I’m Now Ordained Though The Church of the Latter-Day Dude

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snark and humor ahead!

I believe in having all my bases covered, so I’ve added The Church of the Latter-Day Dude to my collection of ordination certificates. In 1983, I was ordained through Emmanuel Baptist Church in Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

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Bruce Gerencser Ordination, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Buckeye Lake, Ohio April 2, 1983

In 2011, I was ordained through the Universal Life Church.

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Bruce Gerencser, Universal Life Ordination, March 15, 2011

And just last week I was ordained by The Church of the Latter-Day Dude.

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Bruce Gerencser, Church of the Latter-Day Dude Ordination, November 28, 2015

Bruce Gerencser, Ohio License to Marry, May 2,1983

Bruce Gerencser, Ohio License to Marry, May 2,1983

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Bruce Gerencser, Ohio License to Marry, March 22, 2011

A local Christian zealot by the name of Daniel Gray has taken issue with the fact that I can still marry people. In a July 2013 letter to the Defiance Crescent-News, Gray wrote:

Bruce Gerencser should use facts in his letters. His latest rant is so full of errors as to make his point completely obtuse. Here are a few examples…

…The fact that Gerencser can marry anyone is laughable. He received his claimed ministerial credentials by professing a faith in a deity and swearing to follow that religions teachings. So unless he does so, then his authority to marry anyone under the same is null and void. Anyone he marries could actually find that they are not and never have been married. And last, the only way to change our Constitution is by a constitutional amendment…

…History and facts yet again destroy the views of Gerencser. He should be used to that by now.

I publicly responded to Gray’s false accusations with a letter of my own. My letter was short and to the point:

For the third time Gray suggests that I am not legally able to marry people and that anyone married by me is in danger of having their marriage invalidated. Gray seems to not understand the legal requirements for being licensed to marry people in Ohio. I meet all the statutory requirements and I am duly licensed to marry people in Ohio. Anyone can verify this by doing a ministerial license search on the Ohio Secretary of state’s website.

Ohio has no statutory requirement as far as what type of ordination is acceptable when applying for a state license to marry people. Knowing that my Baptist ordination might not “technically” fulfill the letter of the law, I decided to seek ordination through the Universal Life Church. Before I submitted my ordination and license application to the state, I called the Secretary of State’s office to find out if I really could use ANY ordination when applying for a license to marry. They assured me that Ohio makes no judgment concerning the suitability of a licensee’s ordination. In other words, I could, if I wanted to, use my The Church of Latter-Day Dude ordination to get a license.  Awesome, right?

Bruce, are you making a mockery of religion? Duh, of course I am.

Did you know that I also have a doctorate in Biblical studies?  Yep, I “earned” my doctorate through God’s University.  Here’s proof:

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Bruce Gerencser, Doctorate of Biblical Studies, 2015

My degree is personally signed by Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. Tom Malone. Surely, this is proof that my doctorate is the real deal (Even if they had to come back from the dead to sign it). If you’ve not read, IFB Doctorates: Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Everyone’s a Doctor, please do so.

Not only am I a thrice-ordained, state licensed marrying Sam with a doctorate from God’s University, I’m also Santa Claus. That’s right, I’m Santa Claus. How dare you doubt me, oh skeptic! Here’s proof that I am the one, true Santa Claus:

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Take THAT, skeptics!

Notes

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6 Comments

  1. sgl

    snark aside, it’s actually separation of church and state that allows “anyone” to marry people. otherwise, it would be the gov’t deciding whether you were an “official” religion or not, which is a slippery slope, and hence the courts ruled against it.

    however, quakers (and amish i think) do not have an officiant, as they are married “under the care of the meeting”, so the quaker meeting only has witnesses, not an officiant. some states that can be a bit of a problem, while other states recognize self-uniting marriages with witnesses.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I’m not sure how Ohio handles Amish marriages. For the most part, Amish communities are like sovereign nations. They take care of their own.

      For the rest if us… The ordained minister acts as an agent of the state. The power is not the ceremony, but the minister’s signature. I always sign the license before the ceremony. Legally, the couple us married as soon as I sign the license (and return it to the county clerk). I’ve often wondered if they check these things. Or is the license all about the collected fee? Wait I already know the answer.,?? I know judges and mayors can also perform weddings, though thanks to same-sex marriage some of them are opting not to perform any weddings.

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  2. Ami

    Dude! Awesome!!

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  3. Melody

    I had my suspicions about you being Santa…. Now it’s confirmed 🙂

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  4. Brian

    It is said that each age brings a prophet (or two)… I wholeheartedly support your recent ordination. The Dude abides!

    (what a wonderful film!)

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  5. Kenneth

    Bruce, you make a great Santa Clause! 😉

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