Repentance is a word hardly spoken in many churches, but a pastor says it's one that should be heard - and that it's up to Christians to actually take action and do it to make a change in the nation.
Repentance should begin at God's House, not the White House. That's the theme of the National Week of Repentance, April 3-10, called for by Michael Anthony, founder of Godfactor and lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in York, Pennsylvania. Anthony stands on the often-preached 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 scripture that calls on people to repent.
“It's designed to help people who are sick and tired of just recognizing the problem to actually have a biblical solution, what to do,” he says. “The question that God has been working on me with is ... What should you do as a pastor and what should My people be doing in light of Me speaking to them?”
The pastor laments that believers, in a general sense, have yet to humble themselves as God's people and pray and seek God's face in humility - and repent.
“So I think a large part of what we're seeing in the nation right now at this particular time is because God has been trying to get our attention in the House of God for a very long time,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And God's people - we're the ones responsible - have allowed ourselves to be distracted and enamored with things other than the Lord himself.”
Anthony encourages people to do selfie-challenge videos on social media, download free action guides, and participate in livestream broadcasts during the National Week of Repentance.