June 15th, 2012 10:49 EST
City To Church: Quiet Down! Infernal Racket Or Joyful Noise Unto The Lord?
"A California church has been ordered to reduce its noise and refrain from using band music until it is fitted with sound-proofing.
Beaumont city officials responded to complaints from neighbors by ordering the New Life Chapel, located at 451 Seventh Street, to conclude services by 8 p.m., have members off-site by 8:30 p.m. and refrain from using amplified or band music until the facility is sound proofed."
New Life Chapel is in a residential neighborhood that might welcome a dignified Episcopalian congregation, but the residents can`t tolerate the Holy Ghost shenanigans of a Pentecostal church.
The members of New Life Chapel may believe that they are being obedient to the biblical admonition to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord", but they are certainly not treating their neighbors like they would like to be treated.
If the sancturary was sound-proofed the neighbors wouldn`t care if the parishioners spoke in tongues, rolled down the aisles, banged on drums, performed exorcisms, and climbed the walls. For God`s sake New Chapel, wait until your building is sound-proofed before you get jiggy with it with the Holy Ghost.
New Chapel members are poor witnesses of the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, instead of inspiring their neighbors to join their church, the beleaguered residents are probably praying that the house of worship will be attacked by brain-eating zombies.
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