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Too Many Jokes In Church

After several calls, I went to a revival in a Baptist church Wednesday night. The evangelist continued to make pointless childish jokes such as, the people think I am from the town of defiance, and such, does this type of preaching repulse you?

Moderator - Too many jokes and outright coarse jesting is too frequent in churches today and needs to stop.

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 ---Mima on 5/4/07
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Most assemblies, if they didn't have humor and extra-curricular activities would have nothing.
---michael_e on 9/22/10

Carla, can I assume you're saying there should be no humor in church? Just wondering, thanks
---Mary on 9/22/10

Too many Churches are entertainment oriented. God never intended this. People talk about "what I got" out of a worship session or sermon. Actually worship should be GIVING to the Lord and sermons should inspire us toward better following Gods Will. Its not about getting a rush or being entertained. Churches are in competion as businesses and concerned about reveneu so are spicing up their entertaining draw.
---jody on 9/21/10

I do not mind a joke in church if it is done to edify. If the joke drives home a good solid point of truth and is not sinful in any way, what is wrong with it.

I detest 'God jokes', though, that are disrespectful to God, misrepresent His nature, or quote Him as saying things He did not say.

I also detest the 'God says' signs that falsely quote God as saying things like, "Don't make Me come down there." In the Old Testament, speaking falsely in the name of the Lord was a death penalty offence.
---Link on 9/21/10

Mat 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Eph 5:7
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Eph 5:8
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
] Eph 5:9
(For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth,)
Eph 5:10
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
---Carla on 8/17/10

lolita, oh, so now we must let the people in the pew tell the preachers and pastors in the pulpit what they are allowed to say.
Someone show me from the bible where it is wrong/sin to tell a joke.
---Elder on 8/14/10

What is Jesting?
---Carla on 8/13/10

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. ephesians. Thats how cults start - when the people in the pew dont admonish their leaders and let them say whatever. cult leaders need followers -its up to us to study the word so we dont allow our leaders to slowly fall-they see us looking up at them but they are not perfect and need prayers and to be corrected like everyone else
---lolita on 8/13/10

From the pastor who, during his Christmas-period sermon, deemed it appropriate to give a brief insight into the gastronomic after-affects of a curry he'd had the night before - with hand-wafting actions for visual clarity. To the man who, after the service but still in the church, while wanting to regale us with a story, started off with these words, "People tell me that I'm the devil incarnate himself because..."! But there's some woman preacher/ evangelist who, while considering herself the satirist, pre-empts her (probable) discourse errors by first giving warning of how her mouth might run away from her, and to just understand this as her quirk. A sermon with a disclaimer, well that's the most mirthless joke of all!
---John_II on 8/13/10

Is it wrong to laugh when something happens in church that is humorous. I was told the following is true.
A mother was sitting with her 3 yr old when the pastor was preaching. He said, in his sermon, "In Gods eyes we are but dust."
Upon hearing this the child turned to her mother and asked, "Mama, what is butt dust."
I'm sorry folks but I really believe the hypersensitive super spiritual would have chuckled also.
Or is it OK to laugh at accidents but not jokes? The services should not be an audition for Laugh In but a joke to liven people up is not wrong. If it is why have so many posted to the humor blog here. Or, are we talking about something that can be done in private but not public?
---Elder on 8/13/10

God bless you Mima,

It is the minority that shall see heaven not the majority, stay vigilant, stay focused,stay close to God. Bless those that curse you, and despitefully use you.

The song go's ''It ain't everything you need to bring into the church''

Love ya!
---Carla on 8/11/10

Just another example of Mima finding fault with something and asking for us to agree with him. Maybe the preacher should have chanced off a car. That might have made Mima happy with how he evangelized.
---Trish9863 on 8/10/10

I definitely agree with the moderator!
---catherine on 8/9/10

//The time you spend laughing souls are lost minute by minute and we sit in the church Laughing,How Funny is that? NOT. //

The time that we spend in idleness (laughing or not), souls are lost minute-by-minute as we sit in the church idling.

Charity is what we do for others who do not know the Truth. If we do nothing but go to church and read our Bibles, we do not love.
---aka on 8/9/10

God commanded us to enter in his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! It's to be a time that's enjoyed in God's presence!There is a time to laugh and a time to mourn. Seriousness does have a place in a church service, but it's all about perspective and balance. Maybe that was lost in this case. But, it's not ANYONE'S place to question the leadership of any church. Is anyone qualified to question the man God has put in leadership? Look at the stories of Korah and Jezebel to see the disdain God has for people who challenge his leaders. Instead of criticizing, why not focus on the point behind the sermon and work to apply it to your life?
---Alex on 8/9/10

As far as Jesus telling jokes, he was actually sarcastic at times:

"Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the pharisees...." -Matt 5:20

The story of the tax collector and the pharisee -Luke18:10-14
[Look at Jesus example of the tax collector's prayer, and tell me it's not exaggerated and humorous to the people there? Think about it from their perspective! These are commoners making fun of pious and self-righteous pharisees]

Another thing that's bothered me about the posts here is this: has anyone actually compared the messages of ministers who used humor and those who haven't for content and message? I PROMISE you that if you were to do a scientific study you'd find that the sermon content was similar.
---Alex on 8/9/10

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All I can say is

The Moderator has spoken and a large AMEN to that!

The times are so serious dare any of us think it's time for humour in the house of God, Jesus condemned selling yet the people do it. he called for us to take heed and those who can't here and have no ears or eyes to read for that matter feel to justify jesting, as a right and good thing in the House of God. Christ said his fathers house is of PRAYER.

Wise up,

The time you spend laughing souls are lost minute by minute and we sit in the church Laughing,
How Funny is that? NOT.

Good question mima!
---Carla on 8/9/10

Most pepople don't make the distinction that there is a difference between COMEDY and HUMOR.

"Comedy" is SATIRE (satans' way,...MOCKING).

Humor is simply pointing out the irony of life. Daily life can be very funny, some things don't need to be MADE fun of (mocked).

The Jews have a long history/tradition of HUMOR (look into it, very funny HUMOR) because (TRADITIONALLY) they don't MOCK creation, but, in modern times, some have left "tradition" and gotten involved in "COMEDY" (like comedian Jackie Mason).

Do not MOCK, laugh at the irony in life.
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/10

Have you ever listened to Chuck Swindoll, Alister Begg, David Jeremiah, James Dobson... or others like them? We need humor as well as teaching. We need both. Chuck Swindoll did a series entitled "Laugh Again" I must admit, I only heard parts of it and I want to listen to the entire message someday. I don't know about you, but I love a "belly" laugh... sometimes these men of God, hit my funny bone and I can learn from their humor... other times, the truth that they preach, using the Bible, facts and figures hits me square in the heart without using humor... I can say that there is a time to laugh and a time to cry...
---Jim on 8/8/10

Honestly if people teach Jesus Christ without showing the very fruit of the Spirit (like JOY), how do you expect a lost man to even want to know Christ?

---JackB on 8/8/10

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I have been here a long time and seen much about Pastors/Preachers. If one uses humor he is flippied and insincere. If he doesn't he is dry and out of touch.
I don't know what Mimi experienced. That is a separate issue. He needs to take action that will pacify him. What others do is none of his concern.
There is no one here that is intelligent enough to say what is right or wrong in all church services.
I notice what is wrong is when something is said about clergy people gang up on ministers everywhere.
I challenge anyone here to tell me what my Church needs that it is not getting. You can't.
If a minister can't tell a joke in church then he shouldnt tell one anywhere. You shouldn't either.
---Elder on 8/8/10

I commented on this post almost 3 years ago and I still feel the same way. Some jokes are fine. I think pastors copy or mirror each other. What they see on tv, they bring to their own churches. Which that is not always good. I like to be original, so I don't like to copy others. But sometimes you see things and people you do admire. Osteen, Hagee loves to tell jokes. Everybody cannot tell good jokes. But I do think the frozen chosen in these churches need to wake up. A joke might jar them awake. A pastor has a very difficult job,these days.
---Robyn on 8/7/10

Humour at home or private is up to each person as an individual we are not children , well most of us anyway, but in the house of god for the edifying of the church, Leave it out!

Serving god is no joke, it is a serious matter and as much as some people like the style of Jessie Duplanis I doubt that his ministry contains a shred of Truth within it's gates.
---Carla on 8/7/10

if we have a sense of humor its because God has one.the only thing we have that God doesn,t have is a sin nature,everything else we get from being made in his image.
---tom2 on 8/7/10

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I know of no biblical example of humor being used in evangelizing the lost, but I don't see anywhere in the bible that humor is prohibited. Therefore it's my opinion that we should each judge for ourselves what we think is an appropriate use of humor when preaching or teaching the Word.
---AG on 8/7/10

Yes no more!!! God has NO sense of humour!!!

I'll bet He does.
---JackB on 8/7/10

There is a fine line between good-natured humor, and mockery or derision or insults. Unfortunately many people either aren't aware of this line, or they cross it often (either inadvertently or intentionally).
---StrongAxe on 8/6/10

To see if your awake, yes.
The service was already 20 min's going. This man walks in & sits down. He noticed a man that was nodding. The minister got this visitor's attn saying nudge him wake him up. The visitor just sat there. 10 min's go by & the minister again got the attn of the visitor, shake him. So the visitor says to the minister, sir you come & wake him, you put him to sleep.
---Lawrence on 8/6/10

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Psalms 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Psalms 59:8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Luke 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
---Chipper on 6/3/07

The Jokes are there to see if you are awake.There is too much Rap Crap in the Church today.The Devil seeks out his weak pray. Fasten your belt and follow me saith The Lord Onward Christian Soldiers.
---harry on 5/29/07

I don't particularly care for John Hagee and I especially don't think his "jokes" are funny nor is the pulpit a place to deliver them from. He should join a comedy club somewhere.
It's just another example of people heaping to themselves teachers having itching ears.
There should be no place for joking behind the pulpit.
The message of salvation to a lost and dying world needs to be preached.
---Chipper on 5/28/07

This is no joke, my friend. You will find no nation has ever abandoned its gods even though they were false. I am the true and glorious God, but you have rejected me to worship idols. Tell the heavens to tremble with fear! "So saith the Lord."
---catherine on 5/28/07

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I agree with you 100%
God bless you
---leila_castellanos on 5/22/07

Jesus laughs!


Friend of Jesus
---Cynthia_1 on 5/10/07

Jokes are ok if they are in good taste. Sometimes we have to loosen up and have a little fun. Christians tend to be too serious sometimes. I like to see other sides to my pastor and to know he is a man of God, as well. I receive strength from my pastor in many ways.
---Robyn on 5/9/07

Cheryl...I don't mind the blond jokes even though I am a blond. In fact, I tell some of them myself. And, I don't mind Okie jokes either. I tell people that I am bilingual. I speak English and Okie. But, I hate jokes that refer to races. That's the kind that are totally inappropriate. I keep thinking we should have gone past this race thing by now.
---Susie on 5/9/07

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I am a blonde. It does not bother me in the least for someone to tell me a blonde joke. I know I am dingy at times. And some things go over my head, and I'm like "Hua?" I love laughing. If a person can't laugh at themselves now and then, they shouldn't laugh at others. My Pastor says he refuses to preach at a dead church. I won't go to a dead and dried up church. Some has told me that for me to go to amusemant parks, is a sin. They said I should have my nose stuck in the bible 24/7.
---Rebecca_D on 5/9/07

No matter what authority does, they are the authority. If they want to add spice to a sermon by joking, why not? I don't like blonde & Arkansas jokes... they tear me and mine down in a way...yet it's hardly a reason to stop supporting an otherwise good church. Let people have fun. Preachers have to compete with t.v. If church is all deep and heavy all the time, who would want to go? It says the joy of the Lord is our strength, not the sorrow or boringness. Lighten up! :-p
---Cheryl on 5/9/07

Prune Faces, you see alot of that in churches. I enjoy laughing in church if the Preacher is a God called preacher, as long as the message gets out. Good Day.++
---catherine on 5/9/07

There is a time and place for everything. People have different personalities, jokes shouldn't be the reason why people come to church. Paul said preach The Word(2 Timothy 4:2), The Holy Spirit works with God's people according to their personality, but excessive jesting in Church is inappropriate/distracting, isn't the move of God at all (James 1:26)(1 Corinthians 14:40). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 5/9/07

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(2.) You shouldn't feel like you are at a "comedy club" when at church, I know there are Christian comedy clubs...but I'm talking about CHURCH. Godly discernment in the Church is very essential. How many jokes did Jesus tell? God has a sense of humor, but once again there is a time and place for everything, and Christ ought to be our [example], not man (1 Peter 2:21). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 5/9/07

Rebecca...Amen! On the other hand, there are those who go around laughing, joking, acting as if there is no tomorrow. They never have a serious moment. We gotta watch out for those kind too. I believe that Jesus laughed and joked with His followers when He walked this earth. However, I don't believe he made other people the brunt of his jokes.
---Susie on 5/9/07

Unless one becomes as a little child, they can not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. YAY PASTOR, I love a pastor who isn't depressive, I am repulsed by an angry SUPERPROUD Christian a know it all type with a Sour and Angry countenance who can not laugh and has not laughed for the decades of knowing them. To be with these types for five minutes is like a belt in the stomach, I hope I'm with happy people in Heaven.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/9/07

God wants his people to be happy. He does not want someone with their nose stuck in the air, and does not take time out to enjoy life. We are serving a great God, we should be happy, and show our happiness. It is okay to have fun in church. It is okay to laugh. We as Christians should not be like a stick in the mud. If one goes around, with no joy, laughter. I'd wonder whom they are serving.
---Rebecca_D on 5/8/07

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Emcee, true that the church is not in the entertainment business, but church, if the Lord is present, is never boring either, and may be entertaining, as a result...remember that in His presence is fullness of joy...
---christina on 5/8/07

Off color humor is never appropriate, however, where the HS is in control, there can be humor/laughter. i agree with Emcee that reverance is important, but it is not necessarily irreverant to have humor. Laughter is good medicine for the soul, and God Himself created laughter. My pastor has the deepest reverance for the Lord, but also has the joy of the Lord, is not stoic and lifeless. .......i've laughed so hard I've cried in a service...I'm always inspired and drawn closer to the Lord Jesus.
---christina on 5/5/07

the church is not in the entertaining business but SOUL SAVING..what would you call an entertaining church???
---jana on 5/5/07

Those seeking Entertainment should go to the appropriate Place. Church is for the salvation of your soul.Is that FUNNY to you?
---Emcee on 5/4/07

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Hi; personally, I would much rather go to a church where people laugh frequently--much more than say, a church where no one even smiles--have actually been to one like that--once only! Humor (if done right anyway) helps break down barriers between us.
---Mary on 5/4/07

It is okay to have fun in the church. It is okay to tell jokes before or after the service. But one can take it too far. Maybe he was just being himself and you don't know his personality. And therefore you got affended. My Pastor is a big cut up, but he is also a serious Pastor. There is a time to be serious and a time to crack jokes. I find clean jokes from the internet and give him, and he tells them before church starts. Again, it is okay to have fun in church. It shouldn't be boring.
---Rebecca_D on 5/4/07

I went to a Jesse Duplantis service years ago and found his "joking" bigoted and not funny. He made jokes about women for thirty minutes--Mexican women, black women, white women, etc. It got really old, really fast. I wouldn't walk across the street to hear him again.
---Susie on 5/4/07

I see nothing wrong with a little joking while a pastor is preaching. Sometimes it takes that to wake up those who are falling asleep today. I use funny comments occasionally when I am ministering. When a preacher gets overly infatuated with his funny self, its time to shut up. One comedian-preacher I heard picked up the Bible and said, "I guess I should read something from this for those who think we have to every service." He had been carrying on a "revival" for weeks.
---Susie on 5/4/07

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This does not happen in an RCC because Christ is present at every conversation & reverence does mean Respect.There is a time & place for everything & everything in its place.The red light signifys HIS Presence & it's His house.
---Emcee on 5/4/07

I think a little humor can loosen up the crowd especially if there are unchurched but there is a line that doesn't need to be crossed. Maybe he hasn't learned where the line is yet. At the end of the meeting if some people got saved and lives where changed, at least it was worth it all.
---john on 5/4/07

We all have our own personality and individual sense of humor and taste. You can't just lump everybody together ... people are too varied and diverse. The jokes you think are childish and pointless might be appreciated by the person sitting next to you. Jesse Duplantis has been very successful with mixing humor and preaching.
---DoryLory on 5/4/07

I am sorry this happened to you Mima, These types have no business being up on a pulpit in the first place as they are a poor representation of our Lord.

I have nothing against a good joke, or a Happy and Jovial Pastor who is a comedian type of personality, but I am entirely against insulting, and making jokes out of a person in the congregation.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/4/07

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