Mainstream Media Picks Up Coverage of Revivals Breaking Out in Portland, Seattle
By Jessilyn Lancaster
The revivals breaking out in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle are so palpable that mainstream media outlets are covering the effects on these normally secular cities. Sean Feucht, who founded the Let Us Worship movement, encountered significant resistance at the worship rallies, including Antifa destroying some of his team’s gear, as well as satanists marching through the worshippers declaring, “Hail, Satan.”
Still, the worshippers pressed into the Holy Spirit, baffling mainstream media outlets.
Hundreds of people gathered along Portland’s waterfront Saturday evening in defiance of state orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
They came to see Sean Feucht, a controversial worship leader and political activist who has held similar crowded outdoor services on the beaches in California in defiance of coronavirus restrictions there. Organizers dubbed the event in Portland as “Riots to Revival,” and hoped to flip the script by bringing worship, prayer and acts of kindness to the city.
Hundreds of Christians in Seattle turned out Monday in the area formerly dubbed Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, and were confronted by “violent protesters” who flashed knives, shouted obscenities at local Black pastors and hailed Satan, according to worship leader and political activist Sean Feucht.
Worshippers sang Gospel music, prayed and some were even baptized, said Feucht, who is the founder of “Hold the Line” ministries. The massive service at Cal Anderson Park was held amid coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings and most people in the crowd were not wearing facial coverings or maintaining the appropriate social distance, KING-TV reported.
An NBC affiliate in Seattle reported:
Feucht’s team said “Riots to Revival” hopes to flip the script in cities with protests and riots by bringing in prayer, music, and acts of kindness.
Religious events larger than 50 people are prohibited right now due to Governor Jay Inslee’s phased approach to reopening the state.
One family that talked with KING 5 did have masks but weren’t wearing them at the event. They said they attended the event to pray and worship in hopes that change is coming in regard to the unrest in society.
“From riots to revival. So, from something that is evil to something that is good. We are not afraid of this virus and we care for people, but we came to just pray,” said Agnes Zablocka, who attended the event with her husband and two daughters.
Feucht held a “Riots to Revival” gathering in Portland on Saturday and previously held large events in defiance of coronavirus mandates in California.
He describes these events as an attempt to “change the narrative” of what’s been happening in this country.
“All of America has seen these buildings burning and they’ve seen this destruction and this violence,” he said on FOX TV the day after the Portland rally. He appeared to refer to Black Lives Matter protests, though many were peaceful.
“But I’m telling you, there is another story of what God is doing in these cities and the church is rising up.”
In Portland on August 8, Feucht estimates more than 4,000 people gathered to worship, with hundreds of people deciding to accept Christ as their Savior and choosing to be baptized at the waterfront.
In Seattle on August 9, “We saw salvations, healings, miracles and baptisms! It was on another level!” Feucht said. “THE CHURCH REFUSED TO BE INTIMIDATED AND GOD KEPT POURING OUT! Tomorrow you’ll see more proof of this!!!! But we made it out of the lions den of CHOP alive and have story after story of God’s power and might!”
Feucht shared multiple updates to his Instagram account after the rallies.
“Worshipping through the chaos, confusion and attacks of last night in the area formerly known as CHOP released such courage across America and the world. Seattle: You stiffened our SPINES!!!!” Feucht wrote.
“My phone is blowing up all morning from this testimony going VIRAL! (Even the Middle Eastern church is proud!😭😭😭😭) The time for courageous Christianity is here. No more backing down and fleeing for the suburbs. Jesus is coming for the hardest parts of our cities and He’s jealous for praise, love & salvation to fill the streets,” Feucht continued.
Feucht previously declared these rallies to be part of a new Jesus People movement. The first movement will be shared on the big screen in JESUS REVOLUTION, which will be directed by THE CASE FOR CHRIST’s Jon Gunn, and produced by Jon and Andy Erwin.
The revivals right now, though, are being praised by many prominent Christians.
Franklin Graham, founder of Samaritan’s Purse and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, voiced his support on social media.
“There was some good news from this weekend. I don’t know Sean Feucht, but I love what he’s doing! He’s going right into the places that have some of the worst rioting and leading worship services outdoors. He’s not afraid. He knows Jesus Christ is the only answer for the human heart—and people are surrendering their lives to Christ! Thousands gathered this weekend in Portland and Seattle. God bless him!” Graham wrote on Facebook.
“Sean has been hosting Let Us Worship ‘protests’ across California to encourage Christians to become more involved in politics and fight against the ‘double standard’ seen in coronavirus restrictions. The targeting of churches by government officials to limit or ban attendance is an indication of what’s at stake in this country in the next election. It’s immensely important that we make this a matter of prayer and vote for leadership who stand with the Constitution and defend our religious freedoms,” Graham concluded.
Feucht invited Graham to join him in prayer and worship at an upcoming rally in Washington, D.C.
Despite the secular attacks, Feucht has no plan of slowing his worship rallies. He and his family even invested in an Air Stream they’ve dubbed as a “revival trailer” to travel the country as they lead these worship protests.