Hundreds gather on California beach for worship service despite ban on large gatherings

A large crowd of worshippers gathered Sunday in defiance of California’s Governor Newsom’s ban on mass gatherings and restrictions on religious institutions.

The goal of the ban and guidelines is to stop the spread of COVID-19, but many feel it’s infringing on their rights as citizens and have begun defying orders.

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✨A Jesus revival ✨ worship is an action I crave, something I need and something that has been missing for that last 4 months. Yes, I have my own ways of worship and singing shouts of praise not only in a church building, but there is something about a live worship with a band and words of hope and healing with prayer. This happened here..on the beach and can I say it was life changing for me and something I didn’t really realize just how much I was missing it. More than thousands of people are thirsty too and nothing can stop us from worshipping. The best part…. many were baptized in the Pacific Ocean!!! Oh my heart…“BE JOYFUL IN HOPE, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, FAITHFUL IN PRAYER.”-Romans 12:12 if you’re not already following @seanfeucht and his mission to spread the gospel across the world right now…WOW an amazing human doing god’s work. (🤐Full disclaimer: if you don’t agree or like this, then keep any unkind comments to yourself or simply leave my page. I’m not trying to upset anyone BUT I am just being me and protesting for heaven.✌🏻) #letusworship #notlivinginfear #waymaker #miracleworker

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On Sunday a large group of people – the organizer said officials informed him 5,000 people were in attendance, but reports suggest only 1,000 showed up – attended an outdoor service.

The service took place at Cardiff State Beach, near San Diego.

Hundreds of people were seen in close proximity and very few wore masks. According to Fox News, Sean Feucht, a missionary and one of the organizers of the event, put together the event as part of a protest.

The event, which saw dozens baptized in the Pacific Ocean, was put on by Hold the Line, Feucht’s political engagement movement.

“It’s just the most raw, organic, gritty gospel,” he said. “It’s been very eclectic, very diverse in terms of people praying and singing. People got healed, saved, and delivered.”

His own son Ezra was baptized at the service.

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STATE OFFICIALS ESTIMATED 5000 SHOWED UP on the beach in San Diego tonight. I am undone at the movement God is pouring out across America!!! BUT THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE WHERE I GOT TO BAPTIZE MY SON EZRA TONIGHT 😭😭😭😭😭😭 This is all about the next generation people!!! GOD IS CAPTURING THEIR HEARTS!!! Thank you everyone who poured out your worship tonight! This is just the beginning!!! Special announcement tomorrow!!!!!! #LetUsWorship #HoldTheLine

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Pastor Barry Sappington, who helped organize the event, said that many people miss their church families and this outdoor event was the perfect place for them to gather.

“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,” Sappington told NBC San Diego.

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Not sure if this was before or after Sean broke his second string of the night, but it seems to capture a very real emotion that all 5,000 who gathered felt… JOY! There is simply something amazing that happens when we fill a room, a home or a beach with praise to our God — The things that hold us back, keep us down, fight our inner most desires to worship begin to fall away and break… revival begins to come… and the sacrificial praise of Gods people brings waves of change… and that’s just what happened. • @SeanFeucht and @HoldTheLine_ are doing a beautiful thing for the Church… it was an honor to play a small part… and now we pray for the next stops on the journey as the church awakens in a new wave of praise and worship. We’re with you Sean! • Check Out Instastory for the Recap from Sean and his team! • #HoldTheLine #BeachParty #Worship #WorshipMusic #Church #ReGatherTheChurch #TheChurchCollective #WorshipCollective #LetUsWorship

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Dr. Wilma Wooten, the San Diego County Health Officer, did not agree.

“This is not recommended. It really does contribute to others having the potential to be infected regardless of it being outside,” she said.

Despite no social distancing, and very few people wearing a mask, only minor citations were handed out.

Local reports stated that event organizers did not have a permit for the event, and California state parks officials issued several citations for illegal parking, but no other citations or warnings were given.

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Friends, revival is happening across Southern California. I Have always heard the stories about the 60’s Jesus movement from many pastors, I’ve heard that almost the same things happening right now in our world were happening then. God uses dark moments in life to spark revival, to awaken hearts, to awaken souls, to spark a Jesus movement.This is history in the making and I’m so excited to be apart of this. I remember praying for revival as soon as I became a Christian, I remember telling God I want people to experience what I’m experiencing, I want people to see the freedom in Jesus. Yeah we may be in the middle of a “pandemic” but God is literally using what the enemy meant for evil and he’s turning it for good and the church has officially left the building! This is just the beginning of something amazing our God is up to something and I’m ready for it! My soul is on fire and God is doing what he needs to do. In the book of Matthew People were so hungry for Gods word that when the crowds heard where Jesus was headed they followed him on foot to many towns, he healed the sick, the blind, the lame, the deaf. Right now People are hungry just like back then. People have a lot of questions and Jesus has the answers, it’s time for the church to rise up, be the light in this dark world, people are walking by these worship nights at the beach, they’re being saved, set free from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, bodies are being healed lives are being transformed! Jesus is on the move and people want what he has to offer along with eternal life! Thank you Jesus for what you’re doing across this nation and in Southern California! ❤🤗 #LetUsWorship

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“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,” Heather Molchanoff said. “But then we’re not allowed to gather in church on Sunday.”

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something’s going on these days.. i don’t know fully perhaps what it is and i don’t want to make things up or throw around the word revival lightly. but i know Jesus is stirring in a new way in the hearts of his people. I feel in my spirit, a new realm of anticipation of his visitation. In the midst of crisis, confusion, fear, political tension and contending ideologies, the great need for a Savior is revealed. Come to Jesus! He is everything! Let’s believe, Revival is coming! Many more saved and baptized tonight😭❤ #LetUsWorship #NewJesusMovement @seanfeucht @holdtheline_

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