An Aug. 29 rally on the steps of the South Carolina state capitol drew 12,000 people to hear pastors and national leaders that included Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. The speakers denounced abortion and gay marriage, and they called for a spiritual awakening across the America.
The crowd was the largest assembly of people ever on the grounds of the S.C. state capitol according to organizer Chad Watson, chairman of We Stand with God (WSWG). He is also pastor of Glory Land Baptist Church in Hartsville, S.C.
Watson said the response to the S.C. rally was so strong that it trended at the top of social media for several days and got the attention of pastors in many states including North Carolina. Now a similar rally is set for Sat., Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Hallifax Mall in Raleigh. It is also sponsored by WSWG.
The full slate of speakers is unconfirmed at press time, but is likely to include some presidential hopefuls such as Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The organization’s website says, “WSWG believes that citizens must stand unified in the spirit of our Founders who chose the Bible as the litmus test for law and personal rights.
“Therefore, WSWG will exalt the Bible as its final authority for faith and practice. Finally, WSWG will coordinate with public officials so that the voice of the people may be heard.”
The event is an attempt to “rally God’s people together,” according to Watson. “It’s an outlet for concerned Christian citizens to say to our country, ‘Christians cannot obey a law that contradicts God’s law.’
“Christian citizens need to express their conscience on matters of morality, Biblical marriage and religious liberties.”
The foundation of the movement is Acts 5:29, “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”
“God’s people have been put in the dilemma of deciding whether they would obey God or man,” Watson said.
He believes the voice of Christians is being stifled in America.
Voters in S.C. supported biblical marriage by a 78 percent vote, and 61 percent of voters in N.C. approved biblical marriage.
Watson said 36 states have voted in favor of biblical marriage, yet the courts struck down every state amendment on marriage.
“SCOTUS stepped over the constitution of United States and the constitutions of 36 states, so we know our church constitutions are not going to protect us,” he added.
“We want to send a message to government leaders that we cannot go along with laws that disobey God, so we will not disobey God.”
Many pastors believe the country is at a “do or die situation for religious liberties,” Watson said. “God’s people have the numbers to turn this thing around. We are where we are because of our complacency and silence. It’s time to speak out.”
For more information on the rally visit WeStandWithGod.org.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Allan Blume is the chief editor of the Biblical Recorder.)