The former treatise hath the Bible made, O lovers of God, of all
that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he
was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments
unto the apostles whom he had chosen to go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature. Those same apostles knew
for certain, exactly what the Lord intended for them to do, and
“went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with
them, and confirming the word with signs following.” (Luke
1:1/ Mark 16:15 & 20).
And as the Acts of Apostles records the beginning of that obedient
endeavor of the saints of God, who from the beginning of the church,
did manifest God’s word through preaching (Titus 1:3) while
“earnestly contending for the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints” (Jude 3); so too shall the Acts of the Street
Preachers endeavor with God’s help to record the final chapters
of the conflict, wherein this world and the God called street preachers
are on a collision course of prophetic proportions (Revelation 11:8-10).
But that fight for the faith, was never intended to be this Fundamentalists
circus of showmanship found throughout the refined pulpits of modern
day Christianity, where the divine ministers are clergy instead
of soldiers, effeminate love-sick sodomites and whoremongers instead
of “holy men of God” (2 Peter 1:21), and spineless gospel
entertainers who for hire confine the word of God behind four walls
instead of strong Preachers with the courage to take the word of
God into the highways and streets and lanes of the cities, and preach
the gospel to every creature, regardless of the costs. The former
have their names on church signs, and Christian periodicals, and
Who’s Who of Religious phariseeism, while the latter have
their names taken in vain, and derided in newspapers, typed onto
police reports and arrest records, ...but written in heaven (Hebrews
12:23). The former have their excuses for silencing the word of
God beyond their church buildings. The latter have their reasons
for taking it to “regions beyond” (2 Corinthians 10:16).
The former have nothing whereof they may boast in Christ (2 Corinthians
11:16-19) beyond a fool’s glory in the flesh. The latter have
their record on high, and the testimony of a clear conscience that
“it is done as thou hast commanded” (Luke 14:21). This
is a recollection of those fanatical men that make up the latter.
They are the street preachers. A special breed of men, born of God
and called to do what others fear to imagine. They are on a collision
course with the world that will no doubt end with death in the streets
where they preach (Revelation 11:7,8). With God’s help, this
is their story. This is The Acts of The Street Preachers.
“And they all with one consent began to make
- Luke 14:18
There is a difference between an excuse and a reason. Reason offers
justification. Excuses offer alibis. There are numerous reasons
for preaching in the streets and open air, and there are plenty
of excuses for not doing so. But there is no justification for failure
to obey God’s command and “preach the gospel to every
creature.” Spurgeon noted the same concerning open air preaching,
“No sort of defense is needed for
Preaching out of doors; but
It would need very potent arguments
To prove that a man had done
His duty who has never preached
Beyond the walls of his meeting house.”
The excuses of those timid divines, for not preaching
the word of God beyond their church buildings are as numerous and
ambiguous as the “raging waves of the sea, foaming out their
own shame” (Jude 13). We will not attempt to analyze the ‘whys’
of their warbled utterances, anymore than the gutteral tones of
the yellow bellied sap sucker. But we will list their excuses, so
that the young Street Preacher will recognize and distinguish the
excuses from the reasons, when the gainsayers attempt to water down
his zeal for street preaching as they excuse their lack of it.
One young ministerial divine that went to school with the author,
said this for his shying away from the streets, “Street preaching
is a small portion of my ministry. I shall not allow a small portion
of my ministry to destroy my ministry.” How cute! How quaint!
That same child of complacency did not mind doing it when he was
a student in Bible School. Amazing how some men’s preaching
is withdrawn into the church the moment they get a church, while
still claiming to be in the ministry. When the apostle Paul was
first saved “straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues”
(Acts 9:20), but when God “counted him faithful, putting him
into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12), he went outdoors, and
preached in the open air the rest of his ministry (see Acts 13:1-3,
5, 44-49/ 14:6,7, 13,14/ 16:4, 13/ 17:13, 17, 22 etc.).
Another often resorted to excuse, is “we should use wisdom,
and not let our zeal run us away to trouble”. Howbeit, Biblical
“wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets;
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the
gates: in the city she uttereth her words” (Proverbs 1:20,
21). Wisdom is never a reason for cowardice. The sap suckers just
use the excuse of “wisdom” as an alibi for their cowardice.
One milk toast cleric said once, that “street preaching offends
too many people into believing that you are cramming the Bible down
their throats.” Ever seen a street preacher pinning some sinner
to the ground, stuffing pages of the Bible down the poor sap’s
throat? Happens all the time, doesn’t it? In 1993, the author
regularly took his preacher students out at night to preach to the
teenagers loitering in the closed shopping center parking lots.
On one of these forays into other people’s riotous living,
the teenagers had pre-planned to attack the street preachers’
in their truck, as they drove amongst them preaching. At a certain
given signal, the riot erupted, and several young punks attempted
to climb aboard, and (as Peter Cartwright often reported) had “their
jaws rattled at a mighty rate”. The author stopped the truck,
and exited into the throng of “maddening youth”, which
signaled all the young men in the back of the truck to do the same.
In confronting the ringleader of the assault, the young bull yelled
at the minister, “You’re trying to cram the Bible down
my throat!” The author replied, “That’s a great
idea. Wait just a minute.” And reaching inside the truck,
grabbed his Oxford wide margin, and jabbed it toward the young punk’s
face, declaring, “That’s exactly what I’m gonna
do; Jamb this right down you throat!” Immediately the kid
wailed out in fright, and ran off through the mob, and the riot
quickly fizzled out, allowing the preachers to go on their way preaching.
Jamming the Bible down people’s throat makes a great war story,
but it is a lousy excuse for being a coward!
Another four flusher’s excuse for not preaching in the street,
is that “it drives too many people away from Christ”.
Doesn’t that sound full of caring and concern? Jesus Christ
was preaching down by the sea shore near Capernaum in John 6, and
when he was finished with his sermon for the day, the Bible records
that, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and
walked no more with him” (vs. 66). Much of street preaching
is reproving sin openly, for which the Bible says, “all things
that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever
doth make manifest is light” (Ephesians 5:13). And “every
one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). The response
of wicked men, running away from the light, is a sorry excuse for
a minister to quit shining the light all around.
Additionally, the very weak kneed minister will offer this excuse.
“The wickedness of society today causes men to be very contentious
when preached to, and street preaching often incites people to open
strife, and minister should not strive.” That same deflective
mentality is used by numerous police in arresting the street preacher
for the conduct of those that get violent over the street preacher’s
message. In other words, blame the street preacher for the reaction
of the hearers. The United States Supreme Court does not recognize
such stupendous ignorance, and charges the police with the duty
“to not silence the speaker, but to hold back the crowd.”
Every policeman that has ever charged a preacher because the crowd
became angry, was without exception a policeman who was afraid of
dealing with the crowd, so he took the coward’s way out, and
instead of facing down the disorderly crowd, he charges the preacher
with the disorderly conduct of the crowd. Every high court in this
country throws those charges out on their face. In 1984, we were
arrested several times by Norfolk police, and charged with Disorderly
Conduct, utilizing this same argument, that the preacher caused
the crowd to become angry and disorderly, and held up traffic. The
judge threw the case out of court, and verbally corrected the arresting
officer. The arresting officer openly argued with the judge in court
saying, “You mean to tell me, Your Honour, that I am supposed
to waste tax payers’ money by getting out of my patrol car
to deal with an angry crowd, or direct traffic around this man because
the preacher insists on yelling his fool head off?” The judge
then openly rebuked the officer saying, “Officer you are not
opening up your ears and listening to what I am saying. That is
exactly what I am telling you to do. If you have a disorderly crowd,
then you deal with the crowd. If you have traffic problems, then
you get out of you car and direct traffic around Reverend McRae.
But this Court is not going to continue to allow this bunch of foolishness
by the police to go on this courtroom. Reverend McRae and his preacher
students have the right to preach the gospel in the streets of this
country, and they have the right to be protected by you while doing
so. Case dismissed!”
But, alas poor Orrick! Now the ministers are using the same conduct
of the crowd as their excuse for not preaching to the crowds. Like
the safety of the policeman’s patrol car, the minister feels
safe within his pulpit, rather than face the angry crowd. Both should
be rebuked for dereliction of duty.
A Methodists minister gave this excuse for not preaching outside
of a church building. “I shall not disgrace the glorious gospel
of Christ to the diatribes of the street corner.” O for the
multitudinous papilla of excusionary timidity in divine lippiness.
In the words of Jesus Christ to his disciples,
“Why are ye so fearful?”
- Mark 4:40
As a policeman in the Ft. Worth Special Enforcement
Unit in 1976, I was pulling robbery stake outs, and Sgt. Branson
told me and my partner, “Whatever you do out there, make sure
you have a reason for doing it, and I will back you up with the
Commander. But don’t come in here after the fact with any
excuses.” There are plenty of lame, pathetic excuses from
God’s minister’s for not preaching in the open air.
Howbeit, there are no reasons for not doing so!
Now the reasons for preaching on the streets, and in the open air,
are as sound as they get, and they are applicable to every man called
to preach. The foremost reason for preaching in the open air is
because, God commanded us to do so! If God Almighty had been an
heretical Calvinists (which He is not), and had actually foreordained
every soul in the world to go to hell (which He didn’t), and
there was nothing to do to prevent it, the God called minister still
has the command to “Go ye into all the world and preach the
gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). The author has several
friends that are Presbyterian, and believe what Calvin taught that
the wicked are predestined to go to hell, and nothing will change
that! But you will find them out on the street corners and in the
parks, and at the stadiums preaching the word of God and warning
the wicked. And even the one Presbyterian friend, an Associated
Press reporter who has often written critical articles about this
preacher, writing of the “Self Styled Bishop of the Anabaptists...The
World is His Pulpit!”, that same reporter (now a friend in
deed) says of his own Calvinist Christian timidity, “I am
one of God’s frozen chosen!” But he never excuses it.
But, O these highly divine Baptists, these Bible Believing, orthodox
Fundamentalists, flaming fire conservative ecclesiastical cowards.
How they whine out the excuses! There are no reasons for not preaching
in the open air, but there are plenty of excuses. And when you roll
them all up, it just boils down to “the fear of man bringeth
a snare” (Proverbs 29:25).
Secondly, there is not one ministerial office that can excuse itself
from open air preaching (Ephesians 4:11, 12). The apostles did it
(Acts 14:14,15,21/16:13/17:22), as is expected of their predecessor
the missionary. The Bishops are commanded to “do the work
of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5) which is not going around
holding revivals for dead saints. The evangelist’s job is
to evangelize the lost, and there is no greater place to do it,
than where you find the lost working, playing, living and gathering.
No pastor or biship has any excuse for keeping the preaching inside
the church when he is told to “do the work of an evangelist”.
And the greatest “teacher of the Gentiles” (2 Timothy
1:11)was often found doing so in the open air (ibid).
Also, with the shallow, carnal and clearly effeminate and comical
condition of the modern “Christian Church” of every
denomination, you are not going to find the average sinner, much
less the hardened one ever entering the funnimentalist circuses
called “churches”. The average run-of-the-mill sinner
knows the Christianity of today is a fake at best, a charade and
fraud at worst. In the 50’s and 60’s the average sinner
was asking, “What about the hypocrites in the church?”
Today he knows the entire church is a hypocrite of the worst making.
The average sinner lives and fights and is troubled about his sin
every day, and he knows it. He also knows the churches are full
of the same sins burdening him, and ruining his life, but those
same sins do no bother the “christians” at all. Why
go there and listen to anything? Jesus Christ knew the answer to
that question even in his days (see Matthew 23:2,3). Ditto for today’s
Street Preachers. We tell the hardened sinner in the streets a parphrase
of the same; “Listen man, the falsely so-called Christians
in the churches are just as lost as you are. The only difference
is that you have the advantage over them in that your sin bothers
you. The only sin that bothers the modern day Christian is yours!
And don’t you forget that! That is why God sent me out here
to tell you that Jesus Christ will save you from your sins, and
that you don’t have to go to hell with the religious crowd,
if you will do what they adamantly refused to do. Repent of your
sins and turn to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Those
are the multitudes that Jesus Christ has always been after. And
the only place you will find them is outside of the church. Down
by the river, at the concerts, ball games, parades and every city’s
And lastly, preaching the gospel to folks in the open demonstrates
a sincerity that cannot be matched or found within the walls of
any church. No preacher would agree with that, or understand that,
who has never preached in the open air on Sunday morning, instead
of going to church like tradition teaches him. The author was standing
on Bourbon Street with six other street preaching evangelists during
the weekend of Mardi Gras, preaching to 400,000 sinners gathered
to find something better to do on Sunday morning than go to some
boring church that didn’t believe anything of the Bible. At
about 9:45 a.m. the author received a call on his cell phone from
another pastor friend, who questioned him about not being in “his
pulpit” like he was supposed to be on Sunday morning, to fulfill
his responsibility to his church. That pastor gave the standard
line, “with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?”
(1 Samuel 17:28). The author’s reply was short, “Brother,
you would never understand, and I don’t have time right now
to try to make you understand. I am surrounded by thousands of lost
sinners right this very moment who are listening to the gospel,
while twenty are throwing beer bottles! I gotta let you go because
I’m preaching next!” Tradition blinds ministers’
minds to reality. Tradition also makes the word of God of none effect
(Mark 7:9-13), so that the average minister just cannot understand
the very purpose of preaching the gospel to every creature…anymore
than the Pharisees could understand how the Lord could gather a
larger crowd outside the temple on the sabbath day than they could
gather in the temple, while violating the traditional laws about
the sabbath (see Mark 2:13-24). Pastor Ruben Chavez of Los Angelos
does not even have church on Sunday. They have church on Monday,
because in Los Angelos there are too many public events on Sunday
to preach to in the open air. If that bothers you, you will never
enjoy the remainder of this book!
When we were in the midst of our Supreme Court fight with the City
of Johnstown over street preaching, the author surprised several
other preachers he had gone to Bible school with, in the downtown
area, who had came to Johnstown to try and preach where we preached.
One was a pastor in a town of the same size about 45 minutes from
Johnstown. He had this other dear brother in for a revival, and
the flaming evangelist and street preaching know-it-all who always
tells you to shut up when told to do so, go ask permission before
you preach, blah, blah; was taking several members of the pastor’s
church out to teach them how street preaching is done. Howbeit,
they didn’t want to start in their own town, so they chose
Johnstown because, after all, McRae had just won his case in Superior
Court, and the door should be wide open so they wouldn’t get
into any trouble! So into Johnstown they came, and as per the manual,
went straight to the chief of police to ask for permission to preach
in the park. We had suffered 18 arrests in the city of Johnstown,
and had a Federal Case pending against the police, and had just
won a unanimous and resounding victory on appeal to the Superior
Court of Pennsylvania, where the full panel of the Court had ordered
“the defendants released, and jurisdiction to be relinquished”.
The District Attorney had appealed the Superior Court decision to
the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and we were scheduled for arguments
the following week, when these dear brethren came to Johnstown to
practice what they were afraid to do in their own town. Well Brethren,
that’s great, and thank God for you, we need all the help
we can get, “whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached;
and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice” (Philippians
1:18). However, the chief of police was a lesbian, and wasn’t
in a rejoicing mood after her recent defeat in Court, and still
had a bur in her short cropped hair. So when this entourage of nice
ministers came into her office, calling themselves some kind of
SWATT team for God, asking permission to preach, she absolutely
refused them saying, “I have one Street Preacher in this town,
and I don’t plan on having anymore!”
It is so strange when the world disdains,
The preacher and his stuff!
For it is so sad, and always bad,
When the world doth call his bluff!
And call their bluff she did! So out the door
they went, permitless and rejected of woman. To salvage his showmanship,
the expert street evangelist then did the only thing he could do
to save face, he led them down across from the park, and shyfully
passed out gospel tracts whenever the police cruisers were not driving
by. When confronted by the Chief of Police’s only Street Preacher,
rejoicing to see the Brethren come to help, the author was immediately
met with raucous railings by the male masseuse of street evangelism
for being a “trouble maker”, “a dangerous man”
and such a detriment to street preaching that the evangelist threatened
to have his so called over weight body guard (as if he needed one)
knock the author down. O the love of the Brethren (see Romans 13:10/
1 John 4:20)! Having been refused permission to strut his stuff
in Johnstown, that dearly beloved brother accused the author of
“getting the door slammed shut against preaching in Johnstown”.
The author explained to him that was not so, and invited them all
to accompany him right over to the park, and preach with him, and
no one would bother them. Explaining to the star evangelists the
record of our 18 arrests, and that during that fight we actually
began carrying our toothbrushes with us when we came to town to
preach, knowing that we would go to jail if we preached in Johnstown,
the author tried to convince the expert street pulpiteer that the
fight was all over now, we having won in Superior Court, and that
he had nothing to fear but his own fears themselves. That same brother,
bless his little fearful heart, was afraid to preach with the author,
and has gone all over this country warning young street preachers
to be ware of the two nuts in Johnstown who carry their tooth brushes
in the pockets when they go out to preach expecting to go to jail,
who saith he, “I have preached with both of them” (he
hasn’t, and doesn’t even know the name of the second
In the midst of this dear brother’s tirade, the pastor in
whose church he was holding a revival cut him off, and interrupted
the star evangelist, and said something this street preacher has
never ever forgotten. O Dear brother John E___ declared this before
God and every man standing there, “Brother McRae, some of
us are just cowards by nature. We can’t do some of the things
you do. And I would ask you to please not hold that against us.
And when you argue your case before the Supreme Court next week,
please remember that you are not just arguing for yourself, but
you are arguing for all of us cowards too!” I have never forgotten
those pure, honest words that day, and learned a valuable lesson
never to be forgotten.
We all have our fears. Regardless how brave, or how courageous,
we all have some level of fear that effects how and what we do.
But God can still use a fearful man (see Gideon in Judges 6:22,23,27,
38-40) if he is honest about it. But God cannot and will not use
a coward that has to alibi for his fears, while labeling men braver
than himself as trouble makers, “he-men” etc., lest
others follow them into the fight, and further expose him for the
coward he really is. That is the sort of fear that keep many ministers
off the streets. And that is the fear, that though not to the extent
of keeping some off the streets, by measure it moves them to teach
that the courage of other street preachers that go beyond what they
can make themselves do, is wrong, not by Bible standards, but by
their own standards which they teach based solely upon their personal
fears and timidity.
The Fellowship will tolerate the fearful and the brave, as long
as Christ is preached” by both(Philippians 1:18). The Bible
tolerates them both. But it is strange why the fearful cannot tolerate
the brave that can shoot an arrow beyond them while they hide behind
the rocks (1 Samuel 20:19-41). Experience has taught the brave,
that some of those that on occasion hide behind the rocks, can also
sling them very accurately in the cause of Christ (1 Samuel 17).
But it is wrong, Biblically wrong and detrimentally wrong for the
fearful to teach others that men braver than themselves are wrong,
simply because they make the fearful look bad. The Bible never supports
that reasoning, nor does it support what these self made cowards
And lastly, some preachers of the genteel sort, will tell you, “Street
preaching offends too many people, and the scriptures command us
to ‘give offence to no one, that the ministry be not blamed
(2 Corinthians 6:3). The first minister to give the author that
excuse had gone to Bible school with the author. That same “minister”
committed adultery while in school, running off to a hotel with
another student’s wife. The husband of the woman he ran off
with, was a fireman, and actually took the assistant pastor of the
church and teacher at the Bible school to the hotel and caught the
wretch “in the very act” (see John 8:4). Strange as
it seems, the Bible Believing Adulterer was never disciplined, and
his standing in the school was never questioned, and he was allowed
to graduate. However, the author came close to being suspended from
the school for getting arrested for preaching on the street two
weeks before graduation, and for being suspect in calling some homosexual
a “sodomite” while preaching on the street. Amazing
what people take offense to these days!
Two years after graduating, the author was attending a revival meeting
at the church he was a member of, and in attendance at this revival
was Reverend Steal-Your-Wife. The visiting revival preacher was
the above named Expert Street Preacher, with his first Christian
wife in tow to help him sing. [Relax, it gets worse]. During the
protracted meeting, the pastor of the church took all the preachers
down town to preach on the street. Pastor Mills had preached on
the street for a couple of years since he started the church, and
was beginning to encounter problems with the police. The police
had stopped him from preaching on the sidewalks, saying he was blocking
the sidewalks (they were 10’-12’feet wide). Wishing
to cooperate, the pastor had asked where he could preach, if not
on the sidewalks. The police had instructed him to stand up on the
city benches that were provided by the city, all along the curb
line for people to sit in. Obeying these instructions, the pastor
began preaching from off these steel and wood benches along the
sidewalks. However, after several months of this, the police again
stopped the faithful preacher, and told him he could not stand on
the sidewalk benches any longer. When Pastor Mills asked where he
could stand, the police advised that he could stand atop the concrete
containment boxes the city had built for metal newspaper boxes to
be placed within. The boxes were owned by the City, and were supplied
to cover the newspaper boxes. At the City’s often mass parades,
this allowed many persons to stand on the concrete boxes without
damaging the newspaper boxes. The police instructed the street preachers
to stand atop of these boxes, since they were supplied for the benefit
of newspapers, and would be considered an area for “free speech/freedom
of press”, and the preachers would then not be blocking the
sidewalks, or taking up seating area on the sidewalk benches. So
atop the concrete boxes the preachers stood, and preached for several
months with no problem. Howbeit, that all ended the week of the
revival, when the street preachers took to the streets each day.
During this time, the police appeared again, and informed the faithful
pastor, that the newspaper companies were complaining about loss
of sales, and the preachers would have to quit utilizing the concrete
covers to the newpaper boxes. Pastor Mills attempted to reason with
the officer, explaining his delima of being told he could not perach
on the sidewalk, could not preach on the sidewalk benches,and now
was being threatened with arrest if he continued to preach on the
newstand boxes, all of which he was authorized to do by other officers,
only to be told thereafter to stop. It became clear, that it did
not matter where he stood, because the police actually were out
to stop his preaching, no matter where he stood. As often happens,
push now came to shove, and the dear pastor of the church was at
a loss of what to do. In attendance at this street meeting was the
pastor, the author, the Expert Street Preacher, and several men
of the church. Reverend Steal-Your-Wife excused himself as he was
always known to do when street preaching time came around. When
the police left the scene, the pastor asked the author if he thought
the police were bluffing, since the author had been a policeman.
When the author admonished the pastor that the officer definitely
did not seem to be bluffing, and that if the preaching continued
he would return and someone would go to jail. Accordingly, the pastor
instructed the author to get back up and preach, and that he would
follow if trouble occurred. The Expert Street Preacher begged out,
and being the opportunists that he was, quickly noted that someone
would have to take the author’s seven year old son home, since
it was only right for the author to follow his pastor’s instructions,
and so he volunteered since he would be preaching that night during
the revival, and after all, God forbid that every preacher be arrested,
and leave no one to preach at the revival. When the author began
preaching as instructed by his pastor, the police soon returned
and immediately arrested the author, as well as the pastor when
he began preaching following the author’s arrest. Before the
officer had even advised the author that he was under arrest, the
Expert Street Preacher was seen literally running down the street
away from the scene, with the seven year old boy in hand. The officer
drove the two transgressing preachers three blocks away and turned
them loose, saying, “Look fellas, I know we are putting you
into a bind, and you are putting us into a bind. Just get on out
of here and everything will look okay.”
That night there was much discussions about the trouble making pastor
and his young obedient missionary candidate being arrested, when
Reverend Steal-Your-Wife and the Expert Street Preacher gave forth
2 Corinthians 6:3 as their excuse for their cowardly behaviour,
saying, “give offense to no one, that the ministry be not
blamed”. However, one should note that it does not say “give
offense to no one, that the ministry be not blamed”. The verse
says, “Giving no offense in any thing…” (6:3).
The verse does not prohibit offending people, nor does it define
“offense” as anything that the sissies would think it
The sentence does not stop in verse 3. The remainder of the sentence
defines the limits of reach for the word “offense” in
admonishing the preacher, “Giving no offence in any thing,
that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves
as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in neccessities,
in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults…”
(vs. 4,5). The proofs of being a minister of God are sometimes in
“stripes” (vs. 5), “in imprisonments” (vs.
5), and “in tumults” (vs. 5). Why would anyone who has
read the Bible one time, think that a preacher who preached to folks
that rioted becaue they hated what he said, had given “offense
in any thing”??? Why would anyone who had read the Bible one
time think that a preacher who went to jail for refusing to stop
preaching had given “offense in any thing”??? That sort
of willful misplaced logic, is the same cowardly response seen in
many police officers, who upon coming on scene of a street preacher,
preaching to 50 riotous drunks, when he sees the drunks throwing
beer bottles, cursing in public, spitting and tearing their clothes
off in public, takes the nicely dressed, clean cut Christian with
a Bible in his hand to jail but does nothing about the public drunkenness,
obscene language, nudity and riot!
Can you not see the twisted logic behind that philosophical ignorance?
Why is it, that the minister with someone else’s wife would
think going to jail is offensive? Strange, the excuses men use!
Why would a minister who is obviously afraid, think that the preacher
that isn’t afraid has offended anyone? Why would anyone who
had read their Bible one time, think it was wrong to offend people
in the first place??? (see Matthew 15:12, 14/ 11:6/ 13:20, 21, 57/
The expert street preacher went his way writing in his manuals that
the preachers in Birmingham, Alabama did not go to jail for preaching,
“they went to jail for being IDIOTS”. Strange the things
some men will do to cover their cowardice. Let us not observe one’s
running away, while we watch others go to jail for being IDIOTS???
Strange, this mentality that is offended by a pastor going to jail
for refusing to stop preaching, while another preacher literally
runs away to write books about the pastor that went to jail, callin
him an IDIOT. It is amazing how offensive some folks can be, while
taking offense at others love and zeal for God!
During the above mentioned revival meeting, the author arrived early
for one of the services, and sat in the third pew on the left, as
the star evangelist and his wife “practised” their specials
that they were to sing that night. Prior to this expert street preacher
(Galatians 2:6) practising his first song, his wife assited him
in applying women’s make up to his face and forehead, so that
the lights did not shine off his face. Again, isn’t it amazing
what people are not offended at? During this impromptu practise
session, the star evangelist would sing while his wife smiled and
looked at him, and then she would sing the next verse while he smiled
and looked at her, just the epedemy of non offense! If you can look
beyond the make up, without laughing your head off.
Following this rehearsal, the author, being the young inquiring
student of ministerial conduct that he was, just had to ask about
the unusual sight of a preacher wearing women’s make up to
preach the gospel, and sing “hymns and spiritual songs”
(Ephesians 5:19). The author has always been an avid proponent of
the Bible doctrine that “the Preacher” (Ecclesiastes
1:1) should give “his heart to seek and search out by wisdom
concerning all things that are done under heaven” because
“this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be
exercised therewith” (1:13). Such doctrine, and the practise
of such, is the divinely simple act of just asking “why?”!
And in deed it is the gift of God to know just when to ask “why”,
for such ecclesiatical soul searching yields sometimes unbelievable
amounts of wisdom that all the Bible school classes could never
teach a young man. O, if young preachers could just learn to be
quiet, resist the temptation to instruct or argue, and learn this
unique gift from God to know exactly when to just simply ask “why?”
(Judges 2:2), “where?” (Genesis 2:9), or “how?”
(Acts 5:9), and then never forget the answer!
Following this simple course of instruction, the author approached
the star evangelist before the service and simply asked, “why
do you wear make up?” And Brethren, that simple inquiry has
for 21 years saved this preacher from the vain philosophical, lying
and vain jaingling rhetoric that has permeated open air evangelism
ever since. You see, the conscience is an amazing aspect of God’s
creativity, in making man “after his own image” (Genesis
1:27), and placing within the heart of man (Romans 2:15) an uncontrollable
desire to tell the truth when the heart motive is inquired after.
And even after man had sinned and lost the image of God, being condemned
to bring forth sons “in his own likeness, after his image”
(Genesis 5:3); God still left within the heart of man, a spiritual
recollection and memory capacity, that though nothing more than
the person’s “combined knowledge” (hence: con-science),
yet within everyman’s heart is the “knowledge of the
truth”. And that knowledge never misses any details. And though
the person, “being convicted of their own conscience”
(John 8:9) may run from the guilt (vs. 9), or either “excuse
or accuse” (Romans 2:15) to justify what he did that his conscience
now convicts him of, there will always be in the “answer of
the…conscience” (1 Peter 3:21) that is suddenly inquired
of, a revelation of the motive and character behind every sinful
act a man commits. Police officers, detectives and interrogators
are trained in their inquiries to go after the conscience. It never
lies. And though the person may lie, the conscience will always
speak the truth in that sinner’s heart, the acknowledgement
of which brings “conviction” (John 8:9) and guilt, that
will offer with the lie an “excuse” or an “accusation”
(Romans 2:15). And if the inquiry is injected “innocently”,
and not in a manner that arouses suspicion of guilt, most times,
the person will not only allow the conscience to speak, but will
most times volunteer unbelievable unknown revelations that soothe
the guilt of the act he now feels justified in when someone inquires
“innocently” about his conduct that makes him feel you
are interested and not suspicious.
Accordingly, not only did the star evangelists and expert street
preacher rationalize his use of women’s make up as a desire
to not appear to sweat like a normal man under lights, he also volunteered
the revelation that his $300 suits were gifts to him from “male
models” that were his massage clients. The star evangelist
and expert street preacher was confessedly a male masseuse, who
had well known male clients that were male models, that would call
him up for a “rub down”, and pay him in the expensive
suits that he wore. Again, it is amazing what people are offended
at, and what they are not offended at! That is what we meant by
a person’s conscience revealing the character and motives
behind a person’s actions which they justify.
QUESTION: What sort of male is incessantly afraid of things that
never scare other men, that tend to run away from trouble, sarcastically
deride the boldness, courage and strength of other men braver than
they are; would lie about incidents that tended to make them look
cowardly, like to wear women’s makeup, and are not in the
least offended or bothered about rubbing oil on other men’s
Well the revival ended on Sunday, and all the preachers did what
they are very good at doing, they gathered for a huge feast at one
of the more wealthier brother’s houses after the morning service.
Present were the Pastor of the church, Reverend Steal-Your-Wife,
the Expert Street Preaching evangelist with his bottle of oil, and
two young missionary candidates, one of whom was the author. Following
the all-you-can-eat chinese buffet, the preachers did the next thing
they do best, they sat in the living room and talked. Out of no
accident by the author, the subject came around to the smooth handed
evangelist and his bottle of oil, and again, the irresistable urge
by the author to ask “WHY?”!!! Well no amount of words
could convince the former big city cop and homicide detective, now
converted street preacher on his way to the jungle of Africa, that
it had anything to do with the ministry or manhood. So when words
would no suffice, the star evangelist offered to demonstrate his
skill of hand and oil, if the author and the rest of the preachers
would exit to the basement, remove their clothes and allow the expert
street evangelist to demonstrate his extracurricular character.
Well the fellowship was over, good natured ribbing ended, and it
was time to leave, with the missionary candidate to Africa, his
family, and his pastor and friend saying adieu, with this kind exhortation
to the star evangelist by the over zealous candidate for an African
prison cell, “I’ve knocked men down for less than that!”
Well, Brethren, the author has never forgotten that day, and it
has saved him a lot of grief, that other young men unfortuately
encountered time an again, as the fearful, timid character of the
self propogating expert street evangelist spent the next 18 years
writing “How To” books based upon the personal experiences
of the Reverend Timidity running from trouble while taking a stand
for God. “Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry
be not blamed” has nothing to do with offending people, but
it has everything to with “offense of the cross” (Galatians
5:11), when the courageous street preacher carries it into the midst
of the multitudes that do not want to be reminded that the Lamb
of God died on it for the likes of sinful men. When that is done
according to the scriptures and not by the timid feelings of the
Sissies for Christ, it will many times result “in afflictions,
in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in
tumults” (2 Corinthians 6:4) which by scripture are proofs
of the ministry, not proofs you are “giving…offense”
The Bible Command to Preach
“Go out quickly into the streets and lanes
of the city…
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded.”
- Luke 14:21,22
It is not, and shall never be the position of
the Street Preachers Fellowship to teach how to preach on the street
based solely upon personal opinion, or personal experiences alone.
Personal experiences make good war stories, and informative illustrations,
but we are Preachers, called of God to preach the word of God, and
not just personal experiences that by nature support our intentions
and personal reservations or strengths, because they are our experiences.
Well, what does the Bible say about street preaching? Isn’t
it strange that those who profess to be experts, never really show
you anything from the Bible specifically about open air preaching?
If we are going to do it, why not find if what we are doing is being
“done as God hast commanded”?
Luke 14:21, “So that servant came, and shewed
his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry
said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of
the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the
halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded.”
From the beginning, the Lord has exhorted us to
“go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city”,
and three verses later, adds “the highways and hedges”
(vs. 23). Have you ever thought how strange it is that God never
mentioned any church buildings in the New Testament? Church buildings
are not built for sinners, but for saints. You do not find the majority
of lost sinners in church buildings. You find them exactly where
God commanded us to go look for them, in “the streets and
lanes of the city...the highways and hedges” of the countryside.
God knows just what the Supreme Court of the United States ruled,
that “Wherever the title of streets and parks may rest, they
have been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out
of mind have been used for purpose of assembly, communicating thoughts
citizens, and discussing public questions” (Hague vs. C.I.O.
307 U.S. 496 at 515).
Jesus Christ conducted his public ministry in the streets, and the
Bible says, “Whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities,
or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him…”
(Mark 6:56). Of all the folks that ever went searching for Jesus
Christ, only one ever found him in the temple, and that was his
mother Mary (see Luke 2:46). Everyone else found him out in the
streets, on the hillside, down by the sea shore, or the market place.
Even his disciples, He commanded, that when they preached the word
of God to “whatsoever city ye enter”, and if they did
not receive it, then “go your ways out into the streets of
the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth
on us, we do wipe off against you…” (Luke 10:10). When
the citizens of York, Pennsylvania rejected the word of God being
preached by Pastor Jim Grove and Evangelist Bruce Murch in October
of 2002, that small band of Christians walked off amidst the blasphemies,
and cursings of the people lined along the Halloween parade route.
And at the rear of the group of Christians was Brother Murch, walking
backwards down the middle of Market Street, facing the angry crowd,
dusting off his shoes against them. And the crowd suddenly grew
Even lost folks know a little about the Bible and God’s use
of the streets. At the last judgment of the unsaved dead, the damned
will testify of Jesus Christ, “We have eaten and drunk in
thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets” (Luke 13:26).
Mark’s gospel says of Christ, that “he spake that saying
openly” (Mark 8:32). The Lord even testified when he was arrested
“I spake openly to the world” (John 18:20), and he commanded
his disciples the same, saying “Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature...And they went forth, and
preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming
the word with signs following” (Mark 16:15,20).
And to the derision of every unsaved Jew and charismatic (see 1
Corinthians 14:22), this ever growing modern day army of street
preachers all across this country, who make no excuses and offer
no apologies have redefined the meaning of “with signs following”,
as they parade down into the midst of countless mobs of lost sinners,
rioters, parades, and sodomite rallies preaching the gospel, with
banners and signs waving above the heads of the crowds, crying “Repent
This last fall, almost 40 of these gallant soldiers of the cross,
gathered in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois to take on 50,000
plus sodomites, who thought nothing of stripping off their clothes
and parading down the streets of America nude, to show off their
“sodomite pride”. And like a mighty “terrible
army with banners” (Song of Solomon 6:4, 10), those gallant
soldiers of God marched right down in the thick of those who “count
it pleasure to riot in the day time” (2 Peter 2:13), and with
their banners held high, marched right out in front of tens of thousands
of godless, sodomite riff raff, parading down the streets, “reproving
and rebuking and exhorting with all longsuffering and doctrine”
(2 Timothy 4:2). Forty soldiers of Christ cross, completely encompassed
by 50,000 sodomites, and every street preacher there having the
time of his life, knowing God Almighty had those fags exactly where
He wanted them: “Surrounded from the inside.”
There was the mighty Spingola, the one time illegitimate son of
a Chinese prostitute, now “a child of the Father, joint heir
with Christ” (Romans 8:17), with his dark piercing eyes that
look clean through a coward, but cry tears for his lost friends.
His hands tremble when he preaches, but his fists can knock a sodomite
out with one stroke! By his side walked his friend and companion
in “troubling Israel” (1 Kings 18:17), the meek antagonists
Adrian Horien, who the day before walked out of a professional business
office in Illinois, and picked up his Bible and his sign, and no
one would have ever thought that he belonged anywhere but beside
his brother Chuck.
You see, the men that do these things, are not a bit alike, except
their love of God, and willingness to stick their neck out for Jesus
Christ and His righteousness. They do not look alike, dress alike,
talk alike, or believe the same things doctrinally. But, O, how
God loves them! They stand like a rock, unflinching in the midst
of the most angry crowds.
O what refined Christian would think of associating with the likes
of these men? Down the middle of Columbus they walked, on each side
of the parade. And who would walk beside them, but those strange,
Amish looking Anabaptists nuts from Johnstown, clothed down to the
foot, with only their hands and face showing a separation from not
just the world, but from the best of worldly Christians. The clean
shaven evangelists, and the bearded bishop, but, O how they preached
with signs following! And as that procession made its way down the
street, and came to the grand stand, surrounded by police guarding
the small group of dignitaries at the reviewing stand; who would
be there reviewing the parade, but more of these fearless “self-appointed
judges” of good and evil. They came from California. They
came from down south. They came from Michigan, and O what a review
of the sodomite parade! There stood the unbelievably misunderstood
Reuben Israel, reviewing each godless float as it passed the makeshift
reviewing stand, cordoned off with yellow police tape. The biblical
awards were passed out freely to each sodomite passing in review,
as the street preaching soldiers of God’s cross cried aloud,
lifting up their voices like a trumpet, and shewing folks their
transgressions. “You godless, depraved bunch of flesh eating
sodomites! You’re all going to Hell!”
These men are Biblical literalists. They have taken the command
to preach the gospel to every creature as a literal, and personal
thing that must be obeyed at all costs. Strange bunch they are!
Thinking themselves worthy of walking in the steps of the apostles
of old, in “preaching the gospel in many villages” (Acts
8:25). These are they that go around repeatedly to every city and
town, stirring up the devils crowd, and making it uncomfortable
for the lackadaisical Christians who live there.
“And when they had preached the gospel to
that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and
to Iconium, and Antioch.” -Acts 14:21
These are the unpredictable preachers that are
known for causing so much trouble, doing such things as crashing
sodomite parades, and preaching to public events that they were
not invited to, standing outside concerts and ball games, reproving
people who did not come there to be preached at. But is such conduct
Biblical? Is it really driving people away from Christ? Is it really
doing more harm than it does good?
While all the liberal Christians are going around with their little,
inoffensive bumper stickers about “What Would Jesus Do?”,
these mighty men of God are the living answer to that question.
What would Jesus Do? He would drive the liberal, Pharisaical sissies
out of the church house with “a scourge of small cords”
(John 2:15). What would Jesus do? He would interrupt a funeral procession
to get the point across (Luke 7:11-16), and He would never hesitate
to preach in a cemetery if need be (see Mark 5:1-17), on a mountain
side projecting his voice down the hill (Matthew 5:1), on the beach
near the sea (Mark 4:1), while standing in a boat shooting his voice
back to shore (Luke 5:3), or on the plain, shooting his voice back
up the sides of the hill (Luke 6:17), standing under a tree (Luke
19:1-5) or hanging from a tree (John 19). Even the apostles Paul
and Barnabas crashed a few religious services they were never invited
“Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before
their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would
have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles Barnabas
and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the
people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things?”
Now there is the greatest Christian preacher of
all times, who wrote three quarters of the New Testament, and about
whom two thirds of the Book of Acts is written, literally tearing
his clothes, and running into the midst of some other religions’
worship service, preaching to them that they “should turn
from these vanities unto the living God” (vs. 15). Now honestly,
wouldn’t the dearly beloved brethren howl on you if you did
that at a Catholic church, or a Mormon, or say… a Baptists?
But the apostles of the Book of Acts were constantly going into
someone else’s church building to preach uninvited (see Acts
13:14/ 14:1/ 17:1-10, 17/ 18:4, 19, 26/ 19:8). A Christian does
not belong inside the Jewish synagogue, anymore than a street preacher
belongs inside a Catholic church uninvited, right? Right???
See, you just thought you were a preacher? A follower of Paul? Doing
what Jesus would do? Questions: Would it be scripturally right for
a street preacher to go into a Jewish synagogue and start a riot,
that got him literally drug out of the synagogue, being beat and
dragged through the street until the police showed up, and then
arrested him for criminal trespass and inciting a riot??? Would
that be detrimental to the cause of Christ? Would it be wrong? Would
it violate the scriptures? Have you ever read your Bible??? (Acts
O of course you’re following Jesus Christ in the Pauline example,
but the street preacher who gets arrested for disturbing the peace
is not!? Jesus Christ, nor Paul, nor Peter, nor John ever preached
from behind a pulpit a day in their lives or ministry. Neither ever
had a church office, church building, or spoke to anyone in a pew!
They never had a parsonage, Sunday School, or a bus ministry. But
each of them got arrested, beaten and jailed, and killed. And you
never read where their godly stand for the Fundamentals of the faith
or the King James Bible were the cause of it! Now the Street Preachers’
Fellowship is not knocking any of that which you do. We are just
sick and tired of what you don’t do, while condemning those
of us who have the courage to do it!
In the Book of Acts, the early church had only gone three chapters,
and Peter and John were already in jail. “And as they spake
unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and
the Sadducees, came upon them, being grieved that they taught the
people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold…”
(Acts 4:1-3). Police call that “a holding cell”. And
verse 3 says, that Peter and John spent the night there in jail.
What were these two closest of Christ’s disciples doing to
get thrown in the holding tank? Were they going out just to get
arrested? That is what some of the sissified experts will accuse
you of doing the first time you get arrested. Well this is the first
time in the Book of Acts that a Christian gets arrested. Was that
what they were doing? What were Peter and John doing to get arrested
the first time? In Chapter 3, they were standing in someone else’s
church building preaching without permission (see 3:8-26). And irregardless
how you look at it, “the priests and the captain of the temple”
had a right to get upset about it. But were Peter and John wrong?
Notice, as this is the very first time Christian preachers are jailed
for preaching, at the trial, the issue is the same as today, “By
what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” (vs. 7).
Peter being crafty, argues about the healing of the lame man, but
the man’s healing was not what grieved the authorities (vs.
1). The issue is identical today in every aspect. What right do
you have to be preaching like this? Who authorized you to preach
this way? The religious leaders were not concerned at all about
the healing, because they “beholding the man which was healed
standing with them, they could say nothing against it” (vs.
14). But when they let Peter and John out of jail, “they called
them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name
of Jesus” (vs. 18).
Brethren, that is still the entire issue in both the fearful minister’s
heart, and in the sight of the police. And being quite frank about
it, it would not matter if the United States actually did outlaw
open air preaching, it would not excuse any God called preacher
from continuing to preach in the streets and lanes and highways
and hedges. The Biblical response from the first of the church age
is still the response when faced with laws, rulings or threatenings
to not preach anymore, Peter and John replied, “Whether it
be right…(There is your issue! Is it right?)...Whether it
be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto
God, judge he. For we cannot but speak...WE CANNOT BUT SPEAK...WE
CANNOT BUT SPEAK the things which we have seen and heard”
(vs. 19, 20).
Let the cowards worry themselves into a fetal position about it,
and let the courts make all the rulings they want, “WE CANOT
BUT SPEAK”! And the divine sissies for Christ can rail all
they want about a true God fearing street preacher. A true God fearing
preacher can’t help himself, “for woe unto me if I preach
not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). Listen, those rulers
enacted a law forbidding Peter and John to preach any more in Jesus
name (vs.18), and it didn’t phase them in the least.
The very first preachers in the body of Christ were jailed for preaching
in another religion’s temple, and at trial were “commanded...not
to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus” (vs. 18).
But those two God fearing ministers ignored that order just like
it had never been given. And before you could scrape enough money
together to pay a fine, those men of God were standing on the porch
of the temple (Acts 5:12), and “in the streets” (5:15)
doing exactly what they were ordered not to do! Never mind your
pathetic feelings, and your bigoted opinions. READ THE VERSES!
And when the rulers rose up against them this time, the Bible says
they “were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on
the apostles, and put them in the common prison” (READ IT,
WILL YOU….Acts 5:17, 18). And praise God, when you have a
Blessed Manual of Street Preaching given to you by God Almighty,
it doesn’t mean a green pea what some expert says that is
an effeminate, spineless, male masseuse that wears make up when
he sings or preaches to cut down the glare off his oily skin.
And to show you how much God approved of those men refusing to shut
up, when the rulers put them in prison, “the angel of the
Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and
said, GO STAND AND SPEAK IN THE TEMPLE to the people all the words
of this life” (VS.19 & 20). And you talk about fearless,
those guys “entered into the temple early in the morning,
and taught…” (vs. 21). Now Brethren, what are you going
to do with that? You talk about civil disobedience, the very first
disciples were not only disobedient, the angel of the Lord helped
them disobey!!! And the entire issue was that they were not going
to shut up for anyone! They did not ask anyone for permission to
preach and teach, and they were not going to be told to quit once
they had the command from God to preach.
And regardless what you spineless sissies say about preaching just
to get arrested, those men had already been jailed twice, and never
batted an eye to go back to the same spot the third time. And by
this time, the entire ruling council is involved (vs. 21), “the
senate” (vs. 21) is involved, and these men of God are not
only facing charges of Disturbing the Peace and Refusal to Obey
a Lawful Command, but now everyone of them are facing charges for
Jail Escape. And God Almighty is the author of it all!
Listen, Peter and John were arrested first (Acts 3:1-3), then all
the apostles were arrested the second time (see Acts 5:12 &
18), and then after the first Christian jail break in history, the
police department sends out “the captain with the officers”
(Acts 5:26) and arrests all the apostles for the third time. Brethren,
do you realize that before the very first bunch of Christians had
gone 4-1/2 chapters they had already suffered twenty six (26) arrests
for refusing to stop preaching?? Now what was it your street preaching
manual said about preachers that refuse to stop when told to do
Allow me to preach at you for a moment. God deliver us from anymore
of this cowardly, effeminate, gainsaying instruction from men scared
stiffless, who have to lie to young men, to keep from looking like
the cowards they really are! Twenty six arrests in the first six
months of the history of the church, and you can MARK IT DOWN…
Not one of those apostles were arrested for preaching!
LOOK AT THE VERSES! Everyone of those men were arrested, but not
a single one of them were arrested for preaching the word of God.
They were arrested Brethren, FOR REFUSING TO QUIT PREACHING!
You see, the cowards are always giving you this tripe about those
street preachers who have had to go to jail, saying, ‘they
didn’t go to jail for preaching, they went to jail for being
an IDIOT.’ And the Reverend Smooth-Man points at his preaching
and says, ‘See I preach on the street too! And no one has
ever arrested me for preaching!’ No, and they never will either,
because that kind will always stop when told to do so.
After having been involved in 63 arrests over 27 years of preaching, the author has only been
arrested once for preaching. In 1989, Officer Richard Rok of the
Johnstown Police Department arrested this preacher and one of his
students for preaching in Central Park in downtown Johnstown. At
the hearing, Officer Rok testified that “the defendants were
yelling loudly in the park at noon, and were arrested when they
refused to stop yelling at people when this officer requested that
they cease.” You see, that is just the kind of derogatory
talk that terrifies these men pleasing ministerial cowards, that
still care and worry about what people say about them.
“Had I cared for the comments of people,
I should never have been a missionary!”
-C.T. Studd, Missionary to Africa
On cross examination, this preacher submitted to
the Court the officer’s sworn affidavit of probable cause,
whereon he had written, “Defendants were preaching the word
of God in Central Park, and refused to stop when told by this officer
to do so.” The judge then looked at Officer Rok and declared,
“Officer, it is not a crime to preach the word of God in the
park.” Then pounding the gavel real hard, the Judge decried,
“Case Dismissed! Officer Rok I will see you in my chambers
They arrest you Brethren for refusing to quit preaching, and it
has always been so! The charge is never “Preaching the word
of God”. They charge you with general offenses to attempt
to make it sound as if you were not preaching. The ministerial muppets
use the same tricks, to confuse the young zealous street preacher
into calming down and being like Reverend Rose Petal.
Hence, the police charge you with Disorderly Conduct. “The
defendant says he is a preacher, but he really wasn’t preaching,
he was acting disorderly, and refused to quit acting disorderly
when told to do so.” But when you ask him to define what actions
were disorderly, he describes your Bible preaching to a tee, even
down to the scriptures you used. Strange is it not? But Reverend
Timidity lies the same way. Even though you were carrying the same
Bible he carries, and preaching in the same tone of voice he uses,
and quoting the same scriptures he quotes, it means nothing. The
police arrested you for Disorderly, so there, you were not preaching
at all, you were trying to go to jail to look spiritual!
The apostles of old were not arrested for simply preaching. They
were arrested for refusing to stop preaching, and it will always
be that way.
Acts 5:28, “ Did not we straitly command
you that ye should not teach in this name?
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, WE OUGHT
TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN!”
The test of your obedience to the call to preach
is never over the quality of your preaching. The “gravelly
voice” or “the buldging eyes”, or the “red
face” or the “angry countenance” has nothing to
do with it beyond the verbal tirades of the your contradictors,
or the pathetic excuses of the “Critical Christian Cowards
Review Board”. They are never going to arrest you for being
the best preacher or the worst. They are going to arrest you for
refusing to stop preaching. But the cowardly minister’s preaching
is never better because he stops!
“The natural tendency of their behaviour,
in voice and gesture and horrid expressions
is to make people mad!”
-Theophilus Evans (condemning
the street preachers
& Peter Cartwright) of his day.
Now it should be noted by every student of the
scriptures that has any desire to obey God and rise above the ass
nayings of the Sissies for Christ, that the very first arrest of
a New Testament preacher, resulted in the most important lesson
that an open air minister can learn. No one succeeds in street preaching,
or open air evangelism that fails to learn this most important lesson,
because it defines the very foundation of the open air minister’s
attitude and character, that will influence everything that he does.
When Peter and John were arrested the very first time in the history
of the New Testament Church, they spoke something that should never
be forgotten by any Street Preacher, and it is a rebuke to every
spineless coward that has ever criticized another minister braver
“Whether it be right
in the sight of God to hearken unto you
more than unto God,
For we cannot but speak
the things which we have seen and heard.”
Peter and John might have been “unlearned
and ignorant men” (vs.13), but “they had been with Jesus”,
and knew exactly the ramifications to God’s command to “Go
ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”
(Mark 16:15). And when Christ commanded his disciples to do so,
He made absolutely no stipulations about the reach of his command.
When Jesus Christ said “into all the world”, He left
no place exempted from the Preacher’s voice. When Christ said
“preach the gospel to every creature”, the Lord left
no one exempted from the sights of the Preacher’s aim. And
when the Lord said, “Go ye”, He left no Preacher exempted
from the duty to obey Him, even when man says otherwise. Only ecclessiatical
education blinds a man from the obvious conclusion to our obedience
to God’s command.
Since Mark 16:15, it has never been the duty or responsibility of
the preacher to concern himself in the least with “whether
it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto men more than unto
God” in matters of where, when and to whom the gospel is preached.
That is for others to judge (Acts 4:19). The preacher’s job
is to obey! Whether it be right in man’s view is immaterial
to the preacher’s obedience. “Judge ye…whether
it be right”, for the obedient preacher cannot but speak the
things which he hath seen and heard. And Reverend Timidity, BEWARE
of placing yourself amongst those who feel it their duty to “Judge
ye…whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto
men more than unto God”!!! That is no place to be found when
one preacher’s obedience is tested, and your’s is joined
with the congregation of those who judge it wrong. “Whether
it be right” is not for the Street Preacher’s consideration,
neither can it be and the minister still remain completely obedient
to God without question. Mark 16:15 has no stipulations that allow
the Minister to decide to whom or where the gospel ought to be preached.
And even the old lost lawyer Gamaliel was wise enough to refrain
from such judgments, warning the Pharisses about what they were
about to do to the first Christian trouble making fanatics, “Take
heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men…Refrain
from these men, and let them alone…lest ye be found even to
fight against God” (Acts 5:34-39).
The sissies for Christ have never learned this first simple lesson,
and probably never will. It is not the street preacher’s concern
to make judgment calls on the right and wrong of preaching the gospel
where man does not want to hear it. However, honesty demands that
we street preachers admit the obvious, that God commands us to “go
ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”
(Mark 16:15). There is no place off limits in God’s definitive
directions of “into all the world”; and there is no
person excepted in God’s definitive aim of “to every
creature”. However, by such, the command to go preach, steps
beyond the perceived boundaries of right and wrong in obedience
to God, so that “whether it be right in the sight of God to
hearken unto you more than unto God” is for others to judge.
“Judge ye” is the critic’s job, and of no concern
to the God called street preacher. Ours is to “but speak the
things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Accordingly,
the God called street preacher, with the courage from God to prove
it, accepts that he has no right to preach everywhere to everyone.
He just knows and accepts that God has told him to do so! The God
called street preacher with the courage to prove it, accepts the
reality that he has no right to preach to folks that do not want
to hear it. He just knows that God has commanded him to do so! The
God called street preacher with the courage to prove it, accepts
the fact that he has no right to disturb people’s peace of
mind (as if they had any- Isaiah 48:22) in a nation that promises
each citizen the peaceful pursuit of happiness. He just accepts
the fact that what God has commanded him to do, is going to disturb
people’s vain attempt to have peace of mind.
If you concern yourself with judgments of men, then you have to
be honest with yourself and admit that it is just not right to break
out of jail to go preach in someone else’s church uninvited,
when you have been told not to preach there; especially when they
put you in jail in the first place to keep you from disregarding
the law forbidding you to preach there! Nevertheless, the God called
street preacher also reads his Bible, and believes what he reads
(see Acts 5:18-25). And "whether it be right" is of no
concern to him. Let those that hate God, and those that are fool
enough to think themselves overly wise make those judgment calls.
And though, we argue for Constitutional protection now, the God
called street preacher with the courage to prove it, knows full
well, that the government is going to do away with the Constitution.
And the only street preachers that will continue to preach when
they have taken away the constitutional right to do so will be the
ones that have made up their minds now that they will obey God whether
anyone thinks it’s right or not. They preach today with the
attitude that we do not have any right to preach. We have a command
to preach. “And whether it be right in the sight of God to
hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but
speak…” (Acts 4:19, 20).
Accordingly, it is vastly important, that the Street Preacher settle
that matter in his heart and mind before he ever takes to the street.
Can you not see that to obey God is more important than whether
any man thinks it is right??
“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to hearken than the fat of rams.”
- 1 Samuel 15:22
God only knows, how many times a young street
preacher has gone out to preach, and when the policeman stops him,
and orders him to stop or go to jail, he hesitates, then starts
wavering in his mind with second thoughts about whether God really
sent him to that particular place…maybe he misinterpreted
God’s directions…well, maybe God really didn’t
intend for him to speak to these particular folks…after all
they’re all mad now…their offended…and, well,
you know, God is probablly telling him its time to move on someplace
else…etc, etc, ad nauseam. Can you not see that when Jesus
Christ said, “into all the world” (Mark 16:15), that
it doesn’t really matter anymore if man thinks this particular
place is not right? Can you not see that when Jesus Christ said,
“to every creature” (ibid.), it doesn’t really
matter anymore if any of the creatures do not want to hear the gospel??
“We cannot but speak” (Acts 4:20). That is the finished
work of obedience to God! To fail that obedience when it is tested,
is no small sin.
That is why, when all twelve of the apostles are hauled up before
the council, this singular issue of obedience is the only matter
under consideration; that is, “Did not we straitly command
you that ye should not teach in this name?” (Acts 5:28). And
the evidence was overwhelming that the apostles had not just disobeyed
in a fractional sense, they had so grossly ignored the law, that
they had “filled Jerusalem with their doctrine” (vs.
28). And to this Simon Peter forever stands as the definitive example
of the Street Preacher who has made up his mind aforetime to be
obedient to the God’s command regardless (vs. 29).
“We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Peter has not only rejected what men might think.
He has completely ignored what they had commanded as a matter of
law. That is the attitude that unnerves most ministers. That Biblical
prinicple of obedience to God goes so contrary to this damnable
“two party” political Christianity, it is almost unfathomable
to expect even the best of fundamentalist to accept a doctrine that
holds obedience to God more important than a criminal record. What
well known Christian minister in America would think to support
a Street Preacher who so insisted on preaching in a certain place,
that he would disobey the police not once, but twice; never bat
an eye at being arrested twice; inspire eleven other Christians
to get arrested with him, then break out of jail to go back to that
same place and preach until he is arrested the third time; and then
defiantly declare in court that he intended to continue to “obey
God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)??? What well known Christian
minister ever read his Bible and believed it applied to him (Acts
4 and 5)??
To those timid Christian critics, who jump faster than the drunks,
prostitutes and sodomites in condemning the “over zealous”
“trouble makers”, who habitually preach where, when
and how Reverend Rose Petal would only have a night mare about doing,
QUESTION: Would it be right for a young, newly converted street
preacher to preach so long and hard in a small town, upsetting folks
so bad that the police issued a warrant for his arrest, and the
real SWATT team blocked every road to arrest him, only to have him
flee and escape? “Judge ye”, would that be right in
the sight of God? (Acts 9:23-25/ 2 Corinthians 11:32,33).
QUESTION: Would it be right in the sight of God for a preacher to
so blatantly continue to disobey the law against preaching, that
the authorities jailed him again after his first escape, and shackled
him to the floor, only to have him escape a second time to attend
prayer meeting? “Judge ye”, would that be “right
in the sight of God?” (see Acts 12:1-14). Would God approve
of that? (see vs.8).
QUESTION: “Judge ye”, would it be right for a street
preacher to so insist that he was going to preach where the law
said he was not going to preach, that he endangered the lives of
other people? (see Acts 12:18,19).
See what kind of a cowardly fool you can make out of yourself, professing
to believe the Bible, while shewing off as some expert street pulpiteer,
writing books about yourself, criticizing other Street Preachers’
motives that are braver than you? And more faithful, and more obedient?
Hey, Street Preacher, when are you going to quit pretending to be
a Christian, and lay aside your pathetic, timid feelings and personal
opinions and start going by the Bible? “Judge ye” if
it is right in the sight of God to cut down your Brethren behind
their backs that will go anywhere, and stand any place to preach
to anyone for Jesus Christ, regardless of the trouble it causes,
while you will only go where it is safe and trouble free, then stop
and obey every man that tells you to do so, while still professing
to obey God without question!
Now the author doesn’t know how well you read, if you read
the Bible at all; and he may not be a Phd., but he had figured this
simple truth out long before he finished reading his Bible through
even for the 70th time, we are commanded to “GO INTO ALL THE
WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.” Now the question
is just very simple. Are you going to obey that exactly as you are
told, or are you going to let man re-define where and to whom you
Never mind all these whining excuses about being “led of the
Spirit”, “led of the Holy Ghost”, “Oh I
just don’t think the Sprit would lead you to disobey the law
blah, blah”, and “the Spirit just led me to obey the
law...and so we quit and went home”….O, bring on the
cheese for all this whine!
Did you know there is only one verse in the New Testament about
a Christian being “led of the Spirit”? And there is
a big “IF” right before it, and one strange definitive
stipulation after it.
Galatians 5:18, “But IF ye be led of the
Spirit, YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.”
Brethren, the Spirit of God is not going to lead
you anywhere that He has already commanded you to go! And the Spirit
of God is not going to lead you away from where God commanded you
to go just because man “straitly commands you that ye should
not” (Acts 5:28). The number one reason why most ministers
do not preach everywhere, is because they are waiting for God to
lead them to go out there. And you can count on it, God is never
going to lead them to go out there, because He has already told
them to go out there (Mark 16:15). The reason why some preachers
never preach to anymore people than show up on Sunday morning, is
because they have never been led to go out and preach to anymore
than what show up on Sunday. And, God never will lead them to preach
to anymore than that. He has already told them to “preach
the gospel to every creature”.
Within the last 60 days, the author has preached to over a million
and a half people, and traveled over 10,000 miles. There are members
of the Fellowship that have done almost twice that. And God never
led them anywhere! He just commanded them to go and preach. And
they did what they were told.
Brethren, the world is full of people! There everywhere you look!
They are everywhere you go! There are thousands of people everywhere
you turn! Can’t you see them? The world is full of people.
They’re everywhere! And God is not going to lead you to them
when He has already told you to “go into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature”. All you have to do is
obey. Jesus Christ is not going to lay anything on your pathetic
little heart. He has already shown you where.
“I say unto you,
Lift up your eyes, and look…
Look on the fields; for
They are white already
- John 4:35
O, stop this bloated, gainsaying empty rhetoric
about how godly you and your ministerial alliance of lazy ass preachers
are, with their award winning Sunday Schools, and full time Christian
ministries that had 1,200 on Sunday morning, 2,000, 3,000, 5,000.
Who cares! The very idea of bragging about preaching to 5,000 saved
“do nothings” (like their pastor) on Sunday in a city
of 2 million people who are going to hell while Dr. Come C. MePreach
raises money for retirement in behalf of missions.
You pastor a church in a city of one million Americans and you cannot
find 50,000 lost people to preach to before noon tomorrow? And we
are supposed to think that you are godly? There will be four rock
concerts, three ball games, one parade and 2 festivals in the city
park before the end of the month, that over 500,000 people will
attend and have to walk down the sidewalk to reach. And you will
let them go to hell without anyone figuring they were who Christ
was talking about in Mark 16:15, and we are supposed to think you
are a “man of God” because you had 3,000 saved cowards
in Sunday School, and you made them that way!??
The youngest member of the Street Preachers Fellowship is a 20 year
old street preacher, that was home schooled, has no high school
diploma, no girl friend, works 60 hours a week, shoes and rides
horses, gets about 4-1/2 hours of sleep a night, and lives in a
log cabin with no running water or electricity. He has preached
to nearly 2 million people within the last four months. Within that
time he has been hit with a beer bottle, punched, shoved and spit
on. He has been drenched in liquor, laughed at, threatened with
beatings and driven and flew over 8,000 miles in those four months,
just to preach to folks who don’t want to hear it. That young
man waded into a crowd of 10,000 drunkards, and would jump up and
block bottles and beer cans being thrown at his friends while they
preached, with their backs up against a wall, surrounded on three
sides by thousands of sodomites and drunkards. And he paid his own
Now what was it that you were doing in church that made you so great?
Is there no one rusting away in church, doing something that someone
else might do, if you left it, threw your doctors degree in the
trash, and went outside and started doing what God commanded you
to do in the first place?
To obey is better…”
- 1 Samuel 15:22
It is “better than sacrifice” (vs.
22). To obey is better than your reputation. It is better than your
full time salary. It is better than your comfort zone. And it is
better than three quarters of your congregation that would get up
and leave for good if you started preaching everywhere, to the interruption
of their shallow, hidden, blend-in-with-the-world Christianity.
And it is better than your full time effort at teaching them to
be that way!
Hey Pastor, God knows we love you, but when are you going to start
obeying God? We didn’t ask, “Are you going to obey God
or not?!” You are not obeying Jesus Christ right now. We asked,
When are you going to start obeying God? Mark 16:15 says “Go
ye into all the world, and preach…” Never mind the nonsense
of your giving twenty five dollars a month to someone else to go.
Most of those men are no different than you. They go into the world,
but when they get there, they do exactly what you do here. They
confine the gospel within four walls in Armenia, just like you do
in New York. Your twenty five dollars every month is not going to
pass heavenly muster when God calls you into account for disobeying
the last thing he commanded us to do, before He went into heaven
to wait and see if your were going to do exactly what you were told
to do….GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH!!
“Blessed be thou
Of the Lord;
I have performed the
Commandment of the Lord.”
- 1 Samuel 15:13
“What meaneth then this cursing of the ungodly in mine ears,
and the swearing of the wicked which I hear?” As your community
and this country go to hell without any preaching from you? (vs..
What you learn from all this, is that to never “go into all
the world and preach” (Mark 16:15), is just one step behind
going into all the world and ceasing to preach when told to do so!
Both are disobedient. Both are timid infidelity turned pale and
dying! Both are and will be scoffed at by Jeremiah, Ezekiel and
Daniel. Both are despised by the likes of Elijah and Elisha. Peter,
James and John would actually doubt your salvation. And Paul and
Barnabas would never consider you a Christian (Acts 11:26).The author’s
10 year old son would not even consider you a man of God, and his
12 year old brother would not even sit by you in church. Both have
preached to three times as many folks in their short life time than
have ever attended all your church services combined.
“Go ye into all the world,
And preach the gospel
To every creature.”
- Mark 16:15
Why is it, that every God fearing preacher in the
Book of Acts understood what Jesus Christ meant by that, but you
do not?? Verse 20 clearly says, “And they went forth, and
preached every where.”
They began in Jerusalem (Acts 2:5), just as they were commanded
(1:8), but within 10 days of Mark 16:15 (see Acts 1:3 c.f. 2:1/
Revelation 2:10) they had “noised abroad” (vs. 6) the
entire matter to those that “were dwelling in Jerusalem”
(vs.5) so that “every man heard them speak” (vs.6).
The Bible left the disciples with a very broad understanding of
what Christ meant by “into all the world”. “They
went forth, and preached everywhere” (Mark 16:20).
Now scripture with scripture, Brethren! After all, you profess to
be Bible Believers. “They went forth, and preached everywhere.”
EVERYWHERE in the Bible includes the following.
1. Other peoples’ church houses (Acts3:1,11/ 5:19, 20, 25,
42/ 21:26-30/ 13:5, 14-16/ 14:1/17:10, 17/ 18:19,26/ 19:8).
2. “The streets” (Acts 5:15).
3. In the City Council meeting (Acts 6:12-17/ 7:1-53/ 23:1).
4. At “rock” concerts (7:57,58).
5. In the city (Acts 8:5/ 13:44/ 14:4/ 19:29).
6. In villages (8:25).
7. Down south (8:26).
8. Out in the desert (8:26).
9. Stopping government officials in their limousines (8:27-38) en
route to work, in route to persecute preachers (9:1-5), and just
as they get home from work (see Moses in Exodus 7:20-23).
10. Foreign countries (13:4,5,13/ 16:6-9/ 20:1-6).
Islands (13:6/ 28:1-11).
Uninvited in the midst of other religions outdoor worship services
11. In places where you have already been thrown out of (14:19-21).
12. Colonies (16:12).
13. On the river sides (16:13).
14. The Marketplaces (16:19/17:17).
15. In jails and prisons (16:24-40).
16. Standing on government astrological memorials (17:22).
17. In Courts (18:12-17).
18. Along the coasts lines (19:1).
19. At the theartres (19:29-41).
20. In upper chambers of three story buildings (20:8,9).
21. In boats at sea (26:10-35).
22. In boats aiming back at shore (Luke 5:1-3).
23. On boats waiting for the sea to come to them (Genesis 6:14-7:1/Hebrews
11:7/ 2 Peter 2:5).
24. And on boats where the sea is coming into the boat (Jonah 1).
25. In gardens and vineyards (1 Kings 21:17-24).
26.Mountain tops (2 Kings 1:9-15/ Matthew 5:1/ Acts 17:22).
27. And on plains (Luke 6:17).
28. And at other people’s funerals (Luke 7:11-14/Acts 9:37-40).
Now, how is it, that so many preachers cannot find
some place to preach outside of their church houses? Not one time
in the entire New Testament, did any minister preach inside a church
building. NOT ONCE!!! The last two gospel preachers in the New Testament
are martyred while conducting a street meeting (Revelation 11:7,8).
And Reverend Wonderful thinks he is a success by all the good things
said to him each Sunday morning, when he stands at the door of the
church building, and his nice, dead, pathetically afraid congregation
tells him how good he preached again….inside the building….to
a few creatures, that in about 30 minutes will so blend back into
the world, that no one will know they are Christians until next
Sunday, same time, same place!
“Go ye into all the world, and preach…” is never
fulfilled by that sort of Christian conduct. True, the sort of conduct
that fulfills Mark 16:15, is often labeled ‘Disorderly Conduct’,
by the folks the street preacher finds “in all the world”.
To find them is easy. They’re everywhere! To preach to them
requires unwavering obedience.
“For after that in the wisdom of God the
world by wisdom knew not God, it plesed God by
the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
-1 Corinthians 1:21
There is yet not a member of the Fellowship, that
could ever be thought to be a Distinguished Preacher, and God forbid
that we ever keep such a one in our ranks, or make proselytes of
such. However, it must be noted for all members that Preaching,
by both literary, legal and Biblical definition is distinguished
from all other forms of communication. Preaching is a specific style
of verbal communication set apart by certain unique, and singular
characteristics, that separates preaching from all other styles
of communicating thoughts and ideas. And though many writers, ministers,
and teachers have obviously never understood the distinction, and
use the word synonymously with ‘teaching’, ‘sermonizing’,
‘witnessing’, ‘testifying’ etc.; true Biblical
preaching is a literary style of vocal communication all of its
own, and every minister and member of the Fellowship, should note
the distinction. For Bible Preaching stands alone for its distinction
in every legal challenge to its practice before the Courts of Justice
that are often called to determine the legality of its often misconstrued
practice in the open air.
Accordingly, the Fellowship’s Doctrinal Statement adheres
to the most concise Biblical, legal and literary definition of “Preaching”,
which both stands the test of Biblical usage, literary merit, and
legal challenge. “Preaching is the forceful, verbal delivery
of a specific religious truth, which compelles the hearer to either
accept or reject the message.” It is not just verbal communication,
nor is it just a generalized talk of ideas and thoughts. Preaching
is distinguished from all other styles of vocal speaking, in that
it is forceful, and presses its hearers for acceptance or rejection
of its message. Such force is recognized by the ear, as the varied
fluctuation of the voice, in both pronunciation and diction, and
increases and decreases of the loudness of the voice. That force
has its root and inspiration in spiritual things, and not just literary
style. Science as well as the rock music industry has discovered
the powerful impact sound wave fluctuation has upon the hearer.
Such vibratory fluctuations are the root and foundation of all mind
altering techniques utilized by medical science, the military, radio
and television, and the devil himself with his “all kinds
of music” (Daniel 3: 10).
Such is the rhythmical verse of the poet, and the accentuation of
the linguist, in attempting to capture on paper, the moving of the
Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) in the speaker full of the Holy Ghost. Preaching
is the definitive and purest illustration of the workings of God
in communicating a powerful, life changing message through the phenomenon
of vocal communication. The power of the word of God is beyond comprehension
(Hebrews 4:12,13), yet its Godly design mandates that the transmission
of its message be with such a powerful voice (see Psalm 29:4) that
it penetrates beyond the ear, to the very depths of the heart (Luke
9:44). Such a working of God is not seen or heard in the mere talk
of public speaking or teaching, for “it pleased God by the
foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians
1:21). In the forceful delivery style of preaching, what the preachers
“hear in the ear” by that “still small voice”
(1 Kings 19:12) they “preach...upon the housetops” (Matthew
10:27). And the workings of the Spirit of God in such forceful delivery
does, in the words of the United States Supreme Court, “indeed
best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest,
creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs
people to anger...is often provocative and challenging...striking
at prejudices and preconceptions and hav(ing) unsettled effects
as it presses for acceptance” (Terminiello v. Chicago, 337
U.S. 1 (1949)).
Thus, we are preachers, not political activists, or even protesters.
We are Preachers...Street Preachers in the purest form of the word,
who present the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the reproofs and rebukes
of the word of God to a lost and dying world, through the forceful
verbal delivery, that by its very nature is “foolishness”
to them that perish (1 Corinthians 1:18). “But unto us which
are saved it is the power of God.”
Preaching in the streets of America has no guarantee of its longevity
or continued offer of freedom, if God’s ministers do not recognize
what it is, and that by its God given design and nature has to fight
for not just the right to be exercised, but also be heard, and tolerated
even under “the offense of the cross” (Galatians 5:11),
that is so often disdained under the cloke of “annoying people.”
The preaching of the Jesus Christ is offensive to many people (see
Matthew 13:21,57/ 15:12/ 24:10/ 26:33/ Mark 4:17/ 6:3/ Luke 7:23/
“And then shall many
To cease preaching because the word of God has
come to pass is no attribute to “reasonable service”
(Romans 12:1,2). To refuse to fight for the right to not only continue
preaching, but to do so irregardless of whom may be offended, is
to silently, and apathetically erode the very Constitutional right
of all us to preach in the open air. If a minister insist on not
offending people, he needs to do all street preachers a favor and
confine his ministry behind a pulpit in a nice church building somewhere.
Because, one of the distinguishing marks of true Bible preaching,
is the forceful delivery, and the specificity of the message. Both
Preaching looses its effect, when for timidness, fear and even cowardice,
a minister cannot be specific in his message. A preacher ceases
to preach when he deals in generalities. Cursed be this ideological
cowardice that deals with sin and with sinners in a generalized
manner. No one commits sin in a general way. No one can repent in
a general way. And no preacher is truly preaching, if he deals in
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and
shew my people their transgressions.”
God Almighty, and the Courts will uphold true
Bible preaching, if only the preacher will!
On Calling Names
“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers,
how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
Jesus Christ stands alone as the greatest name
caller in the entire Bible. Little wonder the majority of “christian”
ministers shiver and start sweating, and began whining about God
Fearing preachers calling people names in their open air sermons,
mumurring about how such conduct is “driving people away from
Christ”, “lowering the gospel message down to a diatribe”,
and “enraging unsaved people into thinking you are just a
hatemongerer”, etc., etc. ad nauseum. They never paid any
attention to anything Jesus Christ said in the first place, dodging
his many rebukes at being like unto such things as rocks, serpents,
worms, devils, hypocrites, foxes, whited sepulchres full of dead
men’s bones, chickens, and mown grass, to name a few. Ever
read the gospel collection of the sermons of Christ?
Throughout the life of the “lowly Galilean”
(Luke 23:6), the man who was “called a Nazarene” (Matthew
2:23), and “Beelzebub” (Matthew 10:25), and “Lord,
Lord” (Luke 6:46), and “Master” (John 13:13),
and “a malefactor” (John 18:30), Jesus Christ the “Lamb
of God” could find appropriate vocabulary to name his hearers
with explicit terminology of the most accurate charactertures ever
voiced in the open air. Jesus Christ whose name “is above
every name” (Philippians 2:9), daily drew upon the character
of sinners with an assortment of the lowest names. And the timid
opinions of the Sissies for Christ simply manifest that they do
not know Him, nor do they care to be like Him.
“I have even called thee by thy name:
I have surnamed thee,
though thou hast not known me.
Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds”
For those who have never noticed such things,
the Bible very clearly records the following facts concerning Jesus
Christ the Lamb of God.
1. He called someone a “hypocrite” twenty (20) times,
and accused some of the greatest religious leaders of his day of
“hypocrisy” three times (see Matthew 7:5/ 6:2,5,16/
15:7/ 16:3/ Matthew 23/ Mark 7:6/ Luke 6:42/ 11:44/ 12:56/ 13:15).
2. He called people “serpents” (Matthew 23:33).
3. He called his entire generation of religious leaders a “generation
of vipers” (Matthew 12:34/23:33).
4. He called the same generation of people “faithless and
perverse” (Matthew 17:17/ Luke 9:41).
5. He called them “this wicked generation” (Matthew
6. He called them “adulterous and sinful” (Mark 8:38).
7. He called them “evil” (Luke 11:29).
8. He called men “adulterers” (Luke 18:11).
9. He called men “extortioners” (ibid.).
10. He called them “unjust” (ibid.).
11. He called the religious leaders “blind guides” (Matthew
12. He called them “fools” (vs.17, 19/ Luke 11:40/ 12:20/
13. He called them “ye blind” (ibid.).
14. He called them “blind leaders” (Matthew 15:14).
15. He said they were “full of extortion and excess”
16. He called them “whited sepulchres” (vs.27).
17. He said they were “full of dead men’s bones and
all uncleanness” (vs. 27).
18. He called them “chickens” (vs.37).
19. He called them a “liar” (John 8:44, 45).
20. He accused them of “fornication” (Matthew 15:19/
21. He called the majority of people on the earth “dogs”
(Matthew 7:6/ Mark 7:27).
22. And He called a woman’s daughter a “dog” (Matthew
23. He called people “wicked” (Matthew 18:32/ Matthew
25:26/ Luke 19:22).
24. He called the leader of the country a “fox” (Luke
25. He called them “unprofitable” (Luke 17:10).
26. And he called them “unrighteous” (Luke 16:11).
27. And he called them “sinners” repeatedly.
28. It never bothered him to call the “harlot” what
she was (Matthew 21:31,32/ Luke :15:30).
29. In His nicer moments He called his disciples “sheep”
(John 10:1-27), and the lost He called “unbelievers”
30. In His sharper moments his disciples were “faithless”
(John 20:27/ Matthew 17:17/ Mark 9:19), and the “unbelievers”
were “damned” (Mark 16:16) and nothing but “worms”
(Mark 9:44, 46, 48).
Now to those of us that are never bothered by
Jesus Christ calling people such vividly, descriptive names, the
reason why He talked that way to people is very simple, and easily
understood the very first time you read the Bible through completely.
He learned it from His Father! His Father “made man upright”
(Ecclesiastes 7:29), but before the chronology had gone sixty sentences,
God was already forced by man’s disobedience to call the only
woman on earth “deceived” (1 Timothy 2:14). The woman’s
deception forced God to call the only man on earth “dead”
(Genesis 2:17/ 1 Corinthians 15:22). And before the man could comprehend
the meaning of those names, God “cursed” (Genesis 3:14)
the serpent “above all cattle, and above every beast of the
field”. And whether you like that exegesis, or even understand
it is immaterial to fact, because Brethren, this sissified ecclessiastical
whimp’s theology of reverent soothsaying (Acts 16:16) has
robbed 90% of Christianity from just plain common sense. We say
common sense, because the entire issue of name calling is one of
“the first principles of the oracles of God” (Hebrews
5:12); namely this, that regardless of what you are talking about,
YOU HAVE TO CALL IT SOMETHING!!!!
“And out of the ground the Lord God formed
every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam
TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD CALL THEM:
and whatsoever Adam called every living creature,
that was the name thereof.”
Brethren, the very first man on the face of this
earth, was uneducated. He never went to school, never read a book
his entire life, and never even knew what a dictionary was. But
the very first task God ever gave him, was to call the thing what
it was! And for six thousand years of history, God has never corrected
him once. For “whatsoever Adam called every living creature,
that was the name thereof.” And can you not see how many names
Adam had to come up with, when the Bible says, “Adam gave
names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast
of the field” (Genesis 2:20)?
Name calling has its root and purpose in descriptive identification.
And though Adam was uneducated, he set down a vocabulary that his
ancestry has yet to get away from. And his Father in Heaven advanced
the lesson for all eternity by noting what every Bible Commentator
has missed for the last 200 years. Hasn’t it ever made you
wonder why God took every creature that He made and then “brought
them to Adam TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD CALL THEM”??? God Almighty
could have very easily created every living thing, and called it
what it was, and then brought them to Adam and said, “This
is an elephant. And this is a butterfly.” But God did not
do that. Neither did God even tell Adam to name every creature.
There is no command of God recorded in Genesis two, instructing
Adam to name everything. Instead, the Bible notes the Holy Curiosity
of Jehovah God in forever recording the reason God brought every
creature to Adam, was “to see what he would call them”.
And Paul’s admonition to the Hebrews is just as accurate today
as ever before, “when for the time ye ought to be teachers,
ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles
of the oracles of God” (Hebrews 5:12). Brethren, how many
times do you have to read the Bible through before you start paying
attention to what you are reading?
Has it ever dawned on you what “the first principles of the
word of God” are? Could you name even the first five principles
of the word of God? And we are supposed to think you are qualified
to be ordained? Before the Bible has recorded two chapters of creation’s
history, God has only set down seven principles for mankind.
1. Find out where God wants you (Genesis 2:15).
2. Work hard to address the things God put you over and keep them
3. Obey what God tells you (Genesis 2:16, 17).
4. Don’t spend too much time alone (Genesis 2:18).
5. Call the thing what it is (Genesis 2:19, 20).
6. Sleep when and how God wants you to (Genesis 2:21).
7. Find a help meet (Genesis 2:23) and put that relationship before
any other family relationship (vs. 24).
And every timid Christian minister that thinks it is wrong to call
people names, will violate everyone of those principles throughout
his entire miserable life. There will be no exception to that rule!
You find a minister that cannot call a thing what it is, and teaches
others that you are wrong in doing so, you will also find a man
that has missed every direction God gave him and whose character
shifts as much as his location; a man that dodges responsiblility
and cannot keep things in the order God wants them in; and you will
also see a man that will not do exactly what God tells him to do;
he will spend too much time alone thinking about himself; he will
also be lazy and sleep too much; and you will meet a man that has
never been able to find a true help meet or recognize a good one
when he sees her, because he never looked for that quality in a
woman, and if he is still married to the first woman he found, she’s
completely miserable with him. And you will find most men of this
type of timidity have had more than one for non Biblical excuses,
because the little coward has never been able to leave Mommy and
cleave to his wife, or he wants his wife to be his mommy!
Now do not take the author’s word for this, go find Reverend
Timidity that makes a big ado over preachers calling people names
and examine him closely, and you will discover that the character
that missed “one” of the “first principles of
the oracles of God”, habitually misses them all. But whether
you like it or not, the very first “priniciple” that
God looked for in a man was “to see” (Genesis 2:19,
20) if he could call a thing what it was! And all eternity, and
every dictionary on the face of the earth testifies to that fact
that “the first man Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45) was
very indepth in his name calling. If you doubt it, look at the last
name Adam ever gave out to one of God’s creatures, and any
true man will agree that Adam gave out names for the purpose of
“She shall be called WO-MAN,
because she was taken out of man.”
Like an elderly black preacher once said, “You
ladeez of God’s creative wisdom were called woe man by our
first granpa, cauz youuz was ‘taken out a man’, and
youuz been taking it out on man evva since.”
Now we said all of that to teach you that first and foremost, Biblical
name calling has its first principle in descriptive identification.
God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ never called anyone a name
that did not describe them and identify them accurately. You see,
the ecclesiastical cowards association that try to teach Christians
not to call people names, first and foremost do not want you describing
sin and identifying sin. And that incessant character flaw of spineless
wonderment dates back to Adam. Because the very first sin Adam committed,
began to deterriate his principles that God first looked for when
he “formed man out of the dust of the ground” (Genesis
2:7). When Adam violated the third “principle” of the
“oracles of God” (see No. 3 above), it began to effect
the fifth principle of the word of God. That is, Adam began to shy
away from calling the thing what it was.
“And the man said, The woman whom thou
gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree,
and I did eat.”
No Adam, that was not quite the accurate picture. That scneario
paints Adam out to be a fool. Sin does that to people! A fool is
someone who is deceived. But the Bible is very clear that “Adam
was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression”
(1 Timothy 2:14). You see, to violate one of the first principles
of the word of God, immediately effects other principles, and that
is what is missing in the character of Christians these days…PRINCIPLES!!!
And sin is the only thing that weakens priniciples.
“Wisdom is the principal thing.”
“Principles” are spiritual qualities of character that
God looks for in you. Hence, “prinicipalities” (Ephesians
6:12). The “principalities” throughout the Bible are
spiritual manifestations of certain characteristics of the spirit
of God without any soul. By that we mean, a “principality”,
a “prince” of some dominion (see Daniel 10:11-21) appears
as an “angel” (c.f. Daniel 9:21/ 10:13, 21/ Jude 9/
Luke 1:19, 26), which are “spirits” (Hebrews 1:13,14).
And though they have physical manifestations (Genesis 19:1-11),
they have no soul. They have no feelings. Just a manifestation of
character with no feelings. You never read in the Bible of anyone
hurting the feelings of an angel. Ever met someone with character
but no soul? They are just as strange as someone with soul, but
no character (see any African American jazz player in New Orleans).
Most timid ministers are just like that. They work on emotions and
feelings, but have little or no character. What is missing in their
shallow “chritiantity” is spritual strength, which manifest
itself in priniciples by which they live. The character of the man
is seen in the principles of his life.
“Seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”
One of the greatest lessons of such in the Bible that a minister
had better learn, is about character: the character of God. Hebrews
1:3 identifies Jesus Christ as “the express image of God’s
person”. The word for “express image” is carakthr,
from whence we get the word “character.” Jesus Christ
is the “the express image”, the “character of
God”. He is called the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah
9:6), and Paul referred to Him as “the angel of God”
(Acts 27:23). Jesus Christ is the very character of God Almighty.
He is the “Principles” of God in One Person. His character
is that of a Lamb with the temperment of God (John 1:29/ Revelation
6:16). And one of God’s first principles is the ability to
call a thing what it is. This ecclesiastical timidity that abhores
such descriptive identifications is just a blatant lack of godly
character. The coat of arms for the Anabaptist Churches of North
America displays a belted sword, within which is an ox yoke, a plow
and a brazen altar beneath the foot of Calvary’s Mount. Those
historic pictures symbolize the Anabaptists’ willingness to
serve, plow or sacrafice for Jesus Christ. Inscribed around the
belt is this inscription, “VULTUS IMAGO DEI”…..the
express image of God, the character of God.
That is what a “characterization” is. It is a descriptive
depiction of the physical manifestations of the person’s character.
And every “NAME” on the face of the earth, has its roots
in this principle of descriptive identification, or characterization.
The Old and New Testaments are full of God Almighty’s descriptive
characterizations of people both saved and unsaved. God has never
hesitated to call a sinner by the most fitting and descriptive name.
Evidence the following.
1. He calls sodomites “dogs” (Deuteronomy 23:17, 18)
in the Old Testament.
2. The first group of sinners ever called “wicked” in
the Bible being sodomites (see Genesis 13:13), David kept the characterization
in tack, saying of “the wicked” (Psalm 59:5) that “they
return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about
the city” (vs. 6, 14).
3. Jesus Christ called all the mockers “dogs” that were
standing around His cross watching Him die (Psalm 22:1, c.f. vs.16),
and he called them that even before they were born!
4. His Father in Heaven calls all preachers who cannot call the
thing what it is, and warn people in public “dumb dogs, they
cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Isaiah
5. And because God Almighty knows why they refuse to warn the wicked
in plain terms, is because they know no one will pay them for such
rebukes, the Father calls the Sissies for Christ “greedy dogs
which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot
understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain,
from his quarter” (vs. 11).
6. When a black woman, who was “Greek, a Syrophenician by
nation” (Matthew 15:22/c.f. Genesis 9:22/10:6/Psalm 105:27/
Mark 7:26-28) asked Jesus Christ to heal her daughter who had gotten
herself full of the devil, Jesus Christ referred to them both as
“dogs” (vs. 26), even as she was worshipping Him (vs.
25). Note: It never bothered that sister to be called that by God
Almighty, because she had the “character” to know what
she was in comparison to whom she was worshipping (see vs. 27/ and
also 2 Samuel 3:8 and 9:8). Moral??? It never bothers folks of character
to call other folks descriptive names, nor does it bother them to
be called descriptive names.
Illustration: Two very good preachers the author knew from Bible
school, who both teach that it is wrong to call people names, got
up recently at a Street Preachers’ Conference in Tennessee
and called the author “crazy”, a “trouble maker”
and “a dangerous man”, knowing he wasn’t present,
but some of his friends were. In comparison to other great men of
the caliber of these two preachers, the author must confess that
these beloved brethren are right, but they really ought to refrain
from violating their own characterless principles.
“All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe,
that observe and do; but do not ye after their works:
for they say, and do not.”
7. The New Testament calls unsaved men of any race “dogs”,
who try religion and then run back into the world with the knowledge
of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 2:22).
8. And Paul warned Christians to “beware of evil workers”
just as you would “beware of dogs” (Philippians 3:2).
9. God Almighty refers to a “fair woman”….Now,
stop right here, and ask yourself: Is there anything wrong with
being “a fair woman”???? Hey, Preacher, the Bible calls
Sarah a “a fair woman” (Genesis 12:11, 14). She was
the first “fair woman” in the Bible, and the New Testament
admonishes Christian ladies to be like her (1 Peter 3:5,6).
Nevertheless, God Almighty says “a fair woman which is without
discretion” is “as a jewel of gold in a swine’s
snout” (Proverbs 11:22). Do you realize how many pastor’s
wives are “fair women”, but they have absolutely no
discretion at all!??
Question: Ever seen a pig with a diamond stud in its nose??
Question: Ever seen a pastor’s wife with one in her nose??
10. Jesus Christ called anyone who cannot understand what you just
read, and would malign the words of God, as “swine”
11. And Peter called unsaved women of any race, who try religion
and then run back into the world with the knowledge of Jesus Christ,
a “sow that was washed”, who returns “to her wallowing
in the mire” (2 Peter 2:22).
12. And what about the only preacher God could find to “rebuke
the iniquity” of a “soothsayer” (Joshua 13:22),
which spokesperson happened to be a “she”, “speaking
with a man’s voice”, whom the Bible very descriptively
calls a “dumb ass” (2 Peter 2:15, 16/ c.f. Numbers 22:28)????
13. Or, what about preachers that always want money from folks,
whom the Lord calls a “horseleach” (Proverbs 30:15)?
14. Brethren, God Almighty calls people “grass” (Psalm
37:2/ 90:5/Isaiah 40:6).
15. God calls lost folks “dust” (Psalm 22:29/ Ecclesiastes
16. God calls people “dumb” (Isaiah 35:6/ Matthew 15:30/
17. He calls them “dung” (1 Kings 14:10/Job 20:7/ Psalm
83:10/ Jeremiah 9:22/ 16:4).
18. God’s wisdom cries out in public and calls people names,
like “fool” and “simple” (Proverbs 1:22),
“crooked” (2:15), “wicked” (2:22), “forward”
(2:32), “sluggard” (6:6), “a whorish woman”
(6:26), “a thief” (6:30), “strange” (7:5),
“an ox” and “a fool” (7:22).
“DOTH NOT WISDOM CRY?”
Yes, wisdom cries in public and “crieth in the gate”
(vs.2, 3) and calls people names like, “evil”, “arrogant”
(vs.13), “scorner”, “clamorous” (9:8, 13),
and “PERVERSE” (8:8/12:8/ 14:2/ 17:20/ 19:1/23:33/ 26:6/
28:6). Amen. And Amen.
Hey, Preacher, a wise minister of the word of God has the courage
and character to call the PERVERT what he is, because he has “perverted
that which was right” (Job 33:27).
QUESTION: Ever met anyone on the street that was “perverted”?
They are that way because they “perverted that which was right”.
Now are you going to be honest with him, and truthful, and bold
enough to call “the thing” what it is??? If God says
the man is “perverted”, are you going to tell him what
God said about him…to his face?
O, stop this effeminate ministerial lying, gainsaying and ecclesiastical
cowardice. These very same “expert street preachers”
with their egotistical and philosophical “Manual” on
how to be a coward and a hypocrite, call all sorts of people names
in their stupid manual, and from behind the pulpit in nice church
meetings, attended by nice “christianettes” just like
them, that shout ‘amen’ in high octaves, to their coward’s
bravado behind closed doors. What a sorry bunch of hypocrites! How
a minister can write a stupid manual, condemning other preachers
braver than himself for calling people names in public to describe
their sin, when in the same hypocrites manual, he calls other ministers
all kinds of names; calls sinners “wicked”, calls policemen
“whimp cops”, and calls saved, God fearing pastors and
friends that had him in for meetings, and gave him money for the
effort, “idiots”, “he-men” and their preaching
like “garbage truck exhaust”, is past all scriptural
reason. He will not call them those things to their face! And Brethren,
right there is the difference. To call people names in private,
or in your stupid book, but teach that the same name-calling is
wrong in public, is just utter cowardice.
That same Expert Street Preacher had his stupid manual sent down
to the District Attorney in Buford, South Carolina to be used in
evidence at trial against a God fearing pastor that he went to Bible
School with, who had been arrested and locked into a mental hospital
against his will, and drugged up, just to stop that pastor’s
preaching the word of God, and rebuking people in public. The Street
Preachers’ Fellowship actually has the newspaper articles,
and trial transcripts where this coward’s Street Preaching
manual was used to prove that this God fearing pastor’s rebukes
and calling down of sin was wrong! In his expert street preachers’
manual, that same expert street preacher refers to the preaching
of that Brother in Christ that landed him in the mental ward, and
calls that brother’s preaching the exhaust emissions from
a “garbage truck”. And we are supposed to think that
is more righteous than calling down fornicators, adulterers, sodomites,
drunkards, murderers, rapists, fools and perverts in public?
Brethren, stop this cowardly nonsense that puts one’s fears
ahead of Bible authority, boldness and plain truth. You cannot preach
against sin, and refuse to name the sin. Can you not see that? How
is anyone to know what sin you are preaching against, if you do
not name the sin? Brethren, you do not need some expert manual on
how to preach on the street if you will just read your Bible. The
very first open air “street meeting” to ever occur is
found in Nehemiah 8:1-8, and the Bible listed very clear instructions
as to how it should be done. Note the following.
· The people “gathered themselves together as one man
into the street” (vs.1). Ever watched a group of novice street
preachers that cannot stay together on the street, where every preacher
goes a different direction, to grab his own corner under the excuse
of reaching more people? There is a reason why they do that, and
it has nothing to do with reaching more people! (See the next chapter).
· They “opened the book in the sight of all the people”
(vs.5). Ever watched some novice street preachers that preaches
with a sign in one hand, a hat on their head (1 Corinthians 11:4),
a mega phone in the other hand, and his Bible in his pocket, or
laying nearby? There is a reason why he does that, and it has nothing
to do with the sign or the megaphone! (See the next chapter).
· Only one person preached at a time, while all the other
ministers kept quiet and waited their turn to “cause the people
to understand the law” (vs. 4, 7). Ever watched a group of
novice street preachers who cannot shut up and let just one preacher
speak, but they all think that God has given them something special
to say to some bloke walking by while another minister is trying
to speak, resulting in no one being heard clearly because of all
the cacophony coming from the fish school of prophets? There is
a reason why more than one preacher is shooting his mouth off at
once, and it has nothing to do with having anything from God to
say at that moment! (See Chapter 8).
· The Biblical Street Preacher stands “upon a pulpit
of wood” to get his voice “above the people” (vs.
· And when the Preacher preaches, even in a street meeting,
his job is to give out the word of God “distinctly”,
and then “give the sense, and cause the people to understand
the reading” (vs.7, 8). Ever watch a street preacher sermonizing
on a corner in general terms, with verses of scripture that speak
of sin generally, and judgment generally without saying “damnation”
or “damned”??? Ever listen to a street preacher preach
against sin without naming any specific sin that the sinners are
obviously committing right in front of him?? There is a reason why
preachers refuse to name sin, or the sinner, and it has nothing
to do with preaching, being nice, honoring Jesus Christ, or attempting
to keep down trouble. (See the next chapter).
Brethren, you cannot give the word of God out “distinctly”
without saying exactly what God says about sin. God Almighty has
a lot to say about sin in the Bible, but when the Bible applies
it to the individual sinner, God always names the sin very “distinctly”,
and He has no reservations about naming both the sin and the sinner.
Can you not understand that without the sinner, there is no sin?
“As by one man sin entered into the world.”
All this bravado about “preaching against sin”, and
“we take a strong stand against sin”, and “we
stand against sin”. Brethren, there is no sin, where there
are no sinners! YOU CANNOT STAND AGAINST SIN WITHOUT STANDING AGAINST
THE SINNERS COMMITTING IT!!!! And any opinion to the contrary is
a coward’s opinion and completely contrary to the word of
God. Such stupendous cowardice is like unto policemen boasting about
fighting crime that have never arrested a criminal. Crime running
rampant in the streets of our country, and a policeman cannot find
someone to put in jail, and we should believe he is worth paying
to fight crime, simply because he brags about fighting crime! Ditto
for the Sissies for Christ. You want to take offerings from God’s
people because you’re too lazy to work, bragging about fighting
sin and taking a strong Fundamental stand against sin, but you cannot
call down the sinner in public and tell them what the Bible says
they are!!! NUTS TO YOUR INCESSANT COWARDICE!!!
Brethren, Jesus Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-5),
and “not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole
world” (1 John 2:2). And when the Bible says “sins”,
the list is almost endless: lying, stealing, fornication, heresy,
lust, profanity, cursing and swearing, revellings, riot, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, hatred, adultery, whoremongering, harlotry, sodomy,
sedition, witchcraft, variance, pride, deception, drunkenness, idolatry,
rape, abortion, nakedness, child molesting, rebellion, gambling,
drugs, robbery, emulations, strife, tyranny and oppression. But
none of those things exist apart from the liar, the thief, the fornicator,
the whore, the adultery and his adulteress, the sodomite, the drunkard,
the pervert, the gambler, the sexual deviate, the rebel, the dope
head, and the lying politician. Those are the individual sinners
that commit those individual sins. There is so much to preach against,
and so many to preach to. But God deliver America from anymore spineless
ecclesiastical cowards, that refuse to name those sins, and the
name sinners that commit them. YOU ARE NOT HELPING ANYONE, INCLUDING
Brethren, no one is advocating profanity, or obscenity, or the right
to be an obnoxious irritation to the ears. If that is some preacher’s
motivation for supposedly preaching in the open air, his just reward
is not far out (see 2 Samuel 16:5-10/c.f. 1 Kings 2:36-46). Neither
is this an advocate to go beyond either your own true personal fears,
or common sense. Brethren just be honest about the limits to your
courage, because “if there be first a willing mind, it is
accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that
he hath not” (2 Corinthians 8:12). And stop condemning some
other brother’s courage and leadership from God in using that
Brother’s courage, simply because it exposes your fears. Pray
God to help you conquer your fears, or at least be honest about
them, until you can conquer them. And if you cannot conquer your
fear, the get Brother Braver-Than-You to come over and help you
do what you are afraid to do (see Judges 6:27).
Brethren, as a young policeman the author has been stabbed in the
wrist once, stabbed in the palm of the hand another time. He has
been in fights where a murder suspect kicked him in the side bruising
his spleen. He has had three ribs broken in a fight over another
officer’s gun grabbed by a suspect. His nose has been broken
twice in fights, once as a policeman, and once as a fool. He has
had is left thumb almost bit off, and two knuckles realigned. He
has been shot at three different times, once as a policeman, and
twice as a minister. He has had numerous guns pulled on him and
shoved in his face including a 20 gauge shotgun, two (2) .45 Colts,
a 9mm, and a 10mm. He has had his right knee busted in the same
fight that almost claimed his left thumb. He has fallen off a two
story building, been in five full-scale riots, one as a policeman
and three as a minister. He was just involved in his 64th arrest
for preaching the gospel in the open air. And has put his arm around
a wanted murderer inside a dark church auditorium, who was hired
to kill him, and prayed with the guy until the assassin shook uncontrollably
and ran out of the church screaming, with the gun still in his pocket.
But, Brethren there are some things that this preacher is afraid
of doing, and he will not hesitate to tell you what they are, and
why he is afraid of doing them. But calling a sin or a sinner what
they are is not one of them. Howbeit, “all men cannot receive
this saying” (Matthew 19:11), and the author refuses to measure
one man’s strength and courage against another, as long as
both are honest about their limits. But cursed be this ecclesiastical
cowardice that lies about another brother’s courage because
you cannot admit your fears.
The author is afraid of flying, though he flies tens of thousands
of miles every year. Actually, the flying doesn’t bother him
it’s the taking off and landing, and the drunk at the controls
that scare him. The author is afraid of underground buildings, and
concrete parking garages. He has buried his oldest son, and is very
cautious about the safety of his other three. The author has over
the years actively tried to tell folks to their face what God wanted
them told. He has been in the unfortunate position several times
over the last 28 years (maybe 8 times), when he had to call a woman
a whore to her face! He has never done that without extreme proof,
and present behavioral errors on the whore’s part that needed
immediate modification! (Wasn’t that a graceful explanation?)
He has had the uncomfortable position maybe three times in 28 years,
to call a man bigger than he a “coward” to his face.
And he has enjoyed the opportunity on countless occasions to call
sodomites everything from “perverted” to “whimp”,
and done so to their face. Brethren, it is just a simple matter
of vocabulary. Whether is easier to say to the sick of sodomy, Thy
degendered manifestations of transsexual luminations are the degradient
force that deterriates thine existence; or to say, You effeminate
sodomite whimp, your perverted lusts will put you in hell!? (see
Brethren, God help us both with our fears and our courage. Courage
is just the ability to act in disregard of your fears. But any man,
that is one for God, can name the sin and the sinner, and call both
by their proper name.
To be continued.
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