Various and sundry reasons were proffered in the attached article from 1900 as to why the Christian male prefers to stay away from the church pews every Sunday; here is one:
"If we consider the minister, and his power in the pulpit, sincerity must be at the heart of all that comes from him. Men are drawn by earnestness and honesty, and frankness, more than by beauty and the fragrance of flowers. Truth is what man wants, not the straining after effect, which results in verboseness, for he will come only to hear the unvarnished truth, red-hot from a courageous heart."
Click here to read a 1929 article on the same exact topic.