A local pastor has raised a few eyebrows after planting his church right outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Ken Peters, of Spokane, Washington, said he felt the Lord stir in him a desire to shine the light of the Gospel into the depths of darkness and evil, and that he sensed the Holy Spirit was leading him to Planned Parenthood in order to achieve this.
So, he did it. Pastor Ken, who hails from Covenant Church, Spokane, gathered together a group of faithful believers and headed over to the local clinic. But there were no signs or placards in sight — this was no protest. The Church at Planned Parenthood website makes the congregation’s mission very clear: “It’s a worship service at the gates of Hell,” a description reads.
“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,” it notes.
In an interview with CBN’s “Prayer Link” segment, Peters challenged Christians to face up to the injustices around us, and urged believers to confront them head-on with the power of the Spirit.
“We gotta put legs to our faith,” the pastor explained. “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.”
Pastor Ken further recalled the moment that God spoke to him about this latest church planting initiative.
“I felt like the Lord say to me right in the middle of a church service I want your next church campus to be the Planned Parenthood Campus,” he said. “A few months ago, we planted a church right there at Planned Parenthood.”
The Church at planned Parenthood
Posted by Church and State on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
He admitted that a police presence was necessary due to security concerns, but also added that his congregation is doing its utmost to “stay within the rules” with regards to where they can gather and what they are allowed to do.
“We’re there to worship God. We’re there to pray. We’re there to preach the Gospel,” he said.
As for the impact of the witness, Peters said it was immediate — the church’s first week attendance numbers were incredible, with tens of thousands tuning in on Facebook live.
“Our last service, we got about 65,000 people viewing in live on my personal Facebook feed,” he said. “We had over 300 people there outside in the freezing cold, cars driving by. It’s been unbelievable.”
Peters called the abortion epidemic a “holocaust,” noting that Christians must seek to be salt and light in these murderous places.
“This really gets the light of Jesus right out in front of the community, right at one of the busiest intersections in town,” he declared.
“The Bible says that hell will not prevail against the church,” Peters added, “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.”