Bold is the story of the Let Us Worship revival movement started in 2020 by worship leader Sean Feucht. He became deeply disheartened and angry at the announcements in California (his home state) closing churches and/or limiting attendance and forbidding singing due to the COVID virus. Why were protesters allowed to march in large numbers? Why were strip clubs and dispensaries staying open? He believed that churches were being unfairly singled out, at a time when people were in great need of the hope and comfort only offered through faith in Christ.
As a consequence, Sean began organizing large outdoor worship events, beginning with a call for believers to show up for a “spontaneous prayer meeting” on the Golden Gate Bridge on July 9th. Four hundred people attended, and one police officer asked him, “What took you so long?” Over the next year, he visited other cities, and along with local pastors and others gathered worshipers to pray for revival in America. The book ends with a description of the service held on 9/11/2021 in Washington D.C.
Sean experienced great opposition, as many called him a “super-spreader” and accused the events of endangering the homeless. Certainly, many thought he wasn’t wise. However, according to Sean:
“The Bible tells us that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). I don’t think this is because God wants us to be afraid of Him in the traditional sense. I think it’s because fear is a basic motivator of action, and quite often, when we need to make a decision, fear will tip the scale faster than logic or reason. If we fear what others think of us or that something we do might offend someone, then the kneejerk reaction is not to do that thing. … However, what if our immediate reaction were, ‘What would God think if I did (or didn’t) do this?”
VERDICT: 4 STARS. Although I’m not a fan of contemporary worship and I don’t agree with the author’s theology in many cases, (altar calls and healing) or his political views, I applaud his courage in standing up for the right to spread the gospel.
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