I have a word for you preachers out there. Humor has no place in the pulpit. Especially Reformed ones. I am so serious. I am not joking. Some guys like to refer to themselves as TR – Truly Reformed. Well, just know that I can top that because I am RR – Really Reformed. Preachers should know enough never to use any jokes when they preach. For humor in the pulpit is no laughing matter.
I’m serious. Laughing violates the Regulative Principle. Think about it. Where are we commanded in the Bible to laugh in worship? Abraham and Sarah thought they would laugh in front of God, and what happened to them? They got a child named “Laughter.” You think that’s funny? How would you like to go call your kid to supper and have to yell out in the neighborhood, “Laughter, time to eat!”? Or if he is misbehaving say, “Laughter, cut out the laughter!” That’s not funny.
People try to justify some levity in the pulpit by saying there is joking material in the Bible. No, I don’t mean the made up ones, like “Who is the shortest man in the Bible?” Answer: “Bildad the Shuhite.” I mean saying things […]