Tuesday, March 21, 2017

More Preaching Pearls:

This video is a result of your prayers as we are the boots on the ground bringing light to those in darkness. 
 
 
 
 
Remember ‘they’ say we do more damage than good, we have a false gospel, we preach hate and we have no fruit…..whoever ‘they’ are. 
 
 The Holy Ghost not only uses us to preach repentance but He is convicting the sinner of his sin as per John 16:8
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”
 
 
 
 
Q&A WITH BROTHER RUBEN:
 
 
I SMELL IT, DO YOU?
 
 
Don’t you just love the smell of debate in the morning?
 
Go to any college campus in America and speak against Islam, within minutes the debate is on.
 
  “Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice”
Micah 6:1
 
 
BIBLE ALIVE:
 
Need to see a visual of Ezekiel 3:9
 
“As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house”
 
IF I only had a dime for every time someone threaten to beat me up on those streets we preach. Today I would be a very rich man.
 
I’m sure many of my critics would say we only like that response and that is our motive to get that reaction. Just like they would have accused John the Baptist of the same and wanting to go to jail for calling the king an adulterer. 
 
 I’m sure these same faultfinders would have accused of Stephen of wanting to get beat and killed because he never said the words ‘love and forgiveness’ in his outdoor sermon. 
 
 And Paul could have stayed out of jail and courts IF he only preached John 3:16, perhaps he enjoyed getting beat and arrested in the cities he preached.
 
 
 
What will all these critics say about the two witnesses in Revelation when they are finally killed? T
 
hey would rejoice with thei world saying ‘they brought shame to the gospel for raining down fire on sinners, don’t they know Jesus said turn the other cheek, they failed’
 
 
FROM POLICE TO MILITARY:
 
With Trump now in office I believe we have now gone beyond the city police protecting us on the streets of America.
 
I often get accused of those in other ministries who say ‘we don’t need the police or metal barracades when we witness on the streets like you do Ruben.’ 
 
Well, there just may be a reason the police are not called, you are never threatened with arrest, never get punched or spit on as those demons have no need to manifest.
 
 
Stop wanting to be offensicve to the sinner, don’t offend God. Rather than trying to find common ground with the sinner, try exposing their sin as per John 7:7 and law before grace.
 
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil”
 
 
THE FULL GOSPEL:
 
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”
Acts 20:27
 
Why is it many that many who consider themselves to be ‘evangelists’ do not wish to give the ‘full counsel’ of God when they preach?
 
They only want to talk about love, grace, mercy but will never talk about God being angry and will punish most with everlasting torment. 
 
 
 
 Many that wish to share Christ have bitten the Joel Osteen apple of being positive with a smile. Must I remind them that Jesus spoke much more on hellfire fire, outer darkness, everlasting fire, a place where the worn dies not, weeping and gnashing teeth than love, grace and mercy combined?
 
The reason why street preachers preach so much on hellfire is because most do not and we need to even out that teeter totter to give that sinner the full understanding of standing before a holy God.
 
 
SEE BIBLE COMING ALIVE:
 
 
Need to see a visual of Isaiah 13:2
 
“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles”
 
CHECK LIST:
lift up a banner at a good location (CHECK)
Raise the voice (CHECK)
Shake the hand (CHECK)
The motive is to get them into the kingdom of God
(CHECK-MATE)
 
 
FINDING A GOOD POSITION:
 
There is a bit more to open air preaching with standing on a corner with a sign. 
 
 The key is location, location and location
 
“Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying”
Proverbs 1:20-21
 
 
Position is critical to be heard and that is why God wants us to preach, to ears that need to hear. 
 
 Many men of God preached at the city gates, the marketplace and John the Baptist did not baptize people in a small quiet pool of water but the river where there was much activity.
 
Pray for that main artery, look or map that location and secure that real estate to glorify God
 
 
 
“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors”
Proverbs 8:1-3
 
 
 
SUPPORTING OUR WORK:
 
QUESTION:
“When supporting a false ministry, who is the guilty party? The false teacher asking for money or those that send money to those ministries.”
 
ANSWER:
I would say if there is a guilty party, it is the preacher and what he said to get that money or did with money given. I do believe people should ‘try the spirits’ and examine the doctrine of certain ministries and denominations to the Bible before supporting them, because they may be guilty of supporting lies.
 
However God does love a ‘cheerful giver’ and most people give believing they are supporting a Godly ministry. 
 
 If that money is given cheerfully, I do not find fault, however if they give for the sole purpose to succeed or because they are told they owe God 10% or that may nudge them away from God blessing them. 
 
 I say WRONG motive and they are just as guilty. I say give joyfully, without letting your left hand knowing what your right hand did.
 
If someone wants to send money to a TV evangelist with a good heart, they are pure as they did it unto the Lord. If some little blue haired old lady wished to give all her inheritance to a minister and is not doing to gain salvation, she is fine.
 
If God only wants 10% He owes me a big check, because I spend much more than that and if someone sends me money for my public service. That support goes 100% into our preaching and because technically that is God’s money, so I will stretch that $1.00 into $1.50. 
 
 I am NOT 501c3 so if any one supports what I do, there is NO receipt given for taxes. That gift is filed under being cheerful and for that I am thankful and responsible for how I spend that money. One will not get rich being an open air preacher, no million dollar mansions, lear jets and large bank accounts.
 
  As supporters and Churches can one day get offended on a news story about your sign or said, so most are encouraged to support themselves. Paul worked with his hands and did get donations from the Churches too. 
 
  For the record I get very little support but can do MUCH with little, nor do I put a guilt trip on people to support what I do, as God seems to allow me to travel for over 3 decades.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Death-timony and Pearls

Think our message of hellfire
is too harsh?
 
Last week on this soapbox I posted the ‘Mardi Gras’ report and within that article you will find pictures of our outdoor congregation and there is one photo I wish to focus on. This photo is Tom Ethan Wiley known as ‘The Bourbon Street Devil’ and he would love to mock street preachers.
 
He said he knew the Bible better than most people, yet argued against our preaching on hellfire.
 
 
Well…..old Tom Ethan Wiley died of a brain aneurysm about a week after that picture was taken and I wonder if he thinks of our preaching now. 
 
  Of course officiating his burial are ministers from a local Church, as they will give the generic ‘he is now in the loving arms of Jesus’ lie to those at the funeral.
 
IF one could come back from the dead, they would no doubt warn the living of the waiting torment as found in Luke 16:19-31
(Please note, that text is NOT a parable).
 
“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”
 
Luke the physician writes in detail as only a doctor can, how this man “being in torments” was burning and asked “have mercy on me” and he would be happy to have someone just give him a drop of water from their fingertip just to “cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
 
He therefore begged to go to his “father's house. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment” If he had a chance to talk with those living he would not speak about the love, mercy and grace of God but RATHER warn them of “this place of torment”
 
Was his request granted? 
 No, they have men of God that will speak and warn, yet the man in torment said “Nay, if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent”
 
That also was denied. Think we preach too much on hellfire, outer darkness, weeping, gnashing of teeth, everlasting fire, a place where the worm dies not, furnace of fire, wailing, eternal punishment and the fire is not quenched. 
 
 Those were all words spoken by Jesus (and more) as He voiced more on eternal torment than love, grace and mercy combined. 
 
  God gave Tom Ethan Wiley mercy of 40 years on earth and after quenching the Holy Ghost for decades, went to sleep, had a brain aneurysm and woke up in hellfire.
 
 
 
“Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee”
 
 
Now I know those bleeding heart liberals who believe he mighta coulda been saved. I say IF that were true what a testimony that would have been to keep him alive for a few more days and proclaim that to everyone. 
 
  Nice thought but he is no doubt in torment.
 
Many sinners have told me ‘on my deathbed, I can repent and God owes me salvation’ as they use the thief on the cross to verify that statement.
 
  What a LIE for the pit of hell, we find no record that this thief on the cross said he could repent on his deathbed, for all we know THAT was the only window of time to get saved and he took it. There is NO loophole with God that he owes salvation.
 
Do understand God is just and IF you are a bad tree, with bad fruit, you are firewood. Need a verse to add to that…….
 
“And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
1 Peter 4:18
 
 
READY TO WORK WITH US?
 
I love working with a group, when I preach there can be an entourage of people and we work together and well. Everyone is not being led of the Spirit, talking over each other and bumping into each other like the keystone cops. 
 
  God likes order and that order He deserves as per 1Co. 14:40
 
“Let all things be done decently and in order”
 
Everyone has a job and we are one well oiled piece of machinery on the street, banners are lifted and in a straight line, one person preaching, people passing out tracts, other waiting to answer questions and me…..my job is making sure you have a job and you are doing your job
 
 
 
MODERATION BROTHER MODERATION:
 
If I only had a dime for someone saying that the Bible reads ‘all things should be done in moderation.’
 
That is not in the Bible and allow me to expose how foolish that saying is. So someone can murder 3 people but four is beyond moderation.
 
That is ‘all things.’ So someone can without a conscience molest and rape up to 4 children but if you go past five, that would not be moderation?
 
That is ‘all things.’ You can lie but don’t go beyond your daily limit and you can commit adultery, keep it to a limit of 3 people because beyond 3 is excess.
 
That is ‘all things.’ Drinking just a few beers every day is moderation, drinking a six pack a day is overkill.
 
That moderation rule can be deadly, starting off with just a few beers today can end up being an alcoholic next week. Don’t believe me ask anyone on skid-row sleeping on the street. Most likely that people started off with just a few drinks.
 
Can you see who this ‘moderation rule’ is beyond foolish and NOT Biblical.
 
Why not just shoot a little heron in your vein, just don’t overdose, that’s moderation.
 
Why not take a few puffs of crack, just do not smoke the whole pipe, that’s moderation.
 
I know I’m promiscuous but I only have 3 sexual diseases because I keep all things in discretion, we know 4 or 5 sexual diseases is not moderation.
 
Tell that to the police officer who pulled you over for speeding. Tell him you know you were over the speed limit by 15 MPH but that’s moderation, 20 MPH is breaking the law.
 
After you get cited try using that line on the judge too. Just bring your wallet to court because you will be paying a fine. There is reason that saying is NOT found in the Bible, so please don’t use it.
 
 
WORD ON THE STREET:
 
 
Oh the things we hear on the streets, almost makes you want to laugh.
 
How many times do we hear ‘judge not’ when the context of that text in Matthew 7 tells us to judge, that is IF the log has been removed from the eye to see clearly. Or you are not a hypocrite. The script clearly warns against not giving the dogs anything holy nor the swine pearls. How do we know they are swine and dogs unless we judge? The chapter clearly reads to beware of ‘false prophets’ and how do we do that without judging them? The chapter reads that we can know a good tree by good fruit and a bad tree with bad fruit….and does that not take judging?
 
How about the ‘seven deadly sins’ is that in our Bible? No, that is a catholic tradition and not to be confused with Proverbs 6:16-19, those are things God hates.
 
 
What about the famous ‘God helps those who help themselves’ again, nice saying but NOT found in our Bible.
 
How about the ‘Hate the sin and love the sinner’ what Christian has not said that? NOT found in scripture, however if you are looking for the person who did say that, try Gandhi. Yes, he was the once that coined those words.
 
Ever heard ‘The eye is the window to the soul’ Again, NOT located in the Bible, yet that Holy book does represent the eye as being a lamp of the body but nothing about the soul.
 
‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ Nice principle but nothing in our scripture, now that does not give you liberty not to shower or be clean, it’s just not found in the Bible. There should be order in your life as per 1Corinthians 14:40
 
‘God is love’ Yes, who will argue that? But there are verses that He is angry (Ps.7:11), He hates (Ps. 5:5), He is a man of war (Ex. 15:3) and even jealous (Joshua 24:19), just to name a few of His character. God is not one dimensional and if all you know is a loving God, you do not have the full gospel as per Acts 2:27 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”
 
How about the old ‘I can knowingly sin and be a Christian, because I am under grace no the law’ This is very common in Christianity today but there is no verse that backs this up. But if you want a verse that will define the very word ‘grace’ this can be found in Titus 2:11-14. Here we find the definition of ‘grace’ coupled with the word ‘salvation’
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works“
That sin all you want is not found because we are now under grace is a fat LIE.
 
Lastly ‘God works in mysterious ways’ Oh, how often I have heard those 5 words. I say God works according to His Word and that is the problem, not many know His Word. So to them He works in mysterious ways.
 
 
THE BIBLE IS ALIVE:
 
Need to see a visual of Psalm 40:9
“I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest”
 
Taking Church to the streets to those ears and eyes that NEED to hear and eyes that NEED to see. Have you prayed for a street preacher today?
 
 
HOW TO PREACH AGAINST ISLAM:
 
 
Speaking against Islam is illegal in so many ‘free speech’ countries and one day may be forbidden in America. If so at least I worked while it was still light reproving that religion. This guy cried out ‘allahu akbar’ and even had his countries flag tattooed on his neck. Don’t like the way we evangelize, they use bombs, burn building and chop heads but we are called ‘haters’
 
 
GOOD NEWS ON THE NEWS:
 
We bring Jesus to you, as the streets are my Church, the sidewalk is my pew, no worship service, no passing the plate and no need to pay millions for air time, we get that for free….and they say no one listens to us….
 
 
CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR US:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Operation Repent Mardi Gras

THE BIG EASY
 
 
Another year of preaching at Mardi Gras in New Orleans as those sinners that come in are as unclean as the unclean food that city is known for. 
 
 We stood day and night in the middle of Bourbon Street with banners raised and words said that they will be accountable for hearing one day. 
 
  “I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation”
Psalm 40:10
 
The preaching was nonstop as per Ezekiel 2:7
 
“And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious”
 
“I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right”
Isaiah 45:19
 
 
“Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice”
Micah 6:1
 
 
And that method of preaching provoked smaller conversations that were very fruitful as questions were answered and Bible verses clearly given.
 
 
 
 
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” Psalm 12:6
 
“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple”
Psalm 18:30
 
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
John 17:17
 
 
Some believe that we should ‘just preach the gospel’ however 99.9% of those people walking by have heard if not believed that Jesus came, died on a cross and rose from the dead.
 
Case in point with the next picture, as this young man said he was a Christian. I asked him to turn his cap around so I could get closer to his face
 
 I told him he knew right from wrong and I was an answer to someone’s prayer to get in his face for being there. He later said, his mother was praying for him and did not want him to go to New Orleans.
 
Had we just preached the gospel, he would have just walked by thinking he is fine with God.
 
We are told to PREACH THE WORD and that gives me license to cover many topics in those 66 books not just the gospel.
 
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”
2 Timothy 4:2
 
 
AND of course our critics love to slander our manner of preaching, that we do more damage to the kingdom than good and NO ONE gets saved?
 
Well, these pictures are worth 1000 words.
 
Here was someone who tried to pull down our banners and I pushed him away, he later came back feeling convicted and knew he was not right with God. I am not a cheap date, if you wish to talk it may cost you and in the spirit of ‘fruit meet for repentance.’
 
I DEMAND their beads be removed, drinks poured out, cigarettes or drugs get dropped on the floor. Many ministries out there will pray for sinners, even with a drink in hand and tell them ‘Jesus loves them’ as all that did was strengthen the hand of the wicked.
 
 
But with our group demands ‘fruit meet for repentance’ and then I will pray for them, as with this young man who was convicted and wept in public, crying out to God. 
 
 He removed his beads, poured out his drink and after talking with me, he left Bourbon Street. 
 
  “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”
Jeremiah 29:13
 
 
I rejoiced with the angels as this man found LIGHT in a dark street

 
 
 
Here is another person that just came out from prison and said ‘No one ever talked to him that way’
 
He said he was a very bad man and while weeping in public his friends tried to pull him away. 
 
 He grabbed my neck and refused to leave. He poured out his drink, removed the beads and repented. He stood around trying to talk to others and later left Bourbon Street.
 
“And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart”
Jeremiah 24:7
 
 
 
Need more?
 
Here is a young gal from Canada who came to party and she never saw preaching like this, she felt convicted and wept, even cried out to God. 
 
 I did NOT have to lead her into a prayer, she cried out herself. The friends that she came with left her as she wanted to stay with us and tried to reason with those who mocked us. 
 
  “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes”
Psalm 19:8
 
 
 
 
 
This is an interesting set of pictures.
 
This person was from a Church in Ohio that I worked with, he had a lovely family, good business and active in his Church, I even stayed at his house while in Ohio. 
 
 Years ago he got involved in pornography and that sin cost him everything. So now he goes to Mardi Gras and who does the Lord have him bump into?
 
Like a needle in a haystack, God’s timing is perfect, so I pulled him away from the main street to spend time with him. First things first, the beer goes before we talk about God.
 
 
I spent about 15 minutes with him, with my hands on his shoulders, trying to shake sense into that mind and looking into his eyes. 
 
 No doubt the Lord was convicting him and as he stood without words. 
 
 
 
 
After the beads were gone, the beer was dropped, the tears came, I knew he was convicted and he needed to reflect on his life. 
 
 He also walked off Bourbon Street wiping his tears knowing he sinned against God and destroyed his family.
 
Most preachers lack conviction in their words because they do not wish to be offensive, I say DO NOT offend God.
 
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:37
 
 
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake”
1 Thessalonians 1:5
 
 
Even with all the sin and debauchery, sinners cannot help but listen and take pictures
 
 
Many have seen us on the news, documentaries or youtube and just wanted a photo
 
 
 
We not only raise the banners and preach but 100’s of tracts were given daily
 
 
 
Our congregation is like no other Church service, no dress code is required
 
 
 
And some times our congergation does not treat us very nice for loving them in truth as per 1John 3:18
 
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”
 
This is not sweat rolling down my face, just a sinner who poured a drink on my head, over the decades I have had gallons of liquor and urine showered on me.  All while they call me a ‘hater’
 
 
 
Sin is only for a season and then you pay the price
 
 
This event has a religious residue to it, sin all you want and get ashes on your forehead
 
 
 
On Sunday and ‘ash Wednesday’ we preached outside the oldest cathedral in America and exposed the LIES from that Church in the true spirit of a protestant, protesting sin.
 
“And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you”
Jeremiah 42:21
 
 
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”
Acts 20:27
 
Law vs Grace
 


 
 
 
 
We walked the streets, like we owned them
 
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”
Proverbs 3:6
 
 
Are you stone faced when confronting evil or is your mission to be more like Joel Olsteen?
 
“For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed”
Isaiah 50:7
 
 
 
“Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house”
Ezekiel 3:8-9
 
 
 
At the end of the day, the sinner heard and saw the God of the Bible and for that, they will be responsible as per Ezekiel 3:17-21
 
 
 
These next few weeks we have much more to preach at. Air-support is requested as we are the boots on ground going behind enemy lines to promote LIGHT in a very dark world.
 
 
 
Thank you for your prayers