WILD-EYED and out of control, the clubbers flail wildly to a booming beat.
With sweaty clothes clinging to their backs, some people even pass out. While this could easily be mistaken for a dodgy booze and drug-fuelled party, there is something very different about Sloshfest.
The revellers are party loving Christians who don’t drink or take drugs – but say their euphoria is down to the power of God and their seeming drunkenness due to “God-ka” and the “yum rum of Heaven”.
Last weekend around 600 people attended the annual rave-like event – where no alcohol or drugs are available – at the dowdy Dolphin Club in Barry Island, South Wales. Now in its fourth year, it attracts visitors from alternative churches around the UK.
Sloshfest organiser David Vaughan invited me along to experience the religious revolution first-hand.
The 38-year-old from nearby Pontypool is a former drug-user who makes no apologies for painting God as a party animal who wants to win over youngsters with supernatural highs. Bizarrely, David greets me at the door wearing a monk outfit – he is joined by dozens of dancing pirates, an Abraham Lincoln, a unicorn, winged fairy and a court jester draped in Christmas lights.
After leading me to a quiet room away from the madness, David says:
“This behaviour and message is bringing liberation to a world that doesn’t want Christianity as it has been. People are looking for something relevant to them. If you like to party, drink and take drugs, our advice is, ‘Don’t drink Vodka, drink God-ka’. This isn’t offensive to the Lord, but it is to the religious folk who attend a dead organisation. Heaven is going to be wild. God will show up and be the life of the party. We want to see fun coming back into the Church.”
Christians who claim to get high on the Holy Spirit and drunk on Heaven’s wine have caused outrage in the USA. Dozens of complaints about blasphemy have been posted on YouTube videos of the movement’s best-known advocate, John Crowder.
Back in the main room the party is pumping, with dry ice, airhorns and dazzling disco lights adding to the debauched atmosphere.
A middle-aged woman calling herself Pinky Pirate dashes to the front and grabs a microphone. The crowd screams with delight as she shakes uncontrollably and bellows: “It is such a wild fire. It is a fierce wild fire. It is untamable and undomesticated.”
Even bigger cheers are reserved for talented American singer Ben Dunn who takes the stage for a set of high-octane Christian tunes.
Amid the chaos a woman dressed as a pirate queen crawls past muttering. Strangely, despite no sign of alcohol or drugs being consumed, she and many other worshippers look spaced out, with red, puffy eyes and a vacant stare. Standing up, she shakes my hand and slurs: “I’m Mrs Jesus. I love my husband. “He makes me so happy. I love him but I’m a bit drunk.”
Before addressing the lively Welsh crowd, the 6ft 5in David Blaine lookalike tells me he became a Christian after a Godly experience on LSD.
John, 33, from California, says:
“I was a party guy at college and became an alcoholic within the first year, sometimes downing up to 36 beers in a single day. I also did recreational drugs and during an LSD trip in a bar I had a profound encounter with God. I knew that if I went to sleep that night without changing my ways, I would surely die.
More at The Sun with photos
Video clip from this meeting can be watched Here
When posting things like this, I always hesitate to tag it under the category of apostasy, for to do so is saying its a falling away from the truth. To be honest folks, I’m not sure these people ever possessed the truth in the first place.