Tuesday, September 18, 2018

History

Monday we were outside the yearly Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles….and just what is the ‘Emmy Award’ you ask? 




It is the award for the television industry, or the equivalent of an Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theater), and the Grammy Award (for music). 

And because this is my watering hole, or known to the world as Los Angeles all those events mentioned have had banners outside for decades, raised next to the hallowed ‘red carpet.’ 

As the eyes of the world will be watching this award show for TV on a TV. 




So Monday, everyone who is anyone in the television industry will be there, from actors, actresses, producers, directors, etc. hoping to get this golden calf.

 We were very close to all the back limos that needed to stop around us and get checked before continuing to the theater. 




Security was extremely tight, as streets and sidewalks were shut down, the police had four check points that all limos needed to stop and show permits to continue. 

We were told by LAPD that snipers were on top of roofs as these Hollywood gods were well protected. 




But they were not protected from seeing our banners as those signs are also part of the d├ęcor outside these Hollywood events.

Those inside the tinted windows cannot help but see a message on sign as they drove by. 




Once again God will try to get their attention before their life of drugs, alcohol, rehab, marriage, divorce and death. 



SOAPA OHIO 




I am leaving to Cincinnati for our second of four street preacher conventions this year, where saints will be edified, admonished to publicly promote Jesus and where we will hear from 2 lawyers on free speech. 

The host Church does not get internet so we will not be able to have any live feed from the conference, however all speakers will be taped and uploaded to our SOAP YouTube channel. 

After each session, we will go out and preach at the cities Oktoberfest…..I know, I know, only in Ohio do you have an Oktoberfest in September 

But since when do drunks care what month to drink? 

Last year when we were in Cincinnati, we preached at this drunkfest and other venues too 




Preached outside a baseball game 




Preached outside an abortion clinic 




Worked well with local police 




Preached at a local campus 




….and even stood outside religious buildings, like this local Mosque 




Sunday morning we stood outside reproving those going to mass and praying to Mary. 




I ask for your prayers as with this event our hope is to edify and tool saints to be bolder than the sin on the streets of America 

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” 
Proverbs 28:1 


STREET PREACHING HISTORY




Thinking being a street preacher, open air preacher or campus preacher, you are alone? 

This is a small history lesson of those saints before us

Church meet public crier George Fox 

Fox was born at Drayton-in-the-Clay, Leicestershire, England. By 1648 Fox began to exercise his ministry publicly: he would preach in market-places, in the fields, in appointed meetings of various kinds, or even sometimes in “steeple-houses.”

 Fox's preaching was grounded in scripture, but mainly effective because of the intense personal experience he was able to project. He was scathing about contemporary morality, and urged his listeners to lead lives without sin. 

Finding no help from men, Fox gave up seeking from that source. So with the Bible as his guide, he began looking to the Lord alone for help walking bare-footed through the crowded market at Litchfield, England, this man in the leather suit upraised his hands and voice, shouting, "Woe unto Litchfield, thou bloody city! Woe unto Litchfield!" 

He feared neither man nor the consequences of his tirade. Shut out of churches, George Fox made a stone his pulpit and preached to the crowds in the streets. 

Taken from the street meeting to the jail, he made the jail a cathedral to declare the wonderful works of God. 

Church meet street preacher John Bunyan 




John Bunyan was born in Harrowden (one mile southeast of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England, November 28 1628. 

John was a English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing The Pilgrim's Progress. 

With new laws meeting-houses were quickly closed and all citizens were required to attend Anglican only parish churches. 

In 1658, at aged 30, he was arrested for preaching at Eaton Socon without a license. He no longer had the freedom to preach that he had enjoyed under the Puritan Commonwealth and he was arrested again on November 12 1660 for preaching. 

He was confined for the first three months, but on his refusing to conform or to desist from preaching, his confinement was extended for a period of nearly 12 years. He said, “If you release me today, I will preach tomorrow.” 

In 1666, he was briefly released for a few weeks before he was arrested again for preaching and he was sent back to Bedford for another six years. In March 1675, he was again imprisoned for preaching, he later died from a cold on August 31 1688. 

While imprisoned Bunyan wrote about 60 books and tracts. 

Church meet open air preacher John Huss 




Street Preacher John Huss born in 1372 Husinec, Bohemia. Hus was a key contributor to Protestantism, whose teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe and on Martin Luther himself. 

He publicly denounce the often immoral and extravagant lifestyles of the clergy (including the pope himself), and made a bold claim that Christ alone is head of the church. The archbishop of Prague told Hus to stop preaching and asked the university to burn Wycliffe's writings. 

Hus refused to comply, and the archbishop condemned him. Meanwhile, Hus preached against the sale of indulgences, which were being used to finance the pope's expedition against the king of Naples. He was labeled a heretic and was excommunicated in 1411, condemned by the Council of Constance, and burned at the stake. 

On July 6 1415 was the date given to be burned to death and on the way to the place of execution, he passed a churchyard and saw a bonfire of his books. He laughed and told the bystanders not to believe the lies circulated about him. 

Before he was executed he said “Today I will gladly die” as the fire was lit. As the flames engulfed him, Hus began to sing in Latin a Christian chant: “Christ, Thou Son of the Living God.” 


Church meet public proclaimer John Wycliffe 




Street Preacher John Wycliffe an English theologian, lay preacher, who was known as an early dissident in the Roman Catholic Church during the 14th century. 

His followers are known as Lollards, a somewhat rebellious movement which preached a legalistic Gospel. Wycliffe was also an early advocate for translation of the Bible into the common tongue, thus putting the Word of God into the common man’s hands. 

His followers were called Lollards, and traveled throughout England preaching in the streets and marketplaces against the errors of Popery. 

This influenced all later Reformers. John publicly preached against pope in the streets of England. Wycliffe died on the last day of the year 1384. 

Then on May 4 1415 the Council of Constance declared Wycliffe a stiff-necked heretic. It was decreed that his books be burned and his remains be exhumed. 

The exhumation was carried out in 1428 when, at the command of Pope Martin V, his remains were dug up, burned, and the ashes cast into the River Swift, which flows through Lutterworth.


 Church meet street preacher John Knox 




Street Preacher John Knox was a Scottish clergyman and leader of the Protestant Reformation salvation by faith, the Scriptures as the only test of truth, the denial of purgatory and confession to a priest, and the rejection of the Roman Catholic mass as blasphemous idolatry. 

Knox was captured by French troops captured and for 19 months used as a galley slave and once under flogging while in chains a picture of the Virgin Mary was brought on board. While the galley was in port, to be kissed by the slaves. 

When Knox refused, the picture was thrust into his face. Outraged, he flung the “accursed idol” into the river, saying “Let our Lady learn to swim.” 

John Knox the once body guard for another preacher named George Wishart is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination. 


Church meet open air preacher Peter Waldo 




Public Preacher Peter Waldo, a wealthy merchant in Lyons, France, started the Waldenses in the 12th century. 

One day he asked a theologian what he should do to gain eternal life. He was answered with the words of Jesus to the rich young ruler, to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow Christ. Waldo took this literally, selling his business, giving away his wealth. Together with his followers, they traveled by twos, preaching in the streets, reading passages of Scripture which they translated themselves into the common language. 

Waldo also began to preach and teach on the streets, based on his ideas of simplicity and poverty, notably that “No man can serve two masters, God and mammon.” The Waldenses were street preachers! According to Foxe's Book of Martyrs, the Inquisition was originally launched against the Waldenses. 

The Roman Catholic Church began to persecute the Waldensians, and many were tried and sentenced to death in various European countries during the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries. 


Church meet public crier Raymund Lully 




He was a disciple of Francis of Assisi and Raymund Lully (1232-1315) had a burden to preach to Muslims on their own turf. 

He wanted to travel to North Africa and evangelize in the streets of a Mohammedan town. When he was in his sixties, he traveled to Bugia in North Africa and “found his way to a public place, stood up boldly, and proclaimed in the Arabic language that Christianity was the only true faith.” 

He was promptly arrested and deported. He returned, however, when he was in his eighties, and “came forth into the open market and presented himself to the people as the same man whom they had once expelled from their town. 

Lully stood before them and threatened them with divine wrath if they still persisted in their errors.” This time Raymund Lully was stoned to death by the mob. He died a martyr, preaching in the streets of a Muslim town, in 1315. The Dominicans were founded by Dominic (1170-1221), who traveled with Diego and journeyed from town to town conducting open air debates. Some Dominican preachers were so popular that they had to preach outside the church to accommodate the crowds that came to hear them. Such a Dominican preacher was Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419). 

Before Luther and the Protestant Reformation came along, the groundwork for their success was laid by several groups that rose within the Catholic Church and questioned papal authority to the point of getting excommunicated. Three such groups arose in France in the 12th century, all started by street preachers.


 Church meet street preacher Robert Flockhart 




Flockhart (1778-1857) was a remarkable sinner who became a remarkable convert, was an extraordinarily gifted man and fearless street preacher in the Edinburgh of the mid-1800's. 

Converted in India, while a soldier, Flockhart was fearless as a street preacher, often in the face of unruly crowds. He was uniquely gifted as a natural orator with a true genius for picturesque language. Compassion to the souls of men drove me to the streets and lanes of my native city, to plead with sinners, and persuade them to come to Jesus. 

In my preaching I dwelt upon death and its consequences, the everlasting punishment that awaited ungodly and impenitent sinners, and the everlasting weight of glory that was laid up for the righteous. He was found every week-day evening at his post at the west-end of St. Giles’ cathedral, and on the Sabbath evenings in front of the Theatre. 

The weather was all one to him – in frost, in snow, in rain, as well as in sweet summer eve, he might be seen about nine o’clock slowly wending his way to his post. Regarding Street Preaching Flockhart said: “You will never get at the ignorant and profligate mass without open air preaching. I had to go to bonds and imprisonments for doing what our Master did, for he preached far oftener, by the roadside and by the seaside than in the synagogues.” 


Church meet open air preacher Jonathan Edwards 




Open Air Preacher Jonathan Edwards born October 5, 1703. He was philosophical, a theologian, intellectual and a scholar who preached in the streets. 

Edwards was fascinated by the discoveries of Isaac Newton and other scientists of his age. Jonathan played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first fires of revival in 1733-1735 at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts. One of his most well known sermons is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” which left sinner crying. 

He died of the inoculation on March 22, 1758. He was buried in Princeton Cemetery. Edwards had three sons and eight daughters and his marriage brought forth holy children, the Edwards family produced scores of clergymen, thirteen presidents of higher learning, sixty-five professors, and many other persons of notable achievements. 


Church meet street preacher John Wesley 




Wesley born June 17, 1703 in Epworth, England, fifteenth child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley. At the age of five, Wesley was rescued from the burning rectory. This escape made a deep impression on his mind, and he regarded himself as providentially set apart, as a “brand plucked from the burning.” 

He founded the English Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. As John Wesley and George Whitefield preached in the open air, which allowed them to attract crowds larger than most buildings could accommodate. Wesley traveled generally on horseback, preaching two or three times each day, his preach theme was holiness. 

Wesley was the first to put the phrase ‘agree to disagree’ in print. In the words of John Wesley “I could scarce reconcile myself at first to this strange way of preaching in the fields, of which he set me an example on Sunday. Having been all my life (till very lately) so tenacious of every point relating to decency and order, that I should have thought the saving of souls almost a sin, if it had not been done in a church. In the evening I began expounding our Lords Sermon on the Mount (one pretty remarkable precedent of field-preaching, though I suppose there were churches at that time also).” 

“I am well assured that I did far more good to my Lincolnshire parishioners by preaching three days on my father's tomb than I did by preaching three years in his pulpit.” 

“To this day field preaching is a cross to me, but I know my commission and see no other way of preaching the gospel to every creature”. He died March 2 1791 at the age of 87. 


Church meet street preacher George Whitfield 




Whitfield was born at the Bell Inn, Southgate Street, Gloucester in England (December 16, 1714 – September 30, 1770), also known as the traveling Anglican minister who was used to spread the Great Awakening. 

In 1738, before going to America, he and John Wesley to preach in the open-air for the first time at Kingswood and then Blackheath, London. Whitfield drew crowds of 20,000 to hear him and in Cambuslang drew an estimated 30,000 people. Benjamin Franklin once attended a revival meeting in Philadelphia and was greatly impressed with Whitefield's ability to deliver a message. Franklin wrote of Whitfield, “He had a loud and clear voice, and articulated his words and sentences so perfectly, that he might be heard and understood at a great distance, I concluded that if each person were allow'd two square feet, I computed that he might well be heard by more than thirty thousand people.” George Whitfield said of Street Preaching, “Finding the pulpits are denied me, and the poor colliers are ready to perish for lack of knowledge, I went to them, and preached on a mount to upwards of 200. 

Blessed be God, that the ice is now broken, and I have now taken the field... I thought it might be doing the service of my Creator, who had a mountain for His pulpit, and the heavens for His sounding board: and who, when the gospel was refused by the Jews, sent His servants into the highways and hedges.” "I believe I never was more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields." And "I now preach to ten times more people than I should, if had been confined to the Churches.” 


Church meet public proclaimer William Booth 





Booth was born in Sneinton, Nottingham, England (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded the Salvation Army which was founded in 1865, and spread from London, England, to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid. 

In 1849 as a lay preacher William took to open-air evangelizing in the streets and on Kennington Common. He soon became an independent evangelist. His doctrine remained much the same as the Methodist congregation he walked away from.

 He faithfully preached that eternal punishment was the fate of those who do not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the necessity of repentance from sin, and the promise of holiness. 

Booth's success attracted not only supporters but also enemies. Those who served in the Army were pelted with hot coals, sprayed with tar and burning sulphur, beat, stoned and even kicked to death in the streets. The Salvation Army resisted their enemies with a cheerful “God bless you”, and a prayer. The Salvation Army, modeled in some ways after the military, with its own flag (or colors) and its own music, he (Booth) became the “General” and his other ministers were given appropriate ranks as “officers”. 

Booth said regarding outdoor preaching: “I may say that a large proportion of the successes of the Salvation Army has been due, in my estimation, humanly, to our open-air operations. ... in the ordinary course of things, we should have, you will easily see, no chance without open-air work.” 


Church meet street preacher Dwight Lyman Moody




(February 5, 1837 - December 22, 1899) Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts known as America’s evangelist. At age 17 he moved to Boston to work in his uncle's shoe store, heard the gospel and attended Church. 

Moody moved to Chicago in September, 1856, where he joined the Plymouth Congregational Church, and began to take an active part in the prayer meetings. In the spring of 1857, he began to minister to the welfare of the sailors in Chicago's port, then gamblers and thieves in the saloons.

 He was fond of treating Bible characters very familiarly and enlivening his sermons by imaginary conversations with and between them. He preached often abrupt, sometimes brisk. 

He had no polish, small education, but he knew the English Bible and accepted it literally. He loved street ministry, he wrote “One of his regular practices in the late sixties was to exhort the passersby in the evenings from the steps of the court house. 

Often these impromptu gathering drew as many hecklers as supporters.” 


Church meet street preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon 




Born in Kelvedon, Essex (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. 

His father and grandfather were both Independent pastors, with roots in both the Dutch and English Dissenting traditions. At age 20 he became pastor of London's famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey Music Hall. 

In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000 all in the days before electronic amplification. Charles was forced by circumstance he preached unprepared his first sermon in a cottage at Teversham near Cambridge, at the age of sixteen. His gifts were recognized at once and his fame spread. He preached in chapels, cottages, or in the open air in as many as thirteen stations in the villages surrounding Cambridge, and this after his school duties. 

This said of Charles regarding preaching out doors: “If I were utterly selfish and had no care for anything but my own happiness, I would choose, if I might under God, to be a soul winner, for never did I know perfect overflowing, unuterable happiness of the purest and most ennobling order till I first heard of one who had sought and found the Saviour through my means.” “It would be very easy to prove that revivals of religion have usually been accompanied, if not caused, by a considerable amount of preaching out of doors, or in unusual places.” 

“No sort of defense is needed for preaching out of doors, but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meeting-house. A defense is required for services within buildings than for worship outside of them.” 

On the value of Open-Air Preaching: “It is the very back-bone of the movement to win the non-church-going element. The more of it the better, the more of it the better, - the whole world around!” 

“Glorious were those great gatherings in the fields and commons which lasted throughout the long period in which Wesley and Whitefield blessed our nation. Field preaching was the wild note of the birds singing in the trees, in testimony that the true spring-time of religion had come. Birds in cages may sing more sweetly, perhaps, but their music is not so natural, nor so sure a pledge of the coming summer. It was a blessed day when Methodists and others began to proclaim Jesus in open air; then were the gates of hell shaken, and the captives of the devil were set free by hundreds and thousands.” 



We have a rich history of street preaching and this is not strange fire. 





Denominations were started by them, revivals happened with them and Church history is filled with people like us. They were loved, hated, mocked persecuted and jailed for preaching outdoors. 

We find examples of them throughout the Bible starting with Noah in Geneses “a preacher of righteousness” ending with the two witnesses in the book of Revelation who never walked around saying ‘God loves you’ but preached a hard message that had them persecuted, jailed and killed. 

Remember reaching the Gospel is not a ministry, it is a commandment, a commission and our duty. 

Are you willing to say ‘Send me Lord!’ 


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Obama and comics

This weekend Obama came to Anaheim and wanted to do what Trump does and that would be to have a rally and get people out to vote. 

So with Obama coming to southern California, we wanted to officially greet him and that we did. 

I was on the phone with Anaheim police and they knew we were coming, so when we arrived at the convention center early to met with APD and convention security. 




We had much favor as they allowed us to use the megaphone and stand next to the line and when they were allowed inside, we stood next to the main doors without a problem.




Obama did not have the entire convention, in fact he only had a small room in the convention and I would say the crowd was MAYBE 2,500 people. 




Unlike President Trump when he has a rally, the crowds are waiting for hours and once inside there are 100’s more outside. 

The crowd was reproved on supporting someone who was in favor of abortion and same sex marriage. Was he pro-war or anti war, Christian or Muslim, was he here legally or illegally, boarder no boarder, was he pro Israel or anti Israel, is he black or white? 

He put his split hoof on a Bible when he was sworn into office but denied that Jesus is the only way. 

Thank day they heard a God and Country message but they booed and hissed us wanting nothing to do with God blessing America. 




The media was there they never reported that his has rally in Illinois a coupled days before Anaheim, Obama said ‘we do not need a messiah’ 




These pictures were sold to news agencies to complete their coverage on Obama in Anaheim. This picture read ‘A pro-Trump street preacher looks on as a crowd waits to enter the Anaheim’ 




This picture read ‘Children watch pro-Trump street preachers taunting people as they wait to enter the Anaheim’ 




This picture read ‘A man makes the sign of a cross at a pro-Trump street preacher taunting’ 




This picture read ‘A man (R) reacts to a pro-Trump street preacher (L)’ 



This picture read ‘A proTrump street preacher confronts people entering the Anaheim Convention Center where former President Barack Obama’ 




This article was from the UK’s Daily Mail 




Continue to pray for Trump and that Brett Kavanaugh get into the Supreme Court as liberals and the media hate them both.  

That speaks volumes on WHY I like them 








Sunday we were outside Comic Con in Long Beach 




Now this is small compared to Comic Con in San Diego and Los Angeles, this one has more children but if you want to preach to the nerds and geeks this is the watering hole to do so. 

They gather often at events such as WounderCon, ComicCon, Dragoncon and Anime Expo’s where we make time and admonish these basement dwellers to REPENT, BELIEVE and get saved. 




“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” 
Proverbs 22:6 

When we arrived we stood right next to main entrance, where everyone walked into a metal detector and get wanded or patted down before showing their tickets. 




We lasted about 20 minutes before the head security of the convention came and it just so happened he knew me. He retired from the Long Beach police and now works for the Long Beach convention, we chatted and he told me the area was permitted. 

However because I worked well with him in the past when he was a police officer, he said we could stay but away from the main entrance. 

….what a small world…. 




I agreed and we only moved about 20 yards without no other problems 




This new location was at the bottom of the stairs and it was great for our banners as everyone walked into those banners and could not miss them





This guy seemed upset, he said we come every year and ruin their fun telling people about Jesus and hellfire. He was offended and said he was catholic. 




This guy wanted to take a picture with us, he graduated with religious studies and said all religions were true. Jesus was not the only way and all humans are nice and kind. 




Well after we exchanged words, he was not too kind but walked away angry and said it was people like me that make him not believe in Jesus. 

It is people like me that tell people like him THE TRUTH 

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” 
1John 3:18 




Not everyone disliked the banners, this guy just stopped to shake my hand and tell me he watched a few of my preach videos 




The banners were the tool that did the job and just the banners proved conversations as these people live in a fantasy world and they must put away childish things. 




We now pray for more labors to reap what we planted and watered and God will give growth as per John 4:38 

“I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours” 





THEN AND NOW 

Here is a photo taken at the Long Beach convention 36 years ago 




Here is a picture taken from last weekend, the only changes is the sidewalk around the convention center




HOW FAITHFUL AND DEPENDABLE ARE YOU TO ALMIGHTY GOD?