I received a spam email this afternoon that boasts the following product:
Become a legally ordained minister within 48 hours
As a minister, you will be authorized to perform the rites and ceremonies of the church!
Perform Weddings, Funerals, Perform Baptisms, Forgiveness of Sins, Visit Correctional Facilities
Want to start your own church?
Then there is a link at the bottom of the email that points you to the website that sells you this certificate for USD$29.95. It has an interesting emphasis on the power of "forgiveness of sins":
FORGIVENESS OF SINS
The Catholic Church has practiced the forgiveness of sins for centuries.
** Forgiveness of Sins is granted to all who ask in sincerity and willingness to change for the better!!
Yeah, right! Why go to theological college and study hard for 3-4 years learning Hebrews, Greek, church history and the actual word of God, when you can be ordained on-line at fraction of money and time with free delivery! Moreover, at theological college they teach you that only God can forgive the sins that you have committed against Him. But hey! This certificate grants you the power to order God that He should forgive and forget other people's sin as well!! How awesome is that! With USD$29.95, that sounds like a bargain to me...
I wonder how many people actually went and bought themselves a copy.