A “security threat” against International Mission Board President David Platt’s Secret Church event April 24 forced Platt’s Radical ministry to move the simulcast from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., to an undisclosed alternate location just hours before it began.
The threat was a small taste of what “our brothers and sisters in Christ experience in other countries,” Platt, former pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, said as the event opened according The Alabama Baptist. Threats cannot stop God’s church and His Word from accomplishing their purposes, Platt noted, and that all attempts to hinder the church ultimately help spread the gospel more.
A Secret Church spokeswoman did not tell The Alabama Baptist the nature or source of the threat because an investigation was ongoing.
The topic of the simulcast was “Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action,” according to radical.net. Among the topics covered was how Christians should engage culture amid challenges like same-sex marriage, abortion, pornography and extreme poverty.
The Church at Brook Hills received a threatening phone call at 10:30 a.m. the day of the simulcast, the Alabama Baptist reported. Law enforcement officials inspected the church’s facilities and did not find anything suspicious, but the congregation’s leaders decided to evacuate the approximately 150 people in the building at the time as a precaution, AL.com reported.
“It appears to be safe, but it feels like it’s prudent to not solicit any other action from anyone,” Church at Brook Hills communications director Chris Kinsley told AL.com.
The 2,000 people who had planned to attend the Secret Church event at Brook Hills were contacted by Radical regarding alternate means of viewing the simulcast.
The simulcast is still available online through radical.net.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)