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Woman upset by theater mix-up

By LarkNews.com

LANCASTER, Pa. — Maria Holsapple thought she was attending performances at the local community theater, but after twelve weeks, she was angered to learn she had been attending Oak Grove Center, a 3,000-member church.
“I would never willingly go into an evangelical church,” says Holsapple, a practicing Catholic.
She came after Oak Grove mailed her “tickets” to upcoming “drama presentations.” She enjoyed the “mini-concert, the play and the motivational speech they threw in at the end,” she says.
“It worked well as performance art,” she says. “I was convinced it was a groundbreaking new theater company.”
But when neighbors remarked that they had seen her at church, Holsapple called Oak Grove and discovered it was a house of worship.
“The pastor quoted Jesus, but he quoted Socrates, too, and Britney Spears,” she says. “How was I to know?”

Editor’s Note: “If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and the sorrows of this world, we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible . . . Such preaching may soothe some, but it will help nobody; for a Christ who is not seen and sought as a Saviour from sin will not be found to save from self or from anything else”


6 responses to “Woman upset by theater mix-up

  1. Lionel March 16, 2010 at 18:36

    the horror… give me a break

  2. Rob Harrison March 16, 2010 at 19:30

    Oh, OK, it’s LarkNews–not real, just satire.

    Still, too close for comfort . . .

  3. twt March 16, 2010 at 21:12

    I LOVE this! I just reposted the link to facebook with the heading,

    “After three months of attending a Baptist Church, woman finds out it’s theater drama instead.”

    I’m gonna get some dirty looks at (southern Baptist) church Sunday morning, thank GOD.

  4. Kathy March 17, 2010 at 00:56

    LOL! You know, I actually thought this was a true story. Sadly enough, this type of occurrence wouldn’t have surprised me in the least. So sad that it could indeed be a true story.

  5. Daniel Petranek March 18, 2010 at 17:00

    This isn’t a true story?…. Like Kathy said it is sad that this can easily be considered to be a true story. Well we should continue to “Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”(Jude 3) Though we should also continue to “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”(Jude 22-23) I am not saying Acidri that you are not doing this, but I am just mentioning it 🙂

  6. Roary March 23, 2010 at 18:16

    This may or may not be a true incident it is however a common place practice in evangelical churches today. Sadly worship is a misunderstood concept. I challenge anyone! Anyone to look through scripture and find where the concept of worship is mainly a recharging of the believer’s or the lost soul’s spiritual batteries. That may be a secondary or tirtuary result but it is never the primary purpose of worship.

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