Well, they did not take too kindly to our free speech much, as our banners were ripped down, we lost two of them during the struggle, however the police were able to return them but they did spray paint on another banner. My mega phone was broken and during the struggle those peaceful protesters tried to break my right arm during their show of love towards us.
As much as they blanket themselves under ‘Free Speech’ it is only for their use, just don’t preach to them or they will push, shove, spit, pour drinks, destroy your signs, and pull your megaphones not to mention attack you.
Before the police came, they fought among themselves as we caused no small stir amidst the squatters. Some were angry others tried to shield us and move us pleading with us to leave. Their leaders rush in to try and control the angry mob but they wanted us dead and let me advise you, if you plan on preaching to these people, consider wearing a nose plug of type. They stink and if it were not for rain, these misfits would never shower, I guess in that world it is a badge of honor to reek.
The police did move in and moved us keeping the angry ‘Occupiers’ at bay as we walked across the street and talked about what I can or can’t do. I was told by LAPD that these people were not peaceful and the department wanted us to preach at two locations because they had a permit on the city hall lawn and I pointed out another location and the office in charged agreed. However because the ‘Occupy people’ were gathering with fists raised, the police got very nervous and I was told due to their inside ‘Intel’ that things were going to get out of hand and we needed to go right now. A riot was ready to erupt. We were later escorted to my vehicle for safety reasons and traffic was stopped so I could get out from the area, as we were followed by an unmarked police car away from the Occupy compound.
At the end of the day, these people had Church brought to them and have rejected all authority, from government, police, parents, Church and God. I had a good long interview with their media leader that was profitable, as police were needed maintain that sidewalk dialog. The poles from the two banners taken were never returned, however the police officer in change knew me and said he will find them as he found my two banners. He knew that I would be at the ‘America Music Awards’ in downtown Los Angeles the next day and said he would give them to me at that time. After 30 years of open air preaching the police will know your preach schedule, as the officer in charge knew where I would be the next day.
Sunday, the ‘American Music awards’ was held at the Nokia Theater and we stood in the rain to put God’s Word in public view of both the crowd and these fallen stars
The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys and here is how they differ, the Grammy Awards are awarded based on votes by members of the entertainment industry. Whereas the AMAs are determined by a poll of music buyers, and as a result is more of a representative of public opinion.
“It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools”
We split up into two groups as Mark and Dale stood across the street from the sacred Red Carpet with banners flying high and Doug and myself stood with sandwich signs on the main corner when every limo needed to drive by to get to the Red Carpet. It was a regular night in downtown Los Angeles, the sidewalks had bodies everywhere, traffic was jammed and black limos were all over. Perfect for street preaching, as we reminded everyone if you love music, READ PSALMS. I did not watch the show, but I believe that those who won that golden calf, never gave GOD glory for giving them those lungs and voice.
Pray that God send others to harvest our labor ad these people Repent from their muSICK-dolatry.
Tuesday night ‘Katy Perry’ had a concert at Staples Center, so after work I drove my work van and changed inside my van and preached that concert outside. Brother Doug and I stood outside the venue as thousands of kids stood in line waiting to get in. It was like shooting fish in a barrel as the line moved slowly, as they had to pass by Doug and his banner, then stand by me and my banner. They heard a salty message and can not plead ignorance on Judgment Day.
I had one young girl argue that she believes in evolution, then said she never heard of any big bang or as she said “What >&^%#@$ BIG BANG!!?? You stupid )&6%#$#@?< jerk” another person in line, a lesbian wanted to argue with me but was rebuked by a person that just happen to be waiting to cross the street, she jumped into the conversation and defended my preaching. It was another busy night in downtown Los Angeles as the sidewalk had bodies everywhere. At times the crowd was vocal, shouting in favor of fornication, no God and sodomy as all was noted in heaven. Preaching in public does have a way of making people manifest.
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil” John 7:7
Here is a testimony from Brother Doug, aka ‘Bible Doug’ and new guy that has joined our ranks and is willing to not be ashamed of Jesus in public. He took to open air preaching like a duck to water. Without further ado……..
“My name is Doug M. and I have been born again since the winter of 1978. After 33 years of being involved in various Bible studies, men's groups, youth work, church administration, food ministries, bands and outreaches, I now feel like I have now really found something that I can do and I should have been doing all along.... and that is to OPEN AIR PREACH the Gospel. Brother Rueben Israel, Jesse Morrell, Kerrigan Skelly and their friends, who are also friends of God, by the way.... are helping me to learn the ropes of this type of preaching to the general public at all sorts of venues. I refuse to sit on a church pew any longer and call myself a Christian and then, for the most part, to sit inside the four walls of a church building or property and in effect, really do nothing, but just fellowship with other believers. Friends, Jesus commanded us all as His disciples to GO OUT to all nations of the world. We can at the very least go out here in our own country which is rapidly sinking down the tubes. I believe it will do so fast if we don't have revival in our land.
II Chron. 7:14 says... If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
All things are possible with God! Our churches CAN wake up and they have the ability to obey God to GO OUT. Jesus would not have commanded it if it were no possible. I was reluctant at first to preach myself when I went out with these people, but just this last Sunday night, in the pouring rain, I jumped into it, just like a child jumping off the high dive diving board at a swimming pool for the first time! I put on a sandwich board sign with a Scripture from John 3:7 - ".... you must be born again." and Rom. 6:23 on the other side - "The wages of sin is death...." I stood on a street corner in front of throngs of people going to the American Music Awards and prayed for a few minutes... and then, then for the first time, really.... I opened my mouth and shouted out the Gospel in a manner like I would envision John the Baptist to have. I said it to EVERYONE who passed by. I even said that if John the Baptist was alive now, he would have been out doing what we were doing that night. We preached everywhere that all humanity needs to repent and follow the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I preached for them to be ready.... they could die tonight and even at this very moment. I told them all religions are not the same... only Christ died for the sins of man. I told them the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. I told that God hates all sin. I told them many other things too.... the words just flowed....
The hard part was getting started, but once I started... the Holy Spirit took over, even to the point that I was crying while I was preaching and people were listening. I saw GROWN MEN even wiping the tears from their eyes themselves, friends! I had several Christians come up to me and encourage me and they said they wished they could do what I was doing and I told them..... in a loving yet EMPHATIC voice that they COULD AND SHOULD. YES, THEY ALL PEOPLE CAN AT LEAST GIVE OUT TRACTS TO FOLKS. TO ME, NOW... THAT IS THE BARE MINIMUM.
Friends, you can open air preach too. YOU can do it! I ENCOURAGE you to consider seriously obeying the Lord and to begin to SHOUT THE GOSPEL FROM EVEN THE MOUNTAIN TOPS because and only because you LOVE HIM and YOU LOVE PEOPLE... We SHOULD BE LIKE OUR LORD AND WE SHOULD NOT BE WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH. GET UP OFF THE COUCH! GET OUT OF BED.... BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY ... OUR REASONABLE SERVICE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. WITHOUT A PREACHER, HOW WILL THEY HEAR? THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR LAZINESS AND DISOBEDIENCE ANY MORE, FRIENDS! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GRADUATE OF BIBLE SCHOOL TO SHARE YOUR FAITH. JUST DO IT! JUST DO IT! I REPEAT.... JUST DO IT! AMEN.
RISE UP OH MEN OF GOD!’’
WHY DO I STREET PREACH THE WAY I DO?
If only I had a nickel for every time some asked or tried to analyze me, I would be a very rich man today. Here is what those that have probed my brain have concluded…..
You done something really, really bad and feel you need to make up for it, right?
You want and love attention
You are a cult leader and are looking for a following
You are mental dude
You’re are a secret homosexual
You have NO brain
You have a bad upbringing
Drugs, before Christianity you took drugs
You were a biker troublemaker and now a Christian trouble maker
You save money from going to a Psychiatrist by venting on people
You are filled with hatred
You have issues, BIG issues
You really want no one to listen to you
You are filled with demons
You believe in salvation by works
You are angry that you are overweight and wish to take it out on everyone
You have little man syndrome
You are really a Satanist
Did you forget your meds this morning?
How much do they pay you
You must be a police officer
Are you for real
Tell me you hear voices
I read books about people like you
You are Republican no?
You are hurting inside
Jesus is all about love and forgiveness
You are a sexist
You have secret sins
You got saved in prison, right?
You work for the government
I pity your wife
You make me believe in abortion more
Who did this to you?
You had so much potential, if you only use it to help others
You missed your call, you should have been a comedian
You never went to college did you?
And the one I hear most often;
“I don’t care who the #*^%$#@ he is…..CALL THE POLICE!”
My motive and core reason why I open air is to obey the Bible and preach as those preached within the Bible and I get the same reaction as those who preached within the Bible.
That’s all. Oh, and one last thing, that list, well it could go and on and on and on……
A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS!