Local Church to Discuss the “Dark Side” of Spirituality

Usually churches stay away from talking about ghosts, psychics, witchcraft and curses. – Not at Open Arms Community Church in Bradford and Port Allegany, where pastors will discuss those subjects as it kicks off its supernatural series this weekend.

“People are drawn to the supernatural because we are spiritual in nature,” Pastor Mike McAvoy said. “We are not just a body. As the body desires natural fulfillment, our spirit, which is eternal, longs for spiritual fulfillment. Without the spiritual and moral compass of God’s Truth — found in the Bible — to guide us, we will find our self either spiritually empty or the other extreme of chasing after any and all spiritual experiences.”

Services are 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday at 1289 East Main St. in Bradford Township and 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at 105 Smith St. in Port Allegany.

Assistant Pastor Justin Willoughby said he has built a belief in the supernatural after experiencing certain events in his life and of those lives around him.​

“​I​ say to the skeptics, don’t dismiss something you don’t understand​,” he said.

“​It’s not inviting trouble. We want to bring an awareness of the supernatural. We want to bring an understanding of what it is that is at work behind the physical senses.”

Port Allegany Site Pastor Chris Stavish said that everyone has experienced explainable events

“There have been stories throughout history and many other things that have given reason to believe that the supernatural really does exist. But, all in all I think in the back of everyone’s head everyone has experienced something they can not explain,” he said.

The series will continue into November, where it takes a shift to talk about the authentic and positive supernatural occurrences talked about throughout the New Testament and the early church. “We want people to be able to discern accurately if a spiritual experience is from God or not,” McAvoy said. “We want people to be able to authentically experience and engage God and spirituality, which is more than reading a book, attending a church service, or performing some religious ritual. We want people to be empowered and released to fully represent and communicate the life changing power and person of Jesus Christ.”

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