Pastor Paul : As my wife and first lady, I thought you, if no one else, would defend my thoughts on hell!
First Lady, Elizabeth: I am haunted. That sermon has divided the church, many have left, where are you getting these thoughts and ideas from?
Pastor Paul: From God. He inspired me , and we built this church from nothing, to now a mega church, and just made the last payment on the mortgage. Amen!
Lady Elizabeth: When you saw me on that plane, and had the “powerful urge to communicate with me“, I saw the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I saw the church grow, to have elders, assistant pastors, a board of directors, and the birth of our daughter; but this thing about hell is different to anything I have heard or read. My tears are flowing, I love you dearly, but I cannot stay. Like many others I have to leave you, taking our daughter, to stay at my sister’s.
The above is one of the most poignant moments in the play THE CHRISTIANS, at Center Stage (Baltimore), through October 8th.
Biblical and interpretations make men, who become attached to women, thus children, family, then multiplied by such beliefs into congregations consequentially, the phenomenon of the mega church. Beliefs either congeal or divide.
My above transposing of the Pastor and his wife feuding is not unheard of in religious circles, Christendom is filled with this, so much so that many may say, “YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN!” Why?
A proffered idea contrary to anything ever espoused by an inspired or learned touter of the Bible, can produce hate or a following.
The playwright has inserted various texts from the Hebrew and Greek books of the Bible, and there is no time to discuss the conflict that may arise during your stay at this “church”. However the Greater Baltimore Church of Christ Choir, may leave you in a state of tranquility.