Latest Sign of Need for Christian Revival: SCOTUS Rejects Church’s Appeal of Nevada Cap and Shutdown Threat, Lets Casinos Thrive
As America’s Soul Darkens, Churches Answer National Faith Leaders’ Call to ‘The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance’
August 3, 2020
NEW YORK — The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States permitting Nevada to enforce attendance restrictions on religious services, yet allowing large gatherings at casinos and restaurants, is the latest indicator of America’s fall from grace as a “city on a hill” and as “one nation under God,” according to faith leaders of a global church movement preparing to make its mark in Washington, D.C.
In a 5-4 decision last week, the Court rejected a Nevada church’s request to block the state from enforcing a 50- person limit on religious gatherings while allowing casinos to operate at 50% capacity. The decision came on the heels of a similar 5-4 Court ruling on restrictions brought by a church in California in May. In his dissenting opinion, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said the case was simple.
“The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges,” Gorsuch wrote. “But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”
The latest SCOTUS decision joins other toxic indicators — some pandemic-related and others decades old —that America is at a pivotal moment in history, say Pastor Kevin Jessip and New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Cahn, co-chairs of a national church movement known as “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance.”
Jessip and Cahn identify signs that the United States is on spiritual life support.
“Here are just four reasons why ‘The Return’ is so critical and why the time is now:
- The course that America and much of the world is on
- The upcoming election
- The shaking of the virus
- The need for world revival,” they write.
Answering the call to revival issued by scores of national faith leaders backing “The Return,” thousands of churches and individuals will converge at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on September 26 for corporate prayer, repentance, and worship. Tens of thousands more individuals are expected to participate in “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance” via a live feed streamed to more than 2,000 simulcast locations.
The revival cannot come soon enough, according to Jessip and Cahn.
“Without revival, America and its future will be lost,” the pastor and scholar write. “Therefore, we have a window of time we may never have again. Most of us don’t want to look at the negative, but few positive glimmers here and [they] give a false sense of security to what is really happening in our nation.”
“The Return” is a movement that calls on parachurch organizations, congregations, and individuals to humble themselves in repentance and anticipate God’s redemption and restoration. The authors say God’s pattern is first to caution wandering believers and then to pour out forgiveness when they return.
“We are in a critical time in America,” Jessip and Cahn write. “We have been warned. God in His mercy has afforded us a time of reprieve to turn and repent for our land to be spared from destruction, it’s a Nineveh moment! ‘The Return’ is a chance for America, 40 days prior to our next election, to turn back to God, just like Nineveh. ‘The Return’ is the gathering to spark a movement to gather, fast, pray and repent for our wickedness!”
Explaining a “Nineveh Moment” as a critical turn from sin back to God, Jessip draws a lesson from the Old Testament prophet Jonah.
“The miracle began when the obedience from a reluctant prophet delivered the word of the Lord, The King, and the people responded in humility, turned back to the Lord in fasting, prayer, and repentance,” Jessip writes in a vision booklet for ‘The Return.’ “‘When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened’ (Jonah 3:10).”
Co-chairs of “The Return” Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip have recorded a special video about the event, which already has over a million views. Watch here.
“The Return” is set for 40 days before the presidential election, and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, in the days of America’s founding and dedication to God. Surrounding the “The Day of Return” on Sept. 26 at the Washington Mall will be 10 days, known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, to be set as a special time of prayer and repentance from Sept. 18-28.
Coordinated events within “The Return” movement will also take place throughout America’s cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God.
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