Philippians 2:12...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling...
Can we agree for a moment that the decision to become a Christian is something to be thought out and not to go into lightly? This should be a life altering choice. You should understand what you are getting into, what this decision involves and what it will mean for your future.
Yet we've turned a personal, discerning, thoughtful act into a hard sell. The idea is that if you just get your friend to church by any means (force, bribery, coercion) that the Holy Spirit will move them to salvation. The pastors are treating this like a multilevel marketing scheme: you just get them here and we'll do the rest!
Now it's not enough to simply get the person to an Easter service. You must also lead one person to Christ. So what happens if the person / people you've brought aren't ready for this? What kind of shame will you be feeling? Or what will you do to make sure you make your number and get that one to do it?!? For the very determined person this won't be all that difficult to find a vulnerable soul who is having a hard time in life to get emotional, stand up during service and pray the prayer. See 00:47 "you need to lead one person to Christ".
The illusion at this point is that something magical just happened. Now they are saved, check one off your list and move on. Sure your church got high numbers for people standing up and/or bowing a knee and giving their life to Christ but what happens to this person now? Well according to the Crossing that's not really their problem. If this person doesn't join a small group, start serving, tithe (a lot!) and get on board then they are S.O.L. Their growth and journey after that isn't a concern. (And if they don't like this then they will be escorted out the back door.)
So is our faith path a singular event or is it a long road of questions, doubts, revelations, reevaluations, joys and suffering?
People need to be seen and not treated as a number. People need to be heard and not silenced. People need to be allowed doubts and questions and not forced into thoughtless submission.