The witness of Christ's church gets the shaft...

(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) The memorial service for funk singer and musician Isaac Hayes, a longtime advocate of that particular idolatry called Scientology, will be held in Memphis' Hope Presbyterian Church. Hope is a congregation holding membership in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a small presbyterian denomination whose reason to exist is primarily defined by being halfway between David's and my own denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the apostate Presbyterian Church (USA).

Many churches have left the PC(USA) this past year because of various acts of heresy and moral shipwreck on the part of the denomination's leaders, and almost all those congregations have jumped into the arms of the EPC rather than the PCA. The EPC allows them to continue to have women exercise authority over men in their church life, serving as deacons, pastors, and elders.

So now, the EPC is in the news through its megachurch, Hope Presbyterian Church, as many people have joined together to protest Hope hosting a memorial service for a Scientologist. Here's an article from Memphis' Commercial Appeal detailing the controversy and here's the church's response to the complaints...

About twenty-three years ago, my friend, Dick de Witt, asked me to come down to the church he was currently serving, Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, and interview for a position on his pastoral staff. Dick's chief of staff at the time was the Rev. Dr. Craig Strickland. We had a sit-down with him then, and now I note that the Rev. Dr. Strickland is the founding pastor and current senior minister of Hope Presbyterian Church.

Apparently, the Rev. Dr. Strickland has built a very cutting edge and successful church. Or should we call it a church at all? Does it have the right preaching of the Word of God, the right administration of the Sacraments, and the right exercise of discipline?

Impertinent questions, right?

 

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Apparently Hayes played the voice of one of the "South Park" characters, a chef.

The MSNBC write-up on Hayes:

-But Hayes angrily quit the show in 2006 after an episode mocked his Scientology religion.

“There is a place in this world for satire,” he said. “but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs of others begins.”

Co-creator creators Matt Stone responded that Hayes “has no problem — and he’s cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians.” A subsequent episode of the show seemingly killed off the Chef character.-

(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26125699/?GT1=43001?GT1=43001)

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

A: That's not funny!!!

"Since the beginning of Hope Church it has been a part of our DNA to be open for the community."

Doncha jes lurvvv it?!?

I can see it now - the same language in the press release after they host their first same-sex "wedding", poly-"wedding", etc.

Hey, that's a great line. Don't blame me, it's in my DNA!

Kamilla

I see from their website that they also sponsored a concert by the non-Trinitarian CCM group Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Ray,

Care to elaborate on PCD? Are they Oneness Pentecostals?

Kamilla

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

I don't know, but I fully expect they do it in the way Edison originally intended it to be done, not like men have been doing if for the last 100+ years.

Kamilla,

Yes. Their theology on the nature of God echoes T.D. Jakes' modulism. They say that God exist in three manifestations as opposed to persons in their The Enquirer’s Handbook. I think they also require water baptism for salvation but I might be mistaken.

I'm not sure why everyone is having a hissy over this church and it's pastor...he has a book, and here's what some are saying

Craig Strickland is a bridge-building leader who can’t stop himself from reaching across chasms of all kinds. My prayer is that every person who reads this book would catch the wonderful disease that has so infected Craig

-Bill Hybels

Can I offer a disease to anyone? Anyone?

> Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

I don't know how many, but they all can be relied upon to twist it.

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

Only two, because it is a private choice between her and her electrician. "No one can tell me what to do with my own light-bulb!"

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

One, plus a maintenance crew to repair the broken ceiling and clean up the glass.

Kamilla,

Yes, what Michael Foster said.

Hope's strategy is to bring non-believers onto the property, then model Jesus to them and each other. John 13:35 It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.

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