“They miss their church families. They miss worshipping. Worship is a core part of a Christ follower’s life and as you can see people don’t want to go anywhere, they want to gather, they want to worship and this is a perfect venue for them to do so.” -Pastor Barry Sappington
Aimee Herd : Jul 27, 2020 Let Us Worship
In response to California’s Governor Newsom restricting churches from opening their doors, including home Bible study groups, and even banning singing; all the while encouraging BLM protests, has given rise to a new movement based around the First Amendment with the action phrase of “Let Us Worship.” (Screengrab image: via Sean Feucht-Facebook video)
In a YouTube video on the Let Us Worship website, begun by worship leader and Christian activist Sean Feucht, he explains the origin of the current movement as a response to the governor’s imperious edict and its double standard.
“Can you see the hypocrisy and how insane this is?” says Feucht in the video. “It really is time, guys, that we take a stand and fight back. Not only does this come against our right as Americans in the Constitution, but it comes against everything we believe as Christians!”
The Let Us Worship site contains a pledge that visitors can sign “to show the state of California that we are not going to back down.”
In connection with that pledge, Sean Feucht has led worship in various places around the state, and also in New York City, drawing hundreds of fellow worshipers, as well as the searching; with those gatherings many times including baptisms.
The outdoor worship sessions only seem to be growing, with several drawing a parallel between the Let Us Worship movement and the Jesus People movement of the late 60s-early 70s.
Certainly, there are similarities as both outpourings began during a time of civil unrest in America.
The latest Let Us Worship session was said to have brought together around 1,250 people, according to a local San Diego NBC affiliate.
Click Here to watch a video of the worship time captured live on Cardiff State Beach in San Diego, Sunday night.
Barry Sappington, a pastor who helped organize the event noted that the crowds of people “miss their church families. They miss worshipping. Worship is a core part of a Christ follower’s life and as you can see people don’t want to go anywhere, they want to gather, they want to worship and this is a perfect venue for them to do so.” (Screengrab image: via NBC 7)
Heather Molchanoff from El Cajon, one of those attending the outdoor worship told NBC 7, “It’s such a double standard, right? You have protesters who can go out, do gatherings like this and nothing is spoken about; if anything, it’s praised. But then we’re not allowed to gather in church on Sunday.”
She’s obviously not alone in her opinion, as the worship gatherings seem to be growing exponentially, perhaps indeed—another Jesus People movement. This country certainly needs one right now.
A statement on the Let Us Worship website reads:
The fervor to worship God free from government edict and societal persecution drove America’s earliest settlers across oceans and wild frontiers to this beautiful land to create a new nation built on a simple premise that all men are created equal and cannot be denied their inalienable rights to life and liberty.
But our freedom to worship God and obey His Word has come under unprecedented attack. Powerful politicians and social media giants have engaged in unchartered abuses of religious liberty, silencing the faithful, banning our voices, and outright attacking our God-given right to declare His goodness.
States across America, including here in California have shut down church services and even outlawed singing in church. Instagram and Twitter is censoring Christian voices every single day. And every hour that passes they grow bolder in their efforts to silence the faithful.
It’s time for the Church to rise up with one voice and tell our government leaders and the rulers of big tech that we refuse to be silenced!