"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 of winning them.... The church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them...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 Chirst not speak of it? 'Go ye, therefore, into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.' Yes, that is clear enough; so would it have been if he had added 'and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel'....I do not hear him say to his disciples, 'Run after these people that are leaving. Peter, tell them we will have some different style of service tomorrow; something short and attractive with very little preaching....'
"Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to affect the desired end.... Let the careless and the scoffer who thank God because the church met them halfway stand up, speak and testify.... Let him stand up - but there are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts."
"The time will come when instead of shepherds feeding sheep, they will have clowns entertaining the goats."
C. H. Spurgeon