Worship leader Sean Feucht reports that the day after members of Antifa, a left-wing extremist group, terrorized several Christians who had gathered for a time of prayer and worship at Portland’s harbour front on Saturday, Aug 7, 2021, over 5,000 Christians showed up the very next day to show that they would not allow themselves to be intimidated.
When a group of Christians gathered the day earlier, several Antifa members showed up dressed in black and some with shields and weapons. They maced members of the Christian group and terrorized others, destroyed their sound equipment, forcing some families with young children to flee the event.
Members of Antifa could be heard mocking, “where is your God now.”
In what could only be described as a God coincidence, Sean, who has been holding worship services across America over the last several months, had four months earlier scheduled a service for Portland, the day after Antifa had disrupted the Saturday service.
Declaring he would not be intimidated, Feucht went ahead with the service at the very location where Antifa had driven the Christian group away the day before.
On his Instagram account, Sean reported that Antifa showed up again, but this time the believers were prepared.
As the left-wing extremists tried their intimidation tactics on the crowd, estimated at over 5,000 people, Feucht said they didn’t back down and continued worshipping.
Sean, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, added that at one point a member of Antifa stood ten feet away trying to intimidate him as he led worship.
But several ex-military and others had volunteered to serve as security at the event, and this seems to have put Antifa back on its heals. Apparently, left wing radicals prefer terrorizing women and children.
Sean added that the real harassment started after the service was over, and people were walking back to their vehicles in small groups. Sean referred to Antifa’s actions as cowardly.
As Sean pointed out, we only expect to see this type of thing happening in communist regimes, such as China and North Korea, but now it is taking place in America and politicians seem completely oblivious to it.
But there was one interesting turn of events, God was moving, and Feucht reported that at least one member of Antifa accepted Christ during the service.
But Sean also had a warning for any believers who are supporting this radical group:
“Any Believers, Christians out there who are ‘progressive,’ ‘woke people,’ whatever you call yourselves; if you are defending antifa right now, you need to stop! Because these guys are blatantly demonic. We’ve had numerous encounters with them across America…”
Of course, these type of intimidation tactics were a regular occurrence for believers in the early church. They were facing persecution, arrests and threats, and it was having its intended impact as these early Christians were scared.
But rather than backing down, they asked the Holy Spirit for boldness and specifically requested miracles, signs and wonders because it would embolden them:
29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:29-31 NIV)
It is curious, I have always looked at miracles as a way to open the hearts of unbelievers to the Gospel, which it does, but in this instance the early Christians desired miracles, because they would give them courage to continue sharing Jesus in a hostile world. And what followed indicated that the Holy Spirit answered that prayer.
As Sean Feucht told the Portland crowd:
“A scared world needs a fearless church.”