I thought this was in The Onion or the Babylon Bee… But it isn’t. It’s in the Christian Post. Because it’s real.
An Oregon church that instituted a ban on fat people as part of a slew of mandatory guidelines to be a part of the congregation’s worship team has come under fire online for the discriminating rule it says is necessary, in part, for the anointing to flow through team members.
Officials at the controversial church identified as the New Creation Church, in Hillsboro, Oregon, initially had the “Worship Team Guidelines” posted on their website but removed it after it began receiving unwanted attention. A copy of the guidelines, however, was made available elsewhere and it details the ban on “excessive weight” among worship team members along with a number of other typical holiness requirements common to Pentecostal churches, like evidence of speaking in other tongues.
“No Excessive weight. Weight is something that many people have to deal with. Make sure that you are taking care of your temple, exercising and eating properly,” the church warned.
The Christian Post reached out to the church on Thursday about the document and a frustrated church member responded: “Thank you for calling but we have no comment.”
It is made very clear in the document that while image is very important in this house of God, worship team members must also dress with moderation.
“We want the worship team to look the best they can! Remember that the way we look is of utmost importance. We are the first thing the congregation sees. People do judge by appearance. We never get a second chance to make that first impression. Please be sure that your style and clothing bring honor and glory to God, isn’t excessive and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself,” it said.
Despicable. And deplorable. This isn’t a Church. It is a pentebabbleist cult.