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'Amazing' mass baptism event: 'Never too late' to believe in God, says pastor Greg Laurie

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship recently baptized 4,500 people at Pirate’s Cove Beach in Corona Del Mar, California — the site of the “Jesus Movement” baptisms in the 1960s.

The mass baptism in Southern California this past weekend drew over 20,000 people from all over the globe, according to Harvest Christian Fellowship — with “thousands,” the group told Fox News Digital, standing patiently in a long line “for hours” in order to be baptized.

Laurie’s personal mission is “to know God and make him known,” as he has said many times.

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Pastor Greg Laurie: We were amazed by how many people showed up to be baptized.

We had 3,800 RSVP — but then we ended up baptizing 4,500 people. It may be the largest mass baptism in history. Certainly, it would be among the largest.

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Pastor Greg Laurie recalls baptism

Pastor Greg Laurie, right, during the mass baptism. “This spot, Pirate’s Cove, is also the place that I was baptized 50 years ago,” he told Fox News Digital. “My wife, Cathe, was, too. I remember that day as though it were yesterday.” (Pastor Greg Laurie/Harvest Christian Fellowship)

There are some key scenes in the movie of people being baptized — and he, too, wanted to take this step.

His family said they never thought they would see him become a Christian.

It just shows it’s never too late for a person to believe.

On a personal note, this spot, Pirate’s Cove, is also the place that I was baptized 50 years ago. My wife, Cathe, was, too.

I remember that day as though it were yesterday. You never forget the day you were baptized.

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We assembled a small army of pastors to help us, so that everyone could be effectively ministered to.

Small army of pastors for baptism

Pastor Greg Laurie and “a small army of pastors” at Pirates Cove in California this past weekend. They helped thousands of people who showed up to be baptized, said Laurie. (Pastor Greg Laurie/Harvest Christian Fellowship)

We also gave baptismal certificates to over 4,000 of those baptized.

We put the word out on social media and people came from around the nation — and the world.

As wonderful as they were, they were not anywhere near the size of this event.

To me, it is a sign that we may be on the verge of another spiritual awakening in America.

It certainly is needed.

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