“People are just scared of something different.” “If you don’t like it then don’t go!” “Stop being a hater!”
To answer the questions as to why people won’t shut up about what is happening at the Crossing is quite simple; they are hurting people and it is wrong. Their actions abuse people spiritually. The control, the submission, the formula and the threats are all forms of this abuse.
There is nothing new or different going on here. This church model has been going on for a few decades now. Casual environment, loud band, special coffee area, bounce house for the kids, not a “church” type look. The services are all geared to produce an emotional response. Get the people in with a fun or controversial topic. Once there they go over the top to smother the person with being happy and friendly. The band will be loud, lights flashing and the feel of a concert. Throw in a funny video or two and repeat over and over that you are so different, new and fresh. The sermon will be something that anyone can relate to and usually comes back to you needing to change. Simple talks, how to make your dreams come true, how to make your life better, how to change your life. End it all by dimming the lights, the pastor asks whomever needs to make a change to stand up as a band member plays some moving music on the keyboard. Many people stand up, because who couldn’t use a change in some area? Once standing they are then told to pray a prayer and given a pamphlet saying they’ve given their life to Jesus. It’s deceptive in that they were only standing because of the change question and not Jesus. Even if you’ve given your life to Jesus no one wants to sit back down and be noticed so it’s easier to stay standing. Meanwhile they keep a count of the number of pamphlets given out and tweet to the world about how many gave their lives to Jesus because of them. Key words: them.
This isn’t a matter of having different tastes or ideas about church. It’s about lives being destroyed. This is not to say that lives haven’t gotten better from being there. It’s about what happens to those that falter in some way the Crossing does not like and are then thrown away. If you’re all about the numbers then the number of people you’ve wounded should count also. It’s about the people being manipulated and controlled. It’s about families being torn apart. It’s wrong.
Being concerned for the spiritual well being of others isn’t being a hater. And who cares if it is!? I’ve seen people crying, broken, shaken and near suicide due to their experience at the Crossing church. Yes, I hate that.