There are genuine church outreach programs, and there are less than genuine community based outreach programs that are fronts for drug smuggling and for gun running and for money laundering operations.

Genuine community outreach programs display diversity, which means that various professions and ethnic groups are represented. For example, engineers attend services right along with cashiers and librarians and business owners and college students and journalists and homemakers from all ethnic groups. The members of these churches that can be considered genuine houses of worship are also welcoming of others, and do not automatically become suspicious because someone from a different ethnic group comes to join them for service since no criminal activity is going on behind the scenes and since they genuinely accept and believe in the basic tenets of the Christian faith.

Less than genuine community outreach programs or churches are replete with former gang members and drug dealers who are still active members in the criminal underworld. These unsavory individuals are using the church to conceal their criminal activity since most people are less and less suspicious of churches and community based outreach programs that are run by individuals that display a changed outward appearance.

On the flip side of things there are an overwhelming amount of genuine community outreach programs that have ex-gang members and drug dealers who have truly given their lives to Jesus Christ and who have left the criminal underworld far, far behind them and who don’t associate with their former criminal associates and who welcome all ethnic groups and professions to come and worship with them.

The genuine community outreach programs mirror society and aren’t trying to conceal their criminal activity and don’t have any issues with law enforcement officers attending services at their churches since these law enforcement officers are part of the community and genuinely believe in the principles of the Christian faith.

There are certain nontraditional community outreach programs that currently exist and that a number of unsuspecting Christians have been viciously assaulted at for simply being a member of the wrong ethnic group and for stumbling into the restroom during a gun deal or during a narcotics exchange.

Many of these nontraditional community outreach programs are not true houses of worship since true houses of worship welcome everyone and are not hubs for drug transactions and gun running and money laundering operations that have strong ties to drug cartels that provided the blood money to establish many of these churches as well as the community outreach programs that are run out of a number of these churches.

The Christian that wants to attend holiday services should research the church before attending, and the victims that have been attacked at some of these nontraditional churches or community outreach programs or that have been subjected to less than desired unchristian like behavior might want to post their experiences on Facebook or on Twitter, so that others won’t fall into the same trap.

Sadly, everyone that says that he or she is a Christian or a pastor or a deacon or an assistant pastor or an associate pastor cannot be trusted since the world is filled with a lot of deceivers that are actively seeking victims to deceive and to rob and to literally devour, which is why it is important to do your homework.

Now that we are presently in the holiday season which starts with Thanksgiving and which ends with New Years, and since a great deal of people are presently looking for churches to attend, I encourage everyone to do their research before attending a church that is unknown to them or to any of their family and friends since the consequences can often be irreversible.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

This article was also published by Examiner.com

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