The last two articles I have written concerned "Entertainment Theology." One of the missing ingredients in that kind of ministry is "conviction, the work of the Holy Spirit."
John 16:8-11 gives a detailed description of the work of the Spirit. "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of Judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me: Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of Judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."
Not too many decades ago, Bible-preaching Churches were exciting, convicting and soul-converting. There was a great emphasis on "souls being saved rather than members being made." We were in a constant state of Revival and were not having Revival services. There was great heartwarming and great heart touching messages that brought people to see their need of Jesus Christ and His Saving Grace. People wept on the altar as they poured our their hearts to God in repentance and faith. The messages were serious; the setting was serious; lives were being challenged and changed forever. I am glad that I was able to be involved in that great time in Church history. There was a great emphasis on sanctification, personal, holiness after salvation. "Entertainment Theology" leaves out this vital part of the work of the Holy Spirit. The services are more geared to attracting a crowd rather than being "ambassadors for Christ." This is also the major reason many Churches have ceased giving an "altar call." There is no challenge and no conviction, so it stands to reason, there would be no altar call. See Isaiah 30:9-10 If you have a Pastor who will tell it like it is, to people like they are, thank God for him and pray for him. His straight preaching is what God uses to open the door for the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. If you are never convicted and you never see anyone convicted or converted run for your life.