Holy Bribery

It’s always been interesting to me to see what tactics churches (especially evangelical churches) do to get people in the door, so to speak.  There are, of course, all the traditional methods like going door-to-door and handing out leaflets at social or public events.  A church based in Elk River, Minnesota has found an interesting new tactic for attracting customers, oh wait, I meant people.

The Crossing, based in Elk River, Minn. is offering the chance to win a 3D television or a new Nintendo 3DS gaming system to those in attendance at the church’s Easter worship service. The Crossing’s pastor, Eric Dykstra, has no qualms about using the promise of prizes to attract a greater audience.

“I have no problem bribing people with crap in order to meet Christ,” he says.

I can imagine children falling for the gimmick, but adults?  It’s hard to imagine a person who’s genuinely interested in philosophical/spiritual truth being drawn by the possibility of winning a television.  What sort of congregation is this church interested in?

You can read the article in its entirety HERE.

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