– California pastor serves alcohol to church members during services
A church named Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz allows drinking of beer while listening to the pastor’s teachings, according to FaithWire.
It all started after the church sold its building and started meeting at a local food lounge with alcoholic beverages. Following huge criticisms from Christian community Chris VanHall, the senior pastor of the church said:
“There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner., Jesus drank wine and had a reputation of hanging out in places where people consumed alcohol. But for some reason, American churches have been vigilant in saying ‘You can’t drink alcohol,'” he said.
The lounge owner Andrea Mollenauer does not seem to be bothered by the trend. He said, “Why not serve beer when they’re reading Bible verses? I thought it was genius.”
Chris also shared his plans to build a brewery like no other. Unlike the usual brewery, this one will double as a church facility where services will be held with 30 and 60 percent of the profits going to charity.
“I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if a church could figure out a way to make a product where they split the profits with local community service organizations, we were like ‘hey, we love beer, we love making beer, why not do a brewery?'” said Pastor VanHall.
With this in mind, he is turning an old bookstore in downtown Santa Cruz into a brewery with church services on Sundays. Afterward, the building will be open to the public.
“We don’t want to dupe anyone, we don’t want to have this bar, and say ‘ok come on in’ and boom you get a church service,” he said.”We don’t want that.”
“[Attendees] can have one or two [drinks]. As a matter of fact, if they have two, my sermon’s always better,” VanHall added.
Recall that controversial OAP Daddy Freeze once argued that you can drink alcohol in church, backing it with the bible verse from the old testament… funny, the same person who argued that tithe is an old testament thing used the old testament to justify bear.