Oklahoma Church Organizes “Beer and Hymns Sunday” with Three-Beer Limit
There’s a church in Oklahoma thatÂ has caused quite a ruckus for allowing peopleÂ to drink alcohol on the premises. East Side Christian Church featured â€œBeer and Hymns Sundayâ€ as part of a series about the future of the Christian church around the world.
The church has set aÂ 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.
Â “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 ofÂ Charisma Magazine, agrees that declining numbers in the church are troubling, but questions whether slamming down a few brews is the way to solve theÂ problem.
â€œAre beer-based outreaches really edifying in the end?,â€ LeClaire wrote.
â€œIf 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?â€
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h/t: Christian Headlines