This page is named for my Calvinist friend who gave us this idea. This page is reader generated. The intent is to list the urban legends and myths which are spread by pastors or church leaders.
1. NASA scientists have discovered the missing day of Joshua’s time.
This story has been circulating in its NASA version at least since the 1960s. NASA denies that this ever occurred. The story goes back to a book by Charles Totten entitled “Joshua’s Long Day and the Dial of Ahaz: A Scientific Vindication” (1890). Harold Hill told his version in “How to Live Like a King’s Kid” (1974). Hill, the former president of the Curtis Engine Company of Baltimore, was involved in diesel engine operations at Goddard, but had no involvement with any computer operations.
2. Mike Warnke was the head of a satanic coven before becoming a Christian.
A 1992 article in Cornerstone magazine provided documentation and eyewitness testimony that contradicts the claims Mike has made about himself. Much of this testimony is by close associates and friends of Mike. The article also exposed Mike’s multiple marriages and divorces as a Christian. For more detail see Cornerstone: The Mike Warnke series. Mike later admitted “I am guilty of some embellishing of the story,” although he stands by his previous testimony of some satanic involvement. An accountability board from his church was organized and has provided oversight of Mike and Susan Warnke and their ministry since 1993. Mike’s web site has more information.
3. The mentally handicapped witness that saved thousands
Here’s one that Tony Campolo uses.It’s about the mentally handicapped child who has been mainstreamed in high school, and through a confluence of circumstances ends up singing “Jesus loves me” or something like that.A revival breaks out. Bunches of kids come to Christ. The town has changed etc.When my friend heard this from Campolo the first time, he started telling his college history prof about the great story, and the college prof finished the story. Then the prof said, “That’s one’s been around for a long time.”
One year at the SBC convention, my friends and I heard the same illustration end about 3 different sermons.It’s a long revival week. It’s the last night of the revival. As the speaker is leaving, in the parking lot, a 17 year old girl who had attended all nights of the revival approaches the speaker in the parking lot, and says, “Pastor, I need to know how to be saved.” “And I told her how to be saved, and she was gloriously saved.”
4. Be careful who you forget to quote.
In college, I heard a Sunday School lesson that was taken point by point from a speech given at a religious convention I’d attended a few years previously. The speaker never attributed the lesson to that speech (except to make a reference to “the guy on the tape”.) The reason I knew that the lesson was taken from that speech? I had a copy of the tape, also, and I’d listened to it several times.
5.There is a frequently used “statistic” about the fraction of the people who have ever lived that are alive today. “Over 50%” seems to be often mentioned.
This is clearly not right. The best estimate I have heard came out around 7% (best in the sense that the method used to estimate the number was given) and even that seems high. Here is a link that demonstrates the math. Link http://www.squarecirclez.com/blog/90-of-those-who-ever-lived-alive-today/325
6. The candy cane is a Christian symbol -the J stands for Jesus, the stripes stand for His purity an d spilled blood.
Although this is a nice thought, it appears to be not true. Link
7.There is story about Abraham Lincoln buying a black child at an auction and then tell her she was free. It would make Lincoln pretty stupid to turn out a child on her own. A little search on the internet turned up the pastor who first made up the story.. and told it as true.