ADVENTIST WORLD — Adventists caught texting in church will have their phones confiscated and their texts read from the pulpit as of this coming Sabbath.
The clampdown on texting comes as the denomination battles what leaders are calling a “distraction epidemic” which has members glued to their phones throughout services.
“It’s going to be just like getting caught passing notes in grade school,” explained Church Discipline spokesperson Dejate Denviar. “If you are texting in church we are just going to assume your are cool with the whole flock hearing your thoughts.”
Denviar said that the burliest deacons available on any given Sabbath will be in charge of busting offending members. After the texting member is relieved of their phone, the most recently composed lines of text will be read from the pulpit providing the pastor has not already started the sermon. Mid-sermon texts will simply be displayed on the overhead screens.