Anaheim home of Disneyland was the hot spot for open-air preaching. Last two weeks we had several concerts that needed our attention and presents (Boys to men, Pink and a rap group) but the one I will focus on with my preach report was the Marilyn Manson concert in Anaheim. Dale, Angela and myself started early and before I raised my banner I was involved in conversation from those kids standing in line. They had questions and they wanted pictures standing next to my banner.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”
These poor souls look like death, dressed like death and listen to someone who named himself after Charles Manson. When asked this question, they said “Charles Manson was really a good person and he inspired many with his music.” Yes, this is the same Charley who is sitting in San Quentin prison for murder and he is considered a good person by the kids at this concert.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter”
Remember Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the song of the same name by The Beatles. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song and influenced others to murder and that was not then, that is today as Manson still inspires people with his odd music. Various musicians consider Manson a skillful singer-songwriter including Guns N' Roses and White Zombie. So at the Marilyn Manson concert these people publicly defended Charles Manson and accused us of being ‘nuts’…..go
At the end of the night we had at least five banners flying, a number of preachers preaching, tracts taken and only one way to get into the venue and that was standing in line next to us. Police were called and nothing was done as we have always had liberty preaching in Anaheim and despite all the complaints, the police did not hinder our free speech in the land of Mickey mouse.
The next four days we were back in Aniheim at the convention center where we preached against the Catholic Church at their yearly gathering.
We publicly reproved them for their doctrine of purgatory, prayers to Mary, prayers to dead saints, traditions, words like pope, nun not found in the scriptures and of couse we brought up the priests who molest boys and how their Church hides these men. Shameful and yet the defend them, saying we all have sinned and made mistakes. Mistakes, they call molestng a boy a mistake? Forgetting to fed the dog is a mistake, forgeting where your car keys are is a mistake. But child molestion, our Lord says is wickedness worthy of death; “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” Matthew 18:6
To say we made ‘no small stir’ would be an understatement as many tried to justify why they know more about tradition than the Bible. Matters like ashes on the forehead, babies getting baptized and scapulars were also topics for debate as the best provoking Bible teaching was outside the convention center. They had questions and we had answers.
Now had I preached this way a couple centuries ago, I would have been put to death and burned by this same Church so I do take fully advantage of the window that I live in, where I can publicly preach that Jesus is not in that wafer. Mary was not a virgin her whole life, as she had other children and just what is a necromancer. This Church has issues with the God of the Bible and that day they were made public.
“Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men”
Catholics are against abortion and tried to use that as a medium ground between us, however they were reminded that “Thou shall not kill” was commandment number six (6) whereas other gods/idolatry /graven images/worship were commandments one (1) and two (2) of the Ten commandments. So if order means anything, the sin of idolatry surpasses the sin of murder.
Those that disagreed with me, stood around doing the ‘sign of the cross’ or praying the rosary and trying to get others from stopping and listening. But what seemed to be shocking to them was when I raised a stature of Mary in one hand…..had a hammer in the other hand….and preached against idolatry…..and…. See the video clip for the rest of the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ochb5UGU6Pc
This action should not be ‘strange fire’ to believers as God encourages such; “And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place” Deuteronomy 12:3
“Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images” Exodus 23:24
“But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves” Exodus 34:13
We have examples men of God smashing idols and graven images 2Kings 18:4; 2 Chronicles 14:3; 31:1, to see more read Bible for details. And need I remind you that even our Lord Himself went into a Temple with a whip and broke a few things?
For four days we stood as a real Protestant, protesting sin and the Church to their face. According to Foxes book of Martyrs “Timothy” from 1 & 2 Timothy was beaten to death for criticizing a pagan feast and parade that took place in Ephesus
As everyone who is anyone within the film industry is there. Actors, producers, directors and those that front the money to make these films. We had many of Churches that speak against the evils of Hollywood and TV from the pulpits, yet on this big day they are a no show. Since 911 it is impossible to get to the Red Carpet as we did years in previous years. The photos below were taken in the 1980’s where we could stand in front of the Red Carpet but now thanks to Mohammad the security at all these big events have changed.
Thanks Allah, religion of peace, yeah right.
So today we stand where the limos are driving into the security check, before they advance two blocks unto the hallowed Red Carpet. Stuck in traffic, they can not help but see our banners and we preach to them via a megaphone. For what we have to work with today, the location is fine but better back in the day. It is a crying shame that Hollywood will shine their lights brighter than most Christians will ever do.
A number of these black limos, roll their windows down to either hear what is being preached or take a picture of us on their cell phones. We exhort them of standing before a holy God who can care less what they have done in their life. God is not going to be star stuck with these people nor any awards they have achieved. As the eyes of the world looked at Hollywood, we were a fixed billboard on the highway and were able to preach and warn these litte gods that they are mortal and will die in their sins if they do not repent and believe.
“Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish,
and conceal not”
At the end of the day Hollywoood AGAIN heard and saw the Word of God.
LAW vs GRACE
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“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”
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