from the sagacious Vance Havner

August 24, 2013

“Today much of the professing church has gone in for theatrics, running a showboat instead of a lifeboat, staging a performance instead of living an experience, a ‘form of godliness without the power thereof.’ We are playing to the grandstand of a pagan age. What a different ‘show’ from the apostles and early Christians dying for Christ before howling throngs in the Coliseum! We are not sufferers in the arena; we are spectators in the grandstand. We have come a long way from the catacombs!”

The Vance Havner Quotebook, p. 22.

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Tony Jones

I agree, and I am finding more and more, as a young pastor, that people are less impressed with the theatrics. They want genuine Christians, and they want to work to make a difference.

    Norm Miller

    Thx, Tony, for your comment. People serious about their spirituality know what they need.
    Also, I read for a little while at your blog, spiritualwoodshed.com, and liked what I read.

Max

If Brother Havner were alive today, he would be dismayed that much of the “church” doesn’t even have a form of godliness! The organized institutional church in too many places is powerless because it is prayerless. I wish it were agonized, rather than organized. “IF my people … THEN Will I.” Will we? Brother Havner was a watchman on the wall warning the American church what was coming … that which has indeed come upon it.

Norm Miller

Agonized, not organized. Love it!
Sufficient agony will lead to proper action.

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