Anti-Christian vandals have targeted a San Diego church by scrawling obscene graffiti across nearly every wall and window on the campus.
The City View Assembly of God church was due to host a concert by Christian singer Sean Feucht and his Let Us Worship team the next day.
Many of the tags were aimed at the singer and his views on LGBT ideology.
Let Us Worship co-leader Jay Koopman said: “It was heartbreaking that people would tag a church building. I’ve worked with gangs in the inner city of Los Angeles for over 20 years and even the gang members know not to tag a church building. Church is always neutral ground. So when satanists and Antifa tag a church they’ve crossed a line even gang members won’t cross.”
City View senior pastor Troy Singleterry wishes he could have preached the Gospel to the vandals.
“My heart was for who they are. What they did can be fixed, but it’s an individual that needs to be delivered and set free by the grace of God.”
The century-old church was birthed out of the Aimee Semple McPherson revival rallies in the city 100 years ago.
When local Christians heard about the vandalism they turned out in droves to clean up the graffiti and ensure the concert went ahead as planned.
Charisma News reports police are treating the attack as a hate crime.
San Diego mayor Todd Gloria said hate has no place in his city and the perpetrators will be held accountable.
Jay Koopman said: “When the church is persecuted, it’s the greatest time to come together. When the enemy attacks, it’s because he’s afraid of the move of God that’s about to hit this church and about to hit America. We are going to rally the body of Christ in all of Southern California. We’re fighters, and I and Sean, on behalf of Let Us Worship, are calling all pastors and leaders to stand with Pastor Troy. When you come against one you come against us all. If you attack one of us, you attack all of us.”
Sean Feucht posted: “The enemy making the age-old mistake. Persecuting the Church won’t stop the Gospel, it’ll spark a wildfire.”