A Fresh Jesus Revolution? Thousands Gather in San Diego to Publicly Worship
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Some worship leaders and pastors believe California could be at the nascent stages of a fresh Jesus Revolution as thousands of people have gathered throughout the state to worship publicly, despite a ban on singing in church.
“It’s just the most raw, organic, gritty Gospel,” worship leader Sean Feucht told Fox News. “It’s been very eclectic, very diverse in terms of people praying and singing. People got healed, saved and delivered.”
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More than 5,000 people showed up at the beach in San Diego over the weekend to worship in public. Right now, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued instructions banning singing in worship services to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Feucht and his organization Hold the Line have been leading worship across the country over the last few weeks and seen many miracles at the services.
Feucht led worship in New York City where they spontaneously baptized people in the fountain at Washington Square Park.
“THESE ARE REVIVAL DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!” Feucht posted to Instagram. “IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AT GROUND ZERO WHERE ITS BEEN THE WORST…GOD IS TURNING IT AROUND!!”
He later traveled to Washington, D.C., where he led worship with a senator.
After one service in Los Angeles, a mother messaged Feucht to tell him that her son had been suicidal before the service. The Holy Spirit convicted the son, and he accepted Christ into his life during the service. “Over 35 people gave their lives to Jesus as we worshipped in the streets of LA today. Healings broke out! Depression was lifted! It felt like raw real revival,” Feucht posted to Instagram of the service.
The salvations, miracles, healings and spontaneous worship are reminiscent of the Jesus Revolution of the early 1970s. The movement was so popular it landed on the cover of Time magazine in 1971.
Popular California pastor Greg Laurie founded the Harvest Crusade during the movement and wrote the book “Jesus Revolution” to share how today’s generation is crying out for the same outpouring of the Lord that his generation did.
Laurie’s story will be chronicled in the upcoming movie JESUS REVOLUTION, with THE KISSING BOOTH 2’s Joel Courtney set to play Laurie.
Though the movie hasn’t been able to advance on production due to COVID restrictions, the power of the Holy Spirit continues to manifest through the work of Feucht and other worshippers.
Feucht’s own son was baptized on the beach in San Diego over the weekend.
The gatherings are catching the attention of local mainstream media outlets who are now reporting the Gospel in their stories.
People attend to “Bring praises to God and come together as a city in a time where the church is trying to be silenced, and we’re just trying to come out here and to say we are worshipers,” Jose Lattu, pastor at Bethel Christian Center, told the Fresno Bee. “We honor and respect our governor, but at the same time we honor our God and serve a mighty God.
“We’re not going to let us be silenced in praising our God. Fresno is in great need at this time for a move of God in our city, and we’re here to let our city know that God is in Fresno, and there is a revival coming to this city.”
Other outlets, like CNN, are giving the participants flak for not wearing masks or engaging in social distancing.
“Government leaders voiced support for outdoor protests in recent months, they should not be condemning Christians seeking to gather in worship,” Feucht said in response. “Masks were made available, social distancing was encouraged, and the gathering was held outside as an extra precaution. The freedom to worship God is the constitutional right of every American citizen and those who exercise this right should not be unfairly targeted for criticism.”
Despite some of the pushback, Feucht has no intention of slowing down.
He announced the next worship rally will be in Portland, Oregon, on August 8.
“On August 8th, we will gather from across America and fill the city of Portland with worship, prayer and acts of God’s love!” Feucht posted to Instagram.
“You WILL NOT want to miss this!!!! COME ONE, COME ALL!! We need your voice, your sound and your love to change the narrative over this beautiful city,” he continued.