Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    HELL HOUSE: Revisited


    Since posting recently about the excellent (if disturbing) documentary "Hell House, " I've discovered that the church featured in the film has a website up for this year's event. Now I realize this project must cost them some bucks, but it does seem a little odd to me that it costs a person $10 to gain acess to an event that the church claims is entirely focused on evangelism. Is $10 the going rate for getting your soul saved? At least it's nice to know that they will have a concession stand. The website reports that you can buy nachos, hot dogs, Frito pie, pickles and chips to enjoy as you watch a girl taunted by Satan as she has an abortion and teen who is writhing in hell because "my uncle did things to me when I was a boy and then he told me that I was born 'that way'." Plus, if you want a souvenir as a memento of your trip through hell, you can purchase tatoos ($1), tshirts ($10), hoodies ($25) and more! Commodifying salvation?

    --Brian

    7 comments:

    Scott Cheatham said...

    Brian,
    Just an FYI...The site you reference here is NOT the official site of the Hell House outreach. Pastor Keenan Roberts, featured in your video clip, pastors at Destiny Church in Northglenn, Colorado.

    http://www.godestiny.org/index.cfm

    If you follow the page, you'll see his ad for the Hell House. Just wanted you to know. I agree with you that "commodifying" the gospel is a little odd though. I understand production costs and all but here in Denver, Keenan's church usually charged around $5 or so to get in and gave you money off of that if you brought in canned goods for the local food pantry for the coming holiday season.

    I've looked with no success to see if he was doing anything locally you could link to but his church is meeting in a hotel so I doubt he'll be doing anything here this season.

    Brian said...

    Hi Scott. Thanks for the clarification. I believe I'm correct in saying that the pastor/church in the video clip with Dawkins from my previous blog entry are not from the church featured in the film "Hell House." But the website I linked to in this entry is the church from the film. Right?

    emergentjourney said...

    if you cant sell it then it aint christian...

    ben said...

    Brian,

    Crazy stuff right there! We have a church in our area who does an event called Hell Stop... huge budget for it, too. Though I'm not sure they charge to hear the gospel...

    Sidenote....I won a prize package back in June, for submitting a camp idea.......has that prize package become a victim of our slumpy economy?? do i need to consume more of your blog in order to get the book on consumer youth? ;-)

    Brian said...

    Ben, thanks for posting. And I've sent you an email regarding the prize package. If you don't get it, shoot me a message at brianskirk at yahoo.com

    Scotty said...

    Actually they are doing Hell House this year at the Ramada on 120th and I-25 in Broomfield. It will be the last weekend in Oct.

    cmdjeff said...

    The production Pastor Keenan does has thousands of manhours, usually involves a cast of over 100 and cost thousands of dollars to put on, so they are just trying to recover their costs. Its not about making money, its about asking mostly young teens to stop and ask themselves what do they believe? Is abortion really murder? did God make some people to be born gay? is there really a Heaven or Hell or a Jesus? Its all about Ministry to those who do it. Jeff