The way to do good is to amuse people!

The way to do good is to amuse people!

A great change has taken place in the last forty years.  A quantity of church work is continually being carried on both by clergymen and laymen, which, however well-meant, can hardly be called Christian—and in reality has a painful tendency to throw true Christian work into the background, if not to throw it entirely out!  No one, for instance, can fail to observe that a large number of professors are spending all their time and strength on church music, church decorations, church programs, and an incessant round of church attractions.  Others are equally absorbed in social work, feeding the poor, and improved dwellings for everyone.  Others are incessantly getting up popular concerts, secular lectures, and evening recreations.  They proclaim everywhere, that the way to do good is to amuse people!  It is quite certain that musical services, and church decorations, and concerts, and bazaars, and social work, and the like—will not save souls.  It is equally certain that, without repentance, and faith, and holy living, and practical, self-denying, kindly charity—no one is fit for Heaven.  Do these simple, old-fashioned graces fill the place which they ought to do, in the daily proceedings of many so-called church-workers in this day? I confess I doubt it exceedingly.

(J.C.Ryle, 1884)

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