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The Christian gathering in Sacramento draws thousands of people during Pride

While much of downtown was decorated with rainbow flags to celebrate Sacramento Pride, nearly 2,000 people gathered Saturday evening for a march and concert led by Christian worship leader and former California congressional candidate Sean Feucht.

Several hundred people, including Feucht, gathered at Ali Youssefi Square on K Street around 4 p.m. and began marching to the Capitol around 5:10 p.m., where the rest of the crowd waited for the show.

The event was one of Feucht’s Let Us Worship capital tour stops, which he launched in 2020 in defiance of COVID-19 public health measures. Since then he has organized Let Us Worship events every year. Sacramento was the 36th stop this year; Feucht will visit each state for a Let Us Worship event in 2024. He was in Nevada on Friday and was scheduled to visit Yakima, Washington, on Sunday.

Protesters carried signs that read “Jesus Revolution” and wore shirts that read “Worship is our battle cry.” Patriotic decor mixed with the evangelical signage. A few Trump 2024 campaign flags and “Jesus 2024 – Our Only Hope” in the shape of a Trump flag were also scattered among the crowd.

The rally and march were peaceful, and organizers said they did not purposefully schedule the events to coincide with the destruction of Pride.

However, one car passed through Ali Youssefi Square and the driver shouted “Fuck Fascism” as visitors with American flags gathered for live music without responding to the taunts.

Sermon in K-straat

At Feucht’s invitation, approximately 45 motorcyclists from the Soldiers of the Cross Motorcycle Ministry from Modesto attended.

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“We are Soldiers of the Cross because we fight for the Lord,” said Rafael Galvin, a member from Modesto.

“Our goal (today) is to talk to at least one person, and if he can give his life to the Lord, then that is our achievement.”

Feucht introduced them as “security” and they led the march on their bicycles to the west steps of the Capitol.

Rocklin Destiny Church Pastor Greg Fairrington, who also recently took over Capital Christian Church, briefly attended the K Street rally with wife and co-pastor Kathy Fairrington before they headed to the Capitol.

Before the march began, Ross Johnston, a revivalist traveling with the Let Us Worship movement, stepped in front of the crowd to tell a story about his youth. Johnston grew up with two lesbian mothers and had never set foot in a church until he was 16. Now he is actively involved with Let Us Worship and preaches his story across the country.

“Buddha is dead,” Johnston said as attendees prepared to march. “Muhammad is dead, but Jesus lives.”

Jesus flags fly during the Let Us Worship rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

Jesus flags fly during the Let Us Worship rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

On their way to the Capitol, the demonstrators stopped at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The worship band quickly moved to the top of the steps at the entrance of the church and continued to lead the crowd in song. Participants in the church’s reconciliation service had to be escorted from the cathedral entrance as crowds blocked the road.

After a few minutes, the demonstrators continued their way to the Capitol. Some strayed from the group to pray for homeless people they encountered along the way.

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Rainbow Flags: A Symbol for LGBTQ People or Christianity?

Although event organizers claimed the event was unrelated to Sacramento’s Pride festival, there was also an undeniable overlap.

A participant driving from Lodi waved a rainbow flag — the symbol of the LGBTQ movement — during the K Street rally, and was asked by another participant to stop.

“The rainbow first appears in the book of Genesis,” said Josie Saenz. “A rainbow symbolizes God’s promises over our lives, to protect us as Christians. It represents my walk with God.”

Saenz said she “completely understands” it caused confusion and stopped waving it.

But she also believes that Christians should ‘take back’ the symbol of the rainbow.

“At what point do we as Christians take back a symbol that was meant to represent Christianity and now, in the world, represents sin?”

“The LGBT lifestyle, we love it, but it’s a sin.”

Hundreds of people will march from Ali Youssefi Square on K Street to the California Capitol on Saturday for the Let Us Worship tour of state capitols led by Christian faith leader Sean Feucht, a former worship leader at Redding's Bethel megachurch.Hundreds of people will march from Ali Youssefi Square on K Street to the California Capitol on Saturday for the Let Us Worship tour of state capitols led by Christian faith leader Sean Feucht, a former worship leader at Redding's Bethel megachurch.

Hundreds of people will march from Ali Youssefi Square on K Street to the California Capitol on Saturday for the Let Us Worship tour of state capitols led by Christian faith leader Sean Feucht, a former worship leader at Redding’s Bethel megachurch.

Some Pride festival attendees walked through the Let Us Worship event at the Capitol in a spirit of protest.

One of those Pride attendees was CJ, who was walking home through Capitol Park with two friends after enjoying the day’s festivities, and asked that his last name not be used for fear of reprisal.

He paraded past the adoring attendees in a shiny red Speedo, body glitter, devil horns and a red pitchfork. An older visitor held up his hand, as if to ward off CJ.

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“We’ve been here as long as the Bible has been around, and even longer,” CJ said.

“Queer people have been around for a long time. We will stay here as long as they try to destroy us.”

‘California belongs to Jesus’

Feucht took the stage at the Capitol promptly at 6 p.m., bringing with him several pastors from around the state, including Fairrington. Each preacher took the microphone to offer passionate prayers for the audience.

“This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it,” Fairrington shouted into the microphone, quoting Psalm.

Feucht led the crowd through two hours of worship music with short speeches to pray for the crowd, the city and the state.

During one of those breaks, Feucht said, “We are declaring June as the Month of Family and Covenant,” in response to June being LGBTQ Pride Month.

Christian faith leader and musician Sean Feucht addresses attendees of his Let Us Worship gathering in Sacramento on Saturday.Christian faith leader and musician Sean Feucht addresses attendees of his Let Us Worship gathering in Sacramento on Saturday.

Christian faith leader and musician Sean Feucht addresses attendees of his Let Us Worship gathering in Sacramento on Saturday.

“California belongs to Jesus,” he said.

The event remained peaceful, with three California Highway Patrol officers on horseback and another ten on foot and bicycles. The event was a family affair, with attendees dancing, waving flags, singing along, cheering and sitting in lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Around 7:30 p.m., Feucht invited Fairrington to the stage, where he delivered a short speech similar to his other sermons, tinged with his trademark conservative platitudes.

Greg Fairrington, the pastor of Destiny Church in Rocklin who recently took over Capitol Christian Church in Sacramento, addresses the crowd at the State Capitol on Saturday during the Let Us Worship rally.Greg Fairrington, the pastor of Destiny Church in Rocklin who recently took over Capitol Christian Church in Sacramento, addresses the crowd at the State Capitol on Saturday during the Let Us Worship rally.

Greg Fairrington, the pastor of Destiny Church in Rocklin who recently took over Capitol Christian Church in Sacramento, addresses the crowd at the State Capitol on Saturday during the Let Us Worship rally.

“The past four years have shown us that the government cannot save us,” he said. “A vaccine cannot save us. The school system cannot save our children. Social media can’t save us… There’s only one that can save us. Jesus is the answer for today’s world.”

As a self-proclaimed patriot, Fairrington said he “cannot redeem this country.”

There can only be one.

“Only Jesus can do that. Jesus is our answer. Not some modern Jesus woke Jesus up. But the old-fashioned Jesus. Jesus is your answer in your life. Jesus is the answer for the state of California, for Sacramento, and for this reason, for our nation.”

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