'Fight Churches' Let Pastors Duke It Out
Hundreds of evangelical churches allow fighting: film
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?" That question is posed in Fight Church, a new documentary about churches that promote mixed martial arts fighting among pastors, Huffington Post reports. The film's directors were surprised to find hundreds of churches that attract congregants and build community with fighting. "Beyond churches that had formal or informal fight ministries, we discovered innumerable churches that included MMA as a component of a men's program," said co-director Daniel Junge.

While Jesus urged followers to "turn the other cheek," advocates of MMA church fighting say Jesus of Revelation provides a tougher image, and Biblical heroes like Samson and David showed their strength of the battlefield. "We don’t fight out of meanness," a pastor featured in the movie tells ABC News. "We have no hate or bitterness in our heart." Most "fight churches" are evangelical, white, and have struggled with attendance, the New York Times reports. The Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention have criticized the fighting, but mainstream churches have "feminized men," says a pastor in the trailer. Says another: "Tough guys need Jesus too."

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loveandhope
Apr 8, 2014 11:09 AM CDT
This totally goes against the principles. Your not suppose to fist fight. This is another reason why some people have negative thoughts about the bible or God or what is true or untrue because of these hypocritical leaders who do not follow the word of God and do things their own way instead of God's way.
Nofun
Apr 7, 2014 5:21 AM CDT
This may sound like the right wing christian fringe but the idea of a violent Jesus is all the rage at the major right wing websites. Just go to your Fox Nation, WND, etc. Violent Jesus was always a feature of Nazi thought too. But righty won't own up to the christian holocaust .... he has to make a total fool of himself by pretending they were left wing. Left wing people hate commumism and reject anyone taking things that far left. But righty refuses to acknowledge his extremes... his every failure is explained away by not being right wing enough .... now we have 100s of christian militia groups running around i.e. domestic terrorists .... and now pastors being violent .... wake up righty.... you are descending into a madness we have all seen before. Never again.
People_Suck
Apr 7, 2014 12:37 AM CDT
Lmao, can't think of anything else.