The Louisiana pastor, 68, locked himself in a prayer room for months and refused to come out until crime levels in Baton Rouge came down.
Dwight Pate has been locked up in his Baton Rouge church building since May The pastor wants to ‘change the hearts of people who are violent’ Pate has previously locked himself up on two separate occasions – for up to eight months.
A Louisiana pastor has locked himself in a prayer room and vowed to stay there until crime comes to Baton Rouge.
The capital city has been gripped by a crime wave that has dominated the conversation in the state.
Now Dwight Pate, 68, is stepping up to try to draw people to the holy building to pray and receive holy oil.
Dwight Pate, 68, senior pastor of Church Point Ministries in north Baton Rouge, locked himself in a prayer room and vowed to stay there until crime came to Baton Rouge.
When the pastor acquired the building for the first church in 1994, he locked himself in the prayer room for about eight months.
“It’s impossible to be truly sincere in seeking God without attracting other men and women to pray,” the senior pastor of Church Point Ministries in North Baton Rouge told WLBT.
‘The only place [the city’s ills] The church can be solved either. And the teaching and love of God’s people. So I believe that prayer can change the hearts of those who are causing all the violence,’ he said.
More than 13,000 violent crimes were reported by the Baton Rouge Police Department in the first quarter of 2023.
There were also 16 murders and 11,046 property crimes in the first three months of the year.
The pastor is praying for a ‘spirit of peace’ to spread throughout Baton Rouge, to create ‘a new standard of what I call righteousness and brotherly love’.
‘There is going to be such a move of God among men,’ said Pat. ‘There is going to be such a move with the most violent people in this city.
‘Instead of [people] Here people kill, rob and hurt, [there will be people] Brings peace and joy and victory and forgiveness and love’ he added.
Describing his experience of isolation in the room, Pat said in a video uploaded to Facebook: ‘Being in the chapel means I can spend 24 hours a day talking to my God – just being with my God and seeing the fruits of God touch your life.’ This is not the first such protest in Pete.
Baton Rouge has experienced high levels of crime since early 2023
In 2000 Pat locked herself up again for another five months, this time to connect with the pain and suffering of the isolated elderly.
Pate hopes to bring residents to the building to join together in prayer and receive holy oils
When he first acquired the building for the church in 1981, Pat decided to dedicate the structure to helping people incarcerated in drugs, crime and prostitution.
In 1994, he locked himself in a prayer room for about eight months.
The city then faced a similar crime and drug wave, which has hit the region since the epidemic began.
In 2000 he imprisoned himself again for another five months, this time to connect with the pain and suffering of the isolated elderly.
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