Congregants from one Texas megachurch marched “for eternal life” just one day after thousands rallied in Washington, D.C., for the “March for Our Lives” event calling for gun control.
On Palm Sunday, thousands of members from First Baptist Church in Dallas marched through the Texas city, carrying with them a large illuminated cross to raise awareness about the Christian gospel.
This was the second time First Baptist Church organized the faith-based rally.
Once the congregants reached a nearby park, singer-songwriter Sandi Patty performed “How Great Thou Art,” and the church’s lead pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, explained the purpose of the rally, CBN News reported.
“We’re here to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “We believe that God loves us, he doesn’t hate us. … He loves us. And he wants to offer us the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal life. A relationship with God that can begin now and extend forever and ever after death.”
In an interview with The Christian Post, Jeffress, a big fan of President Donald Trump, praised the “March for Our Lives” event, saying it’s “great” to have a conversation about new laws and gun safety. But he said ending violence “is not all of the solution.”
“What is really needed in America is a change of people’s hearts and only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that,” Jeffress said. “What we’re doing in our march is … we are saying that we believe that the only hope for America is faith in Jesus Christ.”
On Sunday morning, the Texas pastor told Fox News that Trump “is the most faith-friendly president we’ve ever had, and that includes [former Presidents] Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.”