"DiscipleSHIP Cruise" Directors Receive Complaints After Attendees Unable To Perform Miracles
Andrew and Sapphire Williams had been looking forward to the Discipleship Cruise ever since they heard about it on their local Christian radio station. They tapped their retirement account in order to buy a balcony cabin. They had never taken a cruise, and were enchanted by the idea of remote beaches, all-you-can-eat succulent meals, and 5-star service all the way.
But Andrew reveals that there were deeper things they wanted to experience. "Our church doesn't really do discipleship very well. Don't get me wrong. It is a great church doing amazing things. But we've been there for 9 years and have not been discipled. So what we were really looking forward to on this cruise was the chance to become real disciples."
But according to the couple, the Discipleship Cruise over-promised, and under-delivered. "We didn't actually believe we would be casting out demons at the first port of call," says Sapphire. "But we were surprised when on day 3 we were told there would be the opportunity to go on a scuba diving excursion. Scuba diving? We can dive in our swimming pool. We came on the discipleship cruise to learn how to walk on water. At the end of the week we had not multiplied bread, turned water into wine, or cursed a single fig tree." The Williams' look at each other and you can see the disappointment in their eyes.
Carly Peterson, director of the Discipleship Cruise says she is sorry for the confusion, but the event did not guarantee any supernatural powers associated with being a disciple of Jesus. "We had several bands and encouraging speakers who talked about what it means to live the sacrificial life while surrounded by a world of consumerism. We do apologize if any of our guests had the wrong impression."
Ms. Peterson did offer the Williams' a discounted rate for the upcoming marriage cruise. But the couple declined. "Our marriage is fine. What we are needing help in is becoming the Christians we are supposed to be."