Nobody knows with any certainty how the story began, but it is presumed that the old city suffered in those days from a rat infestation. As the story goes, a man dressed in red and yellow clothing presented himself to the townsmen, offering to rid the city of its rats. The men of the city gladly promised to pay him a large sum of money for his service.
The Pied Piper played an enchanting melody on his pipe, and immediately all the rats in town began to follow him. He led them out to the edge of town and into a river, where they all drowned.
When the Pied Piper came to the townsmen to collect, they felt that his task had been far too easy, and that they should not have to pay him the large sum they had promised.
In anger, the Pied Piper promised to punish them for reneging on their promise.
He went into the streets and began again to play his enchanting pipe. This time, the children of the town began to follow him. He led them far outside the town, and into a mysterious cave, where they were never seen again.
Because of the Pied Piper, the town's children were lost.
Of course, the fable is not true, but there are certain valuable morals in this story.
From that story, a famous idiom eventually came into being, namely,
There is a price to pay for enchantments, for quick fixes.
In the Church today, a similar story is unfolding.
As the Townsmen of Hamelin recruited the services of the Pied Piper, so now have the Preachers of the Gospel solicited the services of the Singers.
In Churches across America and around the world, an infestation of unbelief, atheism, agnosticism and cynicism plagued the Church. The Preachers no longer preached the pure word of God that could have rid the people of the scourge of unbelief. But instead, they called in the Singers and Musicians to fascinate and enchant their congregations.
The people were happy to be entertained by the Singers and the Musicians, so much so that they lost their appetites for the Preaching. Instead of following the Preacher, the people began to follow the Singers and the Musicians.
The Singers demanded handsome fees for their services, and eventually discovered that they could earn more money OUTSIDE the Church. They would sing for anybody who would pay them, in just about any kind of venue, and never mention pure doctrine. In their exodus, they lured the people of the Church away from the Preacher.
Now, multitudes who were once in the Church, following the Preacher, have been lured away from the Church, and their pseudo-religion is being led by the Singers and the Musicians. The Singers have no doctrine, so the Church is perishing.
Preacher, Pastor. God called you and anointed you to preach the Gospel. Your job is to preach the pure, unadulterated Word of God to the people. This is not a job for the Pied Piper.
The Pied Piper has no doctrine. He has not been called to do your job. The Pied Piper cannot and will not save the people. The Pied Piper will lure the people away from the Truth, away from the pure Gospel, and back into the world, where they will finally be lost.