Virginia pastor David Platt’s “Secret Church” streaming event Friday night experienced a cyberattack, preventing many viewers from logging in and participating. Secret Church is dedicated to praying for the persecuted underground house-churches in Asia.
According to a post on the Secret Church Facebook page, many viewers were not able to participate in the live event.
“We know many of you were not able to join the SC20 simulcast last night. It appears our site was under attack, keeping many of you from logging in. And we understand your frustration.”
David Platt, lead pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, posted on his own Facebook page that his team was working hard to remedy the issue.
“We are working diligently to fix the current errors on the Secret Church website. Please continue to refresh your page and clear the cache on your computer. Once you are able to log in, you will be able to ‘rewind’ Secret Church.”
Although many viewers were still unable to participate, the replay of the event was available shortly after. “Good news: The full simulcast replay is available NOW. Log in or register for access to the replay through June 30.”
The inception of Secret Church came from Platt’s time “teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Many Christians around the world as forced to gather in secret due to hostility from the government.”
The purpose of Secret Church is to “remember those who cannot meet openly, asking God to sustain their faith.” They also pray that God would “change the hearts and the actions of their persecutors.”
The focal point of this year’s meeting was God, Government, and the Gospel. It seeks to change the way Christians relate to government authority while still glorifying God.
“The purpose of this Secret Church is to establish biblical foundations for understanding how the character of God and the content of the gospel totally transform the way Christians relate to government.”
During a promo video for the event, Platt said “We obey our government unless it requires us to disobey our God. We must obey God rather than men.”
According to watchdog group Open Doors USA, 1 in 8 believers worldwide live in areas of high persecution. This is an increase of 10% compared to last year.
Because of this, Secret Church posts daily prayers for persecuted Christians all over the world, especially for those in North Korea. The country of North Korea is the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
“Pray that God would cause the North Korean government to look out for the good of its people, treating them with fairness and mercy,” one prayer reads. “Pray that greater freedoms would make it easier for Christians to practice their faith and for all North Koreans to have access to the gospel.”