Sermons in Geneva before Calvin were very much like most sermons today- silly stories and ridiculous tales were told by Priests who preferred that sort of nonsense to proclamation of Scripture.
… in consequence of the ridicule which the priests drew on themselves by the legends which they read from the pulpit, [the people] found it necessary to request the Grand Vicar to take order that in all the churches and convents the gospel should be preached according to the truth, without being mixed up with any fables, or other human inventions, that so the inhabitants might live in good accord like their fathers.*
Said edict was issued on 30 June, 1532. The same sort of edict needs to be issued today except neither clergy nor Christians would bother to heed it.
*The Early Years of John Calvin (p. 126).