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Secret Power: 49: Worldly Amusements

By D.L. Moody


      Then, another thing, I think, that grieves the Spirit, is the miserable policy of introducing questionable entertainments. There are lotteries, for instance, that we have in many churches. If a man wants to gamble, he doesn't have to go to some gambling den; he can stay in the church. And there are fairs - bazaars, as they call them - where they have rafflings and grab-bags. And if he wants to see a drama, he don't need to go to the theater, for many of our churches are turned into theaters; he may stay right in the church and witness the acting.

      I believe all these things grieve the Spirit of God. I believe when we bring the Church down to the level of the world to reach the world, we are losing all the while and grieving the Spirit of God.

      But some say, if we take that standard and lift it up high, it will drive away a great many members from our churches. I believe it, and I think the quicker they are gone the better. The world has come into the Church like a flood, and how often you find an ungodly choir employed to do the singing for the whole congregation; the idea that we need an ungodly man to sing praises to God!

      It was not long ago I heard of a church where they had an unconverted choir, and the minister saw something about the choir that he didn't like, and he spoke to the chorister, but the chorister replied: "You attend to your end of the church, and I will attend to mine." You can not expect the Spirit of God to work in a church in such a state as that.

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   2: Identity and Personality
   3: Agent and Instrument
   4: Secret of Efficiency
   5: Reservoir of Love
   6: Right Overflow
   7: The Triumphs of Love
   8: The Boon of Victory
   9: Power In and Upon
   10: Praising God with One Heart
   11: What is Needed
   12: None of Self
   13: The Greatest Weapon
   14: Spiritual Irrigation
   15: Outflowing Streams
   16: Why Some Fail?
   17: Fresh Supplies
   18: Green Fields
   19: Master and Servant
   20: Witnessing in Power
   21: What is Testimony?
   22: Greater Work
   23: The Sure Guide
   24: Rappings in the Dark
   25: Spirits that Peep and Mutter
   26: The Unerring Guide
   27: An Aid to Memory
   28: Long and Short Sight
   29: The Faithful Friend
   30: The Climax Sin
   31: Power in Operation
   32: That Gospel Sermon on The Blessed Hope
   33: What Wins
   34: Power of Love
   35: Love's Wonderful Effects
   36: Critics Beware
   37: After Love, What?
   38: Not Easily Offended
   39: Sweet Words
   40: Peace Declared
   41: Secret of Joy
   42: Joy is Unselfish
   43: Joy in Persecution
   44: Power Hindered
   45: The Unpardonable Sin
   46: What It Is Not
   47: The Faithful Friend 2
   48: The Church Grieves the Spirit
   49: Worldly Amusements
   50: Unconverted Choirs
   51: What is Success?
   52: Shipwrecks
   53: Quench Not
   54: Emblems of the Spirit

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