There is something even worse about the situation as I see it, and that is that present-day preaching does not even annoy men, but leaves them precisely where they were, without a ruffle and without the slightest disturbance… The church is regarded as a sort of dispensary where drugs and soothing mixtures are distributed and in which everyone should be eased and comforted. And the one theme of the church must be ‘the love of God’. Anyone who happens to break these rules and who produces a disturbing effect upon the members of his congregation is regarded as an objectionable person…

Martin Lloyd Jones preaching in the 1920s on why the modern church is not producing genuine converts

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