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Holy smoke! Church of Cannabis opens its first place of worship


Holy smoke! Church of Cannabis opens its first place of worship

Holy smoke! Church of Cannabis opens its first place of worship

Bill Levin is the Church of Cannabis’s ‘Minister of Love’ (Picture: Church of Cannabis)

The Church of Cannabis is about to open its first place of worship, says its self-appointed ‘Minister of Love’.

Crazy-haired Bill Levin exploited religious freedom laws in the U.S. to set up the church – where weed is a ‘sacrament’.

Another of Levin’s 12 Commandments reads, succinctly, ‘Don’t be an asshole.’

The church will hold 150 to 200 worshippers, and also has a meeting room which will be used for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The First Church of Cannabis has found a joint it can call its own. Church founder Bill Levin said he has bought a church building at 3400 S. Rural St. and will announce the move at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site.

(Picture Google Street View)

‘It is small and humble facility with love through out every brick,’ he wrote on his Facebook page.’ We are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!’

‘Minister of Love’ Bill Levin spawned the idea after a ‘religious freedom’ law was passed in Indiana, US.

Levin took advantage of the new law and claims that if his church is blocked by anti-drug laws it would defy his religious freedom.

That Michigan pastor who was outed on Grindr? He nearly shamed a gay teen into committing suicide


That Michigan pastor who was outed on Grindr? He nearly shamed a gay teen into committing suicide

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Tyler Kish describes his depression and counseling from Pastor Makela

Tyler Kish recalls Pastor Matt Makela’s heartless counseling

Yesterday we covered Pastor Matt Makela, the anti-gay Michigan pastor who was outed on Grindr.Today a young man and his mother have stepped forward with their own story about Pastor Matt Makela. Tyler Kish was a teenage boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and sought counsel from Pastor Makela. His advice nearly caused Tyler to commit suicide:

“If he was going to go to hell for being gay then he might as well go to hell by committing suicide,” Jennifer Kish said, regarding what Makela told her son.

He didn’t stop there:

Jennifer Kish said the pastor also became vocal on social media about how he felt her son being gay was wrong and that as a parent she shouldn’t support him.

After listening to Tyler Kish, it seems Pastor Makela could’ve used some support and counseling of his own:

“Honestly feel very bad for him, because looking at it everything he was telling me, he was telling himself too, and I think that he was really kind of self destructing and hurting people around him,” Tyler Kish said.A hurt that could’ve changed this family’s lives forever, but Tyler Kish said love conquers all and he has found it in his heart to forgive the person he once blamed for his darkest days.

See a heartfelt interview with Tyler and his mother, Jennifer Kish at WNEM.com. And hats off to Jennifer Kish for taking a stand and removing her son from Pastor Makela’s hateful counseling.

church pastor says his 16,000 square foot house is gift from God!


Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick: 16,000-square-foot house is gift from God

By Elisabeth Arriero
Posted: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
 Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick told his congregation Sunday that he was sorry for any uncomfortable conversations they may have been forced to have about his controversial new Waxhaw home.

But Furtick didn’t apologize for the 16,000-square-foot home, which drew national media attention last week because of its size and cost. Instead, he described it as a gift from God.

Furtick also emphasized Sunday that he is committed to making worshipers proud of their church. And he added that the media should not be viewed as the enemy.

“My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house,” he said while sitting at the edge of the stage at the church’s Blakeney location. “It’s a big house, and it’s a beautiful house, and we thank God for it …. We understand everything we have comes from God.”

Furtick’s comments were a departure from a sermon last month, when he told the congregation that his new home was “not that great of a house.”

Furtick delivered his sermon Sunday to a packed sanctuary in Blakeney, while worshipers at seven other campuses watched via live stream. The church has a following of nearly 12,000 people.

Furtick spent the first 10 minutes of his sermon on Sunday addressing the controversy over his new home.

Tax value on the 19-acre Waxhaw property is $1.6 million, though Chunks Corbett, Elevation’s chief financial officer, has said that Furtick paid $325,000 for it – a figure confirmed by Union County tax records.

Furtick, 33, said that 8,400 square feet of the house is heated, with the rest composed of basement, attic, garage and porch space. He is paying for the five-bedroom house with income from the books he’s written and will write, Corbett said.

Furtick said the hardest part hasn’t been what the public is saying about him. Instead, he is most upset about how the media attention may have affected members.

“I’m sorry for the uncomfortable conversations you had to have this week,” Furtick said. One woman near the front responded, “No sorry needed.”

“I have always tried to make this a church where you could be proud of your church,” Furtick said. The congregation responded by giving Furtick a standing ovation.

Furtick continued by reiterating his commitment to creating a “ministry of integrity.”

“That has not changed, and that will not change,” he said.

He added that the church provides followers with access to copies of audited financial statements of the church, although Furtick has yet to make those statements public.

Furtick has also refused to reveal how much he makes from books and speaking engagements. He has also not disclosed his salary, which is not determined by the congregation but instead an appointed “Board of Overseers” comprised of other mega-church pastors.

He thanked the congregation on Sunday for “what you’ve prayed, what you’ve said and what you haven’t said.

“We appreciate knowing that you have our back,” he said.

Furtick added that the media “is not our enemy,” noting that the media have a right to report what it wants to. “I do not call this an attack,” he said. “This is a news story, and the media is not our enemy.”

Before moving on to his regular sermon, which was about finding the blessings in life’s struggles, Furtick told members he looked forward to continuing his ministry in Charlotte “for the next 50 years,” adding, “The best is yet to come.”

After the service, several worshipers said the controversy had not shaken their faith in the church or in Furtick. “I thought his sermon was very positive, and it was the truth,” said Kim Hoefer, noting that Furtick had already told the congregation about his new home a couple of weeks ago.

Member Cora Morgan said she doesn’t think anyone has any business telling Furtick what kind of home to build. “It’s his money; he can do what he wants with it,” she said.

Besides, Morgan said, his home’s size is insignificant when compared to how many people Furtick’s ministry has touched.

“Every Sunday, people are lined up outside of church like they’re trying to get into the club,” she said. “Maybe this is an opportunity for everyone to see how great God is.”

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero

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