Should pastors tell jokes during sermons?
I've noticed that lots of pastors tell jokes while they're preaching. Apparently, they think they'll attract more people to their churches that way. Actually, I don't recall anyone in the Bible trying to make people laugh. In my opinion, jokes in the pulpit do more harm than good.
Here's what the Bible says about jokes:
-- Ephesians 5:3-4: "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks."
More than once, I've been listening to a really good sermon when the pastor cracked an unfunny joke and destroyed the "mood." I think that more people would be saved and get right with God if the pastors would simply "preach the word" and stop trying to be funny.