Church Raffles Off Free Gas Cards

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With gas prices steadily climbing upward, some churches - like The First Baptist Church of Snellville, Ga., are coming up with creative ways to bless drivers.

Leaders at First Baptist are raffling $500 gas cards. The church has about 9,000 members, and the advertisements for gas are drawing even more people in.

But despite the sign posted prominently in front of the church's campus proclaiming 'Free Gas,' the raffle is not a giveaway.

Instead visitors and members must attend services during the church's Sunday-to-Wednesday revival to get a raffle ticket for chance to win the free gas card.

The church's senior pastor Rev. Rusty Newman said it's just a practical way to meet people's needs and possibly "make someone's night."

"Some pastors have questioned our motives," Newman said. "If it was just to get people in the building, it would be wrong. But we want to meet someone's physical need and eternal spiritual needs."

Source: The Associated Press, CBN News

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