Newsletter Archive: Preaching that Disturbs the Conscience of Sinners – 10/24/2005

For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.

The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 10/24/2005

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October 24, 2005
I don’t normally sent out so many e-mails so close to each other, but today
was such a rocken day at Texas Tech that I had to send out an email.

We preached for 5 hours to crowds ranging from 200-500 students.

I started us off and was able to pull together a great crowd of a couple
hundred students. Unrelentingly I preached against sin. The crowd responded with much aggression and hatred. I felt the Spirit and refused to give sin a chance to take a breath. Someone in the crowd started yelling out, “why are you attaching us? why are you attaching us?” I wasn’t, I was attaching sin by preaching and their conscience knew it.

When trying to preach repentance, some would yell out, “You can’t turn from
sin. Your always going to sin. You just can’t stop.” To which I’d get
specific, “which sin can’t you stop? You can’t stop lying? You can’t stop
stealing? You can’t stop commiting adultery? God always provides a way out.
Your never tempted beyond what your able to bear. You need to take every
thought captive to the obedience of Christ. It’s not that you can’t stop,
but that you won’t stop.” Others would say, “Jesus came to take away the
law.” “No, Jesus came not to take away, but to fulfill. Jesus didn’t come so
you could go and get drunk, or to sleep around. Jesus didn’t come to take
the law away, Jesus came to take your sin away.”

I believe in speaking the truth in love and speaking the truth plainly.
“Jews, muslims, hindus, budhists, there all wrong!” To which someone in the
crowd would lash back and say, “You can’t say that!” I’d respond with, “so
your saying I’m wrong?” “Yes of course your wrong”. “so your doing exactly
what your telling me not to do.”

For a long time I preached about sin, law, righteousness, judgment, hell,
grace, forgiveness, repentance, Jesus Christ, etc. Once the crowd was maybe
up to 300, and also on the verge of physically harming me (Jon Speed heard
people talking about really hurting me) I turned the crowd over to Jon.

They didn’t like Jon any better. He attacked sin and reached through to
their conscience. As John Wesley said, “When you preach, men should either
get angry or get converted, if those two things do not happen, I don’t
believe your called to be a preacher.” Well, under conviction these people
largely responded with anger. As Ian Paisley said, “I’m going to have either
a riot, or a revival”. Well, we were about to have a riot.

Eventually the rest of the team showed up and Darrel Rundus, Tim Crawford,
Miles Lewis, Tim Camp all preached. The crowd calmed down greatly when we got into intellectual discussions. When you intellectually prove
Christianity, the crowd thinks. When you go for the conscience, it’s a riot
or a revival.

Afterwards I had a discussion with a man who said he was a believer, but
thought if we were friendlier and nicer, (didn’t talk about hell, sin,
judgment) we would win more people. I said, “Jesus Christ was the perfect
preacher. He never once made a mistake. But His first sermon, they tried to
throw Him off a cliff. If you asked His crowd, ‘what do you think of this
guy’ they would have said, ‘I hate Him. I’m going to throw Him off this
cliff.’ But yet Jesus was the perfect preacher. So maybe the problem isn’t
with the preacher, but the problem is with the audience.”

I tell you guys, the word was preached with power and fire and the unction
of the Holy Spirit today and hundreds of college students were reached!
Plenty of people thanked us, others hated us. We’ll see what happens
tommorow on campus. Pray for us.

For the Audience of One
Jesse Morrell



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