The vast majority of the churches are in a sorry state. Those that are out-and-out worldly are at their wits end to invent new devices for drawing a crowd. Others which still preserve an outward form of godliness provide nothing substantial for the soul; there is little ministering of Christ to the heart and little preaching of “sound doctrine”, without which souls cannot be built up and established in the faith. The great majority of the “pastors” summon to their aid some professional “evangelist”, who, for two to four weeks, puts on a high-pressure campaign and secures sufficient new “converts” to take the place of those who have “lapsed” since he was last with them. What a farce it all is!
A. W. Pink (1886–1952)