Call to carry a cross!
“Then Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24
Christ calls men to carry a cross, but we call them to have fun in His name.
Christ calls them to forsake the world, but we assure them that if they but accept Jesus, the world is their playground.
Christ calls them to suffer, but we call them to enjoy all the bourgeois comforts modern civilization affords.
Christ calls them to holiness, but we call them to a cheap and tawdry happiness.
We can afford to suffer now-we will have a long eternity to enjoy ourselves. And our enjoyment will be valid and pure, for it will come in the right way and at the right time.
Any appeal to the public in the name of Christ which rises no higher than an invitation to tranquillity –must be recognized as mere humanism, with a few words of Jesus thrown in to make it appear Christian. – A. W. Tozer