Gold Hill Lutheran Church Pastor Tim Christensen decided to play a joke on his congregation last weekend — but he didn’t know it would go this viral:
“Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins?” Pastor Christensen asks his congregation right out of the gate on the video.
“Yes!” they shout.
“OK. That’s great. You are,” he quickly blessed.
Christensen delivered the one-minute sermon so he could go watch the San Francisco 49ers in their playoff game… or so many thought. In fact, the joke was pre-planned — his son sat in the front row just so he could get it all on camera — and Christensen delivered a full sermon right afterwards.
What about the playoff game?
“We had the game on DVR, so later our whole family went on a self-imposed media blackout, which is just like the opposite of what today is.”
Not that I’m complaining, by the way. The prank was hilarious and the pastor has a good sense of humor about all this. But I’ve seen way too many religious commenters online and on YouTube complaining about the “sacrilegious” action by the pastor to just let it go unexplained.
Even Fox News fell for it the other day (3:34 mark):
So whenever someone posts this video online, remind them that it’s just a hoax, a pastor having some fun with his congregation.