God considers false gods and idols so wicked, they are the first two of the Ten Commandments.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” Exodus 20:4-6
Last weekend in Venice Beach that city hosted an event called ‘festival of chariots’
Where followers of Krishna dance themselves into a frenzy chanting to their gods.
The event has 3 large carts filled with idols and a wax figurine of their guru and within these large carts, food is offered to their idols and they are fanned as these followers worship those graven images.
“The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths”
The picture below is the wax figurine in the center and he is taken from an air conditioned limousine and placed unto a float.
After the parade he is placed back into the air conditioned limousine, so not to melt in the sun.
The followers fan that wax idol to keep him cool and they protect him like the President.
Before the parade started we publicly warned the boardwalk of the idolatry parade coming and many defended the idolaters calling us ‘haters’ and ‘unloving.’ Yet we continued.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”
And of course the police were called to get us to shut down, as IF that has never happened before.
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”
2 Thessalonians 3:1
As the false god parade passes us, we reprove them that there is only ONE GOD, not many gods.
Don’t like our preaching, you may be offended what God says.
“Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen”
Their followers manifested like demons after hearing what God thinks of that venue and remember the same Timothy in the Bible that Paul wrote two letters too, was killed after he preached against a false god parade in his day.
After the parade passed us, we followed them on the boardwalk and reproved everyone watching and cheering the parade.
God says FLEE idolatry not support it.
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry”
1 Corinthians 10:14
We exhorted the crowd if they wanted to see the fruit if being a Hindu, go to India, where children will die of starvation as they feed a rat or cow.
After we followed the idol parade, we stood in front of the main entrance into their festival and continued to admonish everyone on breaking the first two of the Ten Commandments in spirit and letter of that law.
Where are the true followers of Jesus on the beach that day….Come out…come out….where ever you are….
“And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD”
At the end of the day, idolatry was rebuked and the sun worshipper at the beach were reminded to worship the SON of God.
For that we were ‘haters’ and accused of turning people off.....like we never heard that before?
“And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not” John 8:45
No doubt God used us to prick their conscience and for that we were not very popular on the beach that day.
" Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
ISLAM in Los Angeles
The city of Santa Monica should be renamed Santa Dearborn or Santa Mon-istan with reason.
Recently I heard where Muslims flipped a track table from a Christian ministry at the Santa Monica Promenade, so we were called to this crime scene and hosted our anti-Islam banners in the middle of this Third Street outdoor mall.
Within minutes Muslims gathered:
And it appeared a few of them wanted to get those 72 virgins for killing us infidels as we voiced that Muhammad married Aisha at 6 years old.
That is a pedophile not a prophet.
Since when do 55 year old men look at a 6 year old and say ‘yeah you and me baby girl’
Many people will speak against Islam with a keyboard on facebook.
Many will speak against Islam via youtube.
Many will speak against Islam from a pulpit inside a Church.
But FEW will not confront Islam to their face with boldness and expose that religion for what it is.
Those banners were in their face and they were shocked what we spoke against Islam and their prophet as we were NOT there to find medium ground with Islam.
They reject Jesus as the Son of God and that is salvation pending;
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
Rejecting Jesus as the SON OF GOD is rejecting GOD
"Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also"
1 John 2:23
“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him”
What does the average believe know about laying down their life for their brother?
Other than quoting a verse or reading a story, how many believers are willing to do that?
We had a number of us working as security to keep that preaching going and those banners raised and were willing to risk our lives for each other.
We defused a number of angry Muslims as the crowd wanted blood and NOT the blood of Jesus.
We did not flinch nor balk to all their threats.
“For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed”
“Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads“
Here is a short preach clip from Santa Monica
Thank You for your prayers as we are the ‘boots on the ground’ behind enemy lines, raising the flag to the kingdom of God one street at a time.
Next week we will be in Montana for our yearly street preachers convention where saints will be edified, trained and tooled to take the word of God out in public.
For four days there will be speakers lecturing on how to proclaim the Bible in our theater today.
Convention starts Aug 18-21 2016 (Thursday-Sunday) Breakfast served daily from 7:30-9AM Conference starts daily at 9:15A with worship, prayer, reading from Martyrs Mirror, testimonies and teaching where the theme this year is 'PECULIAR.'
For those of you not coming you can watch the gathering on live feed. https://www.facebook.com/Street-and-Open-Air-Preachers-of-America-289766318025856/
We will have a great line up of speakers from Thursday to Sunday (Aug 18-21).
Every day starts off at 9:15AM (Mountain Time Zone) with worship, prayer, reading from ‘Martyrs Mirror,’ testimonies then speakers.
There will be lunch and dinner breaks as the convention will last into the evening.
Wednesday (Aug. 17) is arrival day and after a prime rib dinner, you can hear testimonies from our ‘live feed’ starting at 7:30 (Mountain Time Zone).
Tune in a watch.
On Saturday we will caravan to the 10 Commandment park and after a meal we will return to the conference and have a debate on salvation titled ‘free will or election’
Matt Slick will debate Jesse Morrell The debate starts around 3PM (Mountain Time Zone) and you can view this live and respond with questions after the debate.
Matt is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.
Matt earned his Bachelors in Social Science from Concordia University, Irvine, CA in 1988. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, in Escondido, CA, in 1991. He now resides in the Boise, Idaho area with his family. He is ordained. Matt currently hosts a daily call-in radio show, Matt Slick Live. Matt started CARM in October of 1995 to respond to the many false teachings of the cults on the Internet.
After the debate we will have a free speech lawyer speak and will be open for questions
To watch the live feed join the link below:
Do join us daily from Montana Aug 18-21 via that live feed as you can get exhorted to good works as per Titus 2:14;
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”