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Judgement House-type setup in Gordo provides seasonal evangelistic eventcomment (0)

November 10, 2011


The scenes depicted by members of Zion Community Baptist Church, Gordo, were like scenes directly out of the man’s life.

And before he could leave the church that night he had to settle things with God.

Pastor Mike Skelton said the man told him that he had experienced every scene, right down to a family member being killed in a car accident. Six children also accepted Christ during the two-day evangelistic event.

It was the church’s version of a Judgement House, and it took place Oct. 30–31 in the Sipsey Baptist Association church’s sanctuary and two adjoining houses. Close to 400 people attended.

As attendees stepped into the “party house,” they were thrown into a world of sex, alcohol and drugs depicted by actors at a high school graduation party. One room had a brother forcing his younger sister to drink alcohol. The girl ended up intoxicated and as they sped away in their car for the hospital, the brother and sister were in a fatal car accident where the sister was killed. The wreck was staged outside the house with actors from the Gordo and Zion volunteer fire departments “on the scene.”

Attendees then made their way into the church sanctuary where they saw one room depicting hell and another heaven. In the church sanctuary, a funeral service was acted out for the girl who was killed in the car accident. Skelton “presided” over the service and shared the gospel all while staying in character.

“I have found that the Judgement House presentations reach people that would normally never go to a church service,” Skelton said. “We saw seven decisions (for Christ) made but we don’t know how many more may come (to accept Christ) down the road.”  (TAB)

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