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Ohio Minister Rides Bull in Sanctuary During Service in Effort to Win Converts to Christianity

30 May

Ohio Minister Rides Bull in Sanctuary During Service in Effort to Win Converts to Christianity.

I’m sure the smell matched the theology…

MONROE, Ohio — An Ohio minister recently rode a live bull during a Wednesday night service in an effort to win converts for Christianity—a tactic that raised the eyebrows of some that questioned such methods of evangelism.

Lawrence Bishop II, 48, co-pastor of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, announced last month in a video that he was going to ride the bull in response to the number of drug-related deaths in America, as well as the bullying that takes place among the youth.

“What God has laid on our heart to do is to buck two wild rodeo bucking bulls inside the church sanctuary…,” he stated. “It’s a tool to get people to come in to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to stop the ‘bull’ in their lives of suicide [and] of drugs, and satan—the ultimate bully—being exposed in their lives and then giving their hearts to Jesus.”

Why not stop the bullshit gimmickry, Pastor? It doesn’t work very well, in the long run.

“We’re believing for hundreds and hundreds of salvations this night,” Bishop continued. “So find that person who says these words, ‘I will never set my foot inside a church,’ and then tell them … our pastor and world champion PBR rider … is going to ride two bucking bulls inside the church sanctuary.”

So, they’ll come for a show, and then leave. Or they’ll join, then quit eventually, as always happens with such ‘seeker-sensitive’ churches, with their large, but rotating memberships. (One friend of mine boasted his church had 800 people, but admitted ‘in six months’ time, half of them will be gone, and replaced by other newcomers’.)

Prior to opening Solid Rock, the Bishop family owned a horse ranch and became known for breeding American quarter horses. In 2011, Bishop took over as co-pastor following the death of his father Lawrence I. His mother Darlene serves as senior pastor of Solid Rock and travels the country to preach. She lives in the lavish ranch house that she and her late husband built.

A woman pastor, figures…

However, not everyone concurs that such tactics are Scriptural or mirror the church model in the book of Acts. David Whitney, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland, told Christian News Network that using entertainment to draw the lost is an unbiblical means of evangelism.

He said that the Church is not supposed to attempt to attract the world to come into its doors, but to go out into the world and preach the gospel—a message that is not very entertaining.

“That’s a mistake that’s been made for maybe a century now,” Whitney stated, noting that even Jesus and the Apostle Paul regularly took the gospel into the public square through preaching. “We are to go and tell, not to tell them to come in here and hear the message in the church [building]. The church is for the worship of God, for building up of the saints, for making disciples and training them so they can go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

“The gospel is an offense. The cross is called in Scripture an offense,” he said. “It’s not a message that’s going to entertain people, or a message that will be pleasant for them to hear. It’s going to convict them of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

Amen! Preach it, brother!

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17 responses to “Ohio Minister Rides Bull in Sanctuary During Service in Effort to Win Converts to Christianity

  1. Eric

    May 30, 2015 at 1:40 am

    He should paint the bull gold first—that way the congregation could dance around the Golden Calf, just like their ancestors-in-spirit did.

     
  2. infowarrior1

    May 30, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Churches aren’t very good at entertainment anyway so why bother considering the superior alternatives out there.

    They think they can serve fruit juice not realizing that alternative fruit juices are far superior. Forgetting that the gospel that is served is like the most fine wine ever to exist in the world bitter to the taste yet having an infinite richness of flavor far superior to the best of fruit juices.

    The gospel is tribulation but also ultimate glory. Its about spiritual heroism where the person saved when he finishes the race partakes of the divine nature achieving a sort of apotheosis joining others in throughout the ages made worthy by the grace of God and steadfast faith entering the hall of heroes of which valhalla is a protoevangelium of.

    It is what one will become and not necessarily what the believer is given and surrounded with like the paradise of Islam.

     
  3. Will S.

    May 30, 2015 at 7:11 am

    @ Eric: Ha! 🙂

    @ infowarrior1: Indeed.

     
  4. Feather Blade

    May 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Sure, why not. Bring in an ancient symbol of several pagan gods to entice people to come to church.

    Why not just set up a taurobolium in the baptistry while he’s at it?

     
  5. Will S.

    May 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Indeed; I doubt many of them are aware of Mithraism, etc.

     
  6. ray

    May 31, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Man, what a beautiful world. Such bounty! The game come hustling TOWARDS us.

    It almost makes me think there’s a God.

    Cheers.

     
  7. infowarrior1

    May 31, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Mithraism apparently was a male-only male-oriented cult of the hero and appears to be similar to Early Christianity.

     
  8. Will S.

    May 31, 2015 at 6:55 am

    @ ray: 🙂

    @ infowarrior1: How do you figure that a pagan mystery religion with animal worship was similar to early Christianity? I don’t follow. Christianity was never male-only, either.

     
  9. ray

    June 1, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Also, Christianity is not a hero-cult. Christ incarnated and represented our Father perfectly, however briefly. Father is not a great god in the pantheon of gods, he is the only God. There’s just the one, despite appearances and claims.

    Sure Jeshua lived heroically. But the heroes of, for example, classical literature don’t personalize and embody God. They are influenced by much lesser (i.e., merely created) entities.

    Cheers.

     
  10. Will S.

    June 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I could never be satisfied with pagan deities, because they just seem like human personalities, writ large, with all the regular human failings. (Which, being fictional creations of humans, is entirely rational. But I can’t follow a god created by human minds; I can only be satisfied with the One who created me, and us.)

     
  11. feeriker

    June 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Why not stop the bullshit gimmickry, Pastor?

    Because he’s a churchian CEO, meaning that it’s all about profits, not prophets. Preaching the actual Gospel doesn’t put butts in pews, meaning fewer wallets from which to fill collection plates.

     
    • Will S.

      June 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      @ feeriker: Indeed, alas…

       
  12. feeriker

    June 1, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Why not just set up a taurobolium in the baptistry while he’s at it?

    Because the baptistry has been set aside for a soda fountian.

     
  13. infowarrior1

    June 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    @Will S.

    ” infowarrior1: How do you figure that a pagan mystery religion with animal worship was similar to early Christianity? I don’t follow. Christianity was never male-only, either.”

    Leon J Podles supposes so:

    http://www.podles.org/files/Church-Impotent/ChurchImpotent_Chapter3.pdf

    Apparently Mitras and Early Christianity are religions that are very masculine in orientation.

     
  14. Will S.

    June 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Masculine, yes; male-only, not Christianity.

     

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