An annual revival at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Lenoir City that runs through Friday aims to bring people back to the Lord.
Speakers are James M. Langston of Ringgold, Ga., and evangelist Taylor Adams. Services start at 7 p.m. daily.
“The nation has forgotten God,” Langston, who will be featured Thursday and Friday, said.
People who have fallen away from God often meet chaos and ruin, he said.
“I want to be faithful to God ‘til I hear the trumpet,” Langston said.
Langston began preaching at 17 years old and became a pastor two years later. Now one month away from 87, Langston celebrated his 67th year as pastor Sunday. Oct. 26 will mark 69 years as preacher.
He has been preaching at the church’s annual revivals on the first weekend of October for more than 20 years.
“He will preach the Word,” Marla Stanley, church member, said.
Stanley said Langston “doesn’t care who’s here,” regardless of if they are a church member or have been saved.
“He tries to preach to every single person,” she said.
Adams, who speaks tonight, preaches in churches mostly in Kentucky and Virginia.
“I think if we’re going to have a survival in our country, we’re going to have a revival,” Adams said. “We’re going to have a renewing.”
The Rev. David Latham, church pastor, said revival is needed in the “day and time we’re living in.”
“Our mission and our goal is to see people saved and try to revive our community and our church,” Latham said. “To me, it’s reviving the spirit within us and getting closer to God.”
Services this week includes singing, preaching and prayer.
Ted Fleming, church member, said he has been to 17 of the revivals.
“They’re important to me because I want to hear from God and then we get revived,” Fleming said.
He said churches have been greatly affected by COVID-19, but members continue to serve as ambassadors for God. Fleming hopes someone can be saved during the revival.
“He speaks out of the King James Bible and he says it like it is,” Fleming said about Langston.
Stanley said revivals are a time of renewal.
“It’s a time for me to reflect,” she said. “It’s a time to examine my life and my commitment to God. ... Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing for the Lord?”
Stanley said some who attend come from other churches in Loudon County.
For more information about the revival, call 865-382-3230 or visit https://woodlawnbaptistchurchlc.org/.