How do you inspire people to go out and spread the good news of the Gospel? If you’re these FBMI missionaries then the answer is “threaten them with this:”
Their prayer letter reads in part:
“We began our annual harvest campaign during October. It has been one of the most exciting programs we have ever had. Our people have really gotten involved and are bringing more visitors than ever. Our church is divided into three groups (the Ranchers, the Share Croppers and the Gleaners) and the completion has been neck and neck. Our theme is “Fruit that Remains”. We not only give points for bringing visitors but we also increase the points each time the visitor comes back during the program. Our goal is that folks will not only visit but come enough times to feel like part of the church. We have found that negative motivation works very well, and folks will put extra effort in to avoid the “punishment” that the group with least points receives. The punishment is something unpleasant being poured on them from the balcony, such as flour, ice water and gulaman (sticky, watery gelatin desert).“
The full prayer letter is available to read here(PDF).
There’s nothing like watching a bunch of Irish kids at a fundy youth camp run by Bible Baptist Church of Balllincollig sing the praises of the KJV.
Because Ireland just didn’t have enough fighting fundamentalists so we decided to send them some more.
Update 1: A few folks have questioned whether the song above is really a praise of the KJV since the version isn’t explicitly mentioned. I suppose my own bias is somewhat at work here since I’ve never heard this song sung by anybody but KJVO folks and the line “I haven’t changed one word that it said” definitely seems to fit that particular camp.
However, whether or not this song is specifically about the King James, the church in the video is definitely heavily promoting a KJVO point of view.
A few questions:
1. Why is he wearing a suit?
2. Why are all those people sitting around staring off into space?
3. Can his wife talk?
4. How exactly does one go “soulwinning” in Africa?
5. What did West Africa do to deserve having a Hyles-Anderson college started in it?
I never cease to be amazed when missionaries to non-English speaking countries make much of their stance on the KJV. Today’s website pick has no less than four different KJV mentions on the first page.
I’m also in complete suspense about what their evangelizing means are going to be. Somehow the rest of the points don’t really seem to follow in parallel with point 1.