Bartholomew Orr, the pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, made sure his congregation got the message that Jesus Christ was coming back in a sermon he preached on Sunday when he zip-lined down to his pulpit.
“Are you ready? Are you ready for His return?” Orr asked his congregation while flying in on the zip-line.
“The day is going to come when the sky is cracked and Jesus Christ comes again.”
Orr said he is a “prop preacher” and often uses props to illustrate his message. He said the zip-line was perfect for his message.
“It fit really with the message that I was preaching. What better way than to say He’s coming back. Are you ready for his return,” Orr said during an interview after a video of the sermon went viral.
But some people have criticized Orr for using the prop.
“Props are for stage acts and shows not for getting the message out. I guess he will walk on water next.”
However, others have said: “At least 1.1 million people were touched by the word in one way or another because of this video! Won`t he do it! And I am glad he did this. All the foolishness that goes viral. Let’s make Jesus go viral.”
Orr said he didn’t expect all of this attention.
He has been interviewed by several national news outlets since the video was posted.
“No I didn’t expect it to go viral. I come out and someone tells me you know what it’s 250,000 views. We are like huh? Now seven million folks, if nothing else, have heard the message. Are you ready for His return?” Orr said.
Orr is not the first church leader to use non-traditional methods to get his message across.
Three years ago, Pastor Brandon Porter got backlash after riding a hoverboard in to deliver his sermon.
“Sometimes we have to break our own rules, our own traditions just that we might touch someone’s heart with Jesus Christ,” Porter said.
But the zip-line had some lashing out, saying this is where the tithes and offering go.
“One thing Pastor Orr stressed is that the zip line was not brought in just for his sermon. It was already here for the church`s annual Christmas play and sponsored by donations. But the question is would he use it again?'” April Thompson said.
Pastor Bartholomew Orr: “I have climbed the ladder in the pulpit as well as preached from the top of it. So I can’t ever tell some folks what they might see.”
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