Massachusetts ‘United Church of Christ’ Hosts Blasphemous ‘Drag Gospel Festival’

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A United Church of Christ congregation in Massachusetts recently hosted what it called a “Drag Gospel Festival” in support of the homosexual and transgender members in its assembly.

The First Church of Somerville (FCS) hosted the event October 16-18 both during its Friday night drag show and Sunday morning worship service.

“God is good all the time! That means God is a diva, and girl, Jesus is fierce!” wrote Serenity Jones, the congregation’s “drag queen in residence” on the FCS website.

“What do drag queens or drag kings have to do with Jesus or the gospel?” he asked. “We at FCS believe ‘God don’t make no junk.’ So whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered or still playing hard to get, Jesus loves you and so do we! Amen baby! So come and get yours at this here church!”

According to The Huntington News, an estimated 100 people attended the Friday night event, which doubled as a fundraiser for the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force.

“There is a great drag tradition with music,” congregation member Marlin Collingwood told the publication. “But gospel music has been the root for drag.”

Men dressed as women, complete with wigs and makeup, sang gospel songs for those gathered—whether live or lip synching to the music.

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On Sunday, Associated Pastor Jeff Mansfield arrived for the morning service wearing lipstick, blush and eye shadow, and leader Molly Baskette drew a mustache on her face with a marker. According to reports, some members of the choir wore drag as well.

Over 250 people attended the service, including one man who walked to the front of the room upset about the event flyer, which featured a graphic of Jesus wearing makeup and earrings.

“You paint up Jesus Christ like a prostitute,” he declared.

The service included secular music as well, such as that performed by Lady Gaga, and concluded with a fellowship meal.

This month’s drag show was the fifth year that FCS has hosted the event.

As previously reported, the United Church of Christ, which is outside of biblical orthodoxy and was the first American religious group to ordain homosexuals and affirm abortion, made headlines last year when it filed a legal challenge against North Carolina’s same-sex “marriage” ban, asserting that it violates the free exercise of religion among clergy.

“It boils down to a view on the authority of Scripture,” Clint Pressley of Hickory Grove Baptist Church told the Charlotte Observer about the suit. “The denominations listed have abandoned almost 2,000 years of Christian Orthodoxy. It’s not surprising.”


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  • Nidalap

    Sad. They’re probably so blinded that they cannot perceive the mockery they commit…

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      One man at that event at least had some courage:

      “You paint up Jesus Christ like a prostitute,” he declared.

      If he belongs to that church, he needs to get out of it. Seems like UCC has been off the rails for many years.

      How is Nidalap tonight? Do I need to come up with a UCC Creed? 🙂

    • Josey

      Disgusting, makes me angry for the zeal of the Lord. What a spectacle! And you are right they are so deceived they cannot perceive the mockery they are committing, that is the sad part.

      • wandakate

        Apparently these people are deceived and know nothing at all of the Bible and what it says. They mock JESUS. They are sinners, and are living in open disobedience and the people going there (whether members or not) are all going along with the program, as if there isn’t anything wrong with it.
        Our world is changing right before our very eyes. And it isn’t stated to get any better until JESUS appears. The blind lead the blind and they both fall into a ditch.
        We are to have NOTHING to do with evil. We were told to be in the world, but not of the world.
        JESUS said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”, and they included his instructions on right and wrong and all sinful behavior.

    • wandakate

      I am just thanking GOD in Heaven that I was NOT raised to be a member of that apostate church. And if I would have been and saw anything like this, I would be out of it in a heartbeat.
      JESUS isn’t there. He’s not in that church. He condemned all of that. Those people are going to have a lot of accounting to do come judgment day.

    • Matthew V. Brown

      Oh, I’m quite sure they are aware of the mockery they commit.

  • Dave_L

    “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (Matthew 23:15)

  • jezsez

    Tragic.

  • Kandy

    The Churches are falling away from the truth:( This is so sad:( How this must break the heart of the Lord!

  • Kent Taylor

    Sad inddeed….

  • George

    these sorts of embarrassing abominations in the modern church are all a result of all the seeker sensitive, charismatic Pentecostal, emergent and man centered churches that have gone unchecked by congregations that were asleep in the past…

  • afchief

    1 Timothy 4:1-3 (NASB) But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

    • Josey

      amen!

  • Josey

    We are near the end when good is called evil and evil called good. Look up our redemption draws nigh. Matthew 24: 32-44 vs32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

    Jesus told us to watch and be ready, there are signs going on all around us that were told beforehand by God’s prophets and by Christ Himself. Even so Lord Jesus Come!

    • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

      Amen. Lord Jesus come soon.

    • Kandy

      With God loving Humanity so much that He gave so many warnings in His Word.There will be no excuse. I find it hard to understand how people ho have read the Bible can not see the things it said would happen in the future. Is now happening just as the Word said.So amazing God is in His Love for us.

      • Dave_L

        “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

        • Kandy

          I have seen the road you travel on. This road leads to the Religious Abuse of the sheep of Christ… I do not wish to travel down of your road of religious abuse. This is your way of accusing me of not being Christian.
          God and His Son Jesus Know what you are trying to do.It is what Christ Know about me that matters.I belong to God and His Son Jesus.

          • Dave_L

            Are you finding fault with the Scripture I posted?

          • Kandy

            I just want to know if you were trying to tell me I am not Christian through what you wrote or did I misunderstood you? Is what you copy past referring to me? Or to what I wrote about?

          • Dave_L

            Thanks for the replies. Your original comment expresses the concerns of many people. The Scripture I posted is an attempt to show what is going on in the spiritual realm. Many times we view things differently from the way God does. Scripture lets us in on what He is thinking.

          • Kandy

            Just making sure you were not up to your old style. You are doing a little better. Just give the Scripture leave out your accusations.And don’t tear down the sheep of Christ.

          • Dave_L

            I think the problem might be in how I apply Scripture to certain topics. I don’t say anything about people personally but seem to offend or insult them using Scripture. There is at least one other poster that hates and retaliates whenever I produce Scripture challenging what he/she says. But in all honesty, I only seek to share what I’ve learned on different topics that come up here, and show what Scripture says about them.

          • Kandy

            No it is what you in your words. It is HOW you say it.sometimes it is not always what we say , but how we say it. Sometimes you have been unkind to some. Some you have said were not Christians. Some you have accused of violence they never did.But it is over.

          • Dave_L

            I have never said anyone is not a Christian. We cannot judge others this way. When I teach against violence, it is always the violent that take issue with it, they come out against me of their own accord. All I do is try to show what Jesus teaches in hopes they can grasp it.

          • Kandy

            You did a few times. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. May be you didn’t mean to say it.Lady Green Eyes,Lady Free Bird and some others…………………

          • Dave_L

            I don’t recall saying anything to anyone on a personal level. I did challenge views on self defense or women’s roles in the home. Also the value of money vs time spent with kids, etc. Nothing my wife and I don’t practice.

          • Kandy

            Self defense and or defending others. Telling then they are not Christians. But the thing is we can defend others sometime without violence I have done that before. I have put myself in between people trying to stop fights. And I never got hurt doing it yet. I guess God protected me when I have done it.

          • Dave_L

            I never told anyone they are not a Christian. I did say that if someone does not preach and practice the Sermon on the Mount, we are not to let them into our house or wish them a good day, according to 2 John 9 – 11.

            You did a very Christ honoring thing peacefully stopping fights.

          • Kandy

            It is best to try to prevent harm to another Human when we can. There are non violent way to try first.

          • Dave_L

            Jesus does not give violence as an option, else he would have had the Good Samaritan show up early and kill the robber.

          • Kandy

            One day you will understand. Lady Free Bird really believes God will deliver you and save you. She has a lot of faith.

          • Dave_L

            I pray that the Lord would open her eyes to the Peace of Christ and that she would overcome the ways of the world.

          • Kandy

            Does not say Sermon on the Mount only. It says His teachings. He has other teachings that are also as Important. All His teachings are a must. All!

          • Dave_L

            Yes, but the Sermon is the source for all New Testament ethics. And if you do not preach and practice it, John tells us not to let you into our house or to wish you a good day. So in this sense it is more important than other teachings about tongues, gifts of the Spirit etc.

            Would John let you into his house or wish you a good day knowing your views? Surely he would Paul and the rest of the New Testament writers because they all preached the Sermon on the Mount along with Jesus.

          • Kandy

            You can not add nor can you take away God’s Word. Jesus has more than you are willing to receive. ALL the teachings of Christ are important. I am NOT TALKING VIOLENCE!!!! All the New Test Scripture is important from Matthew all the way to the end of Revelation. As well as learning from the old Test. The whole Bible was given to us. Praise God!
            The Old taught us what sin was and how God feels about sin.
            The New Test teaches us how to Repent. How we can be saved. How to forgive others including our enemies Praise God! How to love one another including our enemies. Praise God!
            God is so great. And Great is the Love of God who sent His Son to a world He knew most would Reject Him.
            And the Love Christ Had the same people and was willing to die for them as well as the one who He knew would receive Him.
            Paul once said love is the greatest………………………………………..

          • Dave_L

            The Sermon on the Mount is love in action. The next time you read your Bible all the way through, notice how the Sermon develops from Proverbs, and the many Old Testament Scriptures about how non-retaliating brings “coals of fire” on your enemies head, etc. And then How Paul, Luke, And James quote entire portions as our rule of life. It is there if you look for it. “Love your enemies” is about Love in it’s purest unconditional form.

          • Kandy

            You need to work a little on the LOVE part. You are not showing LOVE right now

          • Dave_L

            If I didn’t love people unconditionally, I wouldn’t say a word about peace and subject myself to all of the ridicule.

          • Kandy

            You are forgetting how to show love……………………

          • Dave_L

            How do you show love apart from sharing what Jesus teaches? Where have I taught anything not originating with him?

          • Kandy

            I am going to do the very thing you tell others to do.
            I am now turning the other cheek on your religious Abuse and walking away………………………………………………………………………………………………..

          • Dave_L

            How can both of us turn the other cheek? I thought that was what I was doing.

          • Kandy

            I am not violent. And yet you have accused me as well. I cried when I stepped on a spider. Two hours I cried. Oh I know I know according to you I will go to hell for stepping on it. It was an accident I never meant to step on it…………………………………………………………………… You know like stepping on a cockroach………………………………………..

          • Dave_L

            I never accused anyone of being violent. I just observe those who promote and defend violence when I challenge it.

          • Kandy

            Yes you have.

          • Dave_L

            Please furnish an example.

          • Kandy

            You ask for something “YOU” know can not be proved. Are you trying to be “slick as a chick”. *can not prove something after it is deleted*
            Someone said that makes sense.
            Someone believes that *YOU* deleted your own stuff so others could not prove what you said to others. Like what you said to Josey,Lady Free Bird,Lady Green eyes and others as well.
            Sometimes you would make *snide remarks* sometimes you were *cruel*.
            Your eyes are closed and you are unable to see what you were going to others.
            Although right now you seem be a little more careful about what you now say to others. Maybe you do know what you are doing to others. I still do not trust you any more than I would trust Satan. I don’t believe you are what you say you are……………………………………….

          • Dave_L

            If you cannot furnish proof, could it not be interpreted as a lie?

          • Kandy

            Now you are Judging me and accusing me of being a Liar???????????????
            You sound like an Atheist right now. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm……..
            Atheist always ask for proof and evidence.
            And you already know I can not prove what you said after you deleted it.Again HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

            But I have a witness His Name is Jesus. He read everything you posted. Not only does Christ know our hearts. He also can read. It is said what we say is not hidden from God. The same goes with what we post. God and Christ can read. Praise God. Remember one day you will face my witness. All I ask God is that He lets me stand near you as well. I have something to say to you……………………….

          • Dave_L

            People are very critical today and they want proof for everything some people say. All I am saying is that if we cannot provide evidence, especially from Scripture, we open ourselves to unrelenting scrutiny, especially from unbelievers.

          • Kandy

            You are the one asking for deleted proof. God and Jesus have the proof. That is what matters. See you on the other side of life. Talk to you then. For now it is in God’s hands. Good Bye.

          • Kandy

            You did tell some that Christians can not serve in Army ext. So the Christian Men and Women who died while in the service died unsaved?

          • Dave_L

            Possibly. They were not living Christian lives. During the first three centuries the Churches would not baptize members of the military unless they repented first from military service.

          • Kandy

            This is what I mean. YOU are judging them. When it is Jesus who is to judge them. NOT YOU! Jesus did not give you any more right to judge than the ones you accuse of doing the same thing. Again more Judging.
            God will not send those men and women Christians to hell. You would do it but God understands what Humans can not.

          • Dave_L

            “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16)

          • Kandy

            Dave_L Your fruit is “Judging and accusing me and others”. You are right I can tell by your fruit of Judging and accusing. You are trying to hurt me through your THORNS of Judgement . But, through Christ I am Protected from your Judgment and your Religious Abuse.

          • Dave_L

            Please state what I’ve accused you and others of. If Scripture convicts you, that is what it is supposed to do. But where on a personal level have I ever judged (gave an opinion about) anyone?

          • Kandy

            I know what you are trying to do…………………………………….

          • Dave_L

            If you knew my concern for those who consider violence as an option, you would know what I am trying to do.

            “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14)

          • Kandy

            I forgot about no more pearls to you……………………………………………………
            My cheek is now turned, …………………………………………….

          • Carmie

            1 Corinthians 6:3
            3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?

          • Kandy

            Yes I know we will judge angels.And more.
            He tells people it is not right to Judge others. But He does the the very thing he is accusing others of doing. I like others are trying to get him see this. It is hard for you to understand and I am sorry for that. but their is nothing I can do or say. Have a great Sunday!

          • Kandy

            P.S. remember a lot of Churches made mistakes in the past as many are doing now.Some Churches teach that some sin is now good. Just like the name it and claim it. And much more…………………………..

          • wandakate

            Oh my gosh, you WILL NOT go to hell from stepping on a spider. I would have killed the spider, I would kill the roach bug too. People go bear hunting and deer hunting and fox hunting and they don’t go to hell b/c of it.
            The commandment says, Thou shall not KILL. They means “MURDER” anybody intentionally.
            In self defense it’s not MURDER…The LORD knows why we do something.
            Oh my, it does seem like you’re being too hard on yourself, relax, distress yourself before you have heart failure. You will shoot your blood pressure sky high if you’re not careful.
            What man thinks of you isn’t important, it’s what GOD thinks that matters. Blessings…

          • Kandy

            Dave was saying violence of any kind. He says I am Violent because I believe we can defend someone if someone was hurting them. He says self defense is against Christ teachings. Defending another Human is against the teachings of Christ.He said a lot of things to me and about me that was not true.I have never used violence against anyone. The stuff he said to me got deleted so I can not prove it. But God knows the truth that is all that matters. I tried to tell him about the spider I stepped on to get him to see I am not violent. He says Christians can not be in the Military as it is against the teachings of Christ. What about all those Men and Women who died in service. Since they can not be Christian and they died………………. He says I am something I am not. I can not be a Christian if I defend others?? Even though I have never used violence against others? I guess I can only depend on God. My biggest problem is I take what people to heart .
            Blessings………..

          • wandakate

            Well the only way people know sometimes is for somebody to tell them. I know that a person’s best friend is the friend that will gently tell them the truth and not just agree with their sin.
            We are our brother’s keeper if we are Christians. We are to let them know if we feel comfortable with that…like do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

          • wandakate

            People don’t want to know their faults. They don’t want their toes stepped on. They don’t really appreciate or want the truth either. They just want what their itching ears want to hear even if it is a lie. How many Christians hypocrites are there? Yet, do they want to be called a hypocrite, even though they know they are one? Of course not.
            People don’t appreciate others calling out their sins and showing them in scripture where they are living in sin.
            I have neighbors (two sets of them) that are living in fornication but I’m sure they don’t want anyone calling that to their attention. They just want to continue living in sin. They make their own choices and will suffer the consequences as well.
            Many in the churches are hypocrites, but they don’t want anyone bringing it to their attention.
            I do know what you are saying, and I agree that when they know the truth, the truth will set them free, IF they will confess, repent and forsakes those sins.

          • Dorie Jean

            What are you? The administrator or the web police? You are being very belittling to this man, Just give it a rest and chill out.

          • Kandy

            If you knew what he has said to others you would understand. He was hurting a lot of Christians. I defend them. I know that bothers you. Nothing I can do about that………………..

          • wandakate

            GOD’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts…

          • Kandy

            P.S. remember I do not trust you. I have see how you have talked to other Christians.

          • Kandy

            Sorry one more P.S. Sometimes when you make a Scripture verse you often direct it at the person you are posting to. So I just wanted to know.

          • wandakate

            Best treatment for those who have been MEAN to you in the past is to ignore them, b/c they do not deserve a response, plain and simple…

          • Kandy

            Thank you.

        • Josey

          Listen Dave, there is more going on here than 1Corinthians 2:14, these ppl are reprobate, there is a difference and they shame the name of Christ and rejoice in doing so.

          • Dave_L

            Thanks for sharing your thoughts. These might be reprobate but only God knows. We need to speak out against this but at the same time realize we are all made of the same lump. Only because God had mercy on us at Jesus’ expense on the cross, are we any different. I hope some of these will one day glorify God in His mercy and not in His wrath. Either way, God will be glorified in all of this.

          • afchief

            Only God knows???????? Jesus said “YOU will know them by their fruits”

          • Dave_L

            How do you know how any will end up? We are all lost to begin with. The Apostle Paul was a murderer…..

          • afchief

            We know them by their fruits. Does a homosexual have a reprobate mind? Yes!

            Don’t try to use your human reasoning. The Holy Spirit will reveal all truth to you.

          • Dave_L

            Thanks for your thoughts. While I believe Romans 1 shows homosexuality to be a sign of reprobation as the result of idol worship (primarily giving credit due to God alone to the things He created, i.e, in the form of evolution today). I believe there are many who God extends the Grace of repentance to. There are former gays that are surrendered to Christ, living married heterosexual lifestyles, raising families.

          • afchief

            Once you surrender you life to Christ, you then have the mind of Christ.

            1 Corinthians 2:16 (NASB) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

          • Dave_L

            This is true, but I still need work as it is a life long process if you consider the rest of the story.

            “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (1 Corinthians 2:16–3:3)

            Paul later says;

            “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” (Galatians 4:19)

          • wandakate

            Once we confess our sins, repent of them, and forsake them, we’re in good shape. In a lot better spiritual shape than we were in prior to that.
            I do believe that GOD’s grace is a fact and that homosexuals can turn to GOD, get deliverance and live surrendered lives.
            It’s about one man and one women and that’s all. NEVER intended to be anything else. It was for the purpose of creating and filling the earth. Two people of the same sex will never do that.
            Their marriages are only unions in GOD’s eyes, b/c they will NEVER be married in His sight, b/c it’s just not possible. They are united by the laws of the land, but they will not according to scripture be in the Kingdom of GOD for eternity.

          • Matthew V. Brown

            There are also former gays that are surrendered to Christ living single, celibate lifestyles. One does

          • wandakate

            And so do the Gay Pride Parades, and so does WDW when they put on their “Gay Days” festivities down in Florida. Many thousands of homosexuals ascend upon Disney World for days of reprobate behavior.

      • Josey

        amen Kandy. His love and His patience is so vast and He chastises those He loves, people need to worry if they are only hearing the things that please their flesh.

        Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

        • Kandy

          I agree they are reprobate. It breaks my heart that a Church would do this and think it’s okay.

          • Matthew V. Brown

            The UCC has not been what could be called a “church” for some years now. This is not surprising at all.

          • wandakate

            The famous author Max Lucado was the head of the CHURCH OF CHRIST, however, I’m not sure if the Church of CHRIST and the UCC are the same, or have the same doctrine etc.
            Does anyone know? Is He still the head of it?

          • Matthew V. Brown

            “Church of Christ” is used both for the UCC, and the “Church of Christ–Disciples of Christ”. I’m not sure with which one Max Lucado was involved. Of course, their are happy exceptions in every church, thanks be to God.

          • dutro

            the Church of Christ which Max Lucado is associated with is a conservative groups of independent congregations, mostly in the Bible belt. The UCC is a totally separate, liberal group that shares communion with some other liturgical churches, and has nothing to do with the Churches of Christ that most in the bible belt are familiar with.

          • dutro

            …and Max Lucado was (is) a minister in one of the congregations, but by no means “head” of the Church of Christ. That title belongs to none but Jesus.

        • wandakate

          Our reverence for the LORD is what fear means. When we have “reverence” for the LORD that is the beginning of our wisdom and our knowledge of the HOLY is understanding.
          When we reverence Him, we will obey Him and not the things of the evil world, like all of these worldly holidays that we celebrate that mean NOTHING to Him. They are all just mere tradition.

      • wandakate

        YES, amen…however JESUS wants our love in return, our trust, our faith and above all our obedience. JESUS even told us, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. He wanted us to “obey” His word and precepts. We want to do things “our way”, which are contrary to GOD’s ways.

    • Cobra

      I totally agree with you Josey How little time do we have left on this earth…Gods vengeance is coming to this fallen world

      • wandakate

        If we go by the parable of the Fig Tree we don’t have long, not nearly as long as people think we have.
        He (JESUS-YESHUA) said that He would return with a generation of people and that is said to be 70-80 years in general. Could be more or less depending on the LORD’s grace and mercy.
        So, if He comes within that period of time which many scholars say He will do, then we would be looking at 2018-2028.
        This period of time we are now living in is known as the “birth pains”. We are just in the beginning. JESUS warned us. He said to be watchman on the wall. To watch for the signs of the times. We were to be alert, awake, and aware of what’s going on in our world so we would know when His appearing is near.

  • Toro Keng

    Rily ??!!?!

  • Kandy

    When Churches celebrate and Promote sin we know these Churches Have fallen away from God’s truth We have been Warned through the Word of God. The Church that teaches lies to the people will have no excuse! We can see God’s Word of our future coming true just as His Word said it would. Woe to the Churches that fall away from God’s Truth.Woe to the People with itching ears. Woe to this Generation who rejects God’s Truth.

    • wandakate

      The people in my neighborhood ALL celebrated satan’s holiday last evening Halloween (a pagan man-made holiday). Today the ones that claim to be Christians went to church. Oh my…I never understood how they can try to please both themselves and GOD. We can’t please both at the same time. We are either living for and in agreement with GOD, or we are living for and in agreement with satan.
      GOD is an all or nothing GOD. He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
      We are suppose to obey Him. We prove our love by our obedience. JESUS even told us…”IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS”. So, JESUS was in effect saying, you will keep them (obey them) IF you claim to love me.
      How many people who claim to be Christians, and say they love the LORD, disobey Him, and keep worldly holidays? Most of them unfortunately.
      We can’t participate in a pagan/heathen holiday (Halloween) and be in obedience to the LORD at the same time. The Bible talks about satanic things. Halloween is all about satan’s things, wearing black, about witches, ghosts, goblins, make believe graveyards with tombstones. Some aspects of magic, voodoo, altars for sacrifices, dungeons, chambers and Wicca.
      NONE of these things are Christian…JESUS would NOT participate in any of these things, so WHY do Christians?????

      • Kandy

        Churches are celebrating a lot of things they should not. Not just Homosexuality. Some Churches have put in Coffee shops. I left one that did that.They were not teaching like they used too.
        I stopped watching TV. All the shows are Vampires, magic and everything that is against God. It seems it is all about money these days:(
        Remember the word say many will fall away from the truth. Both Churches and Christians have Proved the Bible to be true.

  • http://www.remnantofgod.org/ John1429dotorg

    When I first read this article, the initial thought that came to mind….”this church must be 501(c)3″. And sure enough, my assumption was correct. This is the consequence upon every church that signed the 501(c) contract…your church is no longer and church….it is a government entity. It becomes as image to the beast in Rome by nullifying the separation of church and state. The government church must do as the government demands or lose said status. Calling Allah the Christian God, ordaining women pastors, performing same sex marriages and allowing decadence like this (in the above article) to flourish in the church will become the norm for all of the churches that have joined with the state.

    • Chrissy Vee

      Phooey!

      • http://www.remnantofgod.org/ John1429dotorg

        Phooey?

        • Chrissy Vee

          Yes, I am disgusted with all this. Forgot to upvote you so you knew I was on the right side. Peace. ♥

          • http://www.remnantofgod.org/ John1429dotorg

            Ahhh…I see. New word for me…I’ll have you use that one on the streets 🙂

            BTW how did you get that heart? That is pretty neat!

          • Chrissy Vee

            heehee. 😀 For the heart, hold down ALT and press 3.

  • acontraryview

    “Men dressed as women, complete with wigs and makeup, sang gospel songs for those gathered—whether live or lip synching to the music.”

    What is “Blasphemous” about that?

    • http://www.remnantofgod.org/ John1429dotorg

      It violates Commandment #3

      • Zephammo

        How? Most christians I know take that one to mean, don’t say stuff like “God damn it”, and stuff like that. I don’t see how men dressing a certain way and singing is against the bible.

        • http://www.remnantofgod.org/ John1429dotorg

          “I don’t see how men dressing a certain way and singing is against the bible.”

          Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ”

          Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

          If you call yourself a Christian that means you follow Christ…

          1 John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

          You display the character of Christ to the world through His Law.

          1 John 2:4, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

          For the Christian, there is a complete separation from the world. By these men doing this, it passes the image to all that this is what it means to follow Christ. This takes the Name of the Lord in vain.

        • Josey

          Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

          Romans 1:18-32 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

          • Zephammo

            High heels used to be worn mostly by men, women used to not wear pants, men wore makeup and wigs, etc etc. Why is clothing, such a fickle, material thing, something that could make a supposedly loving god send you to hell?

  • Paul Kirker

    You can’t judge the entire UCC on the basis of what one congregation does.

  • Chrissy Vee

    The circus must be in town with all these clowns. What a disgrace.

  • r gilles

    its all about them ;not GOD pure ego on display

  • Dave_L

    Back when I first experienced salvation, I had many questions about the way people compromised the teachings of Christ to “get people saved”. They believed that if you can just get them to accept an acceptable Jesus, then God will take care of the rest. So there was little talk of sin or repentance. Often times it was something like “Jesus is better than drugs” or “you can get high on Jesus” and so on and on. The prosperity preachers picked up on this and appealed to peoples greed promising health and wealth if you only jump through the right hoops. Others went as far as to portray God as a bully that will torture you forever unless you say uncle and call him Lord. It went on and on.

    I see this bunch doing the same, hawking Jesus on today’s reduced terms to the lowest bidder. Not much has changed since the old days.

  • Reason2012

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
    Matthew 7:15-23

    There are many that claim to “believe” Jesus is Lord and will call Him Lord and will have done many works, even miracles, in His name, and will still be cast into_hell.

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
    Psalms 111:10

  • Tracy Painter

    God will not be mocked. Expect His judgement on these blesphemers. I pray they wake up befpre it’s too late. Like my first Pastor used to say, “It’s a terrible thing to be in the hands of an angry God”.

    • Kandy

      Amen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.anziulewicz Chuck Anziulewicz

    Whether you consider First Church of Somerville “blasphemous” or “unorthodox” is utterly irrelevant. There is no Protestant “pope” to tell them what’s permitted and what is not. The United Church of Christ is a denomination that is more welcoming and supportive of their LGBT members than other Protestant denominations, and they’re not alone. There is a growing number of Gay-friendly churches, especially since Gay couples may now legally marry nationwide. Any Gay Christian wishing to find a church they are welcome it can find one at gaychurch(dot)org.

    • Dave_L

      >”Any Gay Christian”

      >> = any unrepentant Christian in Scripture.

      >>> = “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14)

    • Emmanuel

      Gay christian are the same as adulterous christians, lying christians, wife beating christians, child molest christians, fornicating christians, idolatry christians and stealing christians. All good christians that following Christ completely.

  • Josey

    Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
    and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

  • jennylynn

    Not only are they mocking And blaspheming God,, but they are trampling the blood of Christ and bring serious judgement on themselves.
    What a disgusting shame on the name!

  • Emmanuel

    I bet they can feel the presence of God in this church.

    NOT!!!!!

  • Carmie

    I quite don’t understand why they want to function as a church. Possibly for the non-for-profit status and the benefits it renders. However, their corporate name should be changed to align with their belief system, i.e., “The United Congregation of the World Infidels”, and leave Christ out of it, since, Christ is not nor would be a part of it.

  • http://www.personaltouchmaids.org/ TammyHenson

    First off, this organization is not Christian. They use the word ‘church’ in their title but are the epitome of what Paul describes in 2 Timothy 3. They boast of being the first ‘church’ to ordain the first openly gay ‘pastor’ in 1972. In 2005, they pass a resolution supporting same-sex marriage equality. So, Christians they are not.

  • ort

    Disgusting, blasphemous, and completely non Scriptural. Welcome to Laodicea. “Depart from Me, for I NEVER knew you.”

  • Paul Q4T-(John 8:32)

    Whoever is a Bible reader or scholar should not be surprised with such. Paul the Apostle encountered such churches/Temples in his days, and guess what, – he was not shocked. So you, too, equally need to be a good cultural shock absorber.

    • rationalobservations?

      Rather than merely read small sections of whatever version of bible your cult or sect produced – why don’t you actually study that bible for the confusion and contradiction it contains? It’s a very good way to assess what truth can ascertained to exist within any bible.
      Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

      MEANWHILE: Why did you fail to answer my questions posed elsewhere?

      “Are you referencing all the hundreds of thousands of named gods, goddesses, god-men/messiahs and other assorted super-spooks that appear in human authored writings but have never been authentically recorded in the real world in the “here and now” at any point in history?

      What is the evidence that all the gods exist and how do you consider that supernatural beings can be detected?”

  • beastofsteel

    Only Satan is glorified by a church like this one here. God have mercy. Jesus does love them however, to follow Jesus is to know Jesus, not to mock Jesus.