Over 2,000 Christians Hold “Worship Protest” After Officials Prevent Prayer Rally
By Jenny Rose Spaudo, Contributing Writer
More than 2,000 Christians flooded the streets in Seattle Monday to hold a “worship protest” after officials closed a local park to prevent a mass prayer rally.
Seattle officials shut down Gas Works Park all day Monday after learning that Bethel Music worship leader Sean Feucht planned to host a mass prayer rally. According to the Christian Post, officials said the closure was “due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents.”
Feucht said on Facebook Tuesday that the massive worship session led to miracles, baptisms and racial reconciliation.
“They shut the park, so we took the WORSHIP PROTEST to the streets!!” he wrote. “The church of Seattle WILL NOT be silenced! Over 2000 took to the streets and GOD LIT THE PLACE UP with miracles, baptisms, salvations, racial reconciliation (with the police!) and HOPE!!”
Feucht believes that closing the park was not simply an act of due diligence. Instead, he views it as discrimination against the Christian organization.
“If this was about COVID, that would be one thing,” Feucht told KIRO 7. “But this is about a blatant discrimination against Christians because the same questions were not asked and are still not asked about protesters.”
With the help of local pastors, Feucht held revival meetings in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, last month for his Let Us Worship movement.
Labor Day wasn’t the first time Feucht has held worship gatherings despite opposition from state officials.
Feucht previously held mass worship gatherings in California despite the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on singing in church.
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“There’s a revival taking place on the sand at Huntington Beach,” The LA Times reported earlier this month.
Led by Bethel Music’s Sean Feucht, founder of Hold the Line, hundreds of people across California are coming together to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on worship by singing in public across the state.
Feucht has led illegal worship around the world, including in Iraq and North Korea.
Now he’s adding California to the list.
“Nobody was angry,” Feucht told Fox News. “We were just like, ‘We want to worship. We want to declare a blessing over the state of California.’ When they persecute and discriminate, we bless. We want to release hope and we want to unify the sound of the church.”
He continued, “In response to the ban on singing, I believe, either one, it’s hypocrisy, because the state officials are largely encouraging protests, and I’m not discouraging them, and at worst, it’s discrimination against the church because we can’t meet in groups more than 100.”
Feucht said a dozen San Francisco police officers even showed up to protect the worshippers.
“We got to pray for each one of the police officers,” Feucht said. “It was pretty rad.”