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BUTTE, Montana –

It’s a struggle each Sunday that religious football fans grapple with: attending church services, or watch the big game?

At a Lutheran church in Butte, Montana, the pastor made it easy for fans who wanted to watch the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the 49ers and Panthers; he offered a very short, abbreviated church service.

“Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins?” Pastor Tim Christensen is heard asking, to a resounding “yes”, he responds, “Ok, you are”.

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Pastor Tim Christensen gives a 1-minute-long service before Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game.
Courtesy: John Christensen, youtube

He then invites people to come up to the front of the church to have some bread and wine.

Christensen then “Kaepernicks”, kissing both biceps, opens his vestments to reveal a 49ers shirt, then shouts “I’m out of here” as he walks out of frame.

The 1-minute-long video is getting mixed reviews on Youtube.

Some question the authenticity, while others praise the pastor’s acceptance of what his parishioners care about.

“This guy is THE COOLEST. God gave us football because He loves us!” posted Joseph Ranner.

What do you think of the short sermon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.