'Heaven's Not for Good People' Message a Home Run
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nearly 11,000 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior over the weekend.
It happened at the 26th annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with local pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie.
"This really is Angel Stadium tonight because the angels are watching and rejoicing over every person who comes to repentance!" Laurie said as crowds filed down from the stands.
"Who would have known that my own son would inspire me with the courage to come down to the field tonight and give my life to Christ," a man known as Tomas Sr. said. "Now I know, with God's help, I can lead this family the way I am supposed to."
Around 105,000 people gathered at the stadium. Along with Laurie's messages of hope, they heard songs from top Christian artists including Phil Wickham, Third Day, Citizens & Saints, Lacey Sturm, and Jeremy Camp.
Laurie spoke to the crowds about eternity in messages that included "Happiness: What it is and How to Experience It," "The Point of No Return," and "Hope for the Afterlife."
"Life's going to come to an end, but the good news is that the soul lives on," Laurie said. "You need to think very seriously about that, because once you die and enter the afterlife, you can't change your destination. You want to think now about where to spend eternity, and you have two choices: heaven or hell."
"Heaven is not for good people, heaven is for forgiven people, and you can be forgiven tonight," he continued. "I believe many of you have an appointment with God tonight; now it's up to you to believe in Him and put your faith in Him, and leave this place a brand new person on the inside."
In addition to 10,451 in attendance making a profession of faith in Christ, more than 300 others did the same through a live Internet broadcast.
Internet broadcasts featured every nights of the 2015 SoCal Harvest, resulting in 122,922 webcast views from all 50 states and 142 countries.
More than 7 million people have attended Greg Laurie's Harvest events around the world since 1990, both in-person and through the Internet.