Incomplete list of U.S. Christian shutdowns, layoffs and Rapture oddities for the Gregorian month of August 2017.
“No man can work for two masters, for either he will hate one and will love the other, or he will honor one and the other he will ignore. You cannot work for God and for money.”-Matthew 6:24, Aramaic Bible
I want to point out that across the United States, during the month of August, dozens of churches were vandalized with ‘hate’ graffiti from both the ‘left wing’ and ‘right wing’, proving that ‘christians’ are not united in their so called faith. Even a Catholic news source admitted that The Church They Don’t Like May Be Their Own.
Francis A. Schaffer Institute of Church Leadership Development: U.S. Census Bureau reports Christian Death Spiral as 4-thousand churches shutdown every year, versus 1-thousand new church openings!
Alabama: In Mobile, the family of a five years old boy say he was killed by a daycare employee of Community Church Ministries. The church pastor and his wife defended their employee saying she “has cancer”, the family of the boy has filed a lawsuit.
Arizona: A new lawsuit filed against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) claiming that mormons sexually abused Native American children of the Navajo and Crow tribes. Arizona State University Council of Religious Advisors (which includes the LDS Church) expelled the Hope Church from its campus for violating ASU rules concerning church recruitment including the use of ‘front clubs’. Hope Church can still use the campus for activities but must now pay to do so. According to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Hope Church reported a $30-thousand USD profit in 2015.
California: In Sacramento more than 3-hundred people jammed into Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church, to protest Sacramento County’s skyrocketing homeless crisis. Pastor Alan Jones said “This is a critical moment….. …our sisters and brothers….are being dehumanized.” In Palo Alto, the First Baptist Church is accused of violating city zoning laws by making money renting space to music and dance schools, and physical therapists. A church leader told local news that all the local churches do it because it’s become the only way they can pay for church operating costs. In Fresno, god powerless(?) to help ‘his’ Saint Helen’s elementary school pay its $500-thousand USD debt, however, the school remains open because a mysterious human came along and gave the Catholic school $250-thousand which then resulted in other humans donating money to save the school!
Colorado: Another illegal immigrant is seeking sanctuary in a church, this time involving Park Hill United Methodist Church and Jewish Temple Micah, in Denver. In 2016, Temple Micah and Park Hill United Methodist Church joined the decades old Sanctuary Movement. In Newport Beach, local Catholic leaders are moving ahead with their plan to sell-off the Saint James the Great Episcopal Church, despite protests from church members and against orders from national level church leaders! Local church leaders say they are honoring a contract they signed with a property developer (can you say ‘Deal with the Devil’?)
Connecticut: Another illegal immigrant is seeking sanctuary in a church, this time at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven.
Florida: Tampa police arrested a man on charges of sexual battery against two juveniles, the alleged crime took place in the Rehobath Faith Cathedral. The First Baptist Orlando Church held a funeral for two policemen who were shot and killed, local news media said thousands of people attended.
Georgia: In Pine Mountain, apparently god was angry because he used a well placed lightning strike to burn the altar inside the Christ the King Catholic Church! The lightning punched a hole in the roof and hit the altar, a member of the church revealed he was of little faith when instead of crediting god he blamed the pagan Mother Earth, and even implied that Mother Earth was more powerful: “It’s an act of nature, nothing you can do about it. Lightning has its wrath, and there’s no sanctuary away from the elements.”-Frank Boykin
Idaho: Lordship Church in Coeur d’Alene made the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of ‘general hate’ groups. Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations told news media they never heard of the Lordship Church. The church was apparently set up after the pastor moved to Idaho from California sometime after 2014. ‘Christian’ founded Walmart suddenly halted 24 hours operations at its Chubbuck store, blaming it on skyrocketing crime in the ‘christian’ Mormon dominated (U.S. Census Bureau data) rural-metro area, revealing that in just one week shoplifters were caught trying to steal about $20-thousand USD worth of merchandise!
Illinois: An illegal immigrant is seeking sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist Church, in Chicago. In what appears to be a gang shooting, two men (one of them being a witness to a murder) were shot and killed on the steps of Friendship Baptist Church on the West Side of Chicago. Reverend Reginald Bachus ignorantly told local news media “Just about this time last Sunday, we were reminded that the thief comes to kill and destroy, to steal your faith, but Jesus won’t let that happen.” I just want to remind y’all what Jesus said: “For you truly know that the day of our Lord so comes as a thief in the night.”-1 Thessalonians 5:2, Aramaic Bible
Kansas: A woman is accusing the ‘christian’ republican assistant secretary of state of terminating her employment because she doesn’t attend church. The woman’s grandmother testified that the assistant secretary of state asked her if her granddaughter was still going to church and when she said no he said he wanted her fired. Officially the woman was fired for fighting with another employee. While reading the article about this I discovered that Kansas has not only a Secretary of State, and a Assistant Secretary of State, but a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State as well (I can see how a lot of taxpayer money is wasted).
Louisiana: A 51 years old man was caught fleeing the New Beulah Baptist Church after the burglar alarm went off. The man was bleeding from the head and arm, possibly caused by crashing through a church window.
Massachusetts: Homelessness is such a problem that Church of the Good Shepherd held a golf tournament to raise money: “This really is a widespread problem. We have people from all the way from Boston that come to our church for help.”-Natecia Alfonso
Michigan: Without warning, the facade of the 126 years old First Congregational Church of Detroit began crashing to the ground, instead of blaming god they blamed “age and lack of maintenance”. Also in Detroit, Saint Albertus Church is now being used as the new stage for performance artist Satori Circus. Sparta police say a man killed his grandmother, a longtime member of the Trinity Christian Reformed Church, there was no explanation why he did it. Homelessness increasing in Charleviox, Christ Episcopal Church-Episcopal Church Women held a fundraiser to raise cash for the Christians Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter founded Habitat for Humanity. Seventh Day Adventist founded, Donald Trump hating, Kellogg Company (aka Kellogg’s) eliminating 233 jobs at its Battle Creek operations by 2018, claiming it’s part of its plan to increase production!
Minnesota: The taxpayers of New Brighton are the new owners of the vacated Korean United Methodist Church, city leaders are using the $1.9-million USD property for a housing project.
Nebraska: Christian founded American Red Cross shutting down its Omaha Call Center, 138 jobs lost due to consolidation operations!
New Hampshire: ‘Christian’ founded Sam’s Club suddenly shutdown its membership warehouse store in Manchester, 130 jobs gone! Local news media reported it was a shock to employees and dues paying customers.
New Jersey: In Berkeley Township the Saint Barnabas Catholic church was vandalized with ‘satanic’ symbols.
New York: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Joseph’s Hospital Health Center from bribing (buyouts) 3-hundred employees to voluntarily quit in order to allow “…St. Joseph’s Health to adjust its operations to fit the future model of health care…”! First Baptist Church of Fairport is warning they can no longer afford to maintain the building due to crashing membership. Another illegal immigrant is seeking sanctuary in a church, this time at the Holyrood Episcopal Church in Washington Heights, Manhattan-NYC. In Queens-NYC, a man is wanted for stealing more than $2-thousand USD worth of music equipment from the Canaan Baptist Church, security cameras caught him in the act and he knew they were there because he looked into the lens a couple times, even took a break to smoke a cigarette in front of them. Despite being caught on camera police have yet to catch him. In Brooklyn-NYC, Catholic leaders are tearing down their 109 years old Our Lady of Loreto church and replacing it with ‘affordable housing’, keep in mind that affordable housing does not equate to low income housing. Also in Brooklyn-NYC, a plaque honoring Robert E. Lee was removed from the grounds of the vacant Saint John’s Episcopal Church, but interestingly the plaque honors Lee’s service in the Union Army 20 years before the creation of the Confederate States of America! Just to let you know, atheist George Orwell warned “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
North Dakota: On Spirit Lake tribal reservation the Christ the King Catholic Church was vandalized with chemicals and a chrome cross stolen, it was third time in the past 30 years the church was vandalized: “I’m just hoping it has nothing to do with black masses or with devil worship of any kind.”-Reverend Charles Leute
Ohio: Proof food insecurity and homelessness is on the rise in Akron; Celebration Church yet again fed hundreds of people at its once a month Night of Hope event. In fact, over the past two years the monthly event has served food, clothing and even medical check ups to more than 5-thousand people!
Oklahoma: Vian Police arrested a man for breaking into, and vandalizing, the Canterbury Chapel Church, the man refutes the charges.
Oregon: God powerless to stop ‘his’ non-profit Saint Charles Health System from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs due to a need to cut costs by $6-million USD. Administrators told local news media that ObamaCare-ACA reimbursements don’t cover the skyrocketing costs of running hospitals.
Pennsylvania: So much for Paradise, after almost 20 years the National Christmas Center announced it will cease operations in January 2018, due to “some difficult seasons over the past few years”. In New Castle, the 91 years old Third Presbyterian Church shutdown due to crashing membership of ‘traditional’ Protestants.
South Carolina: Video shows what appears to be a North Charleston United Methodist Church Learning Center daycare worker sitting on and hitting children. The church’s man of faith, Reverend Richard Reams, told local TV news “I couldn’t believe what I was watching.” A woman was kicked out of the Elevation Church for breastfeeding her newborn. An official church statement was conflicting, first saying there was no such policy at the church, but then admitting they asked the woman to voluntarily leave. The woman told local news media “If anything difficult arises, they try to hush it up.” The Elevation Church is considered one of the fastest growing in the U.S.
Tennessee: Residents living around Glencliff United Methodist Church suing the church and the city for building a village for homeless people. The residents, who obviously don’t realize how bad the economy is, claim a homeless village violates city zoning rules, however, the local zoning administrator told local news media that federal law ‘generally’ allows churches to avoid zoning rules.
Texas: The man who crashed a New Braunfels church bus was charged with intoxication manslaughter. The bus crash happened in March and killed 13 people, the driver pled not guilty. A 72 years old man arrested and charged with stealing $90-thousand USD from the Metropolitan Community Church, where he worked as an unpaid accountant (not a wise thing to get unpaid volunteers to do your bookkeeping). Apparently the proposed wall between Mexico and United States will isolate the La Lomita Catholic Chapel between the wall and the Rio Grande: “It would be like having a church in a prison.”-Sister Guadalupe Cortez
Utah: For the first time in 30 years a mormon leader has been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the mormon run news sources in Salt Lake City church officials refused to say why. By the way, the pro-gun LDS church (with a conspiratorial history of violence) was awarded the Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize in India!
Virginia: In Lexington, there’s is a movement to change the name of R.E. Lee Memorial Church, even though the Robert E. Lee actually attended and led the church in the last years of his life. Local news media reported the push to change the name caused many old time members to leave. Two Amelia County churches were burglarized, law enforcement said “Stain drops, believed to be blood, were found at the presumed entry sight…” Apparently god was angry because he used a lightning strike to burn down ‘his’ 150 years old Rising Star Baptist Church, and it took only one hour to reduce it to ashes. The fate of the Richmond Christian Center, and its 16 parcels of land, being decided by the court. The church went bankrupt four years ago and the main creditor says the congregation failed to live up to the court ordered reorganization plan.
Washington DC: Activists are demanding the Catholic Church officially join the illegal immigrant Sanctuary Movement, they demonstrated in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
U.S. Christian Rapture, July 2017: “AND THE CHURCH IS GOING TO GO DOWN….”
“But the root of all these evils is the love of money, and there are some who have desired it and have erred from the faith and have brought themselves many miseries.”-1 Timothy 6:10 Aramaic Bible
“And Yeshua entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, It is written: ‘My house will be called the House of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.’ “-Matthew 21:12-13 Aramaic Bible
“Yeshua said to them, ‘Give what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.’ And they marveled at him.”-Mark 12:17 Aramaic Bible
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.-1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution
WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification
Former employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance (or even be counted as unemployed): “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”