going into church alive and coming out dead

going into church alive and coming out dead February 8, 2014
bring out your dead cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Bring Out Your Dead” (by nakedpastor)


I drew this cartoon and posted it first in December of 2006! Wow. I’ve been cartooning for a while now. At that time I was a pastor of a local church. I wasn’t into that whole “dead believer” kind of mentality… you know… God’s frozen chosen and so on. I was more interested in not killing people with bad theology. Or manipulation. Or spiritual abuse.

You see, I think this happens a lot: people go to church hoping to hear some good news but leave spiritually murdered.

There is good news to be heard. I’m sure there are places where you can come out even more alive than when you went in. I would love to see these places increase. Wouldn’t you?

*** I would like to welcome you to join The Lasting Supper where we endeavor to keep the news good.

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  • “No clock strikes for the happy one,” says a German proverb.

    [source: Time and Its Discontents by John Zerzan]

  • I think that all Churches teaching Biblical inerrancy are potentially abusive and harmful.

    The worst of all are undoubtedly Calvinist Churches, as I myself made the experience.

    All Calvinists (except the insignificant minority believing in annihilationism) believe that God predetermined people to die in a wicked state so that they will earn an eternal stay in the divine torture chamber.

    All consistent Calvinists believe that God does that for showing off His glory.

    I know heartbreaking cases of people in such Churches who have sunk into deep spiritual depressions, no longer able to bear the teaching that God CAUSES billions of humans to eternally burn in hell.

    Calvinism is a nihilistic belief system which turns reality into the farce of a cruel Puppet Master.

  • Das Sprichwort kenne ich gar nicht 🙁

    Aber ich bin ja kein Deutscher sondern ein Lothringer.

    Liebe Gruesse, lovely greetings.

  • Preach it, brother.

    “I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

  • Indeed brother!

    Calvinists defending eternal torment as necessary for God’s sovereign glory sound like worshipers of the devil.