Crystal Revival

4/21 Update: The Evel Knievel interview and mass baptisms will air this weekend on Hour of Power. I watched here and was moved by his testimony and by the way the Holy Spirit moved in the congregation after it. Don't think that the link will last too long so catch the show or watch the video soon. Jesus is alive!
4/15: According to this article hundreds were baptised after Evel Knievel's testimony at the Crystal Cathedral. Here are a few excerpts from the article:
On Palm Sunday, hundreds responded to Robert "Evel" Knievel's testimony by asking to be baptized on the spot at Crystal Cathedral. Speaking alongside the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, Knievel told the congregation in Orange County, California, how he had refused for 68 years to accept Jesus Christ as Lord. He believed in God, but he couldn't walk away from the gold and the gambling and the booze and the women.

"I don't know why I fought it so hard," he said. "I just did."

But Knievel knew people were praying for him, including his daughter's church, his ex-wife's church, and the hundreds of people who wrote letters urging him to believe. And then something indescribable happened during Daytona Bike Week this March.

"I don't know what in the world happened. I don't know if it was the power of the prayer or God himself, but it just reached out, either while I was driving or walking down the sidewalk or sleeping, and it just—the power of God in Jesus just grabbed me. … All of a sudden, I just believed in Jesus Christ. I did, I believed in him! … I rose up in bed and, I was by myself, and I said, 'Devil, Devil, you bastard you, get away from me. I cast you out of my life.' … I just got on my knees and prayed that God would put his arms around me and never, ever, ever let me go."

Pastor Robert A. Schuller, who took over for his father last year, looked out on the church and noticed most people were sobbing. He couldn't simply continue with the service's script and proceed to the offering.

"I went up front, and I said, 'I believe there is somebody who needs to be baptized here. Maybe up on that balcony or by that door or by that wall. So come forward,'" Schuller told CT. "We started singing 'Amazing Grace,' and I started baptizing people, baptizing them as fast as I could. I had a little candy dish of water. 'What's your name? Okay, I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit'—crying the whole time and going to the next one."

Schuller continued this for 30 minutes, not realizing that four other pastors were baptizing the convicted just as quickly. During the second service, the response repeated itself. Together, Schuller estimates, between 500 and 800 people committed or rededicated their lives to God. You can read the rest of the story here.
I regularly watch Schuller's Hour of Power TV broadcast because of testimonies like Knievel's. The show is usually pretty inspirational and uplifting. A great warm-up for church :)


  1. I've always enjoyed watching HoP whenever I get the chance -- I never realized that there were situations where this happened. This is a remarkable story, especially for someone like Knievel who has had such a troubled life.

  2. I have never seen knievel perform
    in person; only witnessed these events on TV.
    I was always awestruck by his performances; always left to wonder how he could possibly outdo this one. Now i see that he has again managed to get his face in the spotlight. This 'performance' at the Crystal Cathedral has to be his best yet. I am left convinced - never underestimate this guy.


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