Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Church: "Pray in Silence, Don't Disturb Migrants"

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Hoping to practice their Christian faith in their church, members were surprised when they were told they will now have to pray in silence out of respect to migrants who are living in the church building.

When the church members asked if the migrants could be taken to another place so the members could recite their prayers, the members, not the migrants were taken to another place.

A German evangelical leader has also offered his church for migrant housing and is stripping out, not only the pews, but the altar and the pulpit and any other "Christian" symbols, so as not to offend the migrants.

Is this biblical compassion or biblical confusion?

Parishioners were shocked when they were told they could not say their prayers at their church home, St. Anthony Church in Ventimiglia, Italy, because it would disturb the migrants.

The Northern Italy town of 55,000 has been recently overwhelmed with hundreds of migrants.

The town's mayor has said the situation is "an untenable situation" due to the European Union "asylum" policies.

It's likely the church is trying to do the right thing in reaching out to the needy. Jesus Himself told the church to minister to the needy and downtrodden.

However, should it be at the expense of prayers or corporate worship?

A German evangelical pastor has offered up his church as housing for migrants as well, however, in his case, they will be stripping out most of the fittings, including all symbols of Christianity, to accommodate the migrants---and to ensure they are not offended by the Christian symbols.

It is the first time in Germany a consecrated still serving church has been turned over to migrant accommodation, but the pastor says what they are doing is completely within their mission, even though the church is gutting out pews, the altar, the pulpit and the cross.

The church is also removing all Christian symbols in the hope that the migrants will feel more welcomed.

Many churches across Europe are doing the same, in fact, some bishops are ordering churches outside their jurisdictions to de-Christianize their churches in an effort to be sensitive to Muslims, who are the vast majority of the migrants.

Last October, Eva Brunne of Stockholm, the first openly lesbian bishop, ordered her church in the dockyards of her city to remove all crosses, make space for prayer mats and mark the direction to Mecca.

Europe is collapsing by most all accounts, under the weight of, in the case of Germany, more than 1 million migrants, with many more on the way. Churches across Europe are being "repurposed" for accommodation. In fact in one Christian retirement home in Sweden, the elderly residents were shocked to find out they were being replaced with migrants and were expected to be out of their apartment within 30 days.

Bishop Brunne wrote an article last fall calling Muslims "angels," arguing that removing Christian symbols from the church made you no less a Christian, and much more inclusive.

She's right. Christianity is a relationship, not a ritual. And if the goal is simply to "include," then that, too, would be correct.

What is happening in Europe is coming to America if we continue on our current path.

And this raises important questions in the minds of good, decent Christians who want to do the right thing.

What is the true mission of the Christian Church?

Is social justice the true mission of the church?

Or is evangelism the true mission?

I'm talking about this today on our radio program. Please join me live on the radio, on your computer or on your phone from anywhere in the world. Here's how.

Be Informed. Be Faithful. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.


  1. We are going to either serve God, and become free, or serve man and go into bondage.

  2. This story talks of 'migrants' but the Breitbart story has 'immigrants', at least in its title. A migrant, presumably is continually moving whereas an immigrant comes and stays. I did not know the pastor owned the church, I thought it was owned by the congregation or the denomination. If I house someone in need, I do not believe I am called to remove things from my house that might offend, they are in need and if they are greatly offended by anything in my house, perhaps their need in not so great after all.

    1. Pastor decides. Besides, for all we know, the congregation may have agreed to this. If the people were exhausted and needed somewhere to rest and sleep, how can you turn them away? There is no rule that says the Rosary has more value if it is said out loud. Let the poor exhausted people rest awhile. The Holy Family had also to rest when they had to flee to Egypt.

    2. Yet the Muslims wail out their prayers on loudspeakers, no matter who they offend, as well as all their other offensive, oppressive practices, like bigotry and beating women/wives, as well as indentured servants/slaves to this present day. Yes, that offends me, and those people should disavow these tenets and practices of their offensive faith, well before they have any right to 'be offended' by anything in their benefactors homes.

  3. 1. Facts of this story are not known.
    2. Nowhere does it even say that anyone was told they might "offend" the migrants. Maybe some poor exhausted souls were sleeping on the floors after who knows what kind of horrible journey.
    3. The Holy Family also had to flee as migrants to Egypt, would we be offended if somebody tried to keep things quiet so they could sleep on their journey?
    4. The mission of the church is the same mission as the mission of Jesus. He didn't just preach. He healed, he fed, he comforted.
    5. Big deal. It's a temporary situation. The world is in crisis. We all need to help each other and stop being so silly and selfish. The day we have to flee our country, I hope someone gives me a church floor to sleep on for awhile.


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