God and mammon
All kinds of entertainment accompanied by an entrance fee is offered by many places of worship in a desperate hope that God and Mammon can both be embraced and this in spite of our being warned that together they cannot be worshipped for the simple reason that we will come to love the one and despise the other.
Mammon and the Self are the most contemptible of gods and yet they are the ones the world worships the most and in many pulpits a diluted version of the Gospels is preached with the abundant blooms of Gospel Truths being severely pruned to make them better fit the garden of the understanding (or so it is hoped) of ordinary folk in the hope of increased largesse.
Paul, who kick-started faith in Christ in the pagan gentiles had no illusions about that which is needed and which should be preached. Paul preached the Cross of Christ and Him crucified followed by His death defeating resurrection that opened up to all believers the hope of eternal life and it was that which he unfailingly preached to his hearers, for he knew full well that within those words is where the real power of the Gospels to strengthen the faithful and to convert and save the unbeliever resides. Enabling Paul to do that required a visionary's understanding of his faith and the knowledge that God will work with and strengthen all those who believe in Him and will work His wonders through them.
If Gospel Truths about Christ's death and Resurrection were preached on each and every occasion from each and every pulpit there would be no need for spurious events to be held which might put a few bottoms on seats but which detract from the real purpose of churches which is the 'Salvation of Souls'.
That is the real and only means of Glorifying God.
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