The Holy Laughter Apostasy
is peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is forgiveness and
enabling power to resist all sin, and walk day by day with our Creator.
is far different: It is a happy flight of feeling, whatever type of
group activities or excitement might induce a temporary abandonment of
Holy Laughter, the latest Pentecostal penetration. It is invading
the churches of Christendom: Protestant, Catholic, and now Seventh-day
Adventist. Beware! It may be offered to your local church before long.
friend telephoned recently to tell me about an Adventist pastor on the
East Coast who was laughing his way through his Sabbath sermons. The
minister was telling his congregation that laughing was the
long-anticipated breakthrough to a deeper religious experience. Just
laugh, he told them, and you are closer to God.
friend telephoned recently to tell me about an Adventist pastor on the
East Coast who was laughing his way through his Sabbath sermons. The
minister was telling his congregation that laughing was the
long-anticipated breakthrough to a deeper religious experience. Just
laugh, he told them, and you are closer to God.
could all this be about?
recalled the articles I read about five years ago, which told of
medical research being carried on by Loma Linda University, or its
Medical Center, about laughing. According to the article, telling jokes
was an excellent way to help people, and Loma Linda was maintaining an
ongoing program in doing just that. Old movies which were ridiculous,
such as the Marx Brothers, were said to be especially helpful in
assuaging negative feelings. This was making them feel better, and that
was a Christian thing to do.
all know that the laughter of the world is for the moment, and
frequently leaves a person feeling emptier afterward. The solution is
submission to Christ, giving Him our sins, dedicating our lives to Him,
living in obedience to His laws, and trying to help and bless others.
This is the only real source of continuing-lasting-happiness.
I received a phone call from a friend in southern California, who told
of a relative who had attended an Adventist meeting in the area. It was
a spirit-filled gathering, and one side shouted Jesus is God!
while the other side of the auditorium shouted back, Yes, He is!
This went on until the young man injured his voice.
I was sent a news clip from the May 1, 1995, issue of the Pacific
Union Recorder. It was blasphemous. Here is a paragraph which
summarize its message:
Billy Joel hits the nail on the head for many when he
sings, Id rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
The sinners are much more fun. Daniel Martella, A Time to
Laugh, Pacific Union Recorder, May 1, 1995.
is pastor of the Provo, Utah, church. Poor Provo, we feel sorry for the
believers there. They have a pastor trying to destroy them, and both the
conference and union offices approve of his efforts.
is another paragraph in that article, which describes Martellas
can see humor in the way Jesus interacted with people. Jesus was
quick-witted. He liked to hang out at parties. Kids and teenagers liked
to get close to Him. Jesus knew how to throw back His head in a hearty
to Martella, people came to Jesus because He was a quick-talking
jokester, not because He taught them eternal truths, forgave their sins,
and pointed them toward heaven.
little thought reveals that this strange religion of laughter, or
religion which is laughter, is actually keyed both to Pentecostalism and
its offspring, Celebrationism. A Pentecostal church service is an
exhibition of excitement, and whatever it takes to evoke it. A
Celebration church service is a little more toned down, and is useful in
leading people into a full-blown Pentecostal experience. The holy
laughter movement is another step-child of Pentecostalism,
which is also effectively used to push people into the orgies of that
the blessing of the Pacific Union Recorder, Martella says this:
all through the pages of Scripture there are celebrations and parties,
festivals and feasts, times of outrageous joy and laughter.Ibid.
earnest Christian knows that the above paragraph has nothing to do with
true godliness and Christianity. It is a cheap, very cheap imitation.
question immediately comes to mind: Why would the editors of the Pacific
Union Recorder print such an article, which is more than useless; it
is dangerous to the souls of those who read this publication, especially
the immature. Would you want your child or teenager to read such an
aroused, the present writer decided to see if he could find out more
about this spiritual counterfeit, which palms off laughing as though it
were the highest level of religious experience one could achieve. Here
is what he found:
is a strange new wave of Pentecostal fervor gripping the Protestant
churches. It is called Holy Laughter.
to Charisma, a Pentecostal publication, the holy laughter
movement began in the summer of 1979 in South Africa.
Howard-Browne was praying for something, anything. Then he demanded that
God give him something new, or he would go to heaven and take it from
Either You come down here and touch me, or I will come up there and
touch You! Howard-Browne, quoted in Charisma, August
according to Charisma, a Pentecostal journal, suddenly in the
midst of that blasphemous prayer, Howard-Brownes whole body felt
like it was on fire. He began to laugh uncontrollably. Then he wept and
began to speak in tongues.Ibid.
in a book Howard-Browne wrote later, entitled The Touch of God,
was plugged into heavens electric supply, and since then my desire
has been to go and plug other people in.
is an intriguing fact that, as a result of receiving this
anointing, Howard-Browne's mind was filled with but one thought:
He is driven by that spirit, which filled him, to get others to receive
the same infilling. No thought or mention is ever made of putting
away sins, studying Gods Word, or obeying it. All that matters is
infecting others with the virus of demon possession that he, himself,
experienced the day he uttered that blasphemous prayer.
it is more transmittable than a virus! You can catch it at quite some
distance from Howard-Browne. One of the outstanding characteristics of
Howard-Browne's laughing revival is the fact that it can be so
quickly transmitted from one person to another!
if you and your loved ones enter a local church where the preacher
starts talking about the need for holy laughter, get out of
there as fast as you can, and warn others to get out also.
anointed, by Howard-Browne, go out from him to anoint still
others! The spirit that filled Howard-Browne back in 1979, has
since then been filling thousands of others.
thing is dangerous, in the extreme! You dare not let your loved ones
his arrival in the United States in 1987, with his wife and three
children, Howard-Browne began holding meetings throughout North America.
In every meeting he held, people were gripped by uncontrollable bursts
of laughter. The astounding exhibitions convinced all present that this
must be a great revival of the spirit. They are right; it is.
Plural that is, spirits.
1994, a tremendous upsurge of Howard-Browne's laughing mania occurred,
as he was interviewed by a number of television stations.
early spring 1994, a panel of guests were enthusiastically discussing
holy laughter and calling it the latter days outpouring of
Gods Holy Spirit. Equating it with the joy described in the
Bible, they said it was the joy of the Lord. They say this because
they can find no Scriptural support for their apostasy. More on this
later in this report.
weeks later, the Trinity Broadcasting Network broadcast Rodney
Howard-Browne, himself. He began the program by giving what appeared to
be a serious sermon. Yet people were in the audience uncontrollably
laughing. He seemed to take no notice, but kept speaking for a time
about the need for a new Pentecostal experience. Then, when he mentioned
the need for holy laughter, laughing started all over the
auditorium! The place became a bedlam. He hollered that
it was the last-days expression of the Holy Spirit; it was Pentecost
all over again! He said the audience before him was drunk on the
spirit. By this time, the place was in a pandemonium.
the midst of the noise and confusion, Howard-Browne stopped preaching,
stepped down, and walked about the auditorium, occasionally breaking
into uncontrollable fits of laughter himself, and, between outbursts,
laying his hands on people and, with the words, be filled, telling
them they were receiving the spirit. All about him, people were
convulsing with laughter.
same spring, Richard Roberts the president of Oral Roberts University
and son of Oral Roberts spoke on holy laughter on a television
program. His whole sermon was on that subject. He described how
revival had come to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He
said he canceled classes for two days, so the 4,000 students could
intensively experience the joy of the Lord and receive the gift
of holy laughter. He then went on to state that the gift had arrived
when Rodney Howard-Browne came to speak to the students and faculty.
From that moment on, a great wave of revival had swept through
of our readers will recall that the man who, until just recently, had
been president of Andrews University Medical School for years David
Hinshaw had previously been the dean of Oral Roberts University!
Upon his return from Tulsa, he said that Oral Roberts was one of his
closest friends. In the early 1980s, Loma Linda hosted Oral Roberts for
a great Prophet conference, of sorts. During the introduction to
Roberts keynote address, Hinshaw said there have been two great
prophets in the our century: Ellen White and Oral Roberts. He said
that both were equally prophets of God, sent to help His people. We
commented on it in Waymarks at the time.
San Francisco Bay church, a branch of the Vineyard Christian Church, was
experiencing what was being described as a great new spiritual
revival. When asked what it was all about, they said it was holy
laughter. Church members were breaking into fits of laughter. When
visitors stopped in, they were also gripped by the uncontrollable
laughing. Hundreds of people were being hit with revival.
They said it was like being hit with something, since the impulse
would suddenly sweep over a person, and he no longer could control
also called it being soaked in the spirit, since it was such an
all-absorbing event. People would lose consciousness for up to several
hours after falling to the ground with holy laughter. They said it
was awesome and it had to be the work of the Lord.
did that Bay area church get the spirit? Their pastor had recently
flown to Toronto, Canada, where he got it!
large Vineyard Christian Church, pastored by John Arnott, in Toronto,
Canada, held an international holy laughter conference in the
summer of 1994. Over 2,200 pastors, from countries as far away as
Cambodia, came for the event. They had arrived to observe the
laughing revival which had come to be known as the Toronto
in mind that many of these visiting pastors were quite skeptical, and
came for the purpose of gathering information to disprove it. But
most of the pastors were hit by the spirit even many of the
is dangerous to dally with the spirits! Just stay away from them. But
know that, if confronted by them suddenly while you are doing your duty
and staying close to God, you can send up a prayer to heaven and ask for
another angel, as Ellen White did when confronted by a hypnotist.
In your holy, trustful reliance upon God in an emergency, you can
withstand any unholy influence, such as the spirits of laughing devils.
In Christ, you are safe.
if you do not have to meet them, then stay away from them.
Toronto gathering was entitled, Signs and Wonders Campmeeting
1994. Pastors of huge charismatic churches and Celebration
churches were present. They were endued with this new spirit, and took
it back home with them. All the more reason to avoid the Celebration
churches! First it was excitement and hot music. Then the
meditation hypnosis, taught by William Loveless of Loma
Linda to our pastors in retreats, was added. Now the laughing
revival is starting to come in.
our church leadership do anything to stop it, or keep it out of our
local churches? Very unlikely. History reveals that the only thing our
leaders oppose are those who plead for reformatory returns to our
historic beliefs and standards. Any type of new-fangled modernization is
accepted, as long as it does not disturb organizational control.
pastors of the big Celebration churches were at that Toronto meeting,
and they stumbled around the stage as though they were drunk. This
brought hysterical shouting from the congregation, as though from a mob
gathered for violence: Drunk with the spirit; they are drunk with the
spirit! The seemingly drunken condition of these leaders became
their testimony. Their halting speech, when brought to a microphone, was
itself supposedly proof of the power of the spirit that they were
congregation roared in approval as pastor after pastor laughed
uncontrollably and then fell to the floor. Standing alongside the
drunken pastors was revivalist Rodney Howard-Browne, the man who
calls himself the Holy Ghost bartender who serves up this new
wine of the spirit. What a blasphemous name he has given himself!
of those visiting pastors at Toronto, after there being slain by the
spirit, returned to the Bay area and gave a host of spirits to his
flock. Since then, nightly meetings have been held at that Vineyard
Church, so the spirits can invade the minds and bodies of still more
people. The people are flocking in, wanting to be touched by this
move of God.
book praising the spirit-gripping experience is called Fresh
Anointing: Another Great Awakening, by Mona Johnian. It is the story
of the laughing revival which took over her church in Boston, after she
and her husband attended a meeting led by Rodney Howard-Browne.
August 1994 issue of Charisma magazine had Howard-Browne on its
cover. The cover story, entitled Praise the Lord and Pass the New
Wine, was about this great new blessing. Earlier in this report, we
noted some of what that article said. In the same issue was a prominent
ad for a video which the unwary could purchase by mail so they could
be invaded by the laughing devil in their own living room! The video is
entitled The Laugh that Was Heard
round the World.
Howard-Browne's laughing revival officially entered the
Christian mainstream, partly through that summer 1994 Toronto laughing
spirits conference. But the final step was taken when, in October of
that year, Pat Robertson, on his popular 700 Club telecast, recommended
it to viewers across the nation:
this says to me is revival is taking place in the world in a mass wave .
. We look to the coming of the Lord. I think this is a very encouraging
sign in the middle of all this trouble and all these wars and all this
confusion. God is saying, I'm on the throne and I'm going to touch
multiplied millions. Its wonderful. I applaud it. Pat
Robertson, 700 Club broadcast, October 27, 1994.
final step occurred in the spring of this year (1995). Pat Robertson's
organization (the Christian Broadcasting Network) sent out an
announcement of a major interdenominational gathering. It was entitled, Signs
and Wonders with Rodney Howard-Browne The Fire of the Holy Spirit. The
CBN conference was held March 9-12, 1995, at the Founders Inn and
Conference Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
announcement sheet said this:
you should attend:
a Spiritual Revival:
Witness first-hand the signs and wonders of God and how He fills lives
with joy. Let Him lift your sorrows and worries and become healed by the
rapture of relief.
Amazing Manifestations of the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit speaks and acts in ways you can learn to recognize.
During this inspiring program, He will anoint those hungry for a
Filled with the Charism of Gods Spirit:
Experience the power that has sent thousands of Dr. Howard-Browne's
revival attendees into uncontrollable laughter as God lifted the weight
of their burdens and filled their hearts.
Gods Calling on Your Life: Let
the faith of Rodney Howard-Browne nurture your spirit as he pours new
wine into your soul and renews you through the presence of the Holy
Spirit and a rejuvenation of your own personal faith.
in Christian Fellowship:
Meeting other Christians seeking the joy of the Lord and share
fellowship with them during an invigorating and Spirit-filled
weekend.CBN Conference announcement, Christian Broadcasting
Network, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
the above, the reader is instructed where the four-day meeting would be
held, speakers, and other details (as well as advance notice of a
forthcoming July 13-16 Feast of Tabernacles meeting). Then, farther down
on the announcement sheet, this information is given:
Spiritual and Emotional Healing through the Personal Ministry and
Inspiring Messages of this Electrifying Speaker!
Howard-Browne has been called by God from his native South Africa as a
missionary for a mighty revival. Wherever Dr. Howard-Browne ministers,
true revival comes, with account after account of believers being filled
with a holy laughter and other unusual manifestations of the Holy
Spirit taking place in every meeting. Wherever he ministers, miracles,
signs and wonders are accompanied by salvations, rededications, water
baptisms and baptisms in the Holy Spirit. In recent meetings throughout
the country a miraculous joy and hilarity descended on all present. It
is not unusual for hundreds to come forward and be saved.
in the United States in 1987 with his wife and three children, Dr.
Howard-Browne began traveling the country, bringing Gods message to
congregations everywhere. After experiencing one of his revivals, a
fellow minister called it the greatest move of God I've ever
seen. Another pastor declared it a manifestation of joy. Oral
Roberts called his ministry another level in the Holy Spirit.
Howard-Browne says his purpose is to lead those who thirst for the Lord
to Him so they may touch the hem of His garment, experience true
manifestations of the Holy Spirit and be forever changed. While
uncontrollable laughing often erupts during his meetings, Dr.
Howard-Browne says revival, not laughter, is his mission. The laughter
is Gods way of shaking people up and out of their business as
usual routines so the Spirit can enter and implement His plan.
Howard-Browne can help you discover Gods calling on your life and
succeed in it. He understands how to help you rise up in your anointing
and, with the fire of the Holy Spirit, cut away the counterfeit to
experience the genuine move of the Spirit in your life. Ibid.
that the changes made in you by the laughing spirit are guaranteed to be
forever, and that Howard-Browne's laughing spirit will drive out any
Spirit it considers false. Also note that the spirit enters
through laughing to implement his plan but nothing is said about
repentance, forsaking sin, or obedience to Gods Inspired Writings as
being part of that plan.
notice that it is said that The . . spirit speaks and acts in ways
you can learn to recognize. After an infilling of this special
spirit, you will recognize laughter to be the sign of the spirits
presence, not serious thought or prayer. Henceforth wherever you
encounter mirth and hilarity, you will imagine you are having a
far away from where this spirit is offered to you or your loved ones.
month before the Virginia Beach laughing spirit convention, an article
appeared in the February 20, 1995, issue of Newsweek. Entitled,
The Giggles are for God, Religion: A Charismatic Blessing of
Laughter, it reported on one of the many subsequent Toronto
meetings. At this particular gathering, 1,500 were present, primarily
laymen and laywomen:
a recent weeknight in Toronto, 1,500 worshipers gathered in the Vineyard
Christian Church and had a good laugh. It began when a dozen pilgrims
from Oregon got up to introduce themselves and then began to fall to the
floor, laughing uncontrollably. An hour later, the huge new church
looked like a field hospital. Dozens of men and women of all ages were
lying on the floor; some were jerking spasmodically; others closed their
eyes in silent ecstasy. A middle-aged woman kicked off her pumps and
began whooping in a dance. Scores of others proclaimed deliverance from
emotional and physical pains. I've been living in my spirit,
said a woman from Long Island, New York, still giggling after 20 minutes
on the floor.
communal laugh-ins have been going on six nights a week, every week, for
over a year at the charismatic congregation near Toronto's Pearson
International Airport. In all, more than 100,000 people have experienced
the Toronto Blessing, which believers interpret as an experience
of the Holy Spirit much like the speaking in tongues mentioned in
the New Testament. Hundreds of visiting pastors have taken the Blessing
home to roughly 7,000 congregations in Hong Kong, Norway, South Africa,
and Australia, plus scores of churches in the United States. Its a
gusher of the Holy Spirit, says Pastor John Arnott of the Toronto
Vineyard, who now travels around the world spreading the hilarity of
the Lord. Newsweek, February 20, 1995.
hilarity holocaust began gaining full momentum in January 1994,
when its pastor, John Arnott, first started holding regular initiation
meetings, which grew larger and larger as people from all over the world
began coming. Participants included people from many denominations, from
Anglicans to Pentecostals to Catholics.
its most visible form, the Toronto Blessing resembles Pentecostal
revivals of days gone by, like the ones that shook Azusa Street in Los
Angeles or Topeka, Kansas, almost a century ago, Charisma
magazine, February 1995.
leading spreader in England of this laughing virus has been Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, in Brompton. The movement began there in May 1994,
after its pastor, Vicar Sandy Miller) returned from Toronto. So
many people began coming for the Saturday night filling of the
spirit, that, in October, the church had to begin holding two of
them. By early 1995, that one British church, alone, was attracting
1,600 people to its several services each week. Each one lasts about 90
minutes, and charismatic, non-rhyming songs are sung. That helps add to
the confusion. The people are asked to come to the front and be
touched by the spirit.
get what they have come for. Some people faint, the hands of others
shake, while course laughter fills the hall. It is spirit time in
Peter May, a Southhampton physician and member of the Anglican general
synod, has studied claims of miraculous healing made by revivalist
preachers, but so far has not found a case that is genuine. The people
were fooled into thinking they were physically better, when they really
the recently elected Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told a
radio interviewer in October 1994 that, while he himself had had no
personal dealings with it, friends of his at churches influenced by the
laughing revival had reported that it was not necessarily a bad
thing. In fact, Carey said, I have seen evidence myself through
the lives of one or two people I know for whom it has been a very
religious leaders such as Richard Roberts, Pat Robertson, the
Archbishop of Canterbury, and over 2,200 Toronto pastors may say these
laughing fits are from God. But what does the Word of God say?
are 40 references to laughter in the Bible, 34 in the Old Testament and
6 in the New. Of those 40, 22 refer to scornful laughter (such as
Nehemiah 2:19, They laughed us to scorn). Of the remaining 18,
7 refer to Abraham and Sarah's astonishment at the announcement that
they would have a son in their old age. None of the remaining ones
indicate holy laughter or a baptism of laughter by the
in mind these passages:
2:2: I said of
laughter, it is mad.
is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart
is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but
the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
7:6 For as the
crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool; this also
10:19: A feast
is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry.
last three references to laughter (the only authentic references to
laughter in the New Testament)warn against engaging in it:
are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh.
6:25: Woe unto
you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughing be turned to mourning,
and your joy to heaviness.
is clear that there is no Biblical precedent for this present
fanaticism, called the holy laugh. But we do find sorrow which
leads to holiness in the Bible.
is not laughter, and the two should not be equated.
holy laughter advocates say nothing about testing the
spirits, yet that is what the Bible warns us to do.
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John
the Celebrationists and Pentecostals urge us to accept whatever comes
along, and accept it by sudden impulse without any study or prayer.
What a dangerous way to live!
you begin to walk in the supernatural, you really have to be ready for
anything and everything and never question the way God does it! Francis
Hunter, Holy Laughter, p. 65.
the Bible is clear:
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils. 1 Timothy 4:1.
if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or
if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another
gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2
Howard-Browne got the spirit when he demanded that his will be done, not
Gods. So a spirit entered into him and gave him his will, not
wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign. Matthew
there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall show
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24 (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
Bible warns against those who suddenly lay hands on people. Lay hands
suddenly on no man. 1 Timothy 5:22.
laughing revival brings chaos and confusion. But the Bible says,
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all
churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33.
this article, we have said that it is a laughing spirit. And, indeed, it
is! The devil is laughing at how easy it is to fill people with devils!
tragedy is that so many are not studying the Word of God and obeying it.
A shallow religious experience and a remarkable lack of understanding of Scripture is evinced when people believe that the height of religious experience is laughing uproariously.
The devil tries to make animals out of people. I recall reading an article in the 1960s, in which Andrew LaVey (the individual who started the First Church of Satan, in San Francisco, in the 1950s) was interviewed. He said that he received guidance from Satan, but that he was Satan's master (the devil even had him fooled). LaVey said he teaches everyone that we are only animals, and should obey any and every animal urge that comes along.
The laughing revival is now moving in that direction.
Some of the people who are now getting the spirit at Toronto and other meetings, are roaring like animals. The pastor of the Toronto church (John Arnott) says this is good. He and others declare that roaring like animals is Biblical, since Jesus is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
ELSE A FALSE RELIGION According
to the August issue of Charisma, Rodney Howard-Browne is quoted
as saying, I disparage people who try to apply theological tests to
what I am doing.
Hunter in her book, Holy Laughter, says the skeptics who refuse
the Blessing, are Gods frozen chosen.
Mona Johnian, in her book, Fresh
Anointing, writes that skeptics, hesitaters and procrastinators
do not get anointed, and that any person or church that wavered
could be eliminated by God.
devils are working to unify everyone on earth under a common banner of
Guru Bhagvhan Shree Rajneesh was admiringly called the divine
drunkard by his followers. He also imparted spiritual experiences to
his followers. Hundreds of Sannyasins journeyed to India to drink
from Bhagvhans wine. When he touched them, they would experience
feelings of great exhilaration and joy.
of the yogi, Dwami Baba Muktananda, would often go into uncontrollable
fits of laughter after the guru touched them.
Marx Hubbard is a spiritualist, who is well-known as a New Age leader.
In her book, The Revelation, she says that Christ will soon give
a planetary smile towards Planet Earth, and when He does, an
uncontrollable joy will ripple through the thinking layer of the earth .
. From within, all sensitive persons will feel the joy of the force,
flooding their systems . . It will create a psychomagnetic field of
empathy, which will align the next wave of people in synchrony,
everywhere on Earth. This massive, sudden emphathic alignment will cause
a shift in the consciousness of Earth (Hubbard, The Revelation,
hour of the day we should realize that the Lord is near, that He sees
all we do, and hears every word we utter . . Cheap, earthly, unchristian
words may be represented as strange fire, and with this God can
have nothing to do. The loud, boisterous laugh is a denial of God in the
soul, for it reveals that truth is not ruling in the heart . . By our
vain words and unchristian example we dishonor God, and imperil not only
our own souls but also the souls of those with whom we associate. That
I May Know Him, 138.
the associations of the followers of Christ for Christian recreation,
and worldly gatherings for pleasure and amusement, will exist a marked
contrast. Instead of prayer and the mentioning of Christ and sacred
things, will be heard from the lips of worldlings the silly laugh and
the trifling conversation. The idea is to have a general high
time. Faith I Live By, 238.
when the people come into the house of worship, they have genuine
reverence for the Lord and bear in mind that they are in His presence,
there will be a sweet eloquence in silence. The whispering and laughing
and talking which might be without sin in a common business place should
find no sanction in the house where God is worshiped. The mind should be
prepared to hear the Word of God, that it may have due weight and
suitably impress the heart. 5 Testimonies,
there has been a class of social gatherings in ___ of an entirely
different character, parties of pleasure that have been a disgrace to
our institutions and to the church. They encourage . . hilarity and
trifling. Satan is entertained as an honored guest, and takes possession
of those who patronize these gatherings . .
want to be thought brilliant, and give themselves up to hilarity,
foolish jesting, cheap, coarse flattery, and uproarious laughter. The
eyes sparkle, the cheek is flushed, conscience sleeps. Counsels
to Parents and Teachers, 340.
have not come here [to a Christian gathering] to indulge in jesting and
joking, in foolish talk and senseless laughter. 2 Testimonies,
are in the ministry men who gain apparent success by swaying minds
through human influence. They play upon the feelings at will, making
their hearers weep, and in a few minutes laugh. Under labor of this
kind, many are moved by impulse to profess Christ, and there is thought
to be a wonderful revival; but when the test comes, the work does not
endure. Feelings are stirred, and many are borne along by the tide that
seems to be setting heavenward; but in the strong current of temptation
they quickly float back as driftwood. The laborer is self-deceived, and
he misleads his hearers. Gospel Workers, 382.
study: 1T 136, 505; 2T 180, 455, 585; 3T 220; 6T 182; AH 463, 512; CH
628; CT 336-337; Ev 640-642; FE 195, 457; GW 166; 1MCP 314; 6MR 91; 18MR
369; MYP 388, 430; TM 83, 142.