NewSpring Church in S.C. Presents "Redneck" Sermon Series

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The megachurch defines "rednecks" as "hard-working people who are willing to do whatever it takes."

NewSpring Church in South Carolina began a sermon series last week featuring the qualities of “rednecks” and how those qualities can be harnessed to share the gospel with boldness and faith. The megachurch defines “rednecks” as “hard-working people who are willing to do whatever it takes” and says in its promotional materials that “there’s a little redneck in all of us!” 

“Throughout the Bible there are stories of men (and some women) that are willing to do whatever it takes to get something done. This is very much the mentality of a Redneck,” an emailed statement from NewSpring Church says. “We’re going through stories together as a church and talking about how we too can and should do whatever it takes to share the Gospel.”

According to The Christian Post, during the first service of the series, the worship team opened with “Sweet Home Alabama,” and teaching pastor Clayton King shared some “redneck” items he owns: several action figures of professional wrestlers. The church said they have not yet received any negative feedback about the series or using the name “redneck,” and they announced that over 400 people became Christians during that first service.

“Some of us need to be a little more redneck in the way that we experience Jesus,” Clayton King said during his message. “What do I mean by that? Quit trying to be so reserved. Quit trying to be so classy. Quit trying to be so pretty. Quit trying to be so perfect. And just let yourself go.”

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  • Jeff Barclay

    Peter might have a redneck.
    Matthew Levi was white collar all the way!

  • Alban

    This would be great if the term weren’t racially derisive. The term is no less offensive that the “N” word, and originated as a term of derision mocking sunburned Whites working in cane fields. The term’s meaning varied somewhat among Appalachian miners, but remains associated with being poor, dirty, ignorant, and – coincidentally – bigoted, outside of that subculture. It’s offensive… and “redefining” its meaning should be no less offensive than if a megachurch suggested that the “N” word meant “hard-working people who are willing to do whatever it takes.” Why not just say “hard working,” “overcoming,” or “dedicated?” Why use the “R” word? And it’s difficult to feign ignorance of the cultural biases when the pastor himself suggests that letting go of reserve, class, beauty, and the pursuit of perfection are the defining characteristics of subjects of this epithet.

  • Teresa Colson

    Considering this is the same church that played “Highway to Hell” on Easter Sunday, nothing this guy does surprises me! Personally, I don’t think this type of hype glorifies God.

  • Drew Foster

    I like this idea. Being from the south I see nothing wrong with it. Typically when you think of a redneck around here you think of a “good ole boy” someone who would give you the shirt off his back. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with church today. We are trying to be so politically correct and not hurt anybody’s feelings that we tend to be like the Levite instead of the Samaritan.

    • Alban

      It is highly unlikely that the Samaritan referred to himself in the same manner as the Israelites did. It has nothing to do with political correctness, and everything to do with respecting yourself and those around you.

      • Drew Foster

        Are you from the south? Do you personally know what it means when someone is called a “redneck”? I’m just curious?

        • Alban

          Drew, that is a fair question. I was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia and raised in rural Wayne County, West Virginia. My papaw worked the mines from the age of 9, and my daddy was born in the same camp where Jack Dempsey grew up. If anyone should be able to safely use the word “Redneck,” it’s me. This is one reason I mentioned Appalachian miners in my original comment… I know the word… and I know what it means locally as well as everywhere else. Don’t get me wrong… I served my country to protect free speech… say what you want no matter how bad others think it is. Feel free to use it, brother. Justify your denigration of poor, uneducated Whites; proudly count yourself among them. It’s perfectly okay… everyone else does it, too. But when others treat your children with disrespect, remember that you opened that door. And someday, you can be as powerless to stop others from calling your children “White Trash” as Blacks were when people called them (names). Go in peace.


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