Sensationalism

 

Sensationalism is not too concerned with truth. The sensationalists of Jesus’ day wanted to see the miracles, but most of them were not moved to have faith in God. Though temporarily filled with awe at God’s mighty works, they were not convinced or converted. In John 6, great crowds followed Jesus in response to His many miracles. Even after He fed thousands with a few fish and barley loaves, they still asked for another miraculous sign (verse 30). But when He began teaching the hard truths of the gospel, they deserted Him: “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).

That is the nature of sensationalism. It must keep producing more spectacular events and inducing more emotional responses to keep the sensationalists interested. But true faith is not produced through sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Miracles and emotional experiences do not create faith. God must call a person, opening his mind to truth (John 6:44). Too often, religious leaders believe that sensationalism will convert sinners, and they design their services to impress people and increase followers by sensational messages and methods, rather than relying on the Holy Spirit to give new life. See (Signs and Wonders)