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The danger of “animal enthusiasm”

An important word from Spurgeon:

“Certain religious people are of a restless, excitable turn, and never feel good till they are half out of their minds.”

via Pyromaniacs: The danger of “animal enthusiasm”.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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One Response to The danger of “animal enthusiasm”

  1. “We like excitement of a proper kind, and we covet earnestly a high and holy joy, but if our rejoicing does not come out of a clear understanding of the things of God, and if there is no truth at the bottom of it, what does it profit us?”

    This is why critiquing models and theories of worship is necessary. Are we seeking God, or an experience?

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