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United Church of Christ At It Again

March 31st, 2006
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Well, they are at it again…insulting every Christian church in the nation in their desperate attempt at saving themselves from oblivion. I’m talking about the United Church of Christ and their ridiculously offensive television advertisements. In this one there is portrayed a mother with a crying child, a gay couple, a Hispanic man, a handicapped person and a poor person being "ejected" out of their church pew. Think I’m making this up? Nope. Oh, yes, do keep in mind this is yet another church that the ELCA is in full communion with.

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  1. Rev. Paul Gramit
    April 1st, 2006 at 08:59 | #1

    Pastor McCain,
    Thank you for making these news items, videos, etc. available. Not that we confessional Lutherans are surprised, but maybe — JUST MAYBE — the message of the turpitude pushed by the UCC and other such outfits will get through to those in ELCA, and even those NOT in ELCA but who find themselves “sympathetic” (any in LCMS? Nah . . .).
    I just went through an email exchange with a Boston Globe reporter, who wrote an article about how her church is “in the dark” about gays. Specifically, she was referencing the fact that the bishops ordered the Catholic Charities to discontinue their entire over a century old adoption programs, because state laws now REQUIRE ALL agencies to consider gay couples as candidates to adopt. She asked the painfully predictable question, “What Would Jesus Do?”
    In answer, I wrote back, quoting John 8:11. I also explained (she had referenced the prodigal son) that, while we DO want sinners to return to the fold, that does NOT mean granting permission to bring their “manifest and impenitent sin” (to quote the Catechism) in WITH them.
    Her reply? “We disagree. But thanks for the email.” In other words, nothing to say! No counterargument whatsoever — just a statement of resignation.
    Oh — she’d STARTED her article with a statement, to effect, how she’s as Catholic as Catholic could be. I hear that type of intro recurringly, and my reactive thought is almost always, “I can’t WAIT to hear what’s coming next.”

  2. Ray
    April 1st, 2006 at 16:25 | #2

    Isn’t there a verse in Scripture that says, “Hearing they will not hear, and seeing they shall not see”? How sad that they refuse to come to repentance and faith in the only One who can save them from eternal death:
    Jesus Christ, the atoning sacrifice for our sins!!

  3. Rev. Paul Gramit
    April 1st, 2006 at 23:12 | #3

    In my previous comment, I’d referred to the Boston Globe reporter I’d exchanged emails with. Immediately after my comment is one from Carl Vehse about a Beverly Beckham who claimed to be “as Catholic as the moon is round,” then proceeded to explain how (even if she didn’t use this descriptive) she’s ACTUALLY as Catholic as the moon’s made of cheese.
    In case it was overlooked or went unnoticed by any readers — one and the same person. Ms. Beckham’s the one I was talking about; Mr. Vehse’s article of reference, the one I was citing.

  4. April 7th, 2006 at 09:36 | #4

    The commercial is a perfect marketing ploy for a social club, but a kind of deceptive one for a church. It’s an ad meant to cater to the self-worshiping, me-centered attitudes of I’m-great-the-way-I-am-and-everyone-else-can-go-jump-if-they-don’t-like-me” smugness. I don’t think it makes people feel safe at all. I think it showcases a weak religion that has a god that is either too small, too distant, or too careless, to change people into a saved creature that will be rescued from death and live with Him. No thanks. I want a God who, yes, takes me as I am, but loves me enough not to leave me there, but to redeem me. I want a real God, not one of my own ego’s making.

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