Now’s the moment to change your life, evangelist says
The message that evangelist Clyde Dupin brought Sunday night at the opening of his week-long Crusade for Harrison County was simple: If there’s something wrong with your life, if there’s something missing, if you’re unhappy, or wish that you could somehow change your life, you can. Now, at this moment.
All you have to do is confess your sins, accept Jesus Christ in your heart, and enjoy the benefits of a new life. “You can be born again,” Dupin said, again and again throughout his sermon at the Corydon Central High School Auditorium.
It’s a simple message, known as the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but many people aren’t listening or don’t pay attention. “Have the courage to step out,” Dupin urged the doubtful in his audience. “Your life will never be the same.”
Several people, however, did take Dupin’s advice and stepped forward at his invitation as the 50-voice Community Choir sang the great, enticing revival hymn, “Just As I Am.” Trained counselors quietly stepped forward and took them aside for the beginning of a five-week follow-up program.
Dupin’s basic message and that invitation to be “born again” will be repeated many more times tonight and Thursday night, at 7:27, when the Crusade ends. Dupin’s wife, Grace, affectionately known as “Amazing Grace,” will continue with her “Ladies Fellowship Teas” this morning and tomorrow morning at 10 at Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon.
The opening night crowd was estimated at 700 to 800, including the choir and musicians, said Crusade executive secretary Pat Sinnott. Crusade director Jeff Ray said Monday night’s attendance, about 400, was “not so good,” as expected on a Monday night. (“Everybody has a Monday,” Ray admitted.)
However, Ray, a Dupin Crusade veteran, said he was expecting a big crowd last night, Youth Night, when 700 to 800 people, mainly teens, would feast on free pizza in the cafeteria and be entertained by dazzling trumpeter Chiz Rider.
Sinnott, the pastor at New Middletown United Methodist Church, said crusades attract lots of youngsters, because they are searching and susceptible to the Gospel. “Eighteen is a key year,” he said. “Demographics bear that out. After that (18), people’s hearts get hardened, they get interested in other things, and they get to thinking they can handle all their problems, instead of relying upon God. The older you get, the more hardened you become.”
Tonight is Family and God and Country Night. All veterans, service men and women, and emergency personnel will also be honored.
Donie Haulk, the official NASCAR musician, will be the headliner for Thursday night’s closing service. He plays the saxophone.
Dupin, now 68, led a successful Crusade here 21 years ago, at the invitation of the Rev. Lyle Rasmussen, then pastor at Old Capitol United Methodist Church. Rasmussen, now 75 and serving a church part-time near Jasper, and his wife, Mary Ann, were present Sunday night.