This weirdly NSFW church sign has people utterly bemused

I imagine that if you're in charge of a church, it must be pretty hard to convince people to join your religion. No matter how many people knock on your door - wearing polished suits and smiling at you with their disturbingly white teeth - it's a hard sell.

Imagine having to sell someone an ideology and trying to get them to change the entire existence by essentially selling them potentially false information. If religion was a Facebook page, there is a legitimate claim for it to be flagged as Fake News. This is not me saying that it's all a lie, but nothing has ever been proven and its "facts" are all contentious.

However, rather than go down the deep, dark path that is: "Is religion a lie?" it seems like the popularity of it is rapidly declining. New figures show the extent that religion's influence is waning across the globe and the results are startling.

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Around the world, when the public are asked about their feelings concerning religion, more and more of them responding with a resounding "meh."

The religiously unaffiliated, otherwise known as "nones," are growing significantly. They’re the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe. In the United States, nones make up almost a quarter of the population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.

Essentially, the church is struggling. And, if this example is anything to go by, they're looking for inventive new ways to grab the attention of "nones" and convert them to the Christian faith.

A sign outside of a church in Australia has left people shocked and scratching the heads in confusion. Not only this, but rather than just come out a clearly explain themselves, the church has only made the matter more confusing with their answer as to why they have used the controversial slogan.

The sign in question reads: "Forgiveness is swallowing when you'd rather spit" and it's located right outside the Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit in Surfers Paradise. It was brought to a wider audience after local MP John-Paul Langbroek posted a picture in front of it on his Instagram.

The church, for their part, gave The Courier Mail a, shall we say... interesting explanation. "You don't open your mouth and yell at somebody," a spokesman said. "You close your mouth and swallow. If you want to say something, keep your mouth closed for a bit. Swallow it, don't spit it out."

The sign appears to have gone down well on Twitter, with some users saying that they now want to join the church because of it.

So there you have it, religious marketing teams. You don't need to knock on doors and annoy people in their homes in order to get them to sign up for your religion. Simply stick a crude sign up outside your church and watch the punters fly in.