I am a Christian. Visited once just for fun, almost immediately regretted my decision.
Members were almost cult-like in begging me to come again (via whatsapp, phone calls and even showing up at my doorstep once) , kept asking me to buy books and CDs from their store, and even pressured me to tithe.
And no joke, when I was there for a service, I remember the whole congregation glorifying a group of youth members for giving their entire life savings to contribute to the church building fund despite strong objection from their parents.
Funny thing is, they glorify, idolize and talk about their pastors waaayyyy more than Jesus or God. Finally managed to ghost the hell out of them and have now escaped lmaoooooo.
Can confirm the glorifying of youth members for donating money part. They do that every week. One time this girl went up on stage to give a testimony. It went somewhere along the lines of not being able to think of how much money to donate and one day when she was praying, a number came to her head.
She starts a mini baking business at her secondary school and doesn’t count the money as she stores it in her piggy bank. One day, she decides to open up the piggy bank and oh my! a miracle! the exact number god gave her was in the piggy bank.
Congregation starts clapping and yelling amen
I remember going to the church nearly a decade ago. The moment I attended the service with my secondary school friends, I could already sense that something was wrong.
It didn’t take long before one of the pastors mocked Buddhism and everyone (except my non-believer classmates) was laughing at the joke. I wasnt Buddhist but even I felt that it was very insensitive and disrespectful.
After that day, I only visited the church once, but it was purely for the sake of countdown to the New Year. I am so glad I did not become influenced into becoming a believer. Sadly, my then crush was swayed by it. I lost all interest in her.