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Christian hypocrites join in prayer before football game

Posted by doctore0 on September 5, 2012

This prayer business is so embarrassing… for christians

12 Responses to “Christian hypocrites join in prayer before football game”

  1. Figures. They not being told to pray, they are praying on their own and the AM is still whining. I’m glad they couldn’t care less what others think, or how others are “embarrassed.”


    • doctore0 said

      This is against the bible… go pray in private.. not like hypocrites in public.. blah
      It is embarrassing, it is insulting and it is ultra-lame


      • James 5:14-16

        Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.


      • doctore0 said

        Didn’t say pray in public.. there is a time and place for everything, clearly praying all over the place is not the way to go.. Pray in private, at church.. respect your neighbor and we will all get along just fine


      • Psalm 95:2

        Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!


      • No, it only refers to church elders praying over other people. I doubt that is done secretly in a closet. I’m sure you don’t have a problem with people talking to themselves in public–just with people praying to God. But people will continue to pray whenever and wherever they need to despite your intolerance and bigotry.


      • doctore0 said

        From the bible: Matthew 6:5
        “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

        Bible agrees with me here πŸ™‚


      • Jesus is criticizing the self-righteousness of the scribes, pharisees, and other hypocrites–He is not telling followers to hide their sincere prayers.

        Matthew 6:2

        “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.


      • From Wikipedia:

        “Matthew 6:5 is the fifth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This verse opens the discussion on the proper procedure for praying.

        In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:

        And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
        are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and
        in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
        Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

        The World English Bible translates the passage as:

        β€œWhen you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for
        they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the
        corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most
        certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.

        For a collection of other versions see BibRef Matthew 6:5

        The previous verses have been discussing alms-giving, and Jesus argued that such giving should be in secret, and not be to pursue praise from others. This verse extends this argument to prayer, another of the cornerstones of Jewish piety. In that era there were public prayers at the temple, and private prayers to be said on one’s own. There were also regularly scheduled times for prayer. Schweizer notes that when it was time to pray, one was instructed to seek out an inconspicuous corner, and prayers not at public events were to quietly mumbled. As mentioned in this verse, standing was the standard position for prayer.[1]

        In this verse Jesus condemns as hypocrites those who make an ostentatious display of praying. Hendriksen links this verse to Luke 18:9-14, which condemns a Pharisee who seeks out the most prominent location in the Temple to pray.[2] Boring[who?] notes that some read this verse as descriptive of mainstream Jewish prayer during this period. Boring disagrees strongly, noting that contemporary Jewish writings are equally condemning of such exhibitionist prayer practices.[3] Hendriksen also notes that while in Matthew 6:2 the word used for street can also be read as alley, this verse is clear in stating that the prayer is taking place at the corner of the major thoroughfares.[4] As with Matthew 6:2 this verse states that for those who pray to be seen by others, their only reward will be the adulation of their peers. There will be no heavenly reward for those who pray ostentatiously.

        This verse is not a total rejection of communal worship. Such behavior is praised at Matthew 15:36 and elsewhere in the New Testament. What is being attacked is ostentatious prayer meant to impress others. Those who pray to be “seen by men” rather than to pray to God.[5]”


      • doctore0 said

        It clearly says don’t pray in public + don’t brag. You can try to read something else out of it.. but it will look silly πŸ™‚


      • I hope that helped. πŸ˜‰


  2. djnlsn said

    Further proof that football must be gawd’s favorite game. I attend every home game of the local hockey team but, have never once, heard of a prayer being spoken. I suspect Je$u$ dislikes the game, but he likely enjoys Nascar, tho’ I’ve never been to any event. (sigh)……life in Amerika.


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