I am very disappointed with the article The Seven Deadly Sins of Sacrament Meeting Talks at Meridian Magazine. It fails to mention the biggest sin of them all, the failure to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
No wonder the Church has a big retention problem. No wonder people drop out. Many Sacrament Meeting talks would be just as appropriate at a meeting of the Toastmasters Club. Unless one preaches the gospel from the scriptures, what is the point of giving a talk in Sacrament Meeting? At other churches they pay a minister to speak on a gospel theme every Sunday. Yet many of our Sacrament Meeting talks don’t have anything to do with the gospel.
It is easy to tell who is not keeping the commandment to study the scriptures daily. How can anyone give a whole Sacrament talk without ever opening the Book of Mormon, or mentioning a single gospel topic? Yet it happens all the time almost everywhere.
We need to repent. People go to Church to hear the gospel, not a lot of unrelated Church stories or theological twinkies. When people are not spiritually fed at Church, they stop coming.
What do you think?