ELIZABETHTOWN — Folks in Bladen County turned out strong for a Night of Worship at Tory Hole Park in Elizabethtown on Sunday evening.
The event, attended by about 175 people, featured music by the band 4 Points North and the message for the evening was presented by Evangelist David Pait of Real Word Outdoors.
Jeff Gause, one of the event’s organizers, declared the event a success.
“It felt great. It was exactly how I was hoping it would turn out,” said Gause. He added that there may be another event of this nature in the works for next year.
The band started the evening off with a program of contemporary Christian music including original works as well as such crowd favorites as “How Great Is Our God,” “Don’t Give Up,” and “Hurricane.”
Pait then took the stage and talked about a revolution and what happens when one brings about a revolution.
Pait said America had undergone several revolutions, the most recent of which is the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. He noted that Franklin Graham wrote that moral depravity in America has weakened us.
Pait pointed out that media puts out a message to society that “anything goes today.”
He told the audience in attendance that as of Sunday, 57 million abortions have been performed in our country.
“Abortion is a source of great guilt,” said Pait.
He told the crowd that there is also a religious revolution underway in America. Pait said God and prayer continue to be taken out of the schools. Pait reminded that at many public events, prayer is no longer allowed.
“The Devil is ready to give you what you want,” said Pait.
He told those in attendance that if you do what you are supposed to as a Christian, you will face persecution.
Pait also spoke about the breakdown of the family unit and how that has impacted children and society. He said one of the reasons there is so much crime is the fact here is no father in the home. Pait also pointed out that stores such as Target are moving to gender neutral toys.
“Our children are confused,” said Pait.
He spoke about the technological revolution that is occurring today.
“People are consumed with technology. People can’t turn off the computer and they can’t get off the Internet,” said Pait.
He told those present that many people attend church and many folks are on a church roll, but they really don’t know Jesus.
Pait asked the audience, “Is Jesus real to you?”
He reminded folks that 200 years ago when the Patriots followed Tories down into the ravine during the Battle of Elizabethtown, they were fully committed to what was going to take place. Pait said that was their moment to make a difference.
Pait invited those folks who have doubts or who needed prayer to come forward. Many folks left their seats in the amphitheater and crowded around the ege of the stage for prayer.
Mark Summerlin of Dublin said, “It was a good event. We need to have them more often.”
—Erin Smith can be reached at 910-862-4163.