A Michigan church held a special service Sunday based on the message, "Hate the sin but love the sinner."
New Haven’s Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church titled the service “Thug Sunday.”
The church said the service was meant to engage those who have not traditionally been sought after.
“My whole intent with Thug Day is to make some ex-thugs,” said the church’s pastor, John Mack.
Mack admitted that some may not agree with the name of the service. But he said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to turn around the life of any man, woman, or young person in trouble.
“If we don’t try to change them, they are still going to be there … still doing the same thing,” Mack said. “So let’s go out of the box and try and reach them.”
And at least one man, who willingly refers to himself as thug, is responding.
Jeremy Folsom said he believes prayer can change his life. He said he came to the church specifically for Thug Sunday.
“It’s a wake up call for people like me,” he said. “I’m here to find my way back. I think I’m going to make changes.”
Mack said thugs, and anyone else who wants to turn their live around, are welcome every Sunday.
“The Gospel will change lives. The power is in the Gospel,” Mack said. “Just hopefully, everything will get better from here.”
Mack said the church is already planning another Thug Sunday.
Anyone who wants to be a part of the next Thug Sunday can call the church at 586-749-3813.
.....not something a human church would think of doing.....