Dear Underground Evangelicals:

From North Hollywood, California, the nation’s leading producer of pornography, comes a new type of underground newspaper. Called The Wittenberg Door, the mimeographed four-pager is edited by two enterprising evangelical youth directors—Paul Sailhamer and Gary Wilburn. Through their brief and breezy articles they hope to prod Christian youth leaders and organizations to more creative Christian witness. Their awareness of what it takes to communicate the Gospel to today’s youth is shown especially in their satire of both worn-out approaches and pseudo-hip practices now in use. Sample their latest issue:

Hollywood Heaven: “Can you remember how long it has been since you sat through the glorious testimony of Freddie Fabulous, the converted nightclub and silver-screen star? And whatever happened to Cynthia Celebritania, the ‘transformed trapeze artist’ and singing sensation who gave up all to put her soul in the hands of that Great Safety Net in the Sky? It appears that the Lord has gone back to his old ways of redeeming just plain everyday sinners.”

Loser of the Month (The Door quotes a new tract): “Christ really socks it to you with some real heavy stuff.… Jesus Christ is truly the cool one.… If Christ is not your bag, then it’s bad news for you because you are on an eternal bummer.… Christ busted right out of the grave nearly 2,000 years ago. Right now he wants to bust into your life and make you hep to his program.”

Christian Village (a promotion honoring “Authentic Remnants of the Faith”): “I thought it strange as I entered through the gates constructed from Mother-of-Pearl, but was amused upon reading a poster: ‘see the last sheaves ever brought in.’ A flyer read, ‘For the first time, SEE a heart ...

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