Months before we would hear of states in America opening their up arms to full-term abortion (with Virginia even contemplating infanticide), Pastor Ken Peters of Spokane, Washington heard God speak to him: “I felt like the Lord say to me right in the middle of a church service I want your next church campus to be the Planned Parenthood Campus,” he said. “A few months ago, we planted a church right there at Planned Parenthood.”
Peters gathered believers from his church to go to the local abortion clinic and hold worship services there. It would not be like the protests abortion clinics typically see from conservatives: “We’re there to worship God. We’re there to pray. We’re there to preach the Gospel,” he said.
In fact, the website for the church is very direct in its intent: “It’s a worship service at the gates of Hell,” the website says. “The Church at Planned Parenthood is a gathering of Christians for the worship of God and the corporate prayer for repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church and repentance of our blood-guiltiness in this abortion holocaust,” it explains.
Calling out the apathy of the church, Pastor Peters said, “We gotta put legs to our faith. We’ve gotta find that balance between being mean and nasty and yelling, we’ve got to find the balance between that and doing nothing.”
Peters shares that the reception to the church services was intense and immediate. “Our last service, we got about 65,000 people viewing in live on my personal Facebook feed,” he said. “We had over 300 people there outside in the freezing cold, cars driving by. It’s been unbelievable.”
“This really gets the light of Jesus right out in front of the community, right at one of the busiest intersections in town,” stated Peters. “The Bible says that hell will not prevail against the church,” he added, “but I think if the church does not engage, then hell has free reign. So, what we’re doing is taking church right to the gates of hell knowing that we will win.”
His comments and actions could not be more timely now. We have just witnessed our nation take a sharp turn into the mucky waters of abortion, dirtying our hands in an unprecedented way. What can we do to stop the murders?
One thing we can do is pray and speak out. Leading pastor Jentezen Franklin recently said, "I am compelled to ask, where is the outcry from every voice in every church? Where is the mighty roar of God's people rising up to defend the defenseless?
"Sadly, when I look out across every communication platform we have at our disposal, I find silence from far too many Christian leaders. I see so many of these voices speaking out on nearly every political issue, yet they haven't addressed the most horrifying issue that's ever confronted us," said Franklin.
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