Old-timey ideas of how to worship God have officially gone to the dogs in a small town just north of Houston, Texas.
According to MyFox Houston reporter Kristin Kane — the same reporter who scooped the “Pole Dancing for Jesus” ministry — a man in Spring, Texas is leaving throngs of churchgoers rapt with spiritual energies by comparing them to canines who should just stop questioning and obey.
Of course, he’s not using just any canine. Texans are apparently seeing God through a Labrador retriever named “the Prophet.”
A simple search on YouTube reveals that Kingdom Dog Ministries is not new, and it’s certainly not a joke. Founded in 2003, the traveling ministry claims that preacher Hank Hough and his priestly pup blend “humor with simple and timeless biblical truths to show the power of obedience in the life of a believer.”
A Hollywood-style trailer (watch below) promoting paid bookings for the nonprofit ministry opens with the sound of a heartbeat, and gradually faces into tense music set to dramatic shots of a man with a dog, a man triumphantly holding a dog bone, and crowds apparently very moved by the sight of — you guessed it — a dog.
It’s all a bit confusing unless one sees an actual demonstration of what Hough and his dog actually do. In a demonstration he gave to the popular religious show Hour of Power in 2010, Hough explained that even though he calls his dog “the Prophet,” his “actual registered name is, ‘Joshua 24:15, choose you this day whom you will serve.'”
“I hope that his purpose will be to show you the value of me, the master trainer,” he explained. “I want him to go tell every puppy that ever existed, in their language, ‘Do you not know who he is? Do you not understand the power he has to change your life? To set you free?’ Isn’t that what Jesus Christ came and did for us?”
As the ministry’s website explains: “His desire is that you will both learn the power of obedience and gain a desire for a life of submission to Jesus Christ.”
We’ll just go ahead and let Fox News explain the rest.
This video is from Fox News, broadcast Thursday, August 23, 2012.
This video was published to YouTube on January 18, 2012.