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    Church Lives Up to Ephesians 4:26a:  The Angriest Church in America

    Over the years disputes have broken out over everything from building projects to who will run Vacation Bible School, to someone’s casserole not being eaten at a church picnic.

    “We have two ladies in this church that haven’t spoken to one another in over twenty years” said deacon Charles Ainsworth. “I don’t remember all of the details, but it had something to do with one of the ladies criticizing the flower arrangement that one of the other ladies had made. It’s not that we don’t love one another, we just don’t seem to like one another. “We’ve all grown up together, and we just seem to get on each others nerves a lot.”

    The various pastors of the church over the years have tried to preach peace among the congregation, but to no avail. But the church’s current pastor, Rev. Prentiss Carnes recently “discovered” a verse that may be the solution to all of the strife within the church.

    “I was reading in Ephesians and came across 4:26a where it says ‘Be angry and yet do not sin,’” said Carnes. “I started thinking and realized that there’s a Biblical mandate here to be angry, that perhaps all these years we’ve been getting it all wrong. May God has called us to be an angry church. That seems to be where our gifts lie, in being angry.”

    And “angry” is just what they are fostering now at St. Luke’s. The church has recently made Ephesians 4:26a its theme verse and has set out to make itself known as “the angriest church in America.”

    More on this and other great stories about the church today are available at TomintheBox

    TomintheBox reports, "Since its founding almost a half a century ago St. Luke's Methodist Church in Mentone has been a church that by its own confession has "struggled to be happy." The members of the congregation of just over 100 people seem to consistently struggle with one another, arguing and holding grudges.


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    1. Camey on Fri, July 27, 2007

      Okay? Is it just me or does that look like Jack Nicholson saying, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”???

    2. Bob Barnes on Fri, July 27, 2007

      My, my.   What a testimony.

    3. Jan on Wed, August 01, 2007

      Yeah, pretty sad. 

      Just sounds to me like a bunch of spoiled Christians who have forgotten or never have embraced their true calling outside of themselves and the four walls of their building.

      If they will know who we are by our love for one another, what does that truly mean?  That we walk around angry but pretending to be a church?


    4. Ron Land on Thu, August 02, 2007

      They exchanged the truth of God for a lie   and worshiped and served the creation   rather than the Creator…

      How sad.  And don’t many of us know of another this bad or worse.  No, that’s not judgment, it’s discernment.

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