Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wacky church says Jesus was like Forrest Griffin

Apparently Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. moved on from NASCAR and are now pastors in Missouri. The Riverfront Times reports that The Spirit of St. Louis Church is trying to spice up Easter by holding "Easter in the Octagon":

"For years the church has taught us to be "the nice guy" when we have really been called to be Ultimate Fighters," says the flyer on the church's Web site. "But what do we fight for? Join us on Easter and throughout April, as we "jump into the Octagon of Life" and learn how to be the 'The Ultimate Fighter!'"

Tom Skiles, who started this "church" in his basement 1 1/2 years ago likes to think of Christ as a ninja fighting off evil samurais ... sorry that's Walker Bobby (1:56 mark). Skiles thinks Jesus was a rough, tough customer but a common man like:

Hmm, I don't' know. I think he'd be a Forrest Griffin type. Vicious but yet forgiving. I always make fun of people's images of Christ. The hippie Christ. The Christ with the long flowing air, like he came straight from the salon. I make fun of that. I don't think he was that kind of man. I think Jesus was a man's man. Him and his disciples. I tell people they probably had teeth missing.

Forrest Griffin

Skiles' "church" is up to 200 members closing in quickly on Peter Griffin's Church of the Fonz.


darsden said...

I just knew it was going to end up as a Forest Gump post ...

Steven M. Adami said...

That dinner scene is the best part of that movie.

DangGina said...

I wanted this to not be true; surely, stranger things have sprung forth from your brain. Alas, I followed the link and read in dismay what some guy has turned Christ into. I mean, to each his own, but...didn't Christ teach to turn the other cheek? Sheesh, this Tom Skiles view of Christ is...off.

I'll celebrate Easter in a more traditional way, thanks. I see nothing wrong with peaceful picnics and lessons on the Resurrection...


Amber said...

Hey, have you heard about the web sites that will say your prayers for you (for a small fee)? Some claim to have real people to recite your prayer on your behalf (only $24.95/month) while other sites just have the computer "speak" it for you. I guess you have to have speakers hooked up for that one. A Hail Mary is a real bargin at only 7 cents each!

I swear I'm not making this up. What a sorry state we are in when technology takes over for a person's relationship with God.