The yearly AIDS walk was Sunday in West Hollywood and of course we proclaimed a simple heavenly message to prevent this deadly disease to everyone walking the 6 mile route. ‘Believe in Jesus and Stop Being a Homosexual’ was the theme for the day.
We had banners lifted high as Brothers Samuel from San Diego, Doug from San Clemente, joined Mark, Joel, Isidro and I on the West Hollywood route as the mega-phones were cranked up to #10 as God’s word echoing over blocks. Every one of those 30,000 walkers both heard what God thought of the walk or read the banners and were admonished with that short pass that the BLOOD of JESUS is the cure.
“Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered” Proverbs 11:21
The Los Angeles sheriffs department were standing by to keep the walkers in the street from charging us Christians on the sidewalk, as we were given much liberty to herald an unwanted message. We did have had two situations that might constitute ‘persecution status’ as someone threw half a bagel at Samuel and the other half at Isidro, persecution continued as somebody threw a granola bar at me….oh the suffering we must endure and let it be noted on earth as in heaven that, that bagel tossed had cream cheese on it. The weather was cool, overcast and even drizzled during the walk, so the AIDS walk Los Angeles was about half the size as previous years but that did not stop the crowd from roaring how we were just hateful and haters. After of course they flipped us off, cussed us out, simulated sex acts and even mocked Jesus as they walked by.
Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on homosexuality pointed out some not so much news. The study exposed the jaw-dropping fact that one-in-five "gay" and "bisexual" men in American cities have been infected with HIV/Aids. Welcome to the fight new-guy, that has been our message for two decades with this ilk. Needless to say, this scandalous revelation completely blows out of the water the propagandist line that homosexuality is "normal, natural, healthy and good." Read the complete story from Reuters.
I remember in the early 1980’s these people blaming Reagan for AIDS and now 30 years later they fault Obama for not doing enough. It’s a conspiracy or it’s the Republicans, burden the taxpayers and just give them a pill or a vaccination so they can continue with their gay lifestyle. Everyone is to blame but themselves, sound familiar?
Adam: “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat”
Eve: “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat”
Blame the woman, blame God and blame the devil but not I……the more things change the more things remain.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun”
Really all these people want is some pharmaceutical magic potion for this deadly disease so they can continue their perverted sin and until then everyone is responsible for their sin and everyone is to be blamed. Well once again we were that blinking light and that annoying buzzing sound on the dash board warning you to check your engine/oil/water/battery/low fuel and most drivers overlook until the day the vehicle shuts down or needs a new motor……if only they heeded the bothersome warning.
As in this case, I have preached this event for 26 years and for over a quarter of a century our warnings have been overlooked, ignored and even mocked by the walkers who in justifying themselves calling us homophobes and bigots. Yet on that Great Day they will indeed break down as every knee shall bow before a Holy God for not heeding to His countless irritated warnings.
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand”
Now if you never preached an AIDS walk, be advised as every major city has one every year. It will not be as your typical homosexual parade, you will not see drag queens, transvestites or men dancing with a G-String. Instead you will find regular people walking for this cure because most had a family member or friend die from this disease.
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD” -Proverbs 17:15
The flamboyant sodomite will be very low key and without make-up at this event because that day the common Joe is being taken for a walk by the sodomite community. Oh they walk a few miles thinking they are doing the community a big favor, yet not one person will ever been cured from a walk-a-thon, a dance-a-thon or a bike-a-thon. Nor will wearing a red AIDS ribbon or giving a dollar will heal anyone. They will argue how women, children and heterosexuals get this infection as a smokescreen but rarely point to the sodomites as a high risk group from their sex. It would be like walking against Cancer but allowing cigarette breaks along the way or walking to fight diabetes and allowing the walkers to drink soda pop and eat candy bars on the route.
We know God considers the sin of sodomy an ABOMINATION in the Old Testament and a REPROBATE in the New Testament. We know the Bible says
“for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
And with this sin make no mistake about it they will reap what they have sown in their body with diseases like HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, AIDS. The drinking, drugs and suicide rate among this group is high, yet they coined the word ‘gay’ and are drunken with pride parades.
"Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death." -James 1:15
Then we have heath agencies that seem put a band aid over major surgery by telling these poor souls to use condoms for this normal lifestyle. Yes, paper-thin latex will save the day, with a one-in-five chance they'll plummet to their death. One-in-five can be infected with AIDS and this is good news? Now if the airlines had told us that one in five planes that leave the airport would crash, would we consider that a relief and go airborne? This sin has death written all over it as per Romans 6:23:
“For the wages of sin is death”
Let us look at Romans chapter One which speaks directly to the sin of sodomy and highlight a few verses of what a Holy God says of this offense:
“…..God gave them over to a reprobate mind…….Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness…….haters of God……inventors of evil things……..without natural affection…….that they which commit such things are worthy of death….”
This lifestyle is considered ‘gay’ by our standards today? Yes, they are worthy of death as per the Old Testament but under the New Testament, it is they that execute the death penalty on each other as they love each other to death. Many Christians will use Romans 1 when speaking to a homosexual but neglect to point out the verses above regarding this sin.
Sunday, we not only pointed out the problem but also came with the solution. Jesus is the answer, His Red Blood was not HIV or AIDS tainted but offers life and not just life but eternal life. That Name can deliver a sinner from his sin and set him free, as this rounded off the message to our moving congregation.
The Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa walked behind us on the sidewalk about midway into the walk, so I turned and reproved him from being an adulterer in his own personal life and associating himself with the sodomites for their vote. The mayor walked passed me, Joel picked up where I left off as the mayor got more than an ear full after only walking a few blocks for his photo opt then trying to sneak away early from the same street we were standing at.
Below are a few interesting links regarding the AIDS virus, as we know it is not airborne, it is not in the water and it is not in any of the four food groups. Sodomy and fornication is the problem, drug addicts may pass it on with a dirty needle but drug addicts also sell their bodies for money to buy the drugs. Then you have AIDS tainted blood given to unsuspecting patients as these seem to be the Poster-Boy for the disease. Often we see photos of young women in Africa dying of AIDS but again these are the exception and not the rule.
AIDS is a disease that will systematically destroy the body piece by piece; it attacks, eats away and moves to another. In my humble opinion, a tailored judgment against those who publicly pride themselves on their body. Yes, their temple is annihilated.
As if money or condoms could stop the wrath of God. The AIDS walk in San Francisco raised over 3.4 million dollars just in 2009 alone and they plan to pass that number this year. New York AIDS walk has raised over 105 million dollars since 1986 with Los Angeles raising 3 million dollars with this years AIDS walk. Yet these same cities have a high HIV and AIDS rate among men, maybe due to Castro Street, Greenwich Village and West Hollywood? This is likened to a city with strict gun control yet having a high rate of murder with guns as per Washington DC.
U.S.: HIV Remains a Gay Disease:
"As highlighted in the recent National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the plight of gay and bisexual men has taken a turn for the worse over the past decade. Nationally, [men who have sex with men] are 44 to 86 times more likely to be infected with HIV than their heterosexual counterparts. For whatever reason, HIV/AIDS continues to remain an undeniably 'gay disease……Today we find a new generation of gay men that never endured the fear and suffering of those who lived and died only decades before them…….following are four important, and often-overlooked, facts that all gay men should know about this disease and the new epidemic we now face…….”
This was a documentry filmed in Hollywood on having HIV and AIDS which showed us preaching at an AIDS walk in 2005, this film was aired on Showtime in 2006-2008.
Here is a small snip:
The First Man to Be Cured of AIDS:
“Up until now, we've never been able to say that a person infected with HIV/AIDS has been cured. As I said, up until now……This is a 42-year-old gentleman who's actually from Seattle, from the United States, but who is living in Germany…..”
Nearly Half Of HIV-Positive Guys Who Have Sex With Guys Don't Know They're Poz
”…..Among HIV-infected black MSM under age 30, 71 percent were unaware of their infection; among HIV-infected Hispanic MSM under age 30, 63 percent were unaware. This compares to 40 percent of HIV-infected white MSM under age 30…….”
Here is a helpful article on sodomy with interesting stats regarding this death-style
‘Gay marriage’ and homosexuality: Some medical comments
Tattoo Marathon for AIDS Walk
AIDS Walk Los Angeles, October 17, 2010
Unfortunately there are always a handful of people holding signs and spouting hate. It feels good to be one of the thousands walking by, showing how much we care and support our fellow human beings. I honestly can't imagine what it must feel like to be so hateful inside. I pity them.
L.A. AIDS Walk
CAL STATE FULLERTON DAILY TITAN NEWS VIDEO
“…..As the walk began we came up against radical Christian protesters holding awful signs declaring things such as “Homo sex is a Sin” with scripture references posted….”
Walking the Walk for AIDS Project LA
“….Along La Cienega Boulevard, thousands of walkers doing their thing. There were a few crazy right wing protesters...but nobody paid any attention to them…..:
Los Angeles AIDS Walk
“Anonymous protesters heckled the AIDS walkers as they progressed down the street”
Things A Little Better Than Where He Found Them
“…..Santa Monica Boulevard is blocked off and these people show up to exercise their First Amendment rights without knowing what they’re actually shouting about. Had they been paying attention, they’d have realized a fundraiser for AIDS research has nothing to do with religion, sexual orientation or anything else they were shaking their fists at….”
Here is Brother Petar from our Bible Believers of Norway.
This unknown Street Preacher has no youtube channel, no website, funded or supported by no Church and has faithfully proclaimed the Word of God in Public in Norway for a number of years……alone. This single man is an electrician and makes his own banners, T-shirts and jackets, as he lives in a small modest room and spends a fortune on preserving the Word of God, flying out to the USA to preach and fellowship with others, not to mention making banners for the saints. He speaks and writes several languages. As a heathen he was a boxer and even came to America to fight a match and now as a saved saint, he contends for the faith and returns back to the USA to KO public sin.
He has bee arrested a few times for preaching in Oslo and the local Churches and city police consider him a thorn in the flesh, not to mention family issues because of his public boldness. Nevertheless, he preaches with banners raised and can cause a stir in pubic even if the weather is well below freezing, and sometimes past 3AM to the bar/club/night life on the streets.
HERE IS A PHOTO WITH PETAR AND RUBEN IN OSLO NORWAY ABOUT 2AM, UNLIKE AMERICANS, THE NORWEGIANS STAND IN LINE AND WAIT TO ASK QUESTIONS ON BIBLE, POLITICS AND CURRENT EVENTS.
Petar is a good gage on free speech for us in America, because Norway has none and he is always blessed and reminds us of the amount of liberty we still have in America. Freedom of Speech, Religious Freedom, the right to use a public sidewalk and attorneys willing to fight for us if arrested or cited. Most Street Preachers do not understand how much freedom we have and often look at law enforcement as the Roman solider that will walk them to the cross. They get asked to move and they yell ‘foul,’ they get cited and they yell ‘persecution,’ they get jailed and they think ‘Last Days and the apocalypse is at hand.’ You (Street Preacher) think this is a police state, I recommend you go to another country and try to do what we do there. Be Thankful, Be Content with what we still have and see Petar for living details. Below is a testimony from Petar:
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN FROM A LOCAL NEWSPAPER AFTER PETAR WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASTED FROM JAIL FOR PREACHING IN OSLO NORWAY. NOTICED HE REJOICED AFTER GETTING ARRESTED, HE WAS NOT THINKING I’M GOING TO SUE, WHERE IS MY FREEDOM, WAIT UNTIL MY LAWYER HEARS ABOUT THIS OR MY RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED. PETAR CONSIDERED HIMSELF WORTHY TO BE PERSECUTED FOR THE FAITH, IF THAT IS NOT HOW YOU VIEW BEING ARRESTED OR GETTING A CITION, YOU NEED TO GET REWIRED.
Dear Brothers in Christ. I was asked to give a report and testimony about my starting out as a public minister. Not that I think that I have anything extravagant to add to the multitude of testimonies that already exist, but just adding my personal experience.
I was brought up by my Serbian parents in Norway. Raised in a Greek Orthodox church as little boy and knew many of the biblical stories you find in children’s Bibles. I tend to look back to those years and think that I was a good little boy. In recent years God has showed me my fallen nature and wicked tendencies even at that young age. There was no lasting satisfaction in anything during my youth years and up to age 25. As many other young men in modern society I was brought up in human wisdom and not in the fear of the Lord. I was involved in sports of all kinds; soccer, Ice hockey, boxing, kick-boxing & Body building. I became a Boxer and soon won a championship fight in southern Californian, and in Norwegian I was the Junior Champion in Body Building and competed in the World Championship for Junior Body builders. The reason I mention these merits is not to glory in them but to emphasize the vanity in a young man’s search for meaning, purpose and truth in life. I ended up as bouncer on steroids, amphetamine, cocaine etc. working on nightclubs downtown Oslo, Norway and totally given over to my own wicked shameful appetites of the flesh. I do not remember one Christian being out at the streets at night during those years.
I was saved at age of 25 and started to go to a Pentecostal/faith movement church. As in most modern apostate churches I was exposed to all kind of crazy doctrine that ensnared me and I must honestly and say that I considered Benny Hinn and ilk my heroes. I went to Bible college for 3 years, did youth ministry, Teen Challenge ministry, Crusade ministry in India and Africa. At that time I was a firm believer of healing and casting out of demons everywhere and on everybody and used to pray for 3-5 hours every morning at my peak of spiritual delusion. All without seeing the simple Biblical truth of preaching on the streets. My search ended in spiritual and financial bankruptcy as I sold all my goods to sow a seed of faith to these false ministries who claimed to be modern day apostles. And out of the ashes of a broken, confused and bitter life, God moved me to an intense desire to just glorify God through the simplest means mentioned and practiced in the Bible, just preach on the streets.
After graciously been restored from going through a series of spiritual/doctrinal detox, time was ripe to do something for the kingdom of God. I knew I had to start by crossing over to the other side of death to self and crucify my flesh by stepping out in public. As the Scripture says that the disciples was told to wait to be endowed with the power from on high to preach the Gospel. I believed that I had that power but I missed the instruction on how to do it. So what does a person to do when looking for answers, I googled.
I searched the internet for anything on street-preaching and I remember clicking into Brother Ruben’s old website, which looked like a “Giant anti Homo Site” and thought wow this is a little “over the top” for me and Norway. So I clicked onto a Bible Baptist Ministry in Memphis who had a street-Preaching convention with teaching and on the job training. I flew over to the States in May 2007 and there I got to know Bro. James Lyman, Bro. Larry Keffer and Bro. Larry Craft. We were out all night preaching to the people on the streets and I was sold on seeing the dynamics of the word of God as never experienced before. And just to show how small the world we live in, Ruben Israel and his crew showed up the last day in Memphis just to make the week complete. I was then introduced to Ruben by Larry Keffer and since that week been blessed to get to know and spend much time with many street preachers in your country.
After returning home from the U.S. I planned my first public appearance and that would be at the Oslo Homo Parade. I had my bullhorns ready, Christian T-shirts, tracts, and voice recorder. The big event was on and I took my Thunder-power 1000 bullhorn and the rest of my preach gear to take my stand on the sidewalk and preach. That day was filled with action as I was blessed with being found worthy of someone throwing a full beer bottle that just missed my face, people spitting, cursing, and they tried to drive me away from the route. The police were called to the area I was preaching and I was arrested for not wanting to comply with the unrighteous orders of the police. Now Norway does have laws that protect freedom of religion and free speech but no one uses it.
After the arrest, lawyers tried to fight my case and we have worked our way into the court system and even developed a case being appealed to the Human Rights Court in Europe. However that too was lost. It has been an education to learn how authorities work and lie in court regarding public preaching. I would say that much of what we do on the streets cannot be taught in seminary’s due to the fact that our society is in a rapid downward spiral where politics and laws can change things over night with the modern church following their lead. The public streets are the best place to get schooled for open-air preaching.
I have always been a firm believer that things have to be “taught or caught”, as I have been determined to learn from those who are experienced in the field. God has also allowed me with the possibility and means to travel much, and due to Ruben Israel’s network and his favor, I have been to numerous cities and events in the U.S.
The Lord had me preach at:
Beal Street Blast; Memphis ( 2 times), Weekend of Decadence; New Orleans (4 times), Mardi Gras; New Orleans ( 2 times), Fantasy Fest; Florida (2 times), Las Vegas; new-year (3 times), Democrat National Conference; Denver, The Inauguration of Obama; Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Tampa, Key West, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, and San Francisco. With these trips I have been blessed to be exposed to many different types of preaching styles and personalities among the Street-Preacher community. I value greatly spending time with many of the elders in this ministry and seasoned men like; Jed Smock, Paul Mitchell, Jim Webber, Ron McRae, James Lyman, Larry Keffer, Larry Craft, Kevin Farrer and Ruben Israel. I would highly recommend anyone who prays to be equipped/ trained for Street-Preaching to yoke up with some of these men and learn from them. Some of them are getting old and might not be with us much longer and then it is only readable material and videos to watch. There is nothing like being around these Men of God; seeing, listening, asking and learning and getting challenged first hand.
When all this is said, it is one thing is to start something and another is to finish it and endure to the end. In my case, the starting point is now complete and the task that remains is to stay faithful and developed until the Lord comes back or we are granted to die. I would like to encourage many street preachers like myself who are alone and have your ups and downs with this method of preaching and the toll on family, friends, fellow believers and may at times feel alone or weak. It is because we suffer from a diagnosis called PPTS (Post Preaching Traumatically Syndrome), which means I cannot adapt to the world anymore and will not.
Praise God that we give a salty message in a wicked depraved world and in going so that will draw us closer to God in our lonely walk with him. My prayer for all open-air preachers is having God’s own good pleasure to add new converts. In the meantime let us strive to get clean of every impurity in our life, get to know the Word of God, and pray for each other, as to do our outmost to bring glory to the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ alone, In His grace we live, walk and preach; Him Crucified for the sins of the world.
Greetings from your brother in Christ who finally found the meaning and purpose of truth in life after a long walk in worldly vanity and “Christian” vanities. God has been good to me and I’ve been greatly blessed from my trips to America, and getting to know and work with many of you. I am also thankful for what America has given historically to the world in missionaries and support. I pray God will raise your nation up once again as a pillar of grace and truth to the world.