| Billy Sunday Evangelism Hits The Fan
This following story is based on an event that took place at a Southern
Baptist Church in Missouri in 2003.
Two teenagers walked down the steps of the church gymnasium complex. The
seventeen-year-old girl asked her younger brother, What do you think
about the message tonight?
I dont know. ... Did the youth pastor mean suicide when he
said you can even take your own life and not lose your salvation?
Yeah, thats what he meant. Ive got a really bad feeling
about this. Im going to tell Dad.
As they drove into the driveway, their mother and father were sitting
on the front porch. The boy jumped out of the car and ran to his parents.
Father stood up and smiled. So, how was the youth meeting? ... What
was the sermon about?
Suicide! the boy blurted out before his sister could get there.
She looked at her brother with a pained expression, grabbed her fathers
arm and pushed him back into the chair.
Dad, sit down; Ive got to talk to you.
The youth pastor said it was OK to kill yourself. I mean, he said
God wouldnt hold it against youthat God would still let you
into heaven even if you killed yourself.
Whoa ... hold on ... slow down ... he told you this, or did he
tell the whole group?
It was in his sermon dad. Everybody heard it.
The father sat silently for a moment.