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Dear worshippers please get insurance before you come to church.

Interesting things are happening in some Charismatic circles. Churches are getting sued and yes even the “holy ghost” too. Let me explain, you see:

A parishioner at the Disciple Fellowship Christian Church in East St. Louis, Ill., claims the spirit moved another worshiper so much during service that she caused others to tumble over backwards into her, causing injuries. Now she’s suing the church for damages.

Cheryl Jones alleges in a complaint filed in December that she was visiting the church when member of the congregation received the “spirit” during praise and worship and with no ushers or members to assist, the parishioner fell backwards knocking several members into the plaintiff, who was injured falling to the floor.

“They should have either warned Cheryl and people like her of the potential dangers – especially if they’re not going to have deacons or parishioners to help these people when they fall,” attorney for the plaintiff Brian Millikan told ABCNews.com. Because falling during the service, according to Millikan, is something that “seems to happen often” at the church.

Well, the only advice seems to be if you are going to attend a service where people are falling out of windows, hanging from the chandeliers rather than studying the word of God, then you should get insured. Or the churches should get professional well muscled, ward robe chested catchers to break the falls of hapless congregants.

Nathan has some handy advice if you are going to pursue esoteric experiences and then turn around to sue “the spirit”. You see:

Conspicuously, the “gift” of slaying in the Spirit is never included in any list of gifts in the New Testament nor is anyone ever presented as possessing such a gift. Despite the modern hubbub, there is no record that any early church leader had the ability to knock people over by the power of the Spirit. Surely, such a vital Christian experience would warrant direct Biblical mention.

And rightly said!


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