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The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 5/02/2005
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By Jesse Morrell
http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com – Taking the Gospel where it belongs
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1) Witnessing to wizards, witches, and warlocks
This is one of the many stories from the trip to Missouri. We preached to crowds on a college and also offered a free meal to college students. Twenty or so college students came to the free dinner and we engaged in discussion on Christ and Christianity. But this was the most exciting story:
“Earth Day” event witnessing
This day was filled with preaching to pagans, witches, lesbians, and plain old-fashion God mockers. A group of Christians invited me to come and preach with them in Missouri, so I am here now. Today we started off by going to a Church. The service was nice but on our way out, I saw two men walking side by side with their arms around each other and they kissed on the lips (not the brotherly kiss Paul wrote about), right there in the Church! They were openly flaunting their homosexuality which I have never seen that before in a Church. I was deeply burdened by it.
There was an “Earth Day” event going on in the downtown area with hundreds of people out there all to thank “Mother Earth”. We arrived around noon and scoped out the area. There were hand-reading tables, pagan religious tables; “save the trees and animals” type tables, and a host of other things, not all bad. There was also a concert going on with hippie style music.
We found a nice four way intersection walk way with a nice traffic flow. There was a little grassy hill that I could stand on to preach and there were not any venders near by to complain. It was perfect for preaching, minus the concert going on behind our backs. I started preaching “Hundreds of people have come out here today to celebrate the earth. And we should be thankful for the trees, and the grass, and the air. We should be thankful for these things, but we should thank Father God not Mother Earth. I see idolatry today when people thank the creation rather then The Creator…”
We didn’t get much attention until a man dressed up as a Wizard was walking by. He had the staff and hat and everything. “Witches, Warlocks, and Wizards God will judge” I said. That got his attention and he started heckling me which drew a crowd of teenagers who sat in the grass to watch the man with a bible battle the man dressed as a Wizard. What a sight it must have been. It certainly got everyones attention and we had a huge crowd (for a street meeting) in no time at all. The crowd was sometimes wild and would throw things at me, but they also would stop and consider the Word of God that was being preached.
As sorts of questions and comments were asked which were answered, but one heckling sticks out in my mind: “LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!!” screamed a heckler as she walked off. “Yes, this woman made a great point. But who is without sin? God is without sin and He has 10 stones which he will throw. On Judgment Day the “thou shall not lie” stone will be thrown and will shatter all liars (as I acted out throwing a stone like a baseball). The “thou shall not steal” stone will be thrown and will destroy all thieves. (As I acted it out). The “thou shall not commit adultery” stone will be thrown and will kill all those who have had sex out of marriage. (As I acted out throwing a stone again) But two thousand years ago Jesus Christ took the weight of the Law upon Himself, and it came crashing down upon Him on the cross like boulders falling off a cliff. He was crucified from head to toe for our sin. He gave His life so we could receive life. He died so that we don’t have to die. Therefore turn to Christ and live”.
The crowd size varied in size, but still remained a very nice crowd the whole time. One young man holding a bible viciously tried to oppose me for preaching repentance. He went to the other side of the street and started screaming out “God loves everyone. God loves everyone”. The crowd of mockers, lesbians, liars, thieves, idolaters, and God-haters all said “there is a real preacher. He is a real preacher!” as they walked over to listen to him. “God loves everyone. God loves lesbians” he said as the crowd clapped with great joy! Without a word on repentance, this message strengthens the hands which sinners have on their sins. I said “If Jesus preached as you preach, he never would have been crucified on a cross! But Jesus Christ said “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). His preaching was short lived, you could only say “God loves you” so many times. The crowd left with him, so I worked up another crowd which I don’t believe I’ve ever been able to do with such ease before.
I handed it over to another brother who preached much on loving God by repenting and God loving us by Jesus dying on the cross. I thought it was wonderful and brought much balance to the preaching since I focused much on sin and the wrath that is to come. We must preach the love of God, but when we do we must always connect it to the cross. “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
2) A Tale of Two Preachers
A friend of mine once pointed out that we are supposed to be peace-makers, not peace-keepers. I have thoughts on that for quite some time now and have come to more deeply realize the difference between the two.
A peace keeper seeks to make sure that there is peace between him and other men. He wants to be loved and spoken well of by all men.
A peace keeper outwardly says he loves people.
A peace keeper gives false peace.
A peace keeper is motivated by the fear of man.
A peace keeper pleases man
In seeking to be a peace keeper, we fail to be a peace maker. Man has set himself up against His creator and we are called to reconcile the world back to Him through Jesus Christ. However with this great calling comes a great cost and we will experience the same rejection that the Lord Jesus Christ experienced. Should we be accepted by the world that rejected Christ? Or in the words of an old hymn “is this vile world a friend of grace, to help me on to God”.
A peace keeper will tell people everything that they want to hear. They will speak ONLY on the blessing and love of God. But will never talk about sin, repentance, holiness, or the other aspects of God like His anger and His wrath. “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as the world, and the world hears them.” 1 John 4:5. However a peace maker will speak those things which are necessary for bringing man back into a right relationship with God.
A peace keeper, also termed in the bible as a false teacher, is loved by the multitudes. They have many followers and deceive many. Everyone always has nothing but nice things to say about them. “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26. However a peace maker is kicked out of the synagogues and attempts are made on his life, because he calls men to reform their lives by repenting of their sins, because without repentance there is no peace with God.
A peace keeper is much like the false prophets in the book of Jeremiah. The false prophets told the rebellious nation that they didn’t need to turn back to God, because nothing but good times was ahead for them. These false prophets told the rebellious nation that God was pleased with them and smiling upon them. False teachers and false prophets only tell you what you want to hear, that which is pleasing and smooth. They said “peace, peace! When there is no peace” ( Jer. 8:11) They give a false comfort of peace, and outwardly appear to care for men, but inwardly are truly only caring for themselves. Much like those who only say to sinners “God loves you, God loves you” (which is true) but fail to talk about repentance, and for that reason they strengthen the hands that sinners have on their sins, because they feel that they are acceptable to God even while they are in their sins. A false teacher is always politically correct, and a true preacher is always prophetically correct. Jeremiahs message was not “peace, peace”, he said himself “I shouted, ‘violence and plunder” and called them all to repent lest they be taken captive into Babylon for their sins. ( Jer 20:8). This is much like those who shout today “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” lest sinners be taken captive entirely by their sins to hell. And they receive the same welcome Jeremiah received, “everyone mocks me.” (Jer. 20:7). But it was Jeremiah, not the false prophets, who truly cared and loved the people. Unfortunately nobody listened to Jeremiah and he saw no converts. But praises be to God that we do see converts today!
So here is the point of it all. The world is abiding under the wrath and anger of a holy God; we have the solution that can bring them back into a right standing and right relationship with God, which is Jesus Christ if they turn from all their sin. So here is the deal guys, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”. (Mark 16:15)
PS. I was thinking about holiness and had this thought which I wanted to share:
It is the will of God that we move from being “just a sinner saved by grace” to a Saint that is empowered by grace! That is His will that you go from being conquered by sin to being a more then a conqueror. If the Law is the strength of sin (1Co 15:56), then grace should be the strength of righteousness.
3) How you can pray and support us:
A) Pray for all the traveling that has been happening. I’ll be speaking to a variety of Christian groups as well as preaching open-air all over. God forbid that I ever speak anything that is not from Him!
B) Pray for the Church that she overcomes all her fears for the sake of preaching the gospel to the lost.
C) Pray for the lost which have ignored the internal voice of the conscience, that they not ignore the external voice of preachers!
D) Pray for all the preachers that preach repentance, that the Lord may sustain them. Pray for all the preachers who don’t preach repentance, that the Lord may change them.
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