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Anti-Catholic Leaflet Stirs Holy War in Tennessee Town


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588172,00.html

Pastor Jonathan Hatcher, of Conner Heights Baptist Church, says the leaflet will no longer be available at his church.

A Baptist pastor in Tennessee says he now regrets that his church distributed an anti-Catholic leaflet that a local Catholic priest decried as "hate material."

Pastor Jonathan Hatcher, who leads Conner Heights Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has removed the inflammatory leaflet, "The Death Cookie," from his congregation. He says he will no longer distribute it.

"Looking back, I don't think it was the right tract to give out," Hatcher told FoxNews.com. "I have some others that wouldn't have been as offensive. But I will continue to spread the gospel — that's what I'm called by Christ to do. I'm still going to hand out tracts, but not `The Death Cookie.'"

The illustrated leaflet, distributed since 1988 by California-based Chick Publications, features an ominous character with a snake around his neck who advises a man that he can control the world by establishing a false religion based upon worshipping a cookie. Upon taking the control of the cookie, the man becomes the "papa" — a reference to the pope.

"The creation of the wafer god was the greatest religious con job in world history," the leaflet reads. " … This religious weapon is one of the most powerful idols ever created by man."

"It says the devil has made a pact with the pope to take over the world through a false god," Father Jay Flaherty, who heads nearby Holy Cross Catholic Church, told FoxNews.com.
Flaherty said the leaflet attacks the Catholic tradition of the Eucharist, or communion, and he's afraid the document could lead to violence in Pigeon Forge, a small town of 5,000.

"Basically, what they're saying is our Eucharist is of the devil, that Catholicism is not of the Christian church," Flaherty said.

Hatcher said the leaflet is an "attractive comic book," but he acknowledged that its message is perhaps a "little too blunt" in its critique of Catholicism.

"I don't believe in attacking somebody's church," he said. "I believe they have a right to practice what they want, just as I have the right to practice what I want."

Flaherty said he's concerned that the leaflet could incite a troubled neighbor to harm one of his worshippers.

"It's a very dangerous world we live in," the priest said. "But you can't argue with ignorance, it's not worth it."

Flaherty learned that the material was being circulated when a young parishioner brought it into his church last week, after she said she received it in high school.

`She was very upset," he said. "But I don't understand the [pamphlet's] reasoning — it has nothing to do with scripture. It's anti-Catholic; it's just hate material. It has nothing to do with theological discussion. 'You better get out and get saved' is basically what it says."

Pigeon Forge High School Principal Perry Schrandt, who could not be reached for comment, told The Mountain Press that school officials do not condone the pamphlet.

Flaherty said he had considered contacting authorities about the publication and distribution of "The Death Cookie," but he has reconsidered.

"I pray for him," Flaherty said of Hatcher. "That's all you can do."

Jack Chick, publisher of Chick Publications, was not available for comment early Friday. According to a biography on the company's Web site, Chick has written and published hundreds of illustrated gospel tracts that have been read by "hundreds of millions" worldwide.

According to the Web site, Jack Chick first realized in the mid-1970s that Roman Catholicism was unscriptural.

"After much prayer," the site reads, "he made the decision that, no matter what it cost him personally, he would publish the truth that Roman Catholicism is not Christian. He did it because he loves Catholics and wants them to be saved through faith in Jesus, not trusting in religious liturgy and sacraments."

Other tracts produced by Chick includes materials on Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Masonry and "Creation/Evolution." The site claims it's not being "intolerant," but rather compassionate with its critical literature.

"We are unwilling to lie to them and say that all gods are real, when we know this is not true," the site reads. " ... To do anything else would be dishonest."

For his part, Hatcher said the leaflet has become a distraction to his 40 or so active members. Distributing the pamphlet was intended to "share the differences" between Baptists and Catholics, he said.

"Obviously we don't believe alike, or else we'd be going to the same church," he said. "But people try to make it out like we're crusaders. I thank God for America, because we can all practice what we believe. We don't spread the gospel out of hate; we spread it because we love people."

Hatcher reiterated that "The Death Cookie" will no longer be available at his church. He simply wants the small town controversy to go away.

"It's like a sore," he said. "The more you pick at it, the longer it's going to take to heal."




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Odd
Didn't death cookie open for guar in 92?
(03-06-2010, 11:13 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]Odd
Didn't death cookie open for guar in 92?
??? What the heck are you talking about?
lol you mean GWAR. I actually saw them once in my heathen days, wow, what a waste of time. Such a waste of electricity and time.

I have actually seen this tract before though, one of my friends brought it to me from his local "Church of Christ."

Man, those people were so far out. They couldn't answer any of my rebuttals, they were so brainwashed by stupidity.
Pigeon Forge is a tourist hellhole, anyway.  Can't imagine why anyone would actually want to live there.

However, I can see Jack Chick and his ilk fitting in nicely.
(03-06-2010, 11:56 PM)EcceQuamBonum Wrote: [ -> ]Pigeon Forge is a tourist hellhole, anyway.  Can't imagine why anyone would actually want to live there.

Dolly Parton and salt water taffy.

:tiphat:
Quote:"After much prayer," the site reads, "he made the decision that, no matter what it cost him personally, he would publish the truth that Roman Catholicism is not Christian.

Wait, just prayer? No reasoning, discussion with Catholic authorities, research? Where in the Bible does it say to rely on "just prayer" as a source of wisdom? Did Christ tell the Pharisees to just pray about His claim of being the Messiah or did He sight prophecies to make His case?

This was one of the faulty forms of logic that made me disillusioned with Protestantism back in the day.
I have no use for Protestantism, especially not the low church variety.  I find its theology (such as it is) lifeless, arid, boring, arbitrary, divorced from history and, as Wandering Penitent notes, illogical.  But is it really fair to refer to this church as anti-Catholic? 

Southern Baptists don't accept Catholic theology regarding the Eucharist.  So it makes sense they refer to the Communion wafer as a "death cookie."  They think we're worshipping a piece of bread--not the Body, Blood and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  They're anti-Catholic with respect to theology.  It may well be that individual members of the church count Catholics as their friends and neighbors. 

I'm a diehard Catholic and libertarian.  That doesn't mean I don't count Protestants, Jews, atheists, statists, liberals and neocons as my friends.  I just disagree with their religious or political views. 
Quote:"Looking back, I don't think it was the right tract to give out," Hatcher told FoxNews.com. "I have some others that wouldn't have been as offensive. But I will continue to spread the gospel — that's what I'm called by Christ to do. I'm still going to hand out tracts, but not `The Death Cookie.'"

Perhaps we should ask this "pastor" where and how he received the authority and commission to spread the Gospel. 

This was asked of Jesus:

Quote:"And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, 'By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?'" (Matt. 21:23)
 

A legitimate question.

So we should ask Hatcher,  "Who sent you?" 

I know the Scriptures myself (as many here do), but I do not claim to have authority to teach.  I have nothing to show for this, which entails two ways:  a letter from one of the Apostles giving me authority, or I must demonstrate an out of ordinary "miracle" that shows the Hand of God at work on me.

Scripture tells us that this position is never self-appointed.

"And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was." (Heb. 5:4)

This pastor resorts to Chick comics to point out his message?  What a canard.  Any idiot knows the hatred that spews from the pages of this comic book.

(03-07-2010, 09:44 AM)Vincentius Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:"And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, 'By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?'" (Matt. 21:23)
 
A legitimate question.
So we should ask Hatcher,  "Who sent you?" 

This Hather made a mistake distribute that hate material, and he openly withdraw that from distribution. This is definitely Christian behavior.

Be prepared that such remarks as 'notard' will be labeled as hate material too. Will you (does who used it) have the strength to apologize for that?
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