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Evangelical Christian Group Vows to 'Take Our Country Back' in Viral Video
By Gerrard Kaonga,
A video of a church event in Georgia has gone viral as it showed a congregation vow to save the United States and take the country "back" during a 4 minute-long declaration.
The video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times on Twitter, was taken during a FlashPoint Live Church event on July 1 at the Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia. The speakers for the event included preacher Gene Bailey, evangelical leader Lance Wallnau, preacher Mario Murillo and pastor Hank Kunneman.
In the video, a group of men on stage recite the "Watchman Decree" and the churchgoers eventually also join in.
The decree states that believers have been given "legal power from heaven" to exercise their authority and declares "America's executive branch of government will honor God and defend the Constitution." It also adds that Congress will only write laws that are "righteous and constitutional."
This viral video comes at a time of growing Christian nationalism in the U.S. Politicians like Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado have welcomed this trend.
The declaration concludes with those reciting it proclaiming that the U.S. will be saved and that the country will be taken back.
"We know this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles," the group said in the final parts of the prayer declaration. "We know the truth; therefore we stand for truth and will NEVER be deceived. We will NEVER stop fighting! We will NEVER, EVER, EVER give up or give in. We WILL take our country back. We WILL honor the ONE TRUE GOD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED!"
FlashPoint regularly produces a show on the faith-based Victory channel.
The FlashPoint Live event information described the event as "patriots and believers around the nation uniting as never before under the common cause of Love, for country, God and taking a stand for [their] nation."
The Victory channel's website also says that the FlashPoint show "focuses on pertinent issues currently facing America and delivers news and commentary under the anointing, encouraging evidence and hope that God is indeed working to bring about his plans."
Greene also spoke during the FlashPoint Live event on July 1 and has previously had to defend her support of Christian nationalism.
While speaking during her show, MTG: Live, in June, Greene said Christian nationalism will be the "movement that stops the school shootings...stops the crime in our streets...stops the sexual immorality and teaches children and brings them up in traditional families and loving homes"
She also said Americans "should be proud of nationalism" and "America First" nationalism. Greene added that "we should be most proud of Christianity. So if Christian nationalism is something to be scared of, they're lying to you."
Last year, Christianity Today defined Christian nationalism as "the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and the government should take active steps to keep it that way."
However, critics have said this ideology defies the principles of the separation of church and state in government. Arguments have also been made that it discriminates against people of non-Christian faiths and those who adhere to no religion.