I couldn't see Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, as a church’s preacher; his stage persona is just too sinister for that. Yet, a number of his songs focus critically on the church.
If Jesus saves, well, He'd better save Himself
from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death.
The second line paints a truly sinister picture of a shocking parallel between nominal Christian religion and Satanic religion. “Gory glory seekers,” are those Sunday Christians whose smiles and glad-handing mock true piety, which word, by the way, once described godly character, but is now used in mocking God’s church.
No doubt, all Christians would take exception to accusations that they, "use His name in death." I know I do. Yet, in the sense that Bible-thumping Christians routinely use Christianese in our usually vain attempts at sharing God's good news with outsiders, we must heed Anderson's harsh words, repent, and use His name in life! People listen to the stories of how accepting Jesus loving work on the cross changed our lives, and how loving Him in return affects our every thought, word and deed.
In view of outsiders’ scathing observations such as this Jethro Tull song, are we unjustly accused? Yes, but not by as much as we’d love to believe about ourselves.