Residents in a Serbian village have threatened to convert to Islam if no action is taken to save their storm-damaged church, it's reported.
Parish members in Sopic, near the capital Belgrade, made the warning in a letter to the head of Serbia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, according to the Alo news website. Asking him to back their campaign for the building to be restored and not demolished, the congregation said: "If we do not receive your support, we will be forced to collectively go over to Islam in order to get better protection for our facilities under Serbian law". It goes on to compare the step to "martyrdom", although it stresses that the converts would "keep Jesus Christ in their heart". From the BBC: the rest is here: http://tinyurl.com/nstqlqg
Originally posted by FMFOne of the least appealing characteristics of organised Christianity in the UK and a key reason for me leaving the denominational system, was the often revolting avarice over church property, especially real estate. In every situation, that I have been aware of either personally or through friends, where there is real estate at stake, there is an unedifying power struggle to gain control of the property through control of the funding through control of the leadership and therefore the laity and their tithing. This usually results in a bitter split of the leadership and congregation which can have a devastating effect of relationships and people's lives even.
[quote]Residents in a Serbian village have threatened to convert to Islam if no action is taken to save their storm-damaged church, it's reported.
Parish members in Sopic, near the capital Belgrade, made the warning in a letter to the head of Serbia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, according to the Alo news website. Asking him to back their campaign for t ...[text shortened]... t prophets who will return at the end times to destroy the false messiah ~ will they be "saved"?
Originally posted by FMFAn empty threat.
What is one to make of this?
Originally posted by checkbaiterIn a congregation the power generally sits with the title deeds holder. Often the building becomes the focal point; even seemingly benign objectives, such as a new roof or new carpeting, can become all consuming. Mission statements get drawn up, the congratiom gradually become advocates and evangelists for the church rather than for Jesus. Clubs, fun days, leaflet drops, appeals for double-tithing become part of an outreach which is focused more and more on membership numbers and ultimately income to support the building. Cynical? Look around.
Sorry, I didn't read the whole article...it seems they are on their own as far as I am concerned.
Originally posted by divegeesterThat is kind of what I got out of the short article.
They have made a threat in order to get funds for a building under the different funding provisions for Islamic temples; how is that being forced?
Originally posted by FMFNo friend of mine that I can think of has done that.
Have any of your Christian friends ever converted to Islam?