:4
- "In reference to ministers, many church-members are indifferent as to the personal piety of the preacher; what they want is talent or cleverness. What the man preaches does not matter now; he must draw a crowd, or please the elite, and that is enough. Cleverness is the main thing. One would think they were looking for a conjurer rather than a pastor. Whether he preaches truth or error, the man is held in admiration so long as he can talk glibly, and keep up a reputation as a speaker. If we had truer piety in members and deacons, pretenders would soon take their wares to other markets. Alas! I fear there has been great laxity in the admission of members, and the quality of our churches has become defiled and debased by "the mixed multitude," among whom all manner of evil finds a congenial dwelling-place. Unhappy leader, who has an Achan in his own camp! Better that Demas should forsake us, than that he should abide with us, and import the world into the church."
- Bishop T.D. Jakes, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Rod Parsley, Ernest Leonard, Marilyn Hickey, Peter Popoff, only to name a few who can really draw a crowd with their speech.
Could we say that many church members, or church goers, want excitment and miracles? Could we say many sincere people desire to know the Lord, but are looking for excitement rather than knowledge of the Word. Do they desire to enter into the beauty of the Lord, but not necessarily to enquire into the knowledge of the Lord? Could we say that many sincere people are not looking for the teaching of theology or doctrine of the Word. Could we say that many sincere people really don't seek a holy life, but wealth and happiness?
Could we say that many church goers come into the assembly of even those churches where the preacher is preaching the Word in truth and preaches doctrinally, and they seem to be bored of the message?
Have some of the churches been filled with those who are only seeking to be entertained by the cleverness of the talent they see on the stage? Have we filled some churches with PRETENDERS?