Ordinary Time 2017
I heard about St. James Church (UCC), Limerick, Pennsylvania via Church Marketing Sucks.
I agree that the marketing at St. James is pretty lame. Presumably, the church wants us to believe that the speaker of Luke 4:7 is God, as in, if we worship God all will be ours.
Um, so if God says this, why choose a quote from Satan?
6And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours."
Luke 4:6-7, verse used by St. James, Limerick, Pennsylvania in bold. They use the King James translation of this passage.
I have often believed that the Gospel of success, so popular in American Christianity is satanic.
For instance: Joel Osteen's gospel of success in his book Your Best Life Now. Yes, I deliberately avoided linking to that.
The strangely employed scripture quotation on St. James's website indicates that I am on to something.
Shouldn't our focus be on giving to God, not getting from him?
Ask not what your God can do for you . . .
Tangents: This makes me want to design a daycare website with an inspirational scripture quotation drawn from Psalm 137:9
"Happy shall they be who take your little ones" is the part I would use.
("and dash them against the rock!" is the part I might conveniently omit.)
My UCC affiliated daycare would open in Pennsylvania.
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