I have been paging through Iain Murray's book : Revival and Revivalism . In it Murray quotes David Benedict , a Baptist historian writing in the 1850's . Benedict's work is called Fifty Years Among The Baptists ( pp.138,142-3 ). The kind of preaching now much in vogue ... would have been considered the quintessence of Arminianism , mere milk and water , instead of the strong meat of the gospel ... At present , the modes and manners , and the eloquence of their ministers , engage more of the attention of the people , than their doctrinal expositions ; and most of all , they look for attractions which are pleasing to young people , and which will collect large assemblies , and enable them to compete with their neighbours in numbers and style . With this end in view , nothing that will sound harsh or unpleasant to very sensitive ears must come from the preachers ; the old-fashioned doctrines of Predestination , Total Depravity , Divine Sovereignty , etc. , if referred to at all , must be by way of circumlocution and implication ... As a general thing , now , our people hear so little , in common conversation , in their every-day intercourse with each other , on the doctrinal subjects , before , at the time and and after they become church members , and are so much accustomed to vague and indefinite references to them , that , different from former years , they have but little desire to hear them discussed . Indeed , many of them would sit very uneasy under discourses in which the primordial principles of the orthodox Baptist faith should be presented in the style of our sound preachers of bygone years .