HNewsWire: What is a fake Christian.? I Think the Answer Depends Upon How You Define “Christian,” the Bible says that a Christian is one who has faith in the person and work of Christ as his/her only means of salvation; that is that they’ve been put to death and raised into new life with Christ. A Christian is one (like Abraham) who trusts Christ alone as their only means of righteousness.
This Ungodly Pastor: “We find that dogma and doctrine don’t inspire people, and no one is like, ‘man, I get so fired up about that Christian dogma, I want to follow Jesus,’ said no one, ever,” the pastor said.
More churches are beginning to utilize artificial intelligence to help produce and write their weekly messages, the latest coming from a church in Austin, Texas.
Violet Crown City Church last Sunday revealed that they used Chat-GPT to design the plans for the entire Sunday service. The Houston Chronicle reports that ‘the unique hour-long service was generated by prompts asking the chatbot to reflect on the church’s devotion to inclusivity and justice.’
Pastor Jay Cooper explained that he wanted to explore AI tech with ‘curiosity as opposed to fear,’ the Houston Chronicle wrote, in order to learn how ChatGPT can ‘impact faith and religious practices.’
Perhaps, in some way, if we can experience the sacred in something like artificial intelligence, then maybe we can see it in that neighbor who has political beliefs we just cannot stand.
We’re doing this not as some sort of gimmicky event or misguided attempt to be provocative. The purpose of us gathering this morning is for us to wrestle with the nature of truth and also how do we see sacred in our world.
Cooper said introing the sermon
In a separate interview with Kxan, Cooper gave a glowing review of the AI experience:
ChatGPT kicked out about a 15 minute service, like a shotgun sermon, an outline. It’s very clear that a human element is still needed. I had to fill out the service with additional prompts, and add a couple prompts to the sermon to kind of beef it up.
There’s so many different applications for AI. I just had the idea what would it look like to incorporate this into a worship service?
Cooper repeatedly referenced the word “sacred” and questions what that looks like.
A big question that comes up to me as we let AI lead worship is can a prayer written by artificial intelligence, in some way, communicate truth? Can you experience God through that?
Perhaps something resonates with them and then it opens their mind to, maybe I’m not looking for the sacred enough in the rest of the world.
He did note that it is not perfect. “I think the human touch is critical in life and in ministry,” Cooper said. “I think the messiness of humanity should be present in worship.” Cooper added that this was a one-off event and has plans to do something like this again.
One congregant also challenged how effective AI can be for this line of practice.
I’m not sure that AI can actually express the emotions of love and kindness and empathy. I think that we must practice love and express that. Not only feel it, but we must express it.
As for Violet Crown Church, the church is all about inclusive and community-building, taking a blasé stance when comes to doctrine. According to the introduction video on their website, Cooper said,
We find that dogma and doctrine don’t inspire people, and no one is like, ‘man, I get so fired up about that Christian dogma, I want to follow Jesus,’ said no one, ever.
The church also has an outreach ministry that affirms that LGTBQIA+ lifestyle.
The people of Violet Crown City Church celebrate the sacred worth of all people. We are affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, which equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
As children created uniquely and beautifully in the very image and likeness of God, we believe that our sexual orientation and gender identity are given to us as a gift. Therefore, our community commits itself to being a safe and welcoming place in Austin for all and to working for full inclusion in the global United Methodist Church for our LGBTQIA+ siblings.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Leave it to this poindexter fool to think we should not only correct the Bible, but also make a new one. Of course, he does not tell us why it should be changed and what its errors are, but that whatever it is changed to it will be better and perfect. He of course does not know what that change will be (or he has not disclosed the changes yet), because his god that he worships has not revealed this faux wisdom to him yet in the vanity of his demented mind.
The true church is defined in the Bible as a called-out assembly of those who are true followers of Jesus Christ. Of his true disciples, Jesus said, “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 12:50) The corollary would then mean that a false belief does not do the will of the Father. We know the will of the Father by what His Word says. It follows that false disciples must deny what scripture teaches:
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed, they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:1-3) Full Story
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