Maldon pastor urges residents to 'turn back to God'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Rob Sefton, pastor at Maldon Elim Pentecostal Church Rob Sefton, pastor at Maldon Elim Pentecostal Church

A Maldon pastor is urging residents to turn back to God in order to help end the nation’s flooding crisis.

Rob Sefton, pastor at Maldon Elim Pentecostal Church, based in the town’s Wantz Road, held a prayer meeting last Saturday, appealing to God for the storms to cease.

Despite a plea for churchgoers outside his own congregation and members of the public to turn up, only 11 people attended.

He said: “Unfortunately we didn’t get many people at all, I was very disappointed.

“There was basically only two people outside of our church that came even though we put the word out.

“The thing is we do believe that God answers to prayer and we really feel for the people whose homes have been under water since Christmas last year.”

Mr Sefton, who has been pastor at the church for more than three years, said the storms and flooding had arrived as a “punishment” from God, due to the nation turning its back on Christianity.

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1:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Chris Danes says...

Seems to me that if God (who I do actually believe in) can work in the way this Pastor says to intervene in the world, then it is very difficult to explain how he was unable to save those killed under the Nazis, for instance. Moreover, idea that God intervenes to punish us is essentially one from the Bronze and Iron ages in Old Testament times - theology and philosophy, Which I studied at Uni has moved on a bit then. Frankly I am appalled and at such not least because it gives the impression that all Christians are barking mad. We're not - and I do apologise for him Besides, why the hell should we do what the frequently ill-educated clergy (not all tell us?
Seems to me that if God (who I do actually believe in) can work in the way this Pastor says to intervene in the world, then it is very difficult to explain how he was unable to save those killed under the Nazis, for instance. Moreover, idea that God intervenes to punish us is essentially one from the Bronze and Iron ages in Old Testament times - theology and philosophy, Which I studied at Uni has moved on a bit then. Frankly I am appalled and at such not least because it gives the impression that all Christians are barking mad. We're not - and I do apologise for him Besides, why the hell should we do what the frequently ill-educated clergy (not all tell us? Chris Danes
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9:24am Mon 3 Mar 14

Hawthorne says...

You are wrong Chris. By definition, all clergy are ill-educated. Reading and believing one book at the expense of all others (and your own reasoning) is not the act of an educated person. Science has been shining light into all of the dark places our primeval minds were scared of for years now. Religion is running out of corners to skulk in. Time we all grew up.
You are wrong Chris. By definition, all clergy are ill-educated. Reading and believing one book at the expense of all others (and your own reasoning) is not the act of an educated person. Science has been shining light into all of the dark places our primeval minds were scared of for years now. Religion is running out of corners to skulk in. Time we all grew up. Hawthorne
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10:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

What a stupid comment the man made. But what does one expect from someone who believes in fairy stories.
What a stupid comment the man made. But what does one expect from someone who believes in fairy stories. Jack222
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