The #51Church Initiative
#51Church Event FAQ's
Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m each week for an unspecified number of weeks
Oklahoma State Capitol Building (South side), 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105*
A worship service of singing, praying, and preaching by evangelical leaders in Oklahoma
We wish to (1) make Christians aware of unnecessary government overreach in some states and at the federal level, and (2) to call on all Christian groups to begin living their faith in public so the world can be influenced by the essential contribution of of the Church. Please read our resolution below for more information.
Who Can Come?
Anyone of any faith (or none), political affiliation, or opinion. We ask all who attend to respect the sacred nature of our worship to the Christian God
What Should I Bring?
You can stand or sit if you bring your own lawn chair. We recommend a mask for the comfort of others. Please socially distance as possible. And if you have a Christian Bible, we hope to bring words of encouragement from passages you will enjoy reading on your own.
What does #51Church mean?
In light of the Supreme Court ruling to allow Governor Steve Sisolak's mandate for Nevada churches to limit attendance to 50 people, #51Church emphasizes the divine command and opportunity for churches to gather as their conscience dictates. #51Church values the recommendations of medical professionals and government officials tasked with the health and safety of Americans. Yet, churches must be free to exercise a religious conscience, weighing these recommendations against a divine calling. We look forward to the day our Nevada brothers and sisters can gather with 51 or more people without fear of government intervention.
Is #51Church a Church? Can I be a member of #51Church?
#51Church is not a church, but rather an initiative of the church. However, the #51Church initiative should encourage you to be actively engaged in your place of worship. Given some decisions being made in the political landscape, this is the time for believers to unite together. The place God has given us for unity is the assembly of the local congregation of believers. We recommend that you engage with your church by attending regularly, giving generously, serving faithfully, and praying aggressively.
Can you explain your blue and orange #51Church logo?
In our logo you will recognize two authorities established by God, government (Romans 13:1-7) and the church (Matthew 16:13-20). Both are by design and oversight of God. God's presence superintending these groups is represented in our logo with the universal Christian symbol for the Trinity. The work of Christ, symbolized by the cross, can be found both over all (in blue) and within all (in the orange background). You will note that neither the government nor the church are superior to the other. Rather, both are equal in God's plan and thereby intended to cooperate under His headship.
Can I find this on social media?
Yes! Be sure to follow https://www.facebook.com/51Church to see announcements, pictures, and updates from our Sunday night events. Pray about joining us!
Isn't this a legal First Amendment issue that should be left to the courts?
Certainly, the violations are in clear disregard of the First Amendment to the US Constitution as admitted by U.S. Supreme Court justices Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and Alito. However, even without support by those in the legal community, #51Church believes that churches should appeal for freedom of religious expression. Theologically, Churches are answerable to government authority as part of their obedience to God. Yet, when government leaders are in disagreement with the biblical mandates of God, Churches are reminded that their sole allegiance is to God alone. For #51Church, this is primarily a faith matter that has been a struggle by Christians in both free and repressed government systems around the world for at least the last 2000 years. Christians convicted about their worship gathering would have to sin against God to adhere to the government mandates.
Are there restrooms available at the Capitol?
We believe the Capitol building closes at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. You should plan for Capitol grounds restrooms to be unavailable.
* The Oklahoma capital building was chosen as a backdrop to serve as a model for other state and church relationships. The Oklahoma State Capitol building represents the enduring and faithful partnerships that government and church should share. #51Church would like to demonstrate with such a backdrop an appreciation for Governor Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma legislatures in their resolve to allow freedom of worship in Oklahoma, even during the chaos of a national pandemic. This site serves as an example of what we wish for churches in other states to experience in their local contexts.
We have crafted the official statement below to provide clarity of purpose.
How to Contact Our Initiative Leaders
You can reach our team leaders and point personnel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to you within one business day. Examples of reasons to contact #51Church:
Sample articles have been chosen from popular mainstream news sources to help educate the Church and bring awareness to the growing problem. Mainstream media sources were chosen because some believe right wing news sources are biased. An attempt to demonstrate the news from more broadly accepted news sources adds credibility to the reporting of First Amendment violations.
California bans places of worship from singing and chanting - Max occupancy of 25% or 100 people. (CNN)
Nevada churches restricted to 50 people while casinos and other business to 50%. (Washington Post)
NFL Players restricted from inside activities, including churches above 25% capacity. Praised for rally attendance. (NBC Sports)
About Wilmont Place Baptist Church: Wilmont Place Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church of 150 active members on the south side of Oklahoma City. Text-driven expository preaching, Bible-teaching, personal growth, and community evangelism define the culture and direct the activities and events of the congregation. The church is working through a formal revitalization strategy in which members become family and the community becomes ministry. You can reach Wilmont online at www.WilmontPlace.com.
7/30/2020 04:49:56 pm
Hallelujah, if I could I would go, I support everyone doing this and hopefully I will be a part of this.
8/7/2020 02:22:54 pm
That would be great, Waylon! I encourage you- be in prayer.
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Wilmont Place Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church of 150 active members on the south side of Oklahoma City. Text-driven expository preaching, Bible-teaching, personal growth, and community evangelism define the culture and direct the activities and events of the congregation. The church is working through a formal revitalization strategy in which members become family and the community becomes ministry.