How did you choose to raise money for your church this year? Some choose to do bake sales, some choose to have car washes and others choose to have special offerings. Other churches use vices to raise money– gambling (bingo anyone?) and pornography (nude calendars).
The Bangor Daily News reports on the latter:
In the 2007 Matinicus Island calendar, the props are not chocolate chip cookies and brownies. They’re lobster pot buoys, a guitar, and garden flowers. The calendar is titled “What Do You Women DO All Day?”
Ms. February is depicted standing in a wooden outhouse and is strategically covered by The New York Times. Ms. April has two lobster pot buoys masking her bare chest. And Ms. December is behind a guitar she is strumming on a sandy beach.
The site has a picture of the woman with only a guitar blocking her from revealing all. It was the Slice of Laodicea that brought my attention to the subject– after all it is a sign of the spiritual decay, especially when one considers where this church came from:
The Congregational Church of Matinicus started out in the 1880s as a Baptist mission, Rankin said. During its formative years it became a Methodist-Congregational church and in 1906 was dedicated as the Congregational Church of Matinicus. Now, it is a United Church of Christ congregation, she said, but it is truly nondenominational.
“Everyone on the island is a member of the church,” she said. “We embrace everyone.”
And there is the downfall. Christ called us to a life of separation. He preached that He alone was the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. Now we have people who claim that everyone is part of the church, that pornography for the cause of Christ, and that it’s all good and not over the line.
I can remember being taught as a child that the ends do not justify the means. I believe these ladies need to learn this lesson.