By forsaking our authority in the preaching of the Gospel, we have encouraged a shopping mall approach to Christianity, using a church marketing methodology that sees the congregation as consumers and merely tried to attract a clientele. God does not need showy talent, catchy gimmicks, or trendy programs to bring people to Christ. People do not need to be entertained, or even happy. They need to be saved. We need to reestablish our confidence in our authority to proclaim the truth, even if the world rejects both the authority and the message.
Paul W. Downey in More Than Spectators, (Greenville, SC: Ambassador Emerald, 2002), 111.