After a few weeks of pondering whether or not God exists, Woodlawn decided to "try out church." He decided to attend one Sunday with his friend at Corinth Baptist Church just outside Fort Worth. Since Woodlawn had very low expectations, he was pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the people, the quality of the music, and the power of the preaching. Woodlawn later told TBNN, "Pastor Frank Volk preaches through scripture verse-by-verse. That really spoke to me because I could tell that he didn't have an agenda. He just tells it like it is."
Woodlawn was also pleased by the sensitivity of Corinth Baptist. They have installed a wheelchair ramp at the entrance to church facility. Since Woodlawn is a paraplegic, the ramp helped a great deal.
After about two months of attending church with his friend, Woodlawn was seriously considering giving his life over to God. By that time, he had heard Pastor Volk explain the need to repent and believe in order to be saved. On this particular Sunday, Woodlawn was ready to surrender. After a powerful sermon on Romans 10:9-10, Woodlawn wanted to finally become a follower of Jesus Christ.
That's when the unthinkable happened. Pastor Volk concluded the sermon by saying, "If you want to know Jesus, just walk the aisle. If you want to finally give your life over to Christ, simply walk down here and see me. If you finally want to stop running from God, then just run up here. If you want peace and the promise of everlasting life, simply step out of your seat and walk right here."
Woodlawn was simultaneously stunned, offended, saddened, and outraged. Sitting toward the back of the church in his wheelchair, Woodlawn stayed where he was. How could he possibly "walk the aisle" when he couldn't walk at all?
These days Woodlawn hardly sees his friend. While his friend still attends Corinth Baptist, Woodlawn mainly stays at home playing on his Xbox 360. When asked about church, Woodlawn told us, "For a while there, I felt like I belonged. However, after the pastor said what he said, I realized that they are just a bunch of insensitive hypocrites. I thought the gospel was a message of grace. Then the pastor added a work: being able to walk the aisle. I don't need that. Instead of Tim Keller, I've started reading Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. No more church for me."