Go to Church on Easter, Win Fabulous Prizes

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A Corpus Christi, Texas, megachurch is offering an unusual approach to bringing people to Christ this Easter. Let's call it Jesus meets Oprah.

The Bay Area Fellowship, the largest church in Corpus Christi, will give away more than $4 million in cash and prizes to everyone who attends Easter services at one of its seven locations.

The prizes range from gift bags with $300 worth of goods and services all the way up to cars -- 16 of them , to be exact, all of them used but low-mileage. And there's everything in between: 10 furniture sets, flat-screen TVs, tickets to sporting events, 300 bicycles and skateboards, photography sessions, and more.

"Someone could come to church [on Easter] and walk away an hour later with a car," lead pastor Bil Cornelius said on MSNBC today.

Cornelius said he got the idea from a fellow pastor in Minneapolis who got a local car dealer to donate a car to give away to a lucky churchgoer at Easter. The idea apparently inspired Cornelius' flock to follow suit -- all of the items being given away this Sunday are donated by church members, including an iPod donated by a 12-year-old church member. "To a 12-year-old, an iPod's a really big thing," Cornelius said. "This boy said, 'I'd rather have someone come to youth group on Sunday to learn about the love of Christ by donating my iPod to the drawing.

"It's a way to draw people in for a prize and then give them the ultimate giveaway, which is a relationship with Christ, which is free heaven, which is better than any material prize we have to offer," he continued.

Church officers anticipate the giveaway will prove a highly effective marketing tool -- they're expecting 15,000 to 20,000 people, more than twice their normal weekly attendance, to show up for Easter services. One car will be given away at each of the services at the church's main campus and its six satellite locations in the Corpus Christi area

Written by Sandy Smith
For HULIQ.com


Submitted by Wes (not verified) on
Calling Jesus the "ultimate giveaway" is an insult to the great price He paid for our sins. But I guess what God did for us isn't enough. They need to spend $4 million, too.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
To begin with, "Easter" is the name of a goddess ( GOOGLE it ) And secondly, there is no end to the circus atmosphere within these Mega "churches". This is the "church" that Jesus is going to spew out of His mouth. These houses of false worship will soon fall, their foundations are built on the sand.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Prosperity brings apathy...apathy brings boredom...bordeom brings stupidity. I rest my case.

Submitted by Dr Salmons (not verified) on
Four million dollars could have been used to feed the hungry in the area, it could have provided shelter to the homeless in the area, or it could bring in the covetous of the area. I was hungry, and you fed me not...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Really? Are you serious? You've reduced Jesus to a GAME SHOW? How do you think HE feels about that? It is no wonder that people think Christians are a joke.

Submitted by steve (not verified) on
There are a lot of people who came to church on that Sunday to have a chance to win something. Oh yes, they came for a materialistic treasure, but hopefully they heard about the Pearl of Great Price, the Creator, the Bread of Life, the Hope of Glory. If I had the means to give a car to bring someone to Christ, I would do it. My dad was a country preacher in the hills of WV. He would give his cars away instead of trading them in on a new one, to someone who could use them. I think it comes down to our motives, and pleasing God

Submitted by Allangt1 (not verified) on
Steve, I can admire the motive of your dad - he was helping the needy. The church in question (as with many other similar organisations) say that their motive is to bring people to a right relationship with Jesus but if we use the world's methods instead of God's exclusive way then we neither win souls to Christ (no matter what profession is made) nor do we please God. Too many are more concerned with tick boxes, tally sheets, marketing techniques and ultimately worldly practices. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Strange as it may seem to some, God Knows Best! Let us all get back to the truth of Scripture, for the sake of dying sinners.


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