‘Pastor’ Says ‘Church S*cks’ for Focusing on Sin, Adds Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Songs to Services

CrankEUGENE — A minister in Oregon has a launched a sermon series entitled ‘Church S*cks,’ and is announcing seeker-friendly changes to his Sunday services, as a way to attract people who dislike church.

Tony Crank, who leads One Love Church in Eugene, claims that churches talk too much about sin, and are not welcoming enough to visitors.

“Some churches have become the kind of place where you point the finger, and you condemn and rebuke and you’re really quick to do it,” he told television station KVAL. “And so, I think that is definitely lending itself to people not wanting anything to do with church and thinking church s*cks!”

Crank says that he doesn’t want to be considered a preacher, because he does not agree with preaching at people. He states he’d rather be known as only a pastor, and doesn’t want to “waste your time” on Sundays.

“I just like to have a conversation with everyone, just like I do at the coffee shop if we were talking one on one,” he told KTMR.

This past Sunday, Crank shared a story about how his dog urinated on his mother when she came for a visit. He tied the story into his belief that churches are too quick to make people feel bad about their sins. Crank also used the phrase “Don’t get your panties in a bunch” when speaking to the congregation.

One Love Church mailed out hundreds of flyers this month to homes throughout Lane County to announce the series. Crank has also made adjustments to the Sunday services, as sermons will now be kept short to thirty minutes and secular music will be sung at times to accompany the messages, instead of solely worship and hymns. Songs may include those recorded by Katy Perry, known for her hit pro-lesbian song, I Kissed a Girl, and Maroon 5, known for their song Doin’ Dirt.

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“There is a perception that to come into church you’ve got to be perfect. Sometimes what that allows people to do is to kind of judge people that we might perceive to not be that kind of stereotypical perfect person. It turns a lot of people off to what the ultimate message of Christ is,” Kyle Cunningham, worship leader at One Love Church, told reporters.

Reaction to the campaign has been mixed.

“First off, I commend this pastor for being open enough to see people that have been hurt by people that take the right to judge–God’s job–into their own hands,” wrote one commenter. “Paul said as long as the Gospel is preached he doesn’t care how it was done. Let’s demonstrate some humility and think of ways to get the unchurched to know Jesus.”

“The Church is the Body of Christ and this pastor says it s*cks,” another stated. “Jesus paid [for us] with His blood, the sinless Son of God, and this pastor thinks he is cool denigrating God in this fashion. You may give him a pass, but Paul would have plenty to say to this man.”

“How heartbreaking for this congregation,” a third remarked. “In his tired search for relevance, this pastor has made that local body like the world and therefore less relevant. My prayers go out to them.”


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  • Brian

    then his “coffee” shop should not have any tax or special status and shud be called a coffee shop not a church – at least not a bible related church.

  • Marvin O’Dell

    Sad! In an attempt to be cool, the church is castigated for talking about sin. Wow!

  • Mary Waterton

    Church doesn’t suck … pastors do.

    Especially those teaching that Jesus died on the cross so everyone can wallow in their favorite sins. No need to repent because Jesus loves everybody and wants you to have a good time in the pig sty.

  • http://www.wretchedradio.com/podcast.cfm Dave Hackett

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (II Timothy 4:3-5 NKJV)

  • Eri

    No the Church is The LORD’s bride.How dare you say that about the LORD’s bride Mr.Tony Crank.Maybe you should be slow to speak,quick to listen and slow to anger.Because in saying what you said you first dishonor the Mighty God and then you insulted His blood bought bride.If you despise Him and us so much then leave.But I hope that you re-evaluate yourself and repent.

  • Spencer

    This is a sure way to dumb down the church and send biblical theology out of the window. When will this pastor read the New Testament and get his message from the Scriptures. Application of the message to the general populace, for sure! But this is a recipe for making this church another secularized club and place of entertainment. There is no good news without the bad news – of sin.

  • Spencer, Nate

    MY ADVICE TO YOU WHO BELONG TO THIS CHURCH IS TO RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FROM THIS CHURCH. IT’S OBVIOUS HOW MUCH IMPORTANCE IS BEING PLACED ON TRYIN TO BE THE COOL CHURCH. RATHER THAN TEACH TRUTH IN LOVE. WHY EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME GOING TO CHURCH FOR 30 MINUTES OR LESS. THIS TRULY IS END TIMES BEING UNVEILED. I ADVISE THOSE CHURCH MEMBERS TO GO AND LOOK FOR A CHURCH THAT WILL TEACH THE TRUE WORD. THIS REALLY SAD, MEN BEING LOVERS OF THEMSELVES. IT’S REALLY SAD WHEN YOU CANNOT TELL IF YOU ARE IN A PLACE OF WORSHIP OR IN A CLUB BEING ENTERTAINED. KATIE PERRY, REALLY? Get ready, get ready, get ready. WHO IS ON THE LORDS SIDE? BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED. BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.

  • Rich

    This fits with any of the other thousands of hirelings out there, his only difference is that he is departing from the traditional way to make the money and grow the cash cow. Money and God have had a problem from the opening of the Bible until the close, take the money away and see how quickly they all flee. There is not one single New Testament example of the men of God being hirelings, so why is it ok today. The orginized religion is run like a business and “christians” wonder why things are looking just like Babylon, time to come out from amoung them, or you can stay and be judged with them.

  • jorgelm123

    The great falling away predicted by Scripture is upon us!

  • staad

    just like word-faith preacher joseph prince, no more talk of christian and sin and sinning. everything is goody grace.

  • Dr. Dee Tee

    do these pastors actually understand the parable of the unjust steward and that it applies to them as well

    • LadySunami

      Seems like a comment that would be more appropriate on an article about one of those prosperity gospel preachers. Cannot serve God and money indeed.

      • Dr. Dee Tee

        it applies to all who abuse their position

  • Psk6565

    The idea that you cannot rebuke people along side leading one to receive forgiveness for their sin and encourage them through it, is just unbiblical. Paul told Titus: “…Encourage and rebuke with all authority.” Titus 2:15

    These men have not done their best to present themselves “…to God as ones approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

  • Kathleen A. Peck

    Nothing about this is Christianity, without sin there’s no need to talk about the cross. Therefore who needs the bible ….?

  • Kathy Griffin

    How very sad. Thank God for our Pastor who truly teaches God’s word.

  • serloren

    And you give attention to and promote this garbage on your site why? Seriously, this is some nobody, from nowhere, with no one to listen to his nonsense…until you give him all this attention, and now who knows, maybe another Osteen just waiting to break into the big game!

    I also notice that whenever you publish crud like this, your article writers never take an actual stand themselves on what they are writing or “reporting” on. Why is that? Neither rebuke nor admonishment. Why is that?

    You don’t cry out to defend the Gospel and your God. You don’t cry out to warn away your brethren.

    Why do you truly cry out I wonder? It certainly isn’t as a faithful voice that cries in the wilderness…

  • bella23

    Another church preaching a false gospel. In love we must encourage people to repent of their sins and trust in Christ. There is no salvation for them otherwise.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Gregory-Kay/e/B0037LL4VS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354807628&sr=8-1 Greg Kay

    And people wonder why I’m Orthodox…

  • http://codybateman.org/ ★ Wm. Bateman | Micah 6:8 ★

    Perhaps I (or someone locally in Eugene) need to begin teaching God’s Word line for line as we search the scriptures daily; tis the best way to reveal heresies, discern truth from error and expose wolves in sheepskin!

  • DebbieH

    Let’s take our example from Jesus. He loved the lost. He socialized with them. He didn’t deny that there was sin in their lives but He didn’t beat them over the head with it. The only ones He rebuked harshly were the religious people who believed they knew it all and yet couldn’t see the Messiah standing in front of them. They had a boat-load of laws but no heart of love for others.
    We forget that it’s “the kindness of God that brings people to repentance.” No one is saying that sin isn’t sin. It is and it separates us from God. The Bible also says that God sends His Spirit to woo us. Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Holy Spirit draws us to the Father. When we attempt to BE the Holy Spirit, it is often condemning. Condemnation drives people from God, which is just what the enemy wants. So let’s love the world and our brothers and sisters.
    Let’s encourage everyone to pursue our Father and His Son, Jesus, who loves them. Let’s pray for those who are struggling. Intercede for pastors and churches everywhere. Time is short church. Jesus is coming back. Let’s be an extension of God’s love today!!!

  • toma kay

    Church is always better with a bit of humor.

  • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

    He either knows the obscene etymology of that word, in which case he’s appealing to people’s worldliness, or he doesn’t, in which case he’s an idiot.

  • http://reality-bytes.hubpages.com/hub/Who-Is-The-Rothschild-Family William Rothschild

    Even in Christs’ days there were antichrists as is indicated in the New Testament. No difference today. They do whatever they can to make themselves “relevant” to the culture instead of preaching Jesus Christ and his message of salvation and all that goes along with it.

  • Ivette Santiago

    A prime example of the blind leading the blind!

  • Fabian Kawo

    God’s word is final, you cannot add or subtract to suit your ego nor can you add yours to help the Creator himself?

  • Rick

    He’s worried about focusing on sin? The core of the gospel is the fact that Jesus died for the sins of the world. To all who believe. To all who would repent and be born again. The Law was purposed to show us we are sinners and we fall short of the glory of God.
    By neglecting the concept of sin, you neuter the gospel. Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die if we weren’t sinners in need of grace. Katie Perry and Maroon 5?????
    It’s time he stops calling it a church and calls it a social club. That’s not the gospel.