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Immediately after we closed on our first house, we hit the road for an eight week preaching tour. The last thing that we ever want is to have our house keep us off the road! We are going to keep traveling as a family preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere, just like before, except now we will have a home base to come back to. (Please note the new mailing address at the bottom of this newsletter in the support section)
NIGHT CLUBS AT SHREVEPORT, LA
Before we left on our tour I was able to take a local brother named Chris out on the streets and a campus for some open air preaching together. In the past Chris has been the senior Pastor of two churches and now serves in the ministry as an evangelist holding revival meetings, but God has greatly burdened his heart for open air ministry.
We went together to the nightlife of Shreveport to preach to all of the club goers. This was only the second time that I had been to this spot. The first time I preached there I was alone so I was glad to have another brother come out with me. Eventually I would like to lead a large team out there regularly. The nightlife of Shreveport has no open air preachers at all except when we show up. That is a sharp contrast to a place like Sundance Square in Fort Worth that has multiple open air preaching groups that go out there every weekend. Therefore Shreveport seems like a prime location for a new evangelism team to rise up.
There are various clubs throughout this area of town which attract crowds. As the revellers were waiting in line to get into the clubs to dance and drink beer, we were bold and would raise our voices right there next to them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a general rule, the people waiting in line to get in were still sober. I prefer to preach to people who are not drunk.
At one point the owner of one of the busy clubs came out to talk with us. After a little while he seemed to become very frustrated and angry with us. He even threated us with violence right there in front of a Police Officer who acted like nothing happened. The owner tried to say that we were on his property but it was clearly a city sidewalk so we held our ground. As the night went on he seemed to lighten up to us. He came out many times to listen to what we were saying. By the end of the night he invited us to come back every weekend. He said that we were entertaining. Of course, we will see how he feels when we actually do return.
At certain parts of the night Christ had a pretty large crowd circled around him. He had only open air preached a few times before and this was his first time going to a location like this one. So he was doing pretty good. God was blessing his labor. It’s not like he was saying very shocking or harsh things either. He was simply preaching the Bible plainly and the sinners would circle around him in a rage. Before we knew it he had a large crowd that eventually broke up in to smaller discussion groups. There we were in the middle of the night in front of the bars and clubs and everyone was talking about the Bible and Jesus Christ!
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE, TX
I was also able to take Chris out to Tyler Junior College before my family and I left on our preaching tour. We went out to this campus on the very first day of classes. The campus was busier than I have ever seen it before. It was almost impossible to find a place to park. The only problem was the weather. It was an extremely hot day. Nevertheless, we were able to draw a crowd. But the crowd made sure that they were standing in the shade of the tree. When we first arrived a student went into one of the Cafeterias and announced to everyone, “Jesse’s back!” I recognized some of the students from previous years.
I preached for a while and then Chris also spoke to the students. Chris returned to the campus to preach to the students by himself after my family and I left east Texas to start our tour.
NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL, NASHVILLE TN
Tennessee was our first stop on our tour. I had not preached in Tennessee in the past five years, since 2006. So I was happy to have another chance to call the people there to repentance and faith in Christ. As it happened, the National Folk Festival was going on there during our stay. We originally planned on being in Tennessee much sooner but circumstances prevented it. It may have been God’s providence since we were now able to preach at the National Folk Festival right there in Nashville.
The friends that invited us there lead the evangelism team at their church. This was a pretty big outreach for their church. Many of their members came out to pass out tracts, talk to people, and open air preach. I wish every church was like that! In the picture above you can even see the Pastor sharing the gospel there on the street. Pastors can be either the biggest encouragement or the biggest discouragement to a church regarding evangelism. But if the pastor of a church encourages evangelism and engages in it himself, he will see his church become alive and active in the work. Every pastor should exhort their congregation to get out there and preach the Gospel as The Great Commission is the primary objective given to us by Christ.
After we walked around and checked out the area, we found the best spot for preaching. As you can tell from the picture above, we preached right in front of the “Beer Beer Beer” tent. As it turns out, that was the busiest corner of the whole event! And the beer tent attracted exactly the type of person that we wanted to reach with the Gospel! All night long we had plenty of people to talk to and share Jesus Christ with.
There were thousands of people that attended this event. Many of them were the pot smoking hippie type. Our message was straight forward and simple. “You have broken the law of God. You need a Savior. God’s wrath is against the wicked but if you turn from your sins and trust in Jesus Christ, God will turn away from His wrath. Jesus Christ died for all of you. His death makes forgiveness available to all. But you need to repent and believe to receive it.”
The churches outreach was only for one night but I returned to the event the second night alone. I stood on the same “Beer Beer Beer” corner with a bullhorn and preached the Gospel loud and clear. One of the Police Officers gave me a hard time for using the bullhorn. He said that I was in the public park and therefore needed a permit for it. But once I took out my video camera he changed his demeanor. He then said all I needed to do was step off the curb into the street, which was blocked off, and I would be fine.
Now that it was only a matter of moving a few inches, I wasn’t going to try to argue with him. I stepped off into the street where lots of people were walking around and continued preaching. Almost immediately I started to draw a crowd. It seemed that moving off the curb into the street actually helped me! It wasn’t long before a large crowd circled around me and people started heckling and asking questions. I continued to preach with a crowd for a long time. In fact, even after the music stopped, the stage was being packed up, and all the vendors had packed up and left, I was still there preaching the gospel with a crowd of sinners standing there!
A SERMON AT A TENNESSEE CHURCH
The church was gracious enough to let me preach from the pulpit on Sunday morning. I shared my personal testimony and exhorted the church to evangelize and win souls because the wrath of God is against America. America continues on in wickedness and ungodliness and unless we as Christians get out there and win souls, America is doomed. The video for this sermon is below in the “New Videos” section.
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, KY
This was a brand new campus to me, but open air preaching is not new to this campus. My friends John McGlone and Kerrigan Skelly have preached there many times. Brother John came out with me to campus and warned me how wild the students can be. In fact, he said that there was a homosexual group that will protest them every time they preach. They will blast music and do all sorts of things to try to silence the preaching of the Bible. It wasn’t long after I started preaching that a crowd had gathered and I was able to preach without much interference for the first couple hours.
As I was preaching and calling sinners to repent of their sins and to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there was a professing Christian girl who came out and argued, “Everybody sins. Nobodies perfect. You can’t stop sinning. That’s impossible. We all sin every day.” Based upon her own confession, I warned the crowd, “Men, watch out for this girl! She’s a sinner!” I went on to say, “Men, watch out for any women who says you can’t be perfect. She might try to seduce you.” I personally cannot trust anyone who says, “You cannot stop sinning” because there is no telling what they might do to you or to your family. They might lie, steal, or even murder you and then excuse it by saying, “Well, nobodies perfect. You can’t stop sinning.”
Anyways, the guy in the picture above was upset with me for my conversation with the girl. He got in my face and tried to intimidate me. But it wasn’t working. He was just a show off trying to impress a pretty girl. After he saw that I didn’t back down, he did.
A student walked by as I was preaching wearing this Satanic t-shirt. Interestingly enough, he was not wearing it to protest me. He looked uninterested in the crowd and the preaching all together. He simply walked by and went into the Union. This Satanic t-shirt was simply his normal attire! This just goes to show how depraved and degenerate our University campuses are and further justifies my reason for going to them.
As you can see from the picture above, we certainly created a lot of interested and got a lot of attention on the campus. Just one man with a bible can do a lot of good for Jesus Christ. Many people have told me that we reach more people for Jesus just one day out on a campus than most churches reach in an entire year. It’s sad but true.
THE EEM CONFERENCE, SHIPSHEWANNA IN
The EEM Conference is primarily a “Moral Government Theology” conference that has been going on since the 80’s. Moral Government teachers like Harry Conn used to attend during those days. I was honored to be invited to speak at this years conference along side other men like Jed Smock, Dennis Carroll, Dean Harvey, and others.
When it was my time to speak I shared how I haev found Moral Government Theology to fit hand and glove with evangelism. For example, the doctrine of free will as taught by MGT makes sinners completely responsible for their sinful state. If you tell a sinner that he wasn’t born sinful but has chosen to be sinful by his own free will, this rips away all of his excuses and makes him feel his guilt and worthiness of punishment. And if men are free moral agents, it makes perfect sense to call them to repentance and faith. And the doctrine of atonement as taught by MGT greatly helps our evangelism efforts. Since the atonement was unlimited, in that it was made for all men, I can confidently tell sinners on the street “Jesus Christ died for you” and use this truth to influence them to repentance.
All of this is contrasted with Calvinism which seems all together incompatible with evangelism. In Calvinism, men cannot repent of their sins and believe the gospel. So why call them to do so? It would be irrational to tell a man to do what you know he cannot do. If salvation is not man’s decision, why tell him to come to Jesus? And in Calvinism, Jesus didn’t die for everyone. So how could you confidently tell anyone that Jesus shed his blood for them? And unless sinners hear that Jesus died for them, how can they believe it? And they cannot be saved unless they believe. So the doctrines of Calvinism seem not only incompatible with evangelism, but actually hinder it. I know of many people who used to be zealous for soul winning until they were convinced of the Calvinist doctrine that everything is predetermined. If that is true, why be so zealous and earnest?
This years conference was “closed” in that various ministries were invited to share what they have been doing. Attendance was by invitation only. But I was very pleased to hear that next years conference will be open to the public. It is my hope that God will use conferences like this one to spread sound biblical doctrine and counteract the resurgeance of Calvinism and other false and dangerous doctrines.
ELTON JOHN CONCERT, WINDSOR CANADA
Elton John, as many people know, is a homosexual. Just recently he adapted a child. I can’t imagine the confusion and problems a child will have growing up with two homosexuals. No doubt these homosexuals start brain washing these children as soon as they have them. I personally wouldn’t trust a homosexual with a child simply because you never know what these sexual perverts will do to that child.
This concert happened just weeks after Windor had a “Gay Pride” parade. Canada seems to have completely embraced this depravity, becoming a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. Even the city of Winnipeg is building a massive “Human Rights Muesum” that will promote homosexuality. While the liberals are no doubt thrilled at the “progression” of Canada, many of the pastors and Christians are greatly concerned and grieved.
One of the local pastors who knew this Elton John concert was coming invited me to come up to Canada to preach with him outside of it. He is new to street preaching but has a great burden for it. So the two of us went out there together with some signs and a bullhorn and preached the gospel loud and clear as people were waiting outside of the stadium to get in. The bullhorn echoed off of the building where the line was waiting so everyone could hear us easily. The location where we preached also had city buses dropping people off so we were able to reach even more people with the truth of the Bible.
A WINE FESTIVAL, CANADA
The pastor that invited me to Canada to preach outside of the Elton John concert with him also told me about a wine festival that was going on in the area. After the Elton John concert was over we drove to the festival to see if we could find a place to preach. The festival charged an admission fee to get in which my attornies have told me complicates the free speech issue even though it was in a public park. So we looked for one of the entrance/exit gates to preach from.
The first entrance/exit gate that we found was one of the side gates. It had a good amount of people so we stayed there and preached for a while. Right away we received an instant response from the people. By the time we got there everyone was already very drunk. Once they saw our banner and signs they immediately started heckling. One man started threatening me with violence and another man tried to steal my hat. I could tell it was going to be a rough night.
We decided after a little while to look for a busier gate. I knew that there must have been a larger main gate somewhere. After just a little bit of walking we found it. It had lots of people walking through it and had lots of people just hanging out outside. I thought that the other gate was rough but this one turned out to be even harder. Immediately we had hecklers from all over. The drunks swormed around us and were upset with what we were saying and doing. But we stood our ground all the same and preached the Gospel boldly, openly rebuking them for their sin and warning them of the wrath of the Lamb.
One younger man, who I don’t think was even drunk, grabbed my banner pole and tried to yank it out of my hands to run off with it. This is not the first time that this has happened to me. I continued to hold firmly unto the pole as we got into a tug of war. I looked him in the face and said, “Do you want to go to jail?” After he realized that he wasn’t strong enough to take it from me, he gave up. After it was all done, my banner pole was bent pretty badly. The same thing happened once in Missouri when a man tried to do the same thing. These poles seem to bend like butter in those situations.
Someone must have called the Police because they soon arrived. They talked with me and said that I had freedom of speech but strongly adviced that I find somewhere else to do this. After a little while, four of the Officers were basically begging me to leave just to make their job easier. They were worried that these drunks would respond violently, etc. Since we had already been at this festival for a good amount of time and since everyone seemed to be already drunk, I told the Officers that I would do them a favor and call it a night.
A SERMON AT A CANADIAN CHURCH
The pastor who invited me to Canada was gracious enough to let me preach from his pulpit on Sunday. I shared my personal salvation testimonies and shared various salvation testimonies that were the result of our ministry, to exhort and encourage the believers there to share their faith in Jesus Christ. The video from this message still needs to be uploaded to my YouTube account.
UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR, CANADA
The University of Windsor was a new campus to me. I have never had much favor with the Police in the past when I have tried to preach on Canadian campuses, so I went on Google maps to see if this campus had a city street that I could preach from. Sure enough, there was a city street that had lots of student foot traffic during class changes that I could preach from.
I was not sure if any other campus preachers had ever tried to preach on this campus before or not. There are many campuses across the boarder in Michigan that have had campus preachers visit them before, so I wondered if any others have ventured over the river to preach on this campus or not. As it turns out, my friend Jim Gilles has tried to preach on this campus in the years past but was kicked off the campus. So it was a good thing that I started preaching from the city sidewalk.
It wasn’t long after I started preaching that the campus Police showed up. The Officer that I spoke with the most said that he was once in Seminary training to be a priest. He said that he understood what I was doing but that there had been some complaints. He said that after seeing what we were doing and talking with us that he didn’t see any problems. I was able to preach the rest of the day without any problems or hassles from the Police.
It didn’t take too long before I was surrounded by a very large crowd of students. Whenever a campus has not seen a lot of open air preachers, very bold and straight forward preaching easily gathers a crowd. The students asked about all sorts of issues. One question that many kept asking was, “What’s wrong with homosexuality?” The sad thing is, their questions were genuine. They really could not conceive of any moral problems with homosexuality. They really were wondering why Christians were against it.
I had heard of pastors in Canada getting in a lot of trouble for speaking out against homosexuality, so I used caution when the students asked me, “What do you think about homosexuality?” I said, “Well, in America I am allowed to say that it is not OK to be gay. But here in Canada, I am not allowed to say it is not ok to be gay. So I am not going to say that. But in America, I can say that it is not ok to be gay.” I thought that this was a humorous response.
I spoke to one of the police officers afterwards about this issue and he told me that it is not against Canadian law to say that homosexuality is a sin or that homosexuality is wrong. He said that it is only against Canadian law to advocate violence towards homosexuals or other groups. He said that is what qualifies as hate speech, but not merely saying that homosexuality is a sin. Nevertheless, the students still accused me of hate speech for saying that homosexuality was a sin and that homosexuals will go to hell unless they come to Jesus.
There were a variety of protestors who made their own signs. The girl above had a sign that said, “I am good without god.” I asked her, “Do you consider yourself to be a good person?” She said, “Yes.” So I took her through the Ray Comfort “Good Person Test.” After she had admitting to lying, stealing, etc, she said, “No really. I’m a great person! Do you want me to hug you?” As you can see from the picture, she walked up to me to try to give me a hug. I take the Bible verse literally that says, “It is good for man not to touch a women.” So I extended out my Bible to keep the women away from me. Plus, you never know what people will try to do to you. I’ve had women start rubbing themselves on me and I’ve had homosexuals try to kiss me. So I try to avoid all their touchiness and maintain personal space. Having a sandwich board helps that, but for some reason it seems common for women to start dirty dancing on my sandwich board. Atleast it is not on me.
It is very common on universities or on the streets for people to want to take their picture with me. Now that cameras are on cell phones this is easier than ever. I guess I am some type of oddity to them. And considering how often people tell me, “Nobody wants you here. Nobody likes you,” it is strange that their actions like taking their picture with me shows me that they want to remember me.
If somebody asks me, “Can I take my picture with you?” I will usually say, “Sure” and stop preaching for a second for the picture. To make it more of a dramatic picture I will find the camera and point directly at it. This makes for a good photo. I will then encourage them to “tag” me on facebook. My strategy in all this is simple. I figure that if they take a good picture, they will want to show their friends. And if they upload it to their facebook, then all their friends can see it and talk about it. Usually the message on a banner, sign, or t-shirt is also included in the picture. So when they share the picture with others who were not there, they will get the message as well. We can have a much larger reach and influence nowadays because of the digital technology that existence than what was possible in previous years.
This particular girl, atleast I think it was a girl, held a sign next to me for a while that said, “I Love Sex.” This shows that sad state of affairs for our university campuses today. Here we were talking about issues of eternal significance, debating very important and relevant topics, and the only thing that this student could contribute was, “I Love Sex.” This just further shows how important it is for campus preachers like myself to go to these campuses. We are trying to lift their minds out of the gutter and put their attention and things that really matter, like the salvation of their souls. These students need to realize that their most valuable possession is certainly not their genitals, but their souls. As the Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
It is very sad to think that the greatest experience many of these students have ever had has been sex – a merely physical experience, when the greatest experience a person can ever have is the salvation of their soul. To be born again and to have a relationship with Jesus Christ is the greatest experience that human beings can ever have, but many of these students know nothing about it. Their greatest experience in life is no greater than that which a dog or a beast of the woods can have.
One of my favorite characteristics of the location where we preached from was the staircase. I have preached in many locations over the past decade, but my favorite place to preach is either an ampitheatre or in front of a staircase. This is because it provides a place where the students can sit down. Sitting seems to have a natural calming effect upon the crowd. Sometimes the crowds can get out of hand in the open air. I have had many crowds circle in around me very closely. But when there is a wall or a staircase where the students can sit, this both keeps the crowds back and helps to keep them calm. And students always seem a bit more attentive when the preaching enviroment is like this one, atleast in my opinion.
While the first day on campus seemed to go very well, it was the second day that I received problems from the police. I had been preaching for maybe twenty minutes when the police arrived. They said that they had received a “hate speech” complaint from one of the students. They said that they believed the complaint to be false and said that the investigation would likely prove it to be so, but that their higher ups told them to shut me down for the day.
The hate speech law of Canadan states that you cannot promote genocide against any people group, including homosexuals. And the police said that they didn’t believe that I was promoting genocide. I told them that I am trying to help homosexuals, not hurt them. I want to see them saved.
They said that I had two options. I could either stay and keep preaching, but they would immediately arrest me and then investigate the hate speech complaint. Or I could leave for the day and the whole thing comes to naught.
I said, “Don’t you arrest someone after an investigation?” They said, “Not in this case.” So apparently you are guilty until proven innocent. They said that an investigation would be a lot of work for them to do which would be a burden, especially because they believed that the complaint was unfounded. They said that they heard me the day before and didn’t have problems with what I was saying. Nevertheless, they had an official complaint and would have to act on it if I didn’t leave immediately. This would have created more complications for me as well since I was planning on crossing the boarder back to the US soon and certainly wouldn’t want to have to come back to Windsor for any court appearances. Therefore, I left.
One student followed us who said he was a Christian. We talked to him for some time and he seemed encouraged in the Lord. Another student also followed us who was an atheist. We talked to him for some time as well. He said that he was a student at a different college but heard from a friend what we did yesturday and so he came out to check it out. He sent me an email with some questions as well and also became my friend on facebook. There were numerous students from this campus who joined my facebook so even though I am not on their campus I can still have an impact in their lives for Jesus Christ!
A SERMON AT A DETROIT MICHIGAN CHURCH
My pastor friend in Canada connected me with a pastor friend of his in Detroit. He opened up some doors for me to minister to the believers in Detroit. First he invited me on his radio broadcast program where I was able to share what the Lord has been speaking to me. And then he let me speak to his church.
I preached a sermon called “The John The Baptist Movement.” I explained how John the Baptist was sent by God to be a voice to prepare the first coming of the Lord. Then I explained how Jesus gave the Great Commission to the Christian church to prepare the world for the second coming of Christ. Just as John the Baptist publicly rebuked and confronted sin and pointed sinners to the Savior Jesus Christ, so must the Church of Jesus Christ in these last days. The sermon was video recorded and will be uploaded to my YouTube account soon.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DETROIT MI
Right across the boarder from Windsor Canada is Detroit Michigan with Wayne State University. I know of multiple campus preachers that have preached on this campus in the past but it was new to me. It seemed pretty clear to me after I started preaching that it was going to be a wild crowd. The students were in an uproar when I started speaking against things like gangster rap music and Islam. The crowd became very large and very angry very quickly. But I was able to say a few humorous things which seemed to lighten up the atmosphere and attitude of the crowd. There are certain crowd control techniques which are good for campus preachers to know.
I spoke to somebody who said that the campus was wide open regarding free speech but after I preached for about an hour, the Police and administration showed up. They said that there was a designated free speech area somewhere else or outside groups and said that prior notice was required. When I first arrived on campus I noticed how the city streets that surrounded the campus also had alot of students walking on them so I decided to simply move to the city sidewalk instead of going through the hassle the administration would have given me. I announced to the crowd where I was going and many of them followed me there.
I moved to the city sidewalk and continued preaching and many of the students followed me there, including two undercover police officers. The stayed the whole time and made sure the crowd did not get out of hand. The student with the “Hail Satan” t-shirt was not wearing that shirt to protest what I was doing. I wasn’t even on the campus a few minutes before he walked by already wearing it. That was his normal attire! Certainly Satan is having an impact and influence on these campuses so it is ver important that Jesus does as well! And Jesus does that through His people!
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Some friends in Michigan hosted us while we were there. They originally found our ministry by searching the internet for Charles Finney. They said that many of the websites they found were anti-Finney but were very happy to find our ministr because we were modern day preachers that were declaring the same truths that Finney taught during the revivals of his day. They are a large Christian family and had two teenagers who came out to campus with me. Their family was already very familar with our YouTube videos but were excited to see it first hand.
The closest campus to our host home was Western Michigan University. I didn’t know any campus preachers who had been on this campus so I wasn’t sure what the “free speech policies” were. I assumed that like many other campuses in Michigan, it was a wide open campus.
We arrived on campus during the class change so I found the closest bench that I saw, jumped up unto it, and started preaching. You coud tell by the looks and expressions on the students faces that they had never seen anybody like me before. Many of them looked shocked and stunned. Conservative Christianity seems to be rarer and rarer the further North that you go.
This was a student who heckled me for a while. Some students referred to it as a male and others as a female. At first I was a little confused myself but more and more it became obvious that this was a boy wearing a bra. I suspected that maybe it was taking hermones as well. The students had no expressions of shock or disgust for this creep. But they had plenty of expressions of shock and disgust for me for preaching the Bible! That’s sad. You can be a cross dressing, hermone popping, weirdo and the university students will be more than accepting and tolerant of our behavior, but if you are a sandwich board wearing, Bible preaching, Christian and the university students will be very aggressive in their opposition and hostility toward you and your message. Boys can walk around campus wearing bras and that’s completely fine, but if Christians put a biblical message on a sandwich board and walk around campus the are going too far!
There was the typical heckling and mocking but overall this campus was pretty tame. Nobody went crazy or got out of hand. There was no violence or even any threat of violence. For the most part the students just gathered around, asked questions, made comments, etc. Socialism seemed to be a popular topic for discussion. The students kept asking about why that was on my sign. They laughed when I said, “The Bible says, ‘Thou Shalt Not Be A Socialist” They would say, “No it doesn’t! Where does it say that?” I would open up my Bible and take them to Exodus chapter twenty and read, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” I would explain how socialism is synonomous with stealing. Socialists want to redistribute the wealth. That’s the precise goal of a bank robber too! Bank robbers and socialists both want to take money from those who earned it and worked for it and put it in the pockets of those who didn’t earn it by their own labor. It is unfortunate that Christians need to educate American university students about the evils of socialism, especially when they are paying so much money to a university for an education that isn’t doing it.
Even in the rain the students stayed and listened. It is not hard to draw a crowd and maintain a crowd so long as your preaching is personal and direct. If you are preaching about issues that are relevent to their lives and are confronting the wickedness that they are engaging it, you will capture their attention and keep their attention even in the rain.
After preachig for about three hours, somebody called the police. There was a homosexual group that came out and heckled me and the police arrived shortly after they left. I suspect that they might have called the police. From my experiences in the past, homosexuals are the most intolerant of Christians more than any other groups. Even the atheists will try to debate you, but the homosexuals will always try to get you to leave campus.
The Police said that a permit was required to speak on campus. Since I had already preached for about three hours I wasn’t going to try to argue it. The Constitution of the United States should be the only “free speech permit” that any American ever needs to speak on public property. And I question weather such a permit policy even exists for the campus. Nevertheless we ended up having a great outreach on this campus and I hope to return some day.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Michigan State University has had a lot of campus preachers in the past. In fact, I know of one man who will go to this campus every week to preach. And my friend and fellow campus preacher Brother Jed Smock had visited this campus only a week before I came. I know that the more students encounter open air preaching, the harder it is to capture their attention. Nevertheless, with the help of a sign and a sandwich board, I was able to draw a very good size crowd and preach all day.
I had not been preaching very long when this man with a pink hat and a “Recycle Yourself” t-shirt came over and began telling some kind of story. He stood across from where I was standing and stole a good part of my crowd for a little while. I couldn’t hear what he was saying but one of the people with my group went over to see what it was and she said it didn’t make any sense to her. Though he was successful in capturing the attention of my crowd for a little while, it didn’t last. I continued to preach the Gospel hot and strong and eventually the crowd came back over. Many times in the past seven years that I have been preaching on campuses have various people or groups stolen my crowd. But in reality, they don’t really stand a chance. I am accustomed to preaching for four to six hours at a time. I have yet to meet a heckler or a competitive speaker that I couldn’t outlast. I think that they usually run out of things to say. And the crowd will eventually lose interest with them and come back over to where I am preaching.
Atheism seemed to be a strong hold on this particular campus. Many of the students were walking around with “The god delusion” by Richard Dawkins. I wondered if it was required reading for one of their classes. There was even one student from the middle east that I met who used to be muslim but now was an atheist who was promoting Richard Dawkins book. Since this was such a big issue on this campus, I gave some Christian apologetics for the existence of God and attacked atheism as a worldview. But many of the students seemed indifferent and unaffected by the reason and logic I presented them with. Ultimately atheism isn’t a mental problem but a moral dilemma. At the end of the day it really comes down to the fact that people do not want God to rule their lives.
You can see the intelligence and maturity level of these students by the types of signs that they made. I came down to their maturity level and made the crowd laugh by saying, “My sign is better than your sign” and also, “I’ve seen homeless people with better signs than those.” Though I am often very serious and stern when preaching the Gospel, I also see the benefits of having and showing a sense of humor.
Another example is how I responded to the issue of evolution. The atheists, of course, brought up the issue of evolution and asked what my thoughts were on it. I explained the difference between macro evolution and micro evolution, pointed out the irreducible complexity that exists within creation, showed evolutions inconsistency with the established scientific law of cause and effect, and illustrated how evolution doesn’t even quality as a scientific theory because it is not observable, testable, or reproducable. I also pointed out that the origin of specifies itself is beyond the natural limitations of science because of its empirical epistemology. But I could tell that these students weren’t really interested in my answers. Often the person asking the question will start talking to somebody else immediately after asking the question! They are not genuine questions but are simply meant to trip up the preacher. So when somebody else asked, “What about Charles Darwin?” Rather than getting into the apologetic answers that it seems they don’t even listen to or care about, I simply said, “Charles Darwin had the mind of a monkey! By his own confession!” This was something that the students listened to and will likely remember, and something which they didn’t even try to refute!
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
This was another campus that my friend Jed Smock had visited just a week before my visit. It was also one of the many campuses on our tour that was new to me. I was a little worried that since Brother Jed had been on this campus the week before that I would have a hard time drawing a crowd. It took me a little while to figure out the best place to start preaching but eventually I decided that preaching in front of the staircase would be best. Though there was not many people walking up and down the staircase but everyone was walking in the open square, I knew that if I started preaching that people would start to sit on the stairs to listen.
Once I started preaching, a man with a “free candy” sign stood near me and started giving out free candy. Then a few other people stopped and started heckling me. Before long I had a good size crowd that grew and stayed the whole day.
As you can see, my two year old daughter wanted to come and see me and help hold my sign. It seems that whenever she sees me holding a sign in public, she wants to hold it too. Her presence won the affection of the crowd. And the staircase did provide a great place for the students to sit down during the preaching, just as I had predicted.
Throughout the day the crowd changed in size a few times. Sometimes it got smaller and sometimes it grew larger, but it maintainced a good size the entire time. An issue that kept being brought up on these campuses is that of the Gnostic gospels. The students would say things like, “What about the other gospels that didn’t make it in the bible? The Bible is incomplete.” And then later on the students would say something like, “The gospels were written too late. They couldn’t have been written by their supposed authors.”
I found these statements from the students to be both ignorant, misinformed, and inconsistent. The reason that the Gnostic gospels were rejected was because they could not have been written by their supposed authors. They were written too late. Some of them were written in a language or style that their supposed author wouldn’t have even known. They were counterfiets. Yet these students are not satisfied because these Gnostic gospels were not put into the Bible. And at the same time, they try to say that the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were counterfiet and were written too late. They had it backwards. the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were in the Bible because the early Christians knew who the authors were and their credibilities. The gospels in the Bible are there for good reasons and the gospels that were rejected were rejected for good reasons. But the students will try to turn both of these issues into reasons for rejecting Christianity. It just goes to show what Charles Finney said, “God cannot please sinners.”
While it might look like he put this outfit on to heckler us, that is not the case. In the past there have been students who have heckled us who have worn halloween outfits, but while we were still driving around looking for a place to park I saw this man on the street corner wearing this mask and playing his violin. It is not that he was wearing it to somehow mock us. He was just a strange person.
When he first started playing I thought to myself, “Great. This guy is going to drown out the preaching and I am going to end up losing my voice.” So I decided to stop preaching while he was playing his song, hoping that he would just play a song and leave. But he kept playing numerous songs. He had talent and the crowd liked him at first but I suspected that they would eventually lose interest in him. Sure enough, after a couple songs the students tried to talk with me again. I told them that I couldn’t talk while the guy was playing. So they started waiting for him to finish. A little while later I asked the crowd, “Does anyone have any questions?” A student answered and said, “Yea I have one.” I said to him, “Sorry. I can’t answer your question. This guy is still playing.” I was hoping that the crowd would turn on him. So the students asked him to stop playing so that they could ask me a question. He stopped for a little while but then picked it up again. I kept preaching and the crowd was no longer paying attention to him. So he eventually left and went somewhere else to try to get attention.
This was a muslim girl who came out and stood next to me in front of the crowd with a sign that said something like, “Can’t we all be friends?” I told her that I have no problem being nice and kind to her, but that she was an enemy of God because of her sins. As time when on she became very foul mouthed. She was using all sorts of filthy language and started calling me all sorts of foul names. She wasn’t very friendly towards me.
I asked her, “Do you think that muslims and Christians worship the same God?” She said, “Yes, we do worship the same God.” I said, “Great! I didn’t know that Muslims worshipped my God! I worship the Trinity. I worship Jesus Christ. Is Jesus Christ your God?” She said, “No, Jesus Christ is not my God.” I said, “Wait a minute. You said that we worshipped the same God! Did you lie to me?” It seems to be a very common view on universities today that all religions worship the same God. But this just shows a person’s ignorance in actually studying what various religions teach and believe about God. When all the cards are laid on the table, it is very clear that all religions do not worship the same God. Satanism is a religion. And Satanists do not worship the same God as Christians… though they might worship the same God as the muslims!
UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG, CANADA
The University of Winnipeg is one of those campuses which I believe has never had an open air preacher. Right next to this campus is the “William and Catherine Booth College” and also the “Menno Simmons College.” William and Catherine Booth and also Menno Simmons were open air preachers. Yet I do not believe that the University of Winnipeg has ever had an open air preacher on it.
Since I have never had much favor trying to preach on a Canadian campus, I started preaching from the city sidewalk. I stood right near a busy crosswalk that many of the students use which was also right near the open grassy area that many of the students hang out in. The weather was exceptional for this part of the year in Winnipeg so many of the students were taking advantage of it by hanging out on the grass.
It didn’t take very long before the students started heckling and gathering around. This was a rare spectacle for them. Issues like creationism, evolution, lesbianism, pot smoking, alcohol, gangster rap, dirty dancing, premartial sex, etc, were all talked about in relation to God and the Bible. The crowd seemed to grow larger and larger.
A student who claimed to be an atheist asked me, “Why are you here?” I said, “Well, have you ever prayed as an atheist, ‘God if you are real, give me a sign?” He said, “Sure.” I said, “Well, here it is. This is your sign! God is real and He wants you to repent of your sins and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”
The Police soon arrived and said that they had received some complaints from the campus security. They acknowledged that I had a right to free speech and that I was on the city sidewalk, but was worried about the size of the crowd. I told them that if it was a problem, tell the crowd to leave. They said, “We can’t do that. They have a right to stop.” I thought to myself, “Then what’s the problem?” I could tell that the Police were getting close to making me leave (unlawfully) so I decided to negotiate with them. I told them that I would put my banner away which would attract less attention. They said that if I put the banner away, I could keep preaching. So that is what I did, for a few more hours.
After preaching a few more hours, some young muslims joined the crowd and one of them started spitting on my banner that was on the ground and making threats. Another man started smoking a joint and even put it in my pocket. The campus security apparently called the Police because they soon arrived. This time they really wanted to shut down the entire situation. I told them that since I had preached for so many hours already that I would just call it a day and come back tomorrow.
When I returned the next day, the campus security was not pleased to see me. They thought that the Police made me put my banner away and then made me leave the campus the day before. I tried to explain that I did both of those things voluntarily and that the Police never made me do any of that, but they didn’t believe me. They said, “Well, if you get another big crowd today we’ll have to call the Police again.”
I started preaching and almost immediately had a crowd of students. The size of the crowd grew larger and larger. The campus security had apparently hired some extra help because there were more security officers out there this time. The Police arrived after about an hour or so when the crowd was an estimated 250 people.
The Police told me that they were concerned about my saftey because downtown Winnipeg was a dangerous place, because I was offending people, and because the crowd was so big. I told them that I understand the risks involved in my job just like there are risks involved in their job, but that it was a risk I was willing to take. I also said that there had been no violence and that I honestly was not expecting there to be any and that it was mere conjecture on their part. But they said that if I did not leave campus they would arrest me for disturbing the peace. In all of the legal cases I have been involved in, the application of “disturbing the peace” to free speech activity is never held up in court. But Canada is too far for me to travel to try to challenge this. If I lived in or near Winnipeg it would be different. So I decided to leave the campus, or actually, leave the city street.
I did however email the city Police over the issue.
Subject: Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer :
I was preaching the Bible today on Portage Ave in front of the University of Winnipeg. I had a crowd of about 40 students gathered around asking me questions. The Police arrived and said that because some people in the crowd were angry at what I was saying, that I could no longer exercise free speech on Portage Ave for today. And they said if I come back I would be arrested for “disturbing the peace”.
I wanted to request information regarding free speech laws. Do I have freedom of speech on Portage Ave? Is my speech protected even if people don’t like it or get angry at it? Does a crowd have veto power over a speakers freedom of speech?
Thank you for your email. It is my understanding that numerous individuals in attendance were becoming angry and somewhat aggressive. Our attendance and action has nothing to do with your freedom of speech however the safety of all parties involved, including yourself.
Jason Michalyshen Constable, Public Information Officer
Hello Officer Michalyshen,
I absolutely appreciate what you are saying. I will not debate you on the issue of free speech. I am only prepared to comment on what little I know about the situation. I have information to support that upwards of 250 people were becoming angry and potentially aggressive. Safety was clearly an issue here and our priority.
If you wish to make a complaint with our Professional Standards Unit or LERA, that is your choice.
I Sincerely wish you well.
Jason Michalyshen Constable, Public Information Officer
I decided not to file any official complaint because I am not convinced that it would do any good. But it should be part of a Police officers training that if a crowd becomes angry with a person exercising their freedom of speech, it is the duty of the Police to control or arrest the people in the crowd causing the disturbance rather than to usurp the rights of the speaker or to arrest the one who is merely using his rights. And you definitely shouldn’t take away free speech based upon a conjecture that people might respond with violence. That would be like the government outlawing mini-skirts because someone might respond by raping them. Liberals wouldn’t dream of doing that! But they will take away a Christians freedom of speech because someone might become aggressive towards them.
ATHEISM VS THEISM
The Logical Case For Theism
An atheist from the University of Windsor emailed me and asked for my best argument for the existence of God. I wrote him these logical syllogisms:
Everything that had a beginning is finite.
Everything that had a beginning had a cause.
Therefore, everything that is finite had a cause.
Everything that is finite had a cause.
The first cause cannot have a cause.
Therefore, the first cause cannot be finite.
Everything is either finite or infinite.
The first cause cannot be finite.
Therefore, the first cause is infinite.
Everything that is finite indicates the existence of a first cause.
The first cause is infinite.
Therefore, everything that is finite indicates the existence of the infinite.
That which is infinite had no beginning.
That which had no beginning needs no cause.
Therefore, that which is infinite needs no cause.
That which is infinite needs no cause.
Our first cause is infinite.
Therefore, our first cause needs no cause.
Effects cannot be greater than their cause.
Humans are sentient, intelligent, moral beings.
Therefore, our cause must be greater than us in consciousness, intelligence, and morality.
Effects cannot be greater than their cause.
Humans are sentient, intelligent, moral beings.
Therefore, our cause cannot be an unconscious, unintelligent, amoral thing.
The only logical conclusion which my mind can come to is that there is a God who created us and who is greater than us.
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