“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” -Eph.2:19
Jesus spoke with parables regarding the kingdom of God, so with that I would equate how an immigrant can have citizenship in our nation and liken that citizenship to the kingdom of God. Now to better understand my point, let us look at an illegal alien becoming an American citizen, kin to a sinner and now a saint. In America, if one wishes to be a citizen one must first partake of its rules to becoming a citizen, there are conditions as America does not except everyone as there are regulations involved with the kingdom of God. God does not accept every human into His kingdom, there are regulations needed as per one must believe in Jesus, one must be BORN AGAIN. Rules and conditions must be met as there is a standard and direction required in both.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” -John 3:3
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
One of the first sermons recorded by Jesus was “the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” and we all understand that our Lord came to die on the cross but did you know His mission was also to preach; “And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent”
In the fourth chapter of Mark Jesus said to His disciples “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables” then in the same chapter He spoke to the people in parables. He likened the kingdom of God to a man that should cast seed into the ground and the kingdom of God being as grain of mustard seed. Then in Mark 9 we read this; “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire” OOOOhhhh my, one can not blame God for making the eye because He will say “pluck it out.”.
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” -Luke 17:21
When Jesus made that statement did he mean that the kingdom of God was inside of everyone? Yet many Churches will read that into the verse as if God is in an atheist, homosexual or child molester. Jesus was speaking of HIMSELF, He was the kingdom of God walking amidst them, or among them and they need to look no further, for the Christ was within them.
“But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. -Luke 11:20
Again, this verse confirms that Jesus is speaking of himself as He came with power and authority from His eternal kingdom and there will be rules to enter this kingdom of God:
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” -1Corinthians 6:9-10
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” -Galatians 5:19-21
Keep in mind that the last two scriptures used were written to Churches/saints, this is if context means anything to anyone.
THERE ARE BENEFITS WITH BOTH:
U.S. Benefits: voting, traveling with US passport, eligible for federal jobs, possibility elected official, financial aid, social security, capitalism, owning guns and freedom of speech, just to name a few.
Kingdom of God Benefits: Eternal life with a holy God, sins blotted out, freedom from sin, walking with God, prayers answered, having the Holy Ghost indwelling and being a new creature.
THERE ARE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH BOTH:
Responsibilities take the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ which is give up all prior allegiance to any other nation or sovereignty, swear allegiance to the United States support an defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States and serve the country when required, such as serving on a jury, participating in the political process and become an active member in your community.
Kingdom of God Responsibilities: Living Holy, seeking God in prayer, proclaiming the kingdom to others as per loving your neighbor, fellowship with saints, hating iniquity and reading the Bible.
PROPER ORDER IS NEEDED TO BE ACCEPTED:
Application there are forms and photos needed, certain documents that need to be dated and signed with your application and sending these papers with your fee by certified mail to the USCIS Lockbox facility.
Kingdom of God Application God demands repentance from everyone, TRUST in JESUS and your whole spirit, body and soul. God demands you hot or cold, if you are lukewarm you will be rejected out of the kingdom.
Fingerprinted after you paperwork is sent in, you will receive a letter with the location of the nearest USCIS authorized fingerprint site. This is done for the FBI criminal background check.
Fingerprinted For the Kingdom of God: God knows the numbers of the hairs on your head, sees your motives and knows your heart and has an appointed day of death for you for He is your Creator.
Reading/writing test you will read and write about Lincoln and Washington, the American Flag, Bill of Rights, Congress, Senators, the White House, Rights. You will also read or write about Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, basic words, verbs nouns and pronouns, etc.
Testing in the Kingdom of God: We are told to “Study to show thyself approved” and the Holy Ghost will bring things to remembrance.
The Bible teaches the Holy Spirit drove Jesus to be tempted after John baptized Him, even Jesus was tested and as gold is put to the fire God will test us as a Father would his son. Adam was tested in the garden with the tree, as Abraham did when he was willing to offer his son on an altar and Job is another example of someone tested. Now God does not tempt with evil as His motive is pure and this gives us character.
Civic Lessons: where you will learn the history of the United States and how the government works.
Civil lessons for those in the Kingdom of God: learn history from the children of Israel they are an example for us, study the prophets, know our civil duties from the Epistles and go do.
Oath ceremony No one is forcing you to become a citizen, this ceremony is not at gun point, but something pursued and desired. You are not a citizen until you take taken the Oath of Allegiance. Just before taking the oath you will be asked to Pledge the Allegiance to the Flag and you will hear a message from the President welcoming all new U.S. citizens. You may change your name at the oath ceremony and are recommended to go to the nearest social security office to update your records and apply for a U.S. passport, a passport serves as evidence of citizenship.
The Kingdom of God: No one will force you to believe in Jesus. One should cry out to God with a broken and contrite heart is expected, you do not need one to lead you unto a prayer for our Father understands a groan. One can be a NEW creature in Christ, with a NEW outlook and even taking on a NEW name as Christian.
Honorary citizenship: With an act of United States Congress or a Presidential assent, there is a honorary United States citizenship awarded.
Honorary within the kingdom of God: Many are called but FEW are chosen or made like a Jeremiah “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” or a John the Baptist who had the Holy Ghost within his mothers womb, who can make that claim? These men were chosen with a perticular purpose, as the Apostles were that by their mere shadow people were healed of diseases.
National Anthem of the United States is sung at the citizenship ceremony after "Oath of Allegiance” is recited to the new citizens. The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key 1814 (it reads like the King James Bible)
‘….Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”……’
Singing in the kingdom of God: Heavenly cherubim’s rejoice at the throne, giving praise to the Father and Son as one becomes a citizen within the kingdom of God.
Phony identification documents: False Social Security Numbers or fake Driver's License is nothing more than an identity theft crime. When caught those illegally here will stand before a judge and be sentence to jail, prison and or expelled.
Hypocrites and liars: Are noted and removed from the kingdom of God with no appeal court or lawyers to defend them. They are now under the dictatorship of a Righteous Eternal King where civil rights, political correctness and democracy is hereby aborted.
Criminal aliens convicted of crimes: Any undocumented criminal will be processed before a judge or jury, sentenced to federal or state prison and extradited.
Judgment Day: Every human that ever lived will stand before God and get judged for what he believed coupled with the standard of God. There will be no ACLU appeals nor is there a Supreme Court to over ride judgments given in this Heavenly Court as with the verdict it is eternal.
Deportation of Foreigners: The federal government can formally remove any undocumented person for violations of a number of immigration or criminal laws. A hearing is scheduled, where a judge will determine the evidence for deported.
Banishment from the Kingdom of God: In this one time trial, the documents are known as the ‘Book of Life’ and those names not written or those names removed were cast out and exiled to eternal damnation. This will not be done by immigration officers, ICE or boarder patrol but by obedient angles tossing humans into outer darkness most likely kicking and screaming.
Engaged in marriage fraud to gain admission to the U.S: If marriage is done solely to obtain citizenship, the US government has numerous ‘rules’ for marriages between American citizens and non-citizens in order for full citizenship to be granted.
Possible Penalties with a marriage fraud charge can be a life-altering offense.
A) Fines and or jail time
B) Permanent deportation with a lifetime ban on ever becoming a US citizen
C) Permanent loss of all US benefits
D) Annulment of the marriage
Only one groom recognized in the kingdom of God: If you did not marry the Jesus of the Bible, you have committed spiritual adultery. Married to another or even flirting with Joseph Smith, Muhammad, Buddah, Krishna, Charles Russell, the pope, Osteen, Hinn, Moon or Meyers (to name a few) will not be admitted and considered unequaly yoked with Jesus.
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” -Philp.3:20
FELLOW SOLDIERS IN CHRIST
I would like to introduce Street Preacher Doug and Street Preacher Ken both are proud to be a citizen of the kingdom of God and have no problem proclaiming such. Doug is from our Bible Believers chapter in Miami. He is a family man, owns a business, active in his local Church, makes time proclaim Jesus in public around the Miami area and travels to other states. I must also add he is a great chef. His wife Vera does all my youtube clips and they both go out of their way to be hospitable to incoming guests. Both are prayer warriors and as fervent as Doug preaches in the streets, Vera is just as passionate over the internet, here is an opportunity to know Doug written by his wife Vera.
Doug and I were talking the other day, reminiscing about the past, and he was considering the fact that every time in his life that he has had an opportunity to be publicly praised, the situation has gone south. We were laughing about that although, a few of those times were heart wrenching to me personally.
I didn’t know him when he was in high school. Apparently, his high school gave an award for the athletic player that was the best all around each year. Doug was up for that award in his senior year of high school when the administration decided to discontinue giving it. Doug said by virtue of marrying him, I have been a part of this thing that God is doing in his life. See, this story was not an isolated situation. This has happened to him many times over.
DOUG FROM MIAMI
I was asked to speak one year at our homeschool convention. It would have been a huge honor and I would have spoken to literally thousands of people that day. I worked diligently putting that speech together. On the Friday before that weekend, I got a phone call informing me that there had been a mixup and because of that, all the lady’s messages were being cancelled.
Doug is the eighth born of twelve children and the youngest boy. He and his brothers are now Christian ministers. His brother, Mike, is a highly respected missionary to China. He travels there each year to hand deliver Bibles. His brother, Mark, is also an admired and respected missionary to Laos where he and his wife and seven children reside. They are connected to Vineyard and envision planting a Vineyard in Laos. Doug, is a man without honor in his home town even amongst evangelical Christians. He is tolerated by his entire family of over 120 people. Consequently, his brothers are not always in agreement with him on what the message actually is. As some of you might know, Vineyard is a church that coined the phrase “seeker sensitive.” So there is a conflict of interests there when Doug is ministering repentance and the rest are ministering tolerance of sin.
Nevertheless, Doug's brother, Mark, got up in a restaurant many years ago and shared a message about Jesus. Doug said that he about melted in his seat over that. Then he realized that either Mark was wrong or he was wrong for being embarrassed about Jesus. So he asked the Lord to show him how to evangelize. In less than one year, he became an expert at sharing the gospel with anybody and everybody he would encounter.
At our homeschool convention, we heard Ray Comfort's message on the law in which he said that the law was perfect to convert the soul. This was a pivotal point for us especially, because we had never considered exactly what the message was. This started us on a journey that has caused our understanding of the message of Scripture to open up like never before. I, personally, never evangelized. I couldn't imagine telling anyone that "God had a plan for their lives" when my life had been a string of unfortunate events.
DOUG PREACHING ON CAMPUS IN ATLANTA
At our local Bible study, Doug connected with Brother Micah here in South Florida. It was their intention to begin to open air preach. Brother Micah told Doug that they needed to plan a day and go. So a day was determined and the location was decided upon. They choose Florida International University (FIU). They got their soapbox and their Bibles and off they went. Subsequently, they got up and began preaching. What they didn't know is that it was a holiday weekend and nobody was there. So they open air preached to three people that day.
From humble beginnings, the two of them began to go to South Beach and preach to the masses down there. Soon thereafter, JK joined the group. It was a great target because there was public property allotted for free speech even though it took about six months to break down the opposition to freedom of speech in the area. People were everywhere coming from the beach. Across the street were several homosexual bars.
DOUG PREACHING DURING MARDI GRAS
We started to notice something. We thought we were going to meet the heathen at these places. Instead, what we found was the entire church partying with the devil, living in gross flagrant sin. They had a cliche phrase that they loved to spout at us - "Christians sin every day and at the end of the day are forgiven." They had one verse of Scripture memorized, "Judge not; lest ye be judged." We were aghast at what was going on. Suddenly, the gospel message began to open up to us like never before. We began to ask what the doctrines were that were causing these people to believe they could act so vilely and be saved?
We further realized that we were not going to be the respected Christians that everyone loves and so it became apparent how God had been leading us all along. We are prophets/evangelists called for such a time as this. We believe our calling is to lead as many of these apostate believers back in through repentance and experience the joy of being reconciled to God by His power called grace through faith. It is our firm belief that they are not going to heaven. We care deeply for them and so we see ourselves as ambassadors of reconciliation.
When Doug was about ten years old, he remembers going over to South Beach and seeing a guy preaching. People were mocking, shouting, and listening. They were doing everything that the people we encounter do to us. He later found out that the man's name was Holy Joe and he remembers him giving out green Gideon Bibles. It's a bit ironic that the Lord has raised us up to preach the gospel on South Beach and around the country. And by the way, we are also Gideons who pass out green Bibles. Praise the Lord!
We would like thank Ruben Israel for not being like every other Christian leader in the country in wanting to hold the spotlight on himself. But he is raising up street preachers all over the country because he is following God's lead in genuine humility.
Street Preacher Ken from Charlotte NC, was considered to be a Pastor groom in the Baptist Church he was attending but once he bite the apple of open air preaching he could not limit the Holy Ghost to four walls. To preach without a pulpit is like preaching without a burden of teaching theology, not being offensive and watering down truth. The days of preaching on Sunday, Church work, hospital visits, were replaced with sidewalk sermons, preach events and an outdoor congregation that need to hear a message, like it or not. Of course this comes with a price, issues with the Church, family, community and police, as he was arrested about two weeks ago for preaching in public. His once good name has been tarnished of a Biblical proportion. He is still active in Church with a youth group but if there is a public event on Sunday, he will not clock into Church.
First and foremost I must give all praise and honor to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. As far as my calling to street ministry, that began about five years ago. I was challenged to do more through my brother-in-law Brian Cranford. I started passing out Gospel tracts and one on one witnessing at various festivals and events . I remember the first time I preached in public was in front of the abortion clinic in Charlotte NC.
Through Brian I was able to talk with Kerrigan Skelly, who at the time was living in Fayettville NC. I remember him taking the time to meet me for lunch one day when I was working at Fort Bragg. I also was able to meet John McGlone and Jesse Morrell , along with Brian those three have been the biggest encouragers and still today are great role models in my street ministry.
I remember the first time I open air preached in the streets of Charlotte over three years ago. I was so nervous yet excited to be doing the work of the Lord. Luk 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.
I had preached in Churches but never before felt the liberty that I had on the streets. I could reach out to hundreds on the streets each night as opposed to the same crowd that would be in church. God showed me that the real labor was in the field. Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
So ever since then I have tried to be obedient to that call. I am thankful to God that He has allowed me to preach at events, whether they are huge events in other states or small events in my home town.
In fact the small hometown crowd seems to be the most difficult to preach because they are your peers. Just recently I was arrested at a hometown festival where I knew 50% of the people there. It has brought persecution from some of my family members and some professing Christians. I am thankful that God has given me a wife who supports me in my decision to obey God’s call. It is not always easy for her but in the end she is always there to support me when others are there in their rejection.
In these times of rejection by those who are around you I remember Elijah when he thought he was all alone and God revealed He had thousands who had not bent a knee to worship false gods. To me those thousands today are all the street preachers across this world who boldly stand or have stood for Jesus. Men such as Ruben Israel, Jim Webber, Jed Smock, Holy Hubert, and the men of God from Cry to God ministries who have been faithfully proclaiming the Gospel for years. Their videos and testimonies are the very thing that encourages me to stand for Jesus even when no one will stand with you. I have been blessed because I have never been alone, I have a brother-in-law who is also my brother in Christ that has always stood with me and encouraged me.
I am always careful to pray that my desire to do this is not to be well known of men but to be well known of God. It is sometimes easy for some to try to get involved in street ministry to be well known on youtube and facebook, or maybe to try and get recognized by some other street preachers. I am glad that when I started I did not know any other street preachers other than Brian, but I am also glad that through preaching I have met some great men of God and made friends that I know I can call on anytime and they would be there for me. I may not be able to go to all the high profile events and preach with well known preachers, but I praise God for every opportunity He allows me to proclaim His name wherever that may be.
So I would like to close this by saying thank you to all those who stand and preach Jesus on the streets and campuses, whether you have thousands of videos or none. Keep preaching for Jesus never for man. Thank you to the ones who have been great example and friends in my life and help in this call to street ministry.
I am truly blessed to know Jesus and be a Street Preacher
STREET PREACHING IN THE NEWS
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Texas Tech Police called to free speech area to control crowd:
“Religious protestors stood in the free speech area outside the Student Union Building in an attempt to give their interpretation of the Bible to Tech students Thursday. Two male protestors held signs, yelled Bible verses and got into heated arguments with the many students who gathered……”
Religious protesters draw crowd:
Street preacher stirs up students:
Jesse Morrell, a traveling street preacher, visited campus this week and stood outside the HUC trying to convert students in the same fire and brimstone style that he used during his last visit to campus. Student reaction was mostly negative again this year……”
Street preachers draw student protestors:
“…..Jed and company arrived at the fountain at 11:45 a.m. only to be met by student protestors shortly thereafter. The protestors held signs that read, "Hell has great bar-b-que" and "All Hail Megatron" to counter Jed's signage-one of which read "Fear God, Turn or Burn, Repent."……”
City biased against Christians, says street preacher:
Calgary street preacher Artur Pawlowski has long sought justice over what he says is city hall’s “discrimination against Christians.” Now his prayers have been answered. Alberta’s Human Rights Commission recently accepted a complaint lodged by Pawlowski’s Street Church Ministries
Protect and serve - or harass and arrest?:
“Two legal firms have worked together to file a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for police harassment of street preachers. Liberty Institute and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) have filed suit on behalf of two individuals who stand accused of violating a city ordinance that was designed to stop people from handing out commercial leaflets and handbills…….”
City may face suit from street preachers:
“The City of San Antonio may soon have new lawsuit on its hands. Two local men say police have threatened to cite and arrest him for passing out Bible tracts and sharing their faith with people. They say the officers told them they were violating the city ordinance that prohibits the distribution of handbills that promote commercial or business interests in public areas……”
Thomas More Society Protests Silencing of Evangelists in Duluth, Minn:
The officers also interrogated Jankowski about what church he and others with him attended and admonished him that he could not raise his voice above a conversational level in preaching as that would be “distracting” and cause others to look toward the speaker, which would cross the line from protected free speech to criminal conduct, namely, disorderly conduct…….”
Charges against street preachers still stand:
“Christians arrested for passing out literature and talking about their faith at an Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan, will soon be heading to court…….:
Saved by a Jesus street preacher: Tucson pastor says God through a megaphone does more than just annoy people:
“….The Jesus group usually consists of about a dozen folks or so, holding up signs and spouting God from at least one megaphone…..”
Heated Debate On University of Memphis Campus:
“…..But many in the crowds were not exactly in harmony with what the men were preaching. "It made me feel like he was convicting others when he doesn't have a right to judge. Only God does," said Lauryn Caldwell……”
Fire & brimstone:
“Tempers flared on the south side of campus yesterday when two evangelist preachers verbally clashed with students lounging near the alumni mall……”
Preacher issued trespassing order:
“Students won’t be seeing Brother Terry, the preacher who has been the cause of a few complaints stemming from the volume of his sermons, anytime soon on the Portland campus. USM Police issued him a trespassing order for the Portland campus area on Tuesday, meaning Terry could be arrested if he returns…..”
Street preachers silenced by court ruling:
“The South Australian Supreme Court has backed an application from Adelaide City Council to ban the preachers from Rundle Mall in the city. The council cites complaints from shoppers and retailers. The religious group has denied claims its members are too noisy and make racist or sexually-offensive remarks……”
Battling on Two Fronts:
“My most popular post to date at this blog (measured in how many Christians have commented), was my conversation with a “Radical Sign Guy” named Ruben Israel (in pic below). We don’t see eye to eye on the best way to share our faith so I’m sure you will enjoy Ruben’s no-holds-barred responses to my comments….”
Free speech or hate speech?:
“There's nothing like a little fire and brimstone to warm up a chilly September day. George Edward Smock, also known as Brother Jed, brought his version of evangelism to the UW-Eau Claire campus mall Tuesday…..”
Ways to be a Fanatical Religious Hypocrite:
“…..7. Do show up at all political, anti-gay, anti-abortion rallys wearing a sandwich board sign that says something like "turn or burn" and be sure your wife is wearing a doyle on her head to look more godly
8. Do go do street preaching downtown or in the arts district so you can be sure to ruin people's date nights everywhere (including the date nights of real Christians)…..”
The Life of a Street Preacher:
“We met under the Pony Express Statue. Old Town Sacramento on a Saturday night was crowded with tourists, drunks, and high school students dressed for prom. The eleven us formed a circle and bowed our heads in prayer, asking God to soften and harden hearts. We started to march towards the center of the crowds. On the way, we stopped at a car, opened the trunk, and pulled out a four-foot wooden cross bearing the words “Are You Ready?” I had joined a team of street preachers for the night. Paul Kaiser, a pudgy yet energetic man who describes himself as a “reformed black evangelist,” led the team……….”
Attorney: S.C. City Ordinance So “Broad” It Silences Religious Expression:
“…..The two street preachers were confronted by police officers after receiving objections from a homosexual couple about the interaction they had with the preachers. An officer demanded the men leave the side walk, and when he didn’t, Glidewell was arrested — spending 14 hours in jail……”
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