Originally published in Fox News
Hundreds of Christians in Seattle in the US Pacific Northwest turned out on Monday in the area formerly dubbed Capitol Hill Organised 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.
Monday’s service, in one of the country’s hotspots in a current wave of rioting, follows another “Riot to Revival” service in Portland, Oregon — another riot hotspot — on Saturday, with thousands of worshippers in attendance. Feucht has also recently hosted a number of “Let Us Worship” protests in California to encourage Christians to become more involved in politics and fight against the “double standard” seen in coronavirus restrictions.
Worshippers in Monday’s Seattle gathering sang Gospel music, prayed and some were even baptised, 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.
“The worshippers in Seattle are the most courageous and bold in America!!!! THEY WIN AFTER TONIGHT!!! It was absolutely bonkers in so many ways!!” Feucht said in an Instagram post.
“Violent protestors showed up flashing knives! We had an entire satanic cult march through the worshippers the entire time yelling ‘Hail Satan!’ We had white Antifa yelling & threatening black local pastors! They yelled obscenities and cursed at my wife and kids all night long!” he said.
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The worshippers in Seattle are the most courageous and bold in America!!!! THEY WIN AFTER TONIGHT!!! It was absolutely bonkers in so many ways!! 🤪🤪🤪🤪 Violent protestors showed up flashing knives! We had an entire satanic cult march through the worshippers the entire time yelling “Hail Satan!” We had white Antifa yelling & threatening black local pastors! They yelled obscenities and cursed at my wife and kids all night long! At one point, I had about 30 stationed body guards around myself and the band (you can see them in this vid) as they kept trying to storm the band and tackle them. They broke drums and guitar pedals! They killed our generators at one point…yet through it all…SEATTLE NEVER STOPPED SINGING!!! We saw salvations, healings, miracles and baptisms! It was on another level! 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 Gods power and might! I AM SO LIT ON FIRE BY YOUR WORSHIP SEATTLE!! WELL DONE!!!!!! [thank you to the burly bodyguards!]🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #LetUsWorship #Seattle
Feucht said he had about 30 bodyguards stationed around him to keep back protesters, who tried to disrupt the service and broke the band’s drums and guitar pedals.
“They killed our generators at one point…yet through it all…SEATTLE NEVER STOPPED SINGING!!!” Feucht said. “THE CHURCH REFUSED TO BE INTIMIDATED AND GOD KEPT POURING OUT!”
In one video purportedly taken from a protester’s livestream, crowds erupted in song and dance despite the interruptions.
“The more I yell at them… the more fun they have. The more fun they f***in’ have dude. This sh** it ridiculous,” someone says.
One photo showed a man in black clothing and wearing a facial covering holding a sign that read: “Hail Satan.” He appeared to be alone and a group of worshippers approached him.
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“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham 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!!!! 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. The last video (SWIPE) is from a protestor’s LIVE FEED showing his bewilderment that the church did not stop!!! It’s VERY EXPLICIT language (so don’t swipe and then be offended at me please 🤪🤪🤪). Can you believe they broadcasted God moving live FOR US?!? 🤣 These are REVIVAL DAYS my friends but there is A COST. So many were saved, healed and delivered last night! We can’t stop now! #LetUsWorship On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18
Several other photos shared by Feucht showed crowds, including children smiling with their arms up or bowing their heads in prayer.
“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 wrote.
Under governor Jay Inslee’s phase 2 restrictions for faith-based and religious services, outdoor gatherings are restricted to 100 people, must be held on or near the organization’s property, and require congregants to wear masks or facial coverings and adhere to social distancing when possible. According to King County’s website last updated on August 5, “Singing is a high-risk activity because it can spread infectious droplets” and choirs should not perform during church services.
Monday’s service came hours before Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best reportedly emailed her resignation notice following the city council’s decision to slash her salary and the department’s budget.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, protesters declared an autonomous zone in six city blocks in Seattle which included an abandoned police precinct. A tent encampment was set up in the park in a “no-cop co-op” and Black Lives Matter protesters called for the city’s Democratic leadership to defund the police department. After weeks of unchecked crime and fatal shootings, police eventually dismantled barriers around the zone and reclaimed the police precinct, making dozens of arrests.
Reporting on Saturday’s Riots to Revival event in Portland, Charisma News reports that Feucht said 4 000 to 7 000 worshippers showed up at Waterfront Park in an effort to heal the brokenness that has affected Americans.
“White, Black, Hispanic—we came and released our song of hope over this city,” Feucht said. “People gave their life to Jesus. Hundreds of people. We baptised people in the river behind us. There was so much joy that took over the streets of that city last [Saturday] night.”