October 9, 2005
Even by the routinely insane standards of the religious right, this is hard to swallow:
FLORENCE, Ala. - The First Assembly of God Church has a Fear Factor ministry that lets youths swallow live goldfish in order to teach them about fear.
“We need to be realistic about what the Bible says about fear and not be afraid to share our faith in school,” youth minister Anthony Martin told the TimesDaily in a story Thursday. “We can’t let that fear rule our lives.”
Martin said the ministry’s participants are between the ages of 14 and 21 and that they had to get their parents to sign a waiver to be involved.
… “Through this ministry, kids are surrendering their lives to Jesus and developing a deeper relationship with Jesus,” Martin said. “The method of the ministry that we use to bring people is going to change, but the message is going to stay consistent.”
Uh, sounds like the goldfish are the ones surrendering their lives to Jesus.
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You think it's acceptable to inflict pain on and kill animals in the name of some absurd rite of passage? (Maybe small animals don't count.) Perhaps if you moved outside your narrow frame of reference you'd understand just how offensive this behavior is to most people - and what it teaches these kids about how they should treat animals. Seems like an important issue to me - and, with respect, I could care less about what the bible says.
Posted by: Stephen Ayer at November 1, 2005 3:06 PM
Seems to me that this is just a group of kids using contemporary methods to reach other kids for Christ.
Don't you have more important issues on the table without trying to spread discord among the brethren?The Bible speaks very clearly and harshly about the spreading of discord.
Turn your searchlight off
Posted by: Pastor Mike at November 1, 2005 2:20 PM