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Wingnut: Harry Potter and Jeebus don't mix

I had bookmarked this one and forgot about it. It’s another howler from columnist Matt Friedeman at AgapePress, moaning that a church is using Harry Potter to increase interest and attendance. You know, all that sorcery sh*t is demonic, so he’s pointing out the woes of going down the dark path. Get a life. I can’t believe that this nutcases waste bandwidth posting such drivel.

…forgive this columnist if he tackles a mainline church that actually appears to be growing. Or, at least, its vacation Bible school is growing. A church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has decided to use J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter motif in its summer Christian education emphasis.

Enrollment has doubled!

According to Associated Press, “Wizards and Wonders: The Journey with Harry Potter” is, uh, taking off as young ones mount their broomsticks and learn to fly at the “Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft” which teaches them this and other nuances of the interconnectedness of witches, wizards and magic with Scripture.

Far be it from the church growth pundits to criticize growth in any normal sense, especially when it comes from a denomination that has been losing members hand over fist for decades. But have we really digressed this far? Wizards? Flying broomsticks? Witchcraft … and the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Enrollment has doubled!

But, asks the holy skeptic, at what cost? The Episcopal Church, along with other mainline denominations, has cheapened Scripture (which didn’t work for church growth), discounted traditional Judeo-Christian morality (which also didn’t work for growth), lowered standards of membership (again, didn’t work), and has so confused a church in Pennsylvania that its members decided to try Harry Potter to see if witches, wizards, and magic might not work wonders for the appeal of Christ.

Considering the standards of the hypocrites filling some of these evangelical pews, who needs Matt’s advice?

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