Event Information

On July 4th people from all over Texas will gather together at the Capitol to seek the face of God and declare complete dependence on Him. It will not be a protest. It will be a time filled with prayer and praise.

The Goal:

1. Humble 2. Pray 3. Seek 4. Turn

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Sponsored by: TakeUp.Org

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Tony Perkins speaking at The Church at Canyon Creek in northwest Austin on July 4th at 9am. Click here for more information >

When: Sunday, July 4th at 4pm.

Where: The South Steps of the Texas State Capitol located in Downtown Austin.
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Keynote: Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council

Special Musical Guest : Bill Nash, featuring his hit song "In God We Still Trust"
Prayer Leader: Michael Hatcher, Pastor, Lighthouse Community Church, Ft. Worth
Music: David Straley, Luke 4:18 Ministries and Church Under the Bridge
Event Endorsements
Lee Boss - Victory Christian Center, Pastor

As pastor of Victory Christian Center of Austin I heartily endorse the "Declaration of Dependence Rally" on July 4th at the State Capitol. It is time for all Christians and Patriots to take a stand for the conservative values that our fore fathers gave their lives for. We can no longer stand by and watch the liberals and their homosexual agenda continue to chip away at the core family values that made this nation great.

Desirae Simmons

I will not be able to make it to the capitol building but my prayers will be with you all on that day. We definitely need to seek God more in our lives in the world today.

Texas Christian Coalition

In 1776 our Founding Fathers signed a Declaration of Independence.  In Austin on July 4th at 4:00 pm, thousands of Christians will gather on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol for a Declaration of Dependence - to celebrate our dependence on God as individuals and as a nation.   

Takeup.org is sponsoring this event.  Please visit their excellent website for detailed information and commentaries on repentance and humbleness before God, and our battle against homosexual "marriage" - http://www.takeup.org

Rev. and Mrs. Tim (Debbie) Lindsay

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! It is so good to here that something is happening here in Texas. I am a pastor, not presently serving a church and have moved from Alabama to Texas recently. My family and I have been very involved in the ProLife issues while serving in Florida and also stood against the film "The Last Temptation of Christ". While living in Alabama, we as Christians and South Baptist held rallies, prayer vigils and put up yard signs "NO LOTTERY" and we stopped the lottery in the state of Alabama, but...It did not happen because we as Christians did nothing, we had to be VERY ACTIVE, and this issue is even a greater threat to our families. God Bless you, wish we could be there Sunday but we will be with our children and grandchildern but we definitely want to be involved with you.
Glory to God!

Jerald Finney - Lawyer & Born Again Christian, Austin

I believe that every Christian who loves the Lord and his/her neighbor and who knows about this rally has a duty to our Lord to be there if at all possible. If the government through its courts succeed in redefining marriage, disastrous consequences are not far off.

Sandra Salazar - San Diego, CA

I am so thankful you are having this prayer event at the Texas capitol. I only wish each state was doing the same.
God's richest blessings and protecton on you. I too shall be praying for our country and for you.

Bob Ward - Host of Texas Journal talk show, KIXL

Everyone who cares about the future of marriage in America should try to attend the July 4th rally by TakeUp.org. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to strike down state laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman. This rally will let Texas lawmakers know we want them to support a constitutional amendment to black the court from doing that. Supporters of gay marriage are planning a counter-demonstration. We can’t let them outnumber us. We must support TakeUp.org in this effort.

Tom Gautier - Manchaca Baptist Church, Pastor

"I support the July 4th Rally promoting Bibllical marriage and encourage the members of Manchaca Baptist Church and other Christians to participate in the Rally."  Tom Gautier, Pastor

Dave Welch - Houston Area Pastor Council

As an organization of pastors dedicated to promoting one nation, one state, one city and one church under God, we heartily endorse the “Declaration of Dependence” rally in Austin on July 4. Cultural and policy change must be preceded by repentance and humble recognition of our personal and corporate responsibility for the condition of our nation and our prayer is that this rally serves to remind us of our true foundations.

Thomas Umstattd - Hope Chapel member, ASLAN, Homeschool Graduate

We must first win this battle on our knees before we can even hope to win it in the booth or before the bench. I encourage you to put on your armor and come join the fight. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Austin Baptist Association

"The Executive Board of the ABA Encourages the churches of the ABA to actively participate in the rally on the South steps of the Capitol on July 4th at 4 PM sponsored by "Takeup.org."  This rally is to be a peaceful prayer rally demonstrating that many Christians believe in and support only the traditional Biblical concept that marriage is a union between a man and a woman."

Ben and Kathy Streusand

"It is important that we show our elected officials that Texans support traditional marriage, so I urge you to attend the rally and bring as many friends as possible."

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John and Nubia Devine

"As most of you are aware, this is one of the most critical issues facing our nation today. Sadly, so few Christians are willing to sacrifice even some holiday time to make a bold stand in support of this cause. However, I know that many of you share our convictions, and I wanted to make you aware of this opportunity to come and stand together!"

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Bob Long - Rally Call Ministries

MY reason for coming and for helping sponsor: I believe that Austin Texas is a spiritual gateway city to America.  What happens culturally, spiritually and politically in Austin affects our nation.  This July 4th is the perfect time and this event the perfect opportunity for THE Church of Austin to gather and declare our dependence upon Him and for America to be truly "One Nation Under God" Rally Call Ministries gladly supports this event in our city!

Al Magness - Anderson Mill Baptist Church, Assoc. Pastor

Marriage, as designed by God, is under attack. It is no longer safe to assume "marriage" means a union between one man and one woman. I urge Central Texas citizens to attend the July 4th Prayer Rally at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Make sure your neighbors know where you stand on marriage, your friends know where you stand with God, and your children know where it safe to stand tomorrow.

Adam McManus - Host of Take A Stand, KSLR 630am

"American Christians can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines as our culture continues to be assaulted by the secularists. The ACLU wants to expunge every last public reference to Almighty God. The homosexual activists want to redefine the very definition of marriage, the institution established by our Creator in the Garden of Eden. And the abortion industry -- for the sake of money -- ignores all scientific evidence for the personhood of the unborn child. The time to take a stand is now. I implore every Texan to go to the TakeUp.org July 4th rally so that we can publicly acknowledge our dependence on God and mobilize the sleeping giant of the church to awaken from its slumber." -- Adam McManus, talk show host, AM 630, KSLR, Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. www.TakeAStand.net, Listen live at www.kslr.com

Harold M. Hall Jr. - Crossroads Baptist Church, Pastor

It is truly a blessing for what God is doing in this hour how He is calling the body of Christ to a place of prayer, a time of intercession. The word of God says If my people who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways then He would hear from and heal our land. This is the call to the body of Christ. The word also says He looked for a man to stand in the gap, we are the ones He (God) has called to stand in the gap. That which you have written is true, our motto at Crossroads Baptist Church is "at your turning point we care".

Richard Russell - Grace Christian Center

I whole heartedly endorse this event and we are urging the members of our congregation at Grace Christian Center to let their voice be heard on this issue by participating on the 4th.

This is an opportunity for us as Christians to close the gap between what we say we believe and what our actions reflect. I won't miss it and I hope you don't either.

Hillcrest Baptist Church

Hillcrest Baptist Church is promoting the event on our July 4th service.

David Straley - Luke 4:18 Ministries

"I plan on coming to this event because I believe that we, as the body of Christ, need to exercise our God-given, God-ordained authority to direct the course of human history, by coming into agreement on issues which He declares are right. Since the body of Christ is much bigger than any local church, it's obvious that we, the redeemed, should take up at least some of these opportunities that we do have to pray together beyond our local church boundaries. Because meetings like this provides a forum for that to happen, there is real hope for actually creating Christ-approved transformation of our country."

Joe Hootman - Hope Chapel, Member

This is a critical moment for our culture. While it is tempting to withdraw from the whole mess into a Christian counter-culture, God commands us to love our neighbors and to work toward their good and not just our own.

Travis Fell - American Salt & Light Action Network (ASLAN), Co-founder

I urge all believers in Texas to take time to seek God's direction and strength for standing firm against the continuing and growing onslaught against God's plan for marriage and the family.

Phil Pringle - Hill Country Bible Church, Member

I wholeheartedly endorse this time of prayer and repentance in response to the continuing decline of morals and open rebellion against God that we are seeing in our state and our country. I urge Christians to attend and to be in prayer for our government, our leaders, Christians here in the U.S. and the lost for whom Christ died and to whom He sent us to share His message of love and warning of future judgement.