Church Leaders Say Charlottesville Riots Reveal Need for ‘Sweeping Revival and Spiritual Awakening’
The Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) is praying for peace and healing after Saturday’s attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group, which represents thousands of churches, is calling upon the church to build bridges in light of the racial division in the U.S.
Several members, including Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, have also issued statements.
“When hell exhales, the outcome is hatred. Both unacceptable and diabolical, racism must be confronted by God fearing people,” Rev. Rodriguez said.
Church of God in Christ (COGIC) President and Presiding Prelate Bishop Charles Blake, Church of God General Overseer Tim Hill and International Pentecostal Holiness Church Bishop Doug Beacham also spoke on the matter.
“The violence, hatred and white supremacy on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, must be condemned by all people of faith and goodwill,” said Bishop Blake, representing the largest African-American Pentecostal Charismatic denomination in the U.S. “The injuries and death suffered by those supporting an end to the commemoration of the Confederacy are deeply saddening. We also regret any harm to their opponents. Our hearts go out to all who were hurt, and we call for an end to the violence.”
Dr. Hill called for prayer in his statement.
“First, the prayers of the Church of God around the world go out to those that were injured and lost their lives today in the senseless act of hatred and violence in Charlottesville. While as a nation we support the right of freedom of speech and the right to freely assemble, racial hatred and bigotry should never be tolerated in any form. God created us all in His image and we are His children. Racial supremacy is not ordained by God and should never be condoned by the church or our society.”