The State of the American Church

An elderly man lost his wife of forty years to cancer. He is heart-broken. He is looking for answers, but his quest appears futile. Sleepless nights have caused him to spend the early hours of each morning channel-surfing on his television set. He passes through the maze of shows until he stumbles upon a “Christian” television program. Hoping to find answers to his deepest questions, he sets the remote control aside, placing it on a chair—a chair his deceased wife once occupied. Unfortunately, the man finds no answers on this program. Instead, he is shocked by what he sees: the televangelist blows on his congregation as parishioners fall to the ground, many of them engaging in “holy laughter” and uncontrollable barking.

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