'The Gathering': America Can Only Be Saved by Spiritual Revival, Not a 'Political Awakening,' Christian Leaders Say
By MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
America won't be saved by a "political awakening," said Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was among over 40 Christian leaders that came together at The Gathering to pray for a spiritual transformation in the nation.
"Many of us, as believers, at times if we're not careful, we're more committed to some kind of political awakening," said Floyd at the solemn assembly hosted by Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, Wednesday night.
"That's not the answer to this nation. The answer to the nation is the next great awakening with the Holy Spirit of God. And He wakes up the Church and He shakes the Church," added Floyd, who's the senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Christian leaders from diverse denominational and racial backgrounds led thousands of believers in prayer for personal repentance, their marriages, families, communities, and for Christians who are persecuted throughout the world.
James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, stressed that "there is no substitute for repentance. Not a political party, not a political candidate."
"In election years if you're highly visible and you have an audience and you have any influence, candidates will tend to come to you and ask for your support," Robison said.
"I've made it clear, my entire ministry, I don't endorse candidates. I endorse biblical truth and I endorse the principles in the Word of God."
Robison spoke with concern about the current social climate of the United States, especially the U.S. Supreme Court's role in legalizing abortion and gay marriage via judicial fiat.
"We've reached the point where five people can determine the future of the United States of America," said Robison. "If the Church doesn't come out of the pew and stand up and become the city set on the hill that cannot and must not be hidden, we will be trampled as worthless salt under the feet of men."
Floyd's and Robison's calls for personal and public spiritual revival were echoed by Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, who served as the main organizer of The Gathering.