Lake City Pastor Speaks Out About His Church's Nativity Scene
* UPDATE Dec. 20, 2013 * - At the original broadcast of this piece http://goo.gl/DUThqJ on Dec. 16th, TV20 did not have the opportunity to interview the church at the center of this story.
The head pastor of the Columbia City Seventh Day Adventist Church, George Worrell has since reached out to TV20 with a written statement. In a phone call, Worrell said that the Nativity display will not change next year because that would be an admission of guilt. He also replied in a written statement. This is a portion of what he had this to say:
"This parent did what you would expect any concerned and responsible parent should do – protect her young one. And who can blame her!! But the fact is, there was no decapitation of babies. Yes, there was a woman sobbing for her child, (an accurate prophetic depiction of the birth of Christ according to (Jer 31:15; Matt 2:17); yes there was a solider standing with a sword in his hand; and yes, there was a doll. But the decapitation of the doll’s head NEVER, EVER, HAPPENED. I fully understand the perception that was created in the King Herod scene. And anyone who knows his Bible could have interpreted such perception as reality. But it just did not happen. We had a 2-year old who participated in the program, and there is no way we would have exposed her, or anyone else, to that kind of brutality.
This is the sixth year of the Nativity Scene, and we have never had a single negative comment about the inappropriateness of the biblical narrative we presented. In the future if anything is done that a visitor deems inappropriate , please let us know, and we would do whatever is necessary to give due consideration to your concerns. In fact, we welcome the public’s input to making the event even more interesting. We are mindful that the Nativity Scene, like all the other stories and teachings of the Bible, cannot be compromised for the sake of being politically correct. This will be doing a grave disservice to the narrative of the Bible and defeat the purpose of what we are portraying to the public. WE must maintain the integrity of the lessons of the Bible if we are going to be credible.
To the parent whose 2-year old was disturbed by what she saw, I deeply regret the distress that was caused, and if there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to contact me."
George C Worrell, Church Pastor
LAKE CITY (Dec. 16) - The Columbia City Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lake City didn't sugar coat their interpretation of the Christmas story.
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