'A baptism of biblical proportions': 4,500 dunked for 'Jesus Revolution'

July 10, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Evangelist Greg Laurie, a longtime columnist at WND, has held what is being called a baptismal service of "biblical proportions" at one of the locations in California where the Jesus Revolution was filmed, in Newport Beach.

Media reports reveal that over the weekend, at Pirates Cove, the Harvest Crusade and Churches, Laurie's organization, held a service for the baptism of some 4,500 people.

"On the day of Pentecost, after Peter preached, we read in the Bible that 3,000 people were baptized. At Pirates Cove, we are looking at a baptism of biblical proportions," Laurie told the Washington Times.

The report noted the location as a long history for Laurie, as he and his wife were baptized there 50 years ago.

He told the Times, "For me this is a place that’s filled with memories. This is where we also filmed the Jesus Revolution movie. It’s funny because Pirates Cove has been here forever, now it’s taking on a whole new meaning for a lot of people. They not only want to be baptized, they want to be baptized here."

The Jesus Revolution movie, about Laurie's life, showed "the power of baptism and more significantly, what salvation looks like visually," Laurie explained.

"By watching someone get baptized the way it was done in the film it really conveyed what conversion can look like. It really resonated with a lot of people."

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