The Church at Planned Parenthood, a pro-life ministry that prays outside abortion facilities for an end to the killing of unborn babies, just expanded into Tennessee.
On Tuesday, Pastor Ken Peters led a worship and prayer service outside a Planned Parenthood in Knoxville, calling for mercy and an end to the evil of abortion, WATE News 6 reports.
“It’s our way of shining a light for the glory of God,” Peters said. “Traffic comes by, they see us worshiping. It also shines light on what we believe is an evil industry.”
The service took place across the street from the abortion facility after it closed for the day, according to the report.
“We like to do it right here as close as we can to the abortion facility because it makes it real,” Peters told the local news. “We literally feel the spiritual warfare. We feel good and we feel evil, and so when we go to a place that we feel has evil going on in it — now not everybody is evil in it – but you can feel the tension and it adds to the intensity and the passion.”
Peters helped to start the Church at Planned Parenthood in Spokane, Washington in 2018. In August, however, the abortion chain convinced a judge to block the church from meeting outside its facility based on claims that the prayer services have a negative impact on patients.
Previously, Peters said the claims about disrupting patients do not make sense because their church services start when the Spokane Planned Parenthood closes.
Spokane police also said they have not had problems with the church, the Spokesman Review reported last year. Pro-life sidewalk counselors, pro-life protests and other outreaches are overwhelmingly peaceful.
The Church at Planned Parenthood describes itself as a “gathering of Christians for the worship of God and corporate prayer for repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church, and repentance for our blood guiltiness in this abortion holocaust,” according to its website.
Since the church formed in 2018, abortion activists have been trying to restrict its life-saving work. In March 2020, the Spokane City Council voted to expand a noise ordinance outside abortion facilities and health care facilities in the city. Pro-life leaders believe the vote directly targeted pro-life sidewalk counselors and the Church at Planned Parenthood.
In a 2019 interview with Prayer Link, a CBN talk show, Peters 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,” he said.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the U.S. It does about 345,000 abortions a year while reporting billion-dollar revenues and wielding massive political influence over prominent Democrats, including President Joe Biden.