Over 9,000 people made professions of faith at evangelist Greg Laurie’s Southern California Harvest this past weekend even after billboards advertising the event were taken down over complaints about the Bible.
In its 29th year, SoCal Harvest went off without a hitch at Angel Stadium in Anaheim as over 100,000 people attended the three-night evangelism crusade and were treated to performances from top Christian music stars, stunts by motocross riders and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
However, the staple event of Laurie’s Harvest Ministries faced some resistance in the weeks leading up after billboards promoting the event were removed because they featured Laurie holding up a Bible.
In response, Laurie called on attendees to bring their Bibles in order to devote time each night for everyone to hold up the holy book and proclaim their belief in the Word of God.
Laurie began his Friday night sermon by holding up his Bible to the crowd and proclaiming, “This is the book.”
“How many of you brought a Bible with you tonight? Grab your Bible. Hold your Bible up,” Laurie told the crowd. “We are not ashamed of the Word of God. This message has been sent to us from Heaven, given to us in a book and everything you need to know about God is right here in the Bible. No wonder people don’t want it displayed on a billboard or anywhere else.”
“But here is the bottom line,” the 65-year-old pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship continued. “God has given us a message that we all need to hear tonight that we are going to get from this book.”
As Laurie always ends each night of Harvest with an invitation for those who want to accept Christ in their lives to walk down to the field, as many as 9,260 people made professions of faith during the weekend.
By comparison, just over 10,000 people made professions of faith at last year’s SoCal Harvest, which was attended by 92,000 across three nights.
“It has been amazing to see God work so powerfully all these years, with over half a million people making professions of faith to follow Christ,” Laurie wrote in a tweet Monday. “This weekend was no exception either. … To God be the Glory!”
On Facebook, Laurie shared a photograph of one man who gave his life to Christ on Friday night after he preached a sermon on the “power of the Bible.” The man had a tattoo across his head that reads “F*** Love.”
“Wow! Here’s a photo of a man who gave his life to Jesus last night at #HarvestSoCal, and it completely encapsulates WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!” Laurie wrote. “Guess what? He just accepted TRUE LOVE into his heart!!!”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith