A drama, Judgment House, designed to make young people aware of their spiritual needs was staged over several days recently at Christ Temple Church in Huntington, West Virginia, and at local church, Pleasant Green Baptist Church sponsored several people who attended a performance, including associate ministers Mark and Portia Williams.
“This particular drama was about a couple of young guys – one had been a believer and lost his parents. Another one had lost his mother – and they were plotting to harm other young adults that were also believers,” Mark Williams said. ‘They were going to make a bomb and kill them. In the process, the one backed out after speaking with the pastor. He tried to talk his friend out of it, but he grabbed the bomb and ran and the bomb blew up and the girl they had strapped the bomb to and the other guy died.”
Mark said that was followed by a judgment scene where they were to be judged as to whether they were to go to heaven or hell. Because of their decisions or lack of decisions for Jesus Christ, they were given a judgment. What follows is a hell scene and a heaven scene.
“The guy playing Christ came down and gave some comforting words in the process of time,” Mark Williams said. “After that scene, you go into a room and pastor Chuck (Lawrence) talks to the crowd and explains to them that it (drama) is not an alternative to Halloween, but if they were scared, he hoped it would scare them to choose heaven over hell.
“He (Lawrence) said he was not trying to scare people,” Portia Williams said. “The story tells itself.”
There was a result for the local group that attended the drama.
“Out of the group that we took, one child was baptized,” Mark Williams said. “We called his parents and got verification of course, and he was baptized.”
Sherry Kearns, the mother of Curtis Kearns who was baptized after going through Judgment House, said it is something everyone should experience.
“I think that it is a great experience for the kids, and all who attend,” Kearns said. “It puts you in a real life situation of what will happen. I think it opens your eyes to dangers and things that can happen to them. The kids love it. It is very emotional, but I think you need that, so that you can see that things you do affect other people too. I think that everybody should go, because a lot of people do turn their lives over to Christ, and get baptized while they are there.”
Mark Williams said the church puts the drama on around October every year.
“It takes you so close to the actual thoughts of what it’s going to be like in eternity and hell,” Portia Williams said. “God’s final decision and final judgment. It’s just very moving. I believe Christ Temple Church puts a whole lot of soul and passion into making this happen for the community and just pointing people to a relationship with Christ and I think they do an excellent job.”
Mark said the object of the program was simple – “To win souls for Christ.”
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