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?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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