Columbus County churchgoers write New Testament along sidewalks

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Submitted: Mon, 04/09/2012 - 2:45am
Updated: Mon, 04/09/2012 - 3:28pm

WHITEVILLE,NC (WWAY)– Around 30 churches joined their congregations in downtown Whiteville Sunday for a unique Easter sunrise service. Following the service believers hit the streets, writing the New Testament (in chalk) on the sidewalks throughout the city.

“It was a wonderful gathering of God’s people,” said Pleasant Plains Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. David Heller. “We celebrated Easter and the resurrection and now they’ve begun to go out and write the entire New Testament on the sidewalks of downtown Whiteville. A project that’s never been done anywhere that we’re aware of.”

Inspired by the service, around a thousand Columbus County residents attempted to write the New Testament and it’s nearly 800,000 words, lining 18 blocks in the city of Whiteville.

Believers say it was a great way to praise the one who gave up everything.

“When you think of Whiteville and the small town, it’s really quite a feat that we’re undertaking but it’s neat to be a part of the community and that experience,” said Beverly Justice from Whiteville United Methodist Church.

Many Columbus County churchgoers say it’s an Easter Sunday they will not soon forget.

“We think this is going to be an Easter sunrise service that everyone will remember for a long, long time, hopefully all their lives,” said event organizer Janice Young. “I don’t know if we’ll do it again this way next year or exactly what we’ll do but I do know that this is an Easter nobody will forget for quite a while.”

The idea to write the New Testament on the sidewalks came from Mark Gilchrest of the Whiteville News Reporter.


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The First Amendment prohibits GOVERNMENT from making any law establishing religion or preventing the free exercise thereof.

    These people can, in no way, shape, or form, violate the Constitution by expressing their written beliefs. You might make an argument that Whiteville was guilty of something if they had a permit letting them to do it, but due to the temporary nature of this display, you’d likely lose on that count too.

    Janine Turner has a wonderful series of essays on her website, written my law professors from several well-known schools. You might want to check them out. You might truly learn something about the Constitution!

  • Adrian in Dallas says:

    Aren’t those sidewalks PUBLIC spaces that, through protections offered by the Constitution, be free from propaganda emitted by any religion? If the Christians can get away with violating the Constitution, what’s to stop Muslims from writing the Quran on public places? Or the cult known as Scientology, or even those cultish Mormons?

  • Guest555555 says:

    …and what happens to freedom if you don’t? It’s just a little chalk that will wash away with the first rain. Take a chill pill. If the sidewalks are public places, they are part of the public and are allowed there too.

  • Guest 21992 says:

    The Bible and the words contained within are not Propaganda. if that is propaganda then any kid writing anything or drawing anything on a sidewalk or public park should be punished as well. your ideas are unlearned and have no base. Also if you consider the biblical words propaganda do you consider the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or any other literary work propaganda? I think this was a grand thing to do, and very nice that people actually did it.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …get their panties in a wad over something this innocuous. They wrote the New Testament on the sidewalks in chalk….oh what a heinous crime! Why didn’t the police just open up with shotguns and MP5s?

    If you ask me, most of you Athiests get SO worked up about people who believe in God that it approcahes something beyond OCD. It’s like whistling past the graveyard. Why e;se would something as simple as writing on a sidewalk arouse such anger and bitterness?

    “I hate these Christians so much they make me crazy!”

    Translation: “Man oh man I hope I’m right.”

  • AWC says:

    While our personal encounters are many, they are equally limited. By writing the Scriptures on the sidewalks you have increased the opportunity to fulfill the commission given to believers to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Don’t be discouraged, Christ Himself said some of the seed (which is the Word in the parable) would be snatched away by the wicked one from the heart that seeks not to understand, and some would seem to germinate but later wither because there was no depth of reception, and some would fall on hearts so consumed by the cares of the world that they would not receive the Word. But some WILL receive the Word with varying levels of fruitfulness. After all, His word does come with a guarantee! (Isaiah 55:11)

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    Why weren’t they arrested for defacing public property? How would people have felt if a Mosque had taken it upon themselves to write out the koran on the sidewalks lol. What a waste of time and energy

  • GuestAmazed says:

    They aren’t “defacing” anything. It will wash away by the next rain. Geeeezzzz…some people will object to anything.

  • guesty says:

    Because it was done with chalk. No damage was done to the public property. Currently you do not have the right to not be offended but don’t worry, liberals are trying to change that.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    For the same reason children arn’t arrested for drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. You are such a bitter whiny old man. It is no more a waste of time and energy to them as your whiny posts are wasted on here.

  • Everett Hervey says:

    That is the best reason for a good pressure washing that I have ever seen.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Well then carry that ass to town and get to pressure washing boy!

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Instead of posting an angry post at 6:35 in the morning about something you obviously don’t even believe in, perhaps you would have been better off if you had just spent that time making yourself a great breakfast.

    “WOW…what a waste of time.”

  • WBy says:

    Looks like we have a fascist among us. Probably a book burner too

  • Guest33133 says:

    WOW…what a waste of time. Go by another bible…i think its already written there. Don’t try and make people who may not care about your fairy tales have to look at it during a leisurely stroll.

  • Guest999999 says:

    Perhaps some of the passersby will have the aesthetic capacity to appreciate the beauty of the language if not the content.

    The Bible is our greatest work of literature. What a cultural treasure.

    Bravo, Whiteville!

  • Das Weibstück says:

    It will rain soon.

  • Guest1111111111 says:

    Well, I was there and in no way found it a waste of time! As for those taking a stoll, it was all cleaned up before the end of the day!!!! May Godd Bless you and we will pray for you!!!!!!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    BUY another Bible, not by. What a massive boob.

  • ACW 33 says:


    Did you know that Easter is a pagan holiday? Easter comes from the Babylonian Goddess ”Ishtar”. Anyone knows where the coloring of the Easter Eggs comes from? The Occult Priest of Babylon sacrifices 3 month old babies and would dye the eggs in their blood on Easter Sunday. The Creator Yhwh calls this an abomination. If you find this hard to swallow do the research on this subject or you can continue worshiping the wrong God.

  • GuestKnowledge says:

    English and other Germanic languages are the only ones that call the Festival of the Resurrection “Easter”. Everyone else calls it some version of “Pascha,” which comes from the Hebrew word for “Passover.” The holiday was celebrated extremely early in the church’s history, probably around the 2nd century.

    The Easter holiday was held in conjunction with the Jewish holiday of Passover. When Christian missionaries entered Saxon lands, they celebrated Easter at about the same time that a pagan celebration occurred for the goddess Eostre, which occurred with enough regularity that people adopted the goddess’s celebration as a term for the season in general. They brought that term into common terminology even though the pagan association diminished over time. Some of these same Saxons then associated the word Easter with the Passover/Resurrection celebration. So, perhaps the common name did originate with a pagan goddess, but that would be the only connection – it would not be an appropriation of the pagan holiday by Christians.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Kudos on all of that research but … who cares? Lots of religious holiday dates and their accompanying iconic items originated with other religions or events but again … who cares? Religion is based on believing in what you believe in. If an Easter egg helps to remind someone of the resurrection of Christ then that’s what it has morphed into. Really silly to think that means a person is worshipping an obscure pagan goddess from 2000 years ago. Of course the exception to that would have to be the Cadbury Rabbit. That thing really is truely evil. :-)

  • Joe Bowman says:

    A creative way to involve the community in spreading the good word. I like it. Bravo!

  • Everett Hervey says:

    The rain will wash that nonsense away soon enough.

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