Thursday, October 5, 2006

Mars Hill Under Fire - Is it Time to Duck and Cover?

In the Sound Off section of the Seattle Post there has been a tirade unleashed on Mars Hill and one of their new ministries. The comments (almost 2000 of them) are unfortunately typical of a lost world that demands a post modern world view. They say we are the intolerant ones - yet from these comments I would say it is them that is intolerant of us and anyone who doesn't agree with them - If that isn't the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is.

Here is an excerpt from the site:

Mars Hill Church is calling for its members to "love the city" of Seattle by engaging and not abandoning it. What do you think of that plan of ministry?

Posted by SpikeSmudik at 10/2/06 1:24 a.m.
Just in case the "missionaries" don't get it. You may call this a preemptive strike. Hey, if preemption is good enough for George Bush the christian, it is good enough for me. But, I digress.Please save me. NOT! Please save yourself. I do not want to be saved. I prefer my hell to your heaven. Your heaven would be far worse than my hell.If you wish to lead, please lead by example, not with proselytization. Lead by example, not by preaching.

Posted by emeraldkity at 10/2/06 3:24 a.m.
I am bothered by a church who preaches that homosexuality is a choice and immoral, using a venue such as a public high school for their meetings students deserve a safe place to attend school-

Posted by lameboy at 10/2/06 7:31 a.m.
a religion that doesn't preach tolerance for all is evil and immoral themselves...

Posted by boogietime at 10/2/06 7:58 a.m.
I am not religious but ... an evangelical friend succeeded in dragging me to Mars Hill a couple of years ago. I immediatley found it extremely creepy and angering: 1. New members are introduced on stage each Sunday. They were always couples, always hetero, and the husband was always the one to introduce them. Not once was a woman allowed to speak.2. During a sermon the pastor went off on Iraq war protestors at the Seattle Center saying that diplomacy wouldn't find weapons of mass destruction. A bunch of people in the audience were shouting in agreement. It was like watching Hitler berating the Jews at a Nazi rally.3. My friend complained that there weren't enough people swooning and waving their arms in the air. He preferred a more active form of worship. He also doesn't believe in evolution. I haven't asked if he thinks the Earth is flat or at the center of the universe.Jesus was a liberal hippie who was in no way like the members of Mars Hill Church. These are the same people who had Jesus crucified. "Mars Hill Hate Club" or "Mars Hill Perversion of Christ for an Ulterior Motive Club" would be more accurate names.

Posted by Robert Heath at 10/2/06 8:21 a.m.
I think these types of extreme Christian hypocrits need to learn to keep their "religion" to themselves - end of story. The born again movement in the U.S. is as dangerous as fundamentalist muslims are in the Middle East.

Posted by mhays at 10/2/06 8:32 a.m.
The whole concept of "missionaries" is basically about telling people that their beliefs are wrong and yours are better. Very offensive.

Posted by ulis at 10/2/06 8:35 a.m.
Mars Hill is pretty run of the mill for right-wing evangelicals in terms of their anti-gay bigotry. More remarkable is their anti-woman stance. They preach that a woman's job is to stay home and churn out children. They are trying to breed out liberalism in Seattle I suppose. Also, their recruiting tactics or trying to appeal to disenfancished youth; "the punk rock church" is more or less appaling as well.

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