“Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide”: Crazy Christians Embrace Cage Fighting.
Xtreme Ministires – Bringing Grace to a Lost World.
It’s a cheap shot, but after seeing these guys on CNN today I had say something. The Christian group ‘Xtreme Ministries’ in Tennessee have embraced ‘Mixed Martial Arts’, the hodge-podge amalgamation of fighting styles closely related to the new craze of cage-fighting, in order to bring in the crowds – their motto: “Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide”. Offering full training facilities, tanning beds, childcare and wireless internet, the ‘Clarksville Mixed Marital Art Academy’ runs to the philosophy of, “Exodus 15:3 which says, ‘The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name’. One of God’s attributes is that of a warrior, and this is the foundation of any competitive training”. All sounds a bit spurious to me… I tried to check this in the Gideon Bible in my hotel room, and found that disappointingly the G.B. seems to be an abridged work… No Exodus 15:3 for me… (Google does confirm the quote for me though). And speaking of the Gideons – classic Bill Hicks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPVYD4I7Naw
They go on to say that, “The more you sweat and bleed in training, the less you sweat and bleed in combat”. Praise the lord!
So looking at the site, what convincing arguments do they hit you with to bring you in?
“A critic, atheist, skeptic, witch, intellectual, new ager; what do they have in common? Each of these groups of people belongs to a generation that is sick of the status quo! They are a people who want meaning, value, and purpose in their lives. More importantly they desire power! Power to live, power to belong to something greater than themselves, and power to change their destinies! Welcome to the Post Modern Generation”.
Cutting analysis. And you have me! I am forced to admit that atheists, intellectuals, witches and new agers are all essentially alike. Ok, not so much.
And so what radical new beliefs do they have that will entice these groups in?
“1. We believe that the Scriptures are God-Breathed, Inspired, and Infallible in so far as the original texts are concerned. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
2. We believe that God co-exists simultaneously in three persons, but yet is One God. This is commonly referred to as the Trinity. Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 3:16-17; John 17.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only “unique” son. It is thru Jesus Christ and Him alone that we can reach the Father. We also believe that Jesus Christ was the only God-Man. 100 % God and 100 % Man simultaneously. John 3:16, 14:6; Philippians 2:6-8.
4. We believe in the fall of man and that all men are under sin. Subsequently we believe that man is in need of a Savior. Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 3:23, 5:18-21.
7. We believe in the Baptism the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes regenerated believers in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an empowering work of the Spirit for sanctified living which is distinct from the regenerating work of the Spirit which is offered to every Christian. The consequence of speaking in tongues is made available to persons through this experience. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-48; 19:1-6.
10. We believe in the Second Coming of our Lord and those who are dead in Christ shall rise first and those alive shall be caught up into the sky and transformed into His Likeness. We are not however concerned with the timing of such an event, only that our King will return for us. Matthew 24:15-31; Mark 13:24-37; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
11. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell. Revelation 19, 20, 21”.
They’ll have the atheist crowd rushing in…
I suppose with so many extremist Christians already armed to the teeth with guns, it can’t really do much more harm to teach them martial arts, or provide tanning facilities.
Taking this opportunity though, more Bill Hicks, on religion: