EXPECT INCOMING SLANDER
“All our enemies have opened their mouths against us”
If you are concerned what others think about you….then open-air preaching is NOT for you, maybe you should ministry with feeding the homeless or visiting someone in a hospital. If you are concerned what others have written about you…..again I say, street preaching is NOT for you, perhaps you should work in the music ministry or start a youth group. If you are concerned about your good name getting tainted…..may I suggest that proclaiming Jesus in the modern day marketplace is NOT for you, maybe you should sit on a few religious committees and keep your sacred name.
People have posted so many things about me, as to what I believe, my personal life and hearsay from what they heard, that I can not keep up with them, nor do I desire to. Now I am not talking about hate websites or heathen blogs, not even atheist chat -rooms but religious folks who think they are doing God a service.
Just goggle “Ruben Israel Street Preacher” and make sure you have a few days to read all this stuff as you will find well over 147,000 sites and articles to read and see. Now if I had to respond to every post, email, blog, chat-room that defamed my name it would take a full time job for a few people 8 hours a day AND the day I am concerned with what others think about me is the day I stop street preaching.
As a number of these sites have accused me of being a Pharisee, heretic, demonic, unloving, a tool of satan, hater, bully, false teacher, unorthodox, false prophet, a cult and having a different gospel.
Good thing I’m not suicidal or take anti depression drugs.
Now many preachers both open-air and pulpit are deeply concerned with what others may think of them, as this might hinder anyone from sending money to their labor or effect them speaking in Churches. Not to mention all the things that might get printed or posted about them, God forbid.
One must have thick skin to allow these false and unchecked charges discharge against them as over the many years of my public service I have had my share (and then some) but those accusations do not affect me nor will it change my public massage as it would be liken to trying and stop an M1-Abram tank in motion with a spit-wad from a plastic straw. Not going to happen, as I know my function in the body of Christ and that will not change. That statement is not being arrogant, just sure and confident of my purpose.
As men before me had this same problem with the goody two shoe religious of their day, as we can look at the life of our King as He knew this was coming when He said: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”
Even our Lord was questioned about His education to speak such blasphemy as they said; “Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?” Who is His leader and who does He sit under they wanted to know as He did not have the same religious schooling they did and was considered a lone rebel.
The birth of Jesus was even questioned by the religious as He was accused of being born in fornication because Joseph and Mary were not married when Mary was pregnant. “Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication”
Jesus was accused of casting out devils by Beelzebub and was called a “glutton and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners”
In Mark chapter 12 we find three different groups of people trying to ‘fault find’ the ministry of Jesus but notice how these snakes spoke to Him as they wanted to catch Him in His words and then use those same words against Him.
Group 1 (verses 13-17) “And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” These people wanted Jesus to speak against the king so they could report Him to the authorities that someone is trying to start a coup against Rome.
Group 2 (verses 18-26) “Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master….” Again these people started off with a nice word but wanted to catch Him in His own words to unite the religious community against Him.
Group 3 (verses 28-34) “And one of the scribes came…” And they asked which commandment is the greatest and Jesus responded with “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” and “love thy neighbour as thyself” No anyone with a brain will know if you love God with all your heart, mind and soul, you will not worship other gods, nor take God’s name in vain and if you love your neighbor, you will not lie to him, steal from him and murder him. Therefore by those two commandments the Ten are fulfilled. Now watch what Jesus said to these scribes who responded to the words of Jesus as truthful. He said to them; “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God”
This is a lesion we must learn and that is to have discernment, as to this group Jesus said these guys are close to the kingdom and there are some open-air preachers that always have issues with everyone on everything. Not every question is a war!!
Pick your battles and know what is needed to be said to whoever and not misjudging everyone with ‘friendly fire’ or having a reputation that you are doing a Matthew 18 against the world.
Now look at this verse and to those that make time to try and destroy your labor this is who they have much in common with: “And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine”
If these people that will make time to slander you, they have Pharisee blood flowing in their veins and their hope and purpose in life to is destroy your labor.
THE SLANDER CONTINUES:
John the Baptist was also accused of having a demon by those who falsely judge; “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil”
Peter writes “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified”
In the book of Acts we read where the Apostles were before the council for false charges; “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” They rejoiced to suffer shame for the name of Jesus and if you feel the will to put out every fire against you, I say you are open-air material. As having a good name and being a true open-air Ambassador is like oil and water, it will not happen.
You get one or the other.
These types of false allegations against men of God and their character is nothing new as we find this verse in 2 Chronicles 36:16; “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy”
Jeremiah understood this concept as he wrote; “For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily”
Jeremiah was a reproach and disrespected daily, yet he continues to speak what God wants; “To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it”
Again he writes; “Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent for interest, nor men have lent to me for interest; yet everyone of them does curse me” Think you have problems with people not liking you, Jeremiah was a man of contention to the entire earth as they curse him for what he said.
How about Habakkuk, think he got off easy with his service; “Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention”
Even David writes’ “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away”
Think David got a free ride? He again wrote; “They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause”
The man after God’s own heart, was not loved and exalted by people as he wrote; “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people”
There are those who don’t even like what my banners or sandwich signs read. They will not like the message on my t-shirts, or my political view. Bottom line is people will fault find things in your life or what they think you have said and if they don’t like you for this reason, they will not like you for another reason.
“We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept”
So I will not spend all day putting out fires caused by sowers of discourse, I would rather consume the time I have speaking what the Father would have me say to a dying, backslidden world.
Paul understood this as this is what Festus said to the Apostle Paul; “Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself; much learning does make you mad”
Paul writes to the Church in Rome; “And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just”
Paul to the Church in Corinth; “Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day”
True fruit of Christianity; “By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things"
One day Christianity will be illegal and the million dollar question will be, will you have anyone the will point to you and say, “There he is, that’s the one. Take him away, I heard him say so”
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
After same sex marriage is passed to be law in America and it will one day. Soon people will be able to marry themselves, as God knows they have had sex with themselves for years and this is the result to that sin. Hope this picture speaks louder than a street preacher on a sidewalk blasting his bull horn with new batteries. They can have all the state matrimonies they want but before God they will NEVER have a ‘Holy Matrimony’ And if we allow same sex marriage, we might as well open the flood gates of hell, where anyone can marry anything they wish.
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”
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