This week’s bad church sign is seen on many church signs across the Bible Belt.
This sign states:
INDEPENDENT OLD TIMEY HELL-FIRE BRIMSTONE KING JAMES PREACHING”
Wow. That’s a mouthful.
Let me break it down and tell you what it is saying:
- Independent – We don’t agree with the stances of larger denominations, so we remain independent from everyone else.
- Old Timey – We will not try anything new. Unashamedly, we are satisfied in our traditions (oftentimes, it means that anything else or new is evil).
- Hell-Fire Brimstone – This is meant to imply tha the preacher will scare you out of hell if at all possible.
- King James Preaching – Only the “Authorized Version” of King James in 1611 is suitable to read. For many, they have been taught that this is the translation that Jesus and Paul used. I know you are doing math in your head right now. I am not kidding. Unfortunately, many don’t even know that the KJV is a poor translation from Greek to English with many errors in it.
Ask yourself a question: who is this church sign for? Who would drive by and say, “Wow, that’s exactly what we are looking for?” There is a group that would think that way, but it would be a limited number of people. And guess what, they would already be religious.
The other thing it made me think is: if you had to write a sentence on your church sign concerning your church’s preaching, what would it say?