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“Our pastor is a better comedian than yours!”

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In the modern times in which we live where every body has got the attention span of a gnat it is not surprising to see that many times some pastors opt to dress too casually in t-shirts and jeans to try and emulate popular stand up comedians. Well it actually works…these churches surely get filled up very soon. Most of the churches actually have high turn overs with new faces literally fighting for empty front row seats every week (and an even higher numbers leaving through the back door in search of funnier and more entertaining routines).

Church growth gurus now advocate for “hip and relevant” programmes that are geared to effect maximum entertainment and comedic fun at the expense of discipleship and Bible study. The youth groups are actually not far behind. (Oops! I guess that is the understatement of the generation seeing that its in church youth groups and clubs that the bar is usually lowered to be as permissive as possible to allow as much folly as can be crammed in a short time away from the adults). Aren’t we then surprised when we have Bible illiterate congregations? So are we yet aware where these “comedy wars” will take us?

Alan Redpath had some interesting things to say on this topic:
“God is trying to tell us that our current popular version of Christianity – comfortable, humorous, superficial, entertaining, worldly-wise – is exposed for the irreverent presentation of the Gospel of Christ that it really is. A preacher is commissioned to give people – not what they want – but what they need. No man has any business walking into the pulpit to entertain. He is there to present Calvary in all it’s fullness of hope and glory.”

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Duplantis: Keeping stand up alive in the pulpit.

The mark of a good stand up comedian is being able to tell the same joke all the time with a straight face and get the same reaction. Some preachers in a bid to keep numbers up have turned their sermons into full fledged stand up routines. Others try to do exegetical gymnastics. I really don’t know where to put renowned ‘anointed’ televangelist, word of faith pastor and bible expositor Jessie Duplantis (oh, who has also been to heaven and back unlike none of you).

The act is something you fall back on if you can’t think of anything else to say. ~Bill Hick’s Principles of Comedy