In New Testament times, drama was staged in the major centres of the Hellenistic world and was immensely popular. The apostles however, delivered the urgent gospel message in direct teaching and preaching, not through the indirect communication of dramatic performance. We recognize the need for direct communication in situations of supreme seriousness. An American President would not air a dramatic skit to appeal for national support in a declaration of war.
– Edmund Clowney, The Church: Contours in Christian Theology, copyright 1988, page 127