Over the years I have certainly heard the argument that Gospel Magic is of the devil…
that it’s associated with witchcraft or sorcery… that we are in league with Harry Potter etc. And for those situations, I have always had with me either a document by Randy Christensen: “The Magical Method”
…Or Bob Hill’s: “Should a Christian Do Magic?
Just copy and paste the text into your favorite word processor and create a document or brochure you can hand out – be sure to include the author’s name and copyright information.
But to be perfectly honest with you, the biggest complaint I’ve heard over the years from people about Gospel Magic is that people end up remembering the magic and NOT the message. The performer or presenter was a great magician… but had a tough time “Marrying” the Method and the Message together.
The second complaint I’ve heard over the years is that the magic was just a gimmick to get the audience interested in what the presenter had to say… the presenter, then, turned out to be a very boring and/or long winded speaker. In which case, they don’t remember the message and didn’t care about the magic because the audience felt duped into listening.
The reasons I hear this complaint are as follows:
- Wrong Motivation
- Poor Prep
- Poor Presentations
- Un-Assessed Presentations
- Performers/Ministers Unwilling to Make the Changes
Come on people! WE can do better than this!
We are talking about presenting the Word of God. And the last time I looked into my Bible, it says that if we aspire to teach others the Word, we will be held to a higher standard:
“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
I don’t care if you are a Pastor, Evangelist or a Performer who presents the Word… YOU have be entrusted with the greatest message in the world! Take that as a challenge to your motivation, preparation, presentation, assessment and the willingness to make the change.