SILVER SPRING, Md. --- If Adventists ever needed a good reason not to bring their phones to church, here's one:
If your cell phone rings in an Adventist Church from this coming Sabbath onward, a deacon with an offering basket will collect it as part of the week's offerings.
The two-pronged push to encourage reverence in church and boost offering totals was instituted after what leaders call "an increasingly discordant symphony of ring tones interrupting Sabbath services at all the wrong times."
Adventist officials have said that the confiscated phones will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder at church socials.
Leaders warned that any deacon caught trying to make a quick phone sale in the church lobby after the benediction would be driven out with a whip.