Since when is it the church’s job to give away $2M in prizes that includes cars, flat-screen tv’s, and furniture sets? Apparently, the answer to that question is this Sunday…Easter Sunday…you know, when we’re supposed proclaim Christ risen. Bay Area Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, TX
has regularly flexed its creative muscles to draw the unchurched.
Creativity is always good, but never at the expense of the Gospel.
The upcoming “Ultimate Giveaway” is like no other outreach it has ever attempted.
Wait…the “Ultimate Giveaway”??? This is just another example of a church falling into the trap of post-modernity.
What really got me was,
The “ultimate” giveaway, however, will be the free gift of heaven and Christ.
I hate to break it to you, that’s not how salvation works. We don’t get to give Christ away. We proclaim the Gospel. God gave away Christ 2000 years ago on the cross and then raised him from the dead not just for a few, but for all. And yes, they are making Christ the “Grand Prize.”
[Pastor] Cornelius acknowledges that the Easter giveaway has drawn some “pretty strong” criticism from other believers, some of whom accuse the pastor of turning Jesus into a product.
As well they should draw some criticism. Christ is not some prize. Christ is not some product to be traded.
The church’s first job is to be the church. We are not some game show giving away prize to “bring in the lost”. We do not give the ultimate prize of eternal salvation to the biggest sinner. The church’s first job is to proclaim Christ crucified and risen for the forgiveness of sins. We are to reach out to the lost, but not at the expense of the Gospel.
You can read the full article on The Christian Post.