Our world needs Jesus, but not everyone is open to hearing the good news of the Gospel. Now, a church in New South Wales has been forced to remove the word “Jesus” from its Easter advertisement signs because it has been causing offense to non-Christians in the community. Elim Church had paid for these digital signs to be displayed in the community, but they have been causing quite the stir.
Pastor Martin Duffy said that the manager of the shopping center where the signs were located, Lendlease, had been against the display and forced them to be changed to have the words ‘Risen Christ’ instead of ‘Jesus’.
“The phrase ‘Jesus is alive’… is the core message of the Christian faith and what Easter’s really all about,” Pastor Duffy said. “It’s a good message. I think there’s a minority group out there that are constantly distorting the message of Jesus Christ. It’s just going on and on.”
Pastor Duffy said that Lendlease had asked them to take out the word “Jesus” from the sign because it may be offending shoppers and non-Christians who visit the shopping center. The sign was an advertisement for a free community event to celebrate Easter that was being held by the church in the community.
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