CHURCH TO HOLD WORSHIP SERVICES IN BAR 04/16/2008


by Moody Adams
Going all out to “reach people” is reaching new levels. Rev. Cris Heckaman, senior pastor of Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 N. Popular St, is going to preach something to the boozing crowd. His church-in-a-bar ministry may seem like an irreverent idea, it gives new meaning to the phrase "filled with the spirit."

"The idea behind the new Country Rock Church in the Pub Lounge is to reach people where they are," Heckaman said. " His motive is used to justify all sorts of outrageous religious activity to “reach people.”

The question is, “what are you reaching people with?” Are they reaching people with a Biblical message appropriate for their life style? How about this for Heckaman’s text: “Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine” (Joel 1:5). Or:, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus” (I Corinthians 6:9-11), Or, And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

More than reaching people, this misguided preacher is giving legitimacy to a business that is destroying lives.



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