Stupid Church Tricks: Car Giveaway
Come for the BMWs...stay for the gospel.

My favorite part in the gospels is where Jesus says, "Come to me all who are weary and I will give you cars, cash, and HD TVs." What? That's not in your translation? Well you must not attend this church.

April 13, 2012

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April 28, 2012  4:15pm

Oprah did it first!

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David Moerbe

April 28, 2012  3:58pm

I really torn by this whole concept and here is why - the purpose. As best I can tell from the video the purpose of giving away such big ticket items was to compare it to the incredible gift that has no price tag of grace. I get that. We all try to come up with creative ways to express the incredible truth of grace. The problem is how do you shift the focus and the excitement of giving away stuff to Jesus? I actually don't have a problem of a church giving away a car - if certain conditions were met. One that the cars were donated. Two that the giveaway happened at a different time and place so that the focus stays on Jesus not the new car. Third the person eligible acutally needs a new car. Give a car to someone who can't get to work or whose car is about to fall apart. To me that would be life-changing in more way then one.

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Bill Williams

April 18, 2012  2:36pm

Kurt, in many other issues, I would agree with your point. This is not one of them. This is most certainly deserving of condemnation, whether or not the world likes Christians for doing so. Karen, you are spot on with Acts 8.

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April 16, 2012  4:38pm

Robert, Tetzel was actually fleecing the people selling indulgences to profit the RC Church. This, on the other hand, is an enticement by a clergyman/church offering material gain to potential members. Both are wrong. Both involve material gain, but it seems to me in opposite directions, no? I'm encouraged that for the most part we see the folly in this. Mike, good point. Definitely a connection, I agree. Kurt, I think this Scripture is actually more to the point: Acts 8:18-24.

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April 16, 2012  11:23am

One man's strong faith allows him to give away cars, another man's weak faith does not. The one who gives cars away should not look down on the one who does not. The man who does not give away cars should not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his on master he stands or falls. No wonder the world doesn't like Christians...

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April 14, 2012  11:03am

I am curious, is the church doing any good thing here in the states and around the world? Try posting some of that for a season. I hope we have the ability to learn from our successes as well as from criticizing our family.

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April 14, 2012  1:35am

I'm reminded of St.Frances of Rome (On her feast day priests bless cars due to her patronage of cars and drivers). I like St. Frances. But it's one thing to care for drivers, and quite another thing to turn a church into a car lot.

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April 13, 2012  1:49pm

This is extreme, but is it really different from enticing any "seeker" to come join our church because we have really loud and cool music or we have an over the top children's area or a coffee bar? or you get a t-shirt and shorts if you get baptized, or another bar for your Sunday School pin? How about the old fashioned Sunday School contests where your team goes to Disneyland if you bring the most kids? How many women's events have "door prizes"? Aren't all of these a form of "get em in the door and get em saved? It don't matter how just get em to come." Use vulgar words to get the hits. Find Jesus in the centerfold. Amen.

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April 13, 2012  12:40pm

Perhaps they can strike a deal with MTV for a reality series as they follow the church's 20 somethings on a "mission" trip to the Jersey Shore. Could that be any worse than this "Powerball for Jesus" nonsense?

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April 13, 2012  10:11am

Well...I guess we've got another John Tetzel on our hands... No surprises here folks, just another example of the evangelical torpor that is destroying the Church.

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