This Church Has Its Heart In The Right Place. But I’m Not Sure The BEER Is!

Oklahoma Church Organizes “Beer and Hymns Sunday” with Three-Beer Limit


There’s a church in Oklahoma that has caused quite a ruckus for allowing people to drink alcohol on the premises. East Side Christian Church featured “Beer and Hymns Sunday” as part of a series about the future of the Christian church around the world.

The church has set a three-beer limit, and they check IDs at the door.

First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa, Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Phillips Theological Seminary, and Oklahoma Disciples Foundation are also co-hosts of the weeklong event.

“Everybody’s welcome. No questions are banned. No holds barred,” Michael Riggs, senior pastor at First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa, said.

 “Just come and respect each other’s opinions, and just have a good honest conversation about God while having a few beers at the same time.” Riggs added.

Jennifer LeClaire, news editor of Charisma Magazine, agrees that declining numbers in the church are troubling, but questions whether slamming down a few brews is the way to solve the problem.

“Are beer-based outreaches really edifying in the end?,” LeClaire wrote.

“If we compromise the purity and holiness of the Christian faith to win souls, are we really leading them into a true salvation after the bottle of beer is empty? Or are we merely compromising the gospel in the name of soul-winning without fruit that remains?”

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h/t: Christian Headlines