“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us *more* than the Christ within us.” – A.W. Tozer
I am a proponent of the ideal, “We have a never-changing message communicated via ever-changing methods.” Tozer’s quote here should not be interpreted in opposition to this ideal.
Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing of the word of Christ.” Consequently, Tozer, I believe, is referring to church contexts where the trappings of modernity overshadow the simple message of Christ i.e. when the lights, smoke, staging and media take precedence over the responsible and careful exposition and learning of scripture.
I once read a word for this called ‘worshiptainment.’ We can’t compete with the endless resources of secular entertainment, and shouldn’t.
No judging of any churches here. Just solid food-for-thought.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick