The “We Stand With God” rally featured speakers such presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz, as well as U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and South Carolina Rep. Richie Yow. Area pastors also spoke to those gathered, and prayer and praise was a part of the gathering, as a choir of 600 Christians sang from the state house steps.
“The purpose of ‘We Stand With God’ is to encourage and empower God-fearing citizens to stand in this evil day. Timing is critical,” the event website reads. “The landscape of this great republic is eroding daily and the floods of change are seeking to assassinate the moral fiber of the land we love. Crime rates are rising, civil unrest is abounding and perversion is growing exponentially.”
It also specifically notes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that states must legalize same-sex “marriage.”
“As citizens and as patriots of America we cannot support nor obey the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex-marriage,” the site reads. “The repercussions of this decision will have far reaching negative effects on churches and religious ministries in days to come. As Christians we do not hate homosexual people but we must stand where God stands regarding sin.”
During the event, the various speakers spoke about a variety of current issues, such as homosexuality and abortion, and urged Christians to take a stand—to stand with God.
“I feel like it’s Sunday morning, and we have a call to worship on the [State House] steps,” Cruz stated. “Our nation is in crisis right now. But I want to tell you there is a spirit of revival that is sweeping South Carolina, that is sweeping the country. Americans are waking up.”
“For generations, this city was taught right from wrong in our synagogues, in our churches,” Perry said. “We see these under attacks today, literally the foundation of America is under attack from those on the left. It’s under attack from Washington, D.C.”
During the rally, Christians called for the defunding of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
“Christians are up. They’re fired up,” attendee William Temple, who dressed in Colonial garb, told the South Carolina publication The State. “They’re upset about the Supreme Court and its rulings there. As a matter of fact, they’re basically in rebellion. They’re saying, ‘We’re not going to obey. We’re going to take back our country.’”
A banner that swept across the state house quoted from Acts 5:29, which reads, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.'”
“A lot of the laws that have been passed are not biblical,” attendee Daniel Jones told WISTV. “And that’s the most important place to stand on.”
“This nation can be renewed,” Perry declared. “Are you ready? Onward, Christian soldiers!”