Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Speaking of Prosperity Theology . . .

When I came home today, there was a stack of letters by the mailboxes in our apartment building. The fake-hand-written underlining caught my attention. I wondered how to make "This very old church loans this to you" into a sentence. (Click on the images to enlarge.)

The letter was written in a familiar style (i.e., it sounded Pentecostal). But not many Pentecostal churches are called "St. Matthew's." I didn't notice the address (Tulsa, OK), which would have given it away right there, so I thought it was a local church named St. Matthew's. Boy was I mistaken.

The letter started to get really interesting at the bottom of the first page:

And hit an all-new high for weirdness at the top of page two:

The prayer rug (no, I did not kneel on it and look at Jesus' eyes):

Good Lord, I thought, some Word of Faith church really went off the deep end. Well, actually, no. The rest of the story can be found here. It's a relief to find out that there isn't an actual church sending these things out.


Goatcabin said...

This may be the creepiest thing I've ever seen.

I mentioned to Abby, after reading your post, that you received a creepy letter in the mail today, and she said, "Was it some sort of prayer rug letter?" She, I guess, had received one in the past, and it was the first thing that popped into her mind through free association.

Special K said...

I just got this same exact thing today! I haven't even opened it, thanks to your spoiler. It makes me sick, though. All those trees chopped down for nothing. And all those suckers who are desperately hopeful. Ugh.