Three men hanging on crosses turn heads in Hopewell

Posted at 11:51 PM, Apr 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-20 20:30:40-04

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."