A pastor in Washington state is taking the power of prayer to a new level in the fight against abortion.
Pastor Ken Peters, of Spokane, has a mission to take down Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, by having church services across from one of its abortion facilities. As the current pastor of Covenant Church in Spokane, he said he heard God speaking to him during a service, calling him to open a church campus in front of Planned Parenthood.
In an interview on Prayer Link, a CBN talk show, Peters issued his call to action for the pro-life movement. “We gotta put legs to our faith,” the pastor said. “We’ve gotta find that balance between being mean and nasty and yelling, we’ve got to find the balance between that and doing nothing.”
The Church at Planned Parenthood, spearheaded by Peters, involves a coalition of different churches in the area that hold services across from the abortion facility. The worshipers hope that, in doing so, they can share a message of God’s love to patients. The outdoor church services are complete with praise and worship bands and prayer teams.
On the website for The Church at Planned Parenthood, the site clarifies that it is not a protest: “It’s a worship service at the gates of Hell. The Church at Planned Parenthood is a gathering of Christians for the worship of God and the corporate prayer for repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church and repentance of our blood guiltiness in this abortion holocaust.”
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Peters said he is aware of the pro-abortion outcry that may come as a result of the church services.
“We’re aware of all the rules and doing our best to stay within those, so the police are definitely there,” Peters said. “They’re watching. But we tell them we’re not there to cause trouble. We’re there to worship God. We’re there to pray. We’re there to preach the gospel.”
Even in the Washingtonian winter, turnout for the services has been strong. Peters said their last service had 300 people worshiping in the cold, and more than 65,000 viewers tuned into the church service on Facebook.
In tandem with the other churches that have joined in with Peters’ prayerful services, the pastor said he staunchly believes that the pro-life movement will succeed in the battle to protect the defenseless.
“The Bible says that hell will not prevail against the church, but I think if the church does not engage, then hell has free reign. So, what we’re doing is taking church right to the gates of hell knowing that we will win,” Peters said.