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HOPEWELL, Va. (WTVR) - The sight of three people hanging from a cross outside a Hopewell church prompted a viewer to call CBS 6. The crosses were located at the intersection of Ashland and Woodlawn Streets.

For the third year in a row, Pastor Phil Andrews said the Liberty Baptist Church has put three people up to hang from the crosses.

"The whole goal behind this is to reach out to people who don't go to church, because so many people nowadays are turning their back on faith," Pastor Andrews said.

However, some said they had mixed reactions about the idea.

"They're not going to learn that by seeing someone on the cross," said one driver.

Although some disagreed, others felt you should have the right to do what you want.

"I guess people have their own religious beliefs so whatever they decide to do, free country, let them do it," said another driver.

CBS 6 asked Pastor Andrews what he said to those who felt the scene was too much.

"We've already had people say well are you worried about a shock factor? Absolutely," said Andrews. "We're worried that it's not going to be a shock factor."


  • informed cynic

    excellent point grundlemonster that is my stance on it as well i am not a fan of organized religion persay bc i believe people idolize the pastors but that should not infer that my faith is not just as if not stronger as avid churchgoers.

    • Matt Gilliam

      Shows how far we’ve strayed if people are surprised by this. We used to do whole passion plays (and they still do in many parts of the world. In some communities, people are literally nailed to the cross!).

  • Hopewellladyva

    The pastor is not saying that because you don’t go to church you don’t have faith! Maybe you need to be in church and are feeling convicted after seeing this! If you don’t like it then don’t look at it but don’t complain. That church has a right to show their beliefs so back off

  • jeffrey

    In a world that’s being destroyed by its people and leaders, its nice to see a church and pastor that are still trying to save this world from destruction. We can only hope that someone who does not know Jesus will drive by the crosses and it will spark an interest in them to see who Jesus is and what he did for us. That will give me one more person to celebrate with in heaven where we will spend eternity. And to those that don’t know Jesus or are not interested in finding out about him, we will miss you in heaven, as we tried to save you from this world of destruction and eternity in hell.

  • C-Dawg

    Pretty funny. I’m not sure it takes all types, but there certainly are all types! How anyone thinks this is a good idea is beyond me. This seems like some PT Barnum stuff. Have fun with it!

    Matthew 6:1

  • Earlie Walker

    I think they are doing a awesome job. Its has nothing to do with offering. It has to do with what Jesus did for us. He died on the cross to save us from HeLL. And you dont have to go to church to be a christian or to be saved but if you are a Christian you would want to. You will want to live for God you will want to serve him. They are witnessing to those who dont know Jesus. People who have no idea stop and ask question. Last year we had several people stop and ask and now are saved and serving God because of the crosses. So if you like and apprieciate it stop and take pics ask questions and if you dont well drive on past and live your life how ever you feel fit. But dont condeme these people who love God.

    • Erin Davidson

      Easter is actually the celebration of Ishtar (pronounced ‘ee-stir’), the ancient Middle Eastern goddess of fertility and childbirth. It was also a common pagan festival for several cultures welcoming the end of winter, return of spring, and the hope of a plentiful year (hence the eggs and rabbits).

      Early Christians just overlapped their holy day onto existing traditions to gather more followers and weed out competing religions. They did it with Christmas, too- just this one, they didn’t even bother changing the name.

      • Dustin Cavanaugh

        Not Ishtar. Ostara/Eostore. Old germanic goddess. Anyways I dislike religion because it overcomplicates things and leads to pain, suffering, bigotry, and oppression. If everyone just loved each other as they love themselves then things would be wonderful. Don’t over complicate things with religion. If whatever deity exists if a deity existd would not simply be happy with the results of loving all people as one’s self then it’s no god I would want any part of. Also all religions derive ideas from other religions. Polytheistic religion was around thousands of years before monotheistic religion and even Judaism, Islam, and Christianity have roots stemming from Zoroastrianism. All of this makes things too complicated. People have and always will want answers. If you truly want answers or want a good balance in the world just love each other as you love yourself. Love for love means world peace , further technological advancement and much less pain and suffering. Unfortunately this is just a pipe dream.. People crave negativity too much.

  • Earlie Walker

    Thank you for all the ones that are supporting us. The outpour is tremendous this is awesome. We have some that are negative but we have tons more that are postive. Thanks channel 6 for spreading the word. Remember Jesus is the reason. Not Easter bunnies.

  • Tray

    I find it funny how the church’s are going to be packed tomorrow for Easter remembering Jesus being raised , but yet so many are offended by his death! We need to be shown and reminded of the suffering he went through for us! Some of the people driving by May be offended but they do go through out the day thinking about it. More people are offended by Jesus’ name or God being mentioned. Yet, Jesus has never been shown to do harm to anyone! There are plenty of “religions” out there that believe in doing harmful acts to others. Jesus must be a mighty powerful name to offend so many! I hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow! Remember why we celebrate it . Hold your family’s and friends close with great love!

  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    People have the right to do what they wish as long as it does no one else any harm. If the church feels this helps send their message so be it. Its better than knocking on my door at 7am like some religious groups…

    • Gerry

      If it weren’t for th e christians we wouldn’t have black friday sales and the 25th of december off! Let’s not forget Fat Tuesday!

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