Steve Strang, the influential Pentecostal publisher of Charisma magazine, which was distributed at the rally, recently wrote in a blog post that America is under threat from a "radical homosexual agenda." He also said Obama "seems to be moving toward some form of European socialism."
Speakers throughout the day condemned abortion, gay marriage and population control as practiced by Planned Parenthood. Christian rock music filled the historic mall as speakers challenged the crowd to overcome the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and slothfulness.
Lisa Hodges, 41, made the trip with friends from her church in Tarboro, N.C. A single mother and grandmother, she is concerned about the election but hasn't made a final decision on her vote. She has doubts that Obama is a Christian, as he professes to be, but also wants to know more about Romney's Mormon religion.
She hopes the country will return to what she called its "godly foundations" through prayer in school and an emphasis on "purity."
The rally was held outside of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Pennsylvania is also where evangelist George Whitefield preached during the first Great Awakening, the 18th-century religious revival that spread through the American colonies.
Earlier this month, the ministry coalition behind the event distributed food and offered medical care throughout Philadelphia as part of their outreach.
Nyree Reed, 38, of Willingboro, N.J., wept Saturday as she listened to speeches about the sex trade in Asia and other worldly problems."I feel we really failed God because we haven't been following the rules and the system that he set out for us," said Reed, standing next to her husband Douglas. "I'm not even thinking about the election right now. People need to be saved. People need to be helped.