Does "are content to refer everything back to ancient days" mean they are attached to old beliefs? And does "pay a lip service and an external reverence" implies that they don't perform their work attentively?

It may be asked, why should not the old religions be strong enough to rescue the world from its spiritual degradation? The answer is that they have all been tried and all have failed. The Churches which represent them have themselves become to the last degree formal and worldly and material. They have lost all contact with the living facts of the spirit, and are content to refer everything back to ancient days, and to pay a lip service and an external reverence to an outworn system which has been so tangled up with incredible theologies that the honest mind is nauseated at the thought of it.


"The History of Spiritualism," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle