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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Churches Should Do Away with Handicap Parking Spaces as a Sign of “Faith”

benny hinn and greg locke

Churches in the American culture — you know one of the largest expenses we have in buildings? The amount of handicap parking and handicap accessibility that we have in our churches. Now let me make you mad for a minute and I don’t really care. Why is it you pull up to a church that says they operate in faith, and you have fifty handicapped parking spots?

Aint no body lay hands on them handicapped folks yet? I don’t care what Twitter says. You can get mad all you want to. Fold your arms. Stick your lips out. Poot[?] your mouth. I don’t care. I’m so unafraid of what anybody in this tent thinks about me right now in my life, I could care less.

We just expect that people are going to leave church the same way they came to church. We ought to start having some signs out there, that don’t have like handicap accessibility …  people in a wheelchair. We ought to start having signs of a wheelchair laying down and someone just walking up.

‘Well pastor, you are just being insensitive.’

I think you just don’t have any faith is what I think.

— Greg Locke, pastor of Global Vision Bible Church, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

HT: Protestia

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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