Is it necessary to point out that staging a fake kidnapping and terrorizing children is something that should never, ever, ever be done? Apparently so. Even after facing felony charges Pastor John Lanza says that in the future ‘I would find a way that we could continue to keep the shock value, but I would find a way to inform the parents (beforehand)'”
Although such activities are not common in evangelical churches, many unbelieving parents will rightly be leery of allowing their children to attend youth groups for fear of subjecting them to such trauma. We should pray that Pastor Lanza’s fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in Middletown will explain to him that such demonic tactics are unfitting of a minister of the Gospel.