For the past couple of days, I’ve been trying to figure out if this advertisement for a New Zealand church is real.
But… seriously? Was his church really saying, “Super-size your faith in a hot church with a hot preacher!”? Was that an incredible act of hubris or a fake image mocking a self-righteous pastor? (And why would someone who preaches abstinence use lust to acquire new followers?)
But a spokesperson for Tamaki has now verified the image. I think. (I’m so damn confused right now.)
… the post wasn’t meant to be taken literally, spokeswoman for the church Anne Williamson says.
“A ‘hot church’ is a vibrant, alive church, energetic about the purposes of God,” she explained to Newshub.
“In context a hot preacher is really ‘hot for God’, you would say – current, alive.
“It’s someone who preaches the word of god strongly and accurately.”
… what? So the image is real, but it’s referring to a burning passion for Jesus?
I can’t figure out if these people are just trolling everyone. I mean, they have to be, right? If you told me this entire church was a joke, I’d tip my hat and congratulate them on playing the long game, but that seems unlikely.
Someone help me out here. What the hell is going on?