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On too many programs, entertainment and fund-raising greatly diminish the time spent in God's Word.

What is the "electronic church"? If you turn on your TV, you will find a variety of religious broadcasting, from Roman Catholic masses to traditional Presbyterian services to charismatic talk shows. Some of these programs are rather amateurish local broadcasts of local worship services. Others are sophisticated and expensive programs syndicated all over the world. Some of these programs are produced by honest, earnest people trying to be helpful to others. Others seem to have questionable messages and methods. In one sense, all these programs are part of the electronic church.


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W. Robert Godfrey is professor of church history and president of Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

Issue: "The Church" Nov./Dec. 1993 Vol. 2 No. 6 Page number(s): 18-24

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