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Summary: This serman shows that modern spirituality is a distorted view of Christanity much like a caricature is a distorted view of an individual hoping to bring people back to their committment to be a disciple of Christ

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Caricatures of Christianity

as edited by Henry Shellman

Original Idea and manuscript written by Rev. Aaron McCollough-freshfireministries.com

Preached and Posted with his permission and prayers

Matthew 28: 19-20

John 15: 1-12

Text Scripture:

Matthew 28: 19-20

Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

John 15: 1-12 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6: If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8: Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11: These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

• Who knows what a caricature is?

• Dictionary.com defines it as:

a. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject’s distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect.

b. The art of creating such representations.

c. A grotesque imitation or misrepresentation: The trial was a caricature of justice.

So, today I intend to speak upon the distinctive features and peculiarities of the church and Christianity that have been grotesquely distorted – sometimes with even a comical effect?

ILLUSTRATION:

• On the wall between the bookshelf and computer hutch hangs a caricature of me and Patsy.

• We had it drawn while at the Nations in Kansas City.

• The artist talked with us prior to painting the caricature and discovered I was a preacher and she is an executive assistant.

• In the caricature, I have a great big head.

• I have a Bible in one hand and the other is out stretched like I am preaching.

• Patsy has a big head, tiny body and is sitting at a computer.

• This is a conversation piece.

• Many people have gotten a laugh at this caricature.


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