Newsletter Archive: Open Air Preaching Outside Biker Rally – 5/09/2007

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 5/09/2007

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Biker Rally Hears “REPENT!”
Jesse Morrell
May 9, 2007

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CONFRONTING THE 22ND ANNUAL BIKER’S RALLY
AT “MOM’S BIKER BAR”

This past weekend I have the awesome opportunity to preach to the biker community. In the past I have preached to the homeless community, the homosexual community, the ghetto community, the academic community, but never ever the biker community. But we must go to the sinners and we must go to the worst of them!

It was this past Saturday when I was watching the 6’oclock news when I saw a story on a local Biker’s Rally. The footage showed thousands of bikers all revelling and drinking, who came to Texas from all over the country (even from other countries). The news reported ended by saying, “they will be partying late into the night”.

This was my chance to preach to the bikers! I called up some local friends in the area to go out with me and jumped in my car. On the way there, I prayed that all of the Christians would be gone by the time I get there (so they won’t bother me for preaching) and hoped that maybe even some hell’s angels would be there.

I arrived at Mom’s Biker Bar around 8:00pm to see hundreds of bikes and bikers drinking and partying. On my way to park, I had to dodge drunkards stumbling all over the road, one who had apparently been in a fight because he was covered in human blood.

A friend of mine, a local Pastor, couldn’t meet me for another hour so I was on my own. I decided to just wear my sandwich board, take my banner and my bullhorn, and just stand in front of the bar to talk to people. But I wasn’t going to open air preach until some brethren arrived, for safety reasons.

The banner read: “TURN to JESUS and LIVE” and “REPENT and BELIEVE on JESUS”

The sandwich board read: “GOD is ANGRY with the WICKED everyday” and “PEACE with GOD is only in JESUS CHRIST”

Some bikers read my signs and said they appreciated me being out there as they shook my hand. Others cussed and swore and told me to leave. One man said, “you don’t need to be here, there’s nothing but good people here.” Another man shortly after said, “if you don’t want to wake up in the hospital in the morning you better get out of here” to which I responded, “But I was told there was nothing but good people here?”

One man, tripple my size, ended up pushing me the distance of 3 blocks to get rid of me. When he finally stopped, I turned to him and said:

Myself: “You listen to me. Your friends over there are going to hell! And you might be ok with that, but I’m not. You will not stop be from preaching to those sinners. You could beat me bloody all night long, but I’m going to preach the gospel!”

He said: “Oh, I’m not going to be violent.” (after he pushed me 3 blocks!)

Myself: “well, your gonna have to be if you are going to keep me from preaching!”

He left me alone for the rest of the night.

Just this time my other friends arrived and we walked back over to the bar, where there were hundreds of bikers partying. Though I was a little intimidated, being surrounded by hundreds of drunken bikers at night time, without a police officer in sight, I choose to overcome those fears and preach the full councel of God anyways!

But when I started to preach, lots of bikers got on their bikes and started reving their engines. One man pealed out on the road, without moving, for maybe a full minute. Smock filled the whole area! But when the smoke settled, the whole party was standing there looking at me!!!

“The bible says that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God!” (1Corinthians 6:9-10)

“Some of you are wh0res and wh0remongers, and your in big trouble with God!” (Heb 13:4)

“Turn or burn! Repent or perish!” (Luke 13:3)

“Without Jesus Christ, you’ll go to hell!” (Acts 4:12)

“Jesus Christ shed his blood for every single sinner here.” (1John 2:2)

“God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son so that if you believe on him, you will not perish!” (John 3:16)

“Turn to Jesus Christ and live!” (Eze 18:32)

The crowds listened, but I thought it best not to do dialog or interaction like we do on the campuses, to stop from stirring them up to a mob or anything. But they stood and listened, some heckled, but many heard the word.

One man showed up and walked around completely naked while I was preaching. Another man threw a beer bottle which hit my banner. Beer was dripping down on me while I was preaching. Another man was yelling and angry and rushed up to me. But other bikers gathered around me and served as body guards! They wouldn’t let anyone get near me who looked angry or looked like they would harm me. They stood there, drinking their own beer, while I preached the gospel full of the Holy Ghost!

Unfortinately, there were some “Bikers for Jesus” out there who came up to correct me and tell me not to preach the gospel.

Biker4Jesus: “We are out here talking to people, hanging out with them, trying to get them saved, and you are doing damage!”

Myself: “Well, do you at least tell them that they are wicked?”

Biker4Jesus: “These people aren’t wicked!”

Myself: “Then why are you trying to get them saved?”

The Biker4Jesus walked away then.

One girl came up to me at the end. We talked for quit some time. We turned the camera off and spoke to her one2one. She became teary eyed and seemed to be impacted. I told her that the Holy Ghost might have send me there just for her, that God does crazy things just to get peoples attention. I spoke to her about her sin, her soul, her eternity, and how God wants to forgive her through Jesus Christ. She started to resist, but at other times she wouldn’t. She was deffinately battling with the Holy Ghost. Pray for her.

I gave one last word of exhortation, but thought it was about time to leave. We had been out there preaching for almost 2 hours and it was getting late. But I left with my spirit rejoicing! Some of those bikers may have never heard the gospel before (or the true gospel) because as the Church we have not been active in actually preaching to the lost sinners. But we must go to them! We must go to the worst of them!

We took some video footage, but because it was night time there are parts when it’s a bit hard to see. But you can hear the preaching pretty good on these videos.


 
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PRAYER REQUEST
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Please be in prayer for this last month of classes on the campuses. Most of the U.S. campuses have already ended classes and so I will be traveling to Ohio to preach for the next two weeks. By the time you receive this email, I should already be in Ohio on a campus.
I’m going to be teaming up with other campus preachers in Ohio and we are going to tour the state campuses until the classes end. Pray that everyone who hears the will will be deeply touched, pray that the Spirit will be able to reach thorough to all of their harden hearts to prick them with conviction and melt them with the love of God.
I’m counting on you brethren.
– Jesse Morrell
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BIKER RALLY OUTREACH
Though it was dark outside, we were able to get some video footage of the open air outreach at the Bikers Rally. The visual isn’t the best, but the audio is just fine.
Click on the video you wish to watch:


Confronting Biker Rally 1  Confronting Biker Rally 2  Confronting Biker Rally 3  Confronting Biker Rally 4
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A Theological Treatise on the Natural

Linear Attribute of God

 

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Two Fundamental Reasons for Rejecting the

Platonic/Stoic/Manichaeism/Augustinian

“Eternal Now” view of God

 

By Jesse Morrell

 

 

The “Eternal Now” View Explained From Original Sources:

 

Heathen Philosopher Plato taught that God experiences no “before” and no “after” but experiences all of time in a single, changeless, eternal moment.

 

Eastern Cultist Philosopher Enneads of Plotinus :

 

     “We know Eternity as a Life changelessly motionless … not this now and now that other, but always all; not existing now in one mode and now in another, but a consummation without part or interval. All its content is in immediate concentration as at one point; nothing in it ever knows development; all remains identical within itself, knowing nothing of change… What future, in fact could bring to that Being anything which it does not now possess … as it can never come to be anything at present outside it, so necessarily it cannot include any past; … futurity, similarly is banned; nothing could be yet to come to it. … one which never turns to any kind outside itself that has never received any accession that is now receiving none and never will receive any …. ” (Third Ennead VII,4-5, p.120-121)

 

Augustine in “The City Of God” –

 

     “… It is not as if the knowledge of God were of various kinds, knowing in different ways things which as yet are not, things which are and things which have been. For not in our fashion does He look forward to what is future, nor what is present, nor back upon what is past; but in a manner quite different and far and profoundly remote from our way of thinking. For He does not pass from this to that by transition of thought, but beholds all things with absolute unchangeableness; so that of those things which emerge in time, the future indeed are not yet, and the present are now and the past no longer are; but all of these are by Him comprehended in his stable and eternal Presence. … nor does His present knowledge differ from that which it ever was or shall be, for those variations of time, past, present ad future through they alter our knowledge, do not affect His… Neither is there any growth from thought to thought in the conceptions of Him in whose spiritual vision all things which He knows are at once embraced.” (City of God XI Ch. 21 p.333)

Augustine in his “Confessions” –

 

“…in the Eternal nothing passeth, but the whole is present; whereas no time is all at once present: and that all time past, is driven on by time to come, and all to come followeth upon the past; and all past and to come, is created, and flows out of that which is ever present… see how eternity [is] ever still-standing, neither past nor to come.” (Confessions Book XI p.262)

Augustine in a sermon –

 

“Eternity is stability, but in time variety; in Eternity all things stand still, in time one thing comes, another succeeds.” (Nicen and Post-Nicean Fathers, Volume 6, Sermon LXVII, p.)

 

In other words, “eternity” according to this philosophical view is not time “forever and ever” but eternity is rather the absence of time, a stagnant stand-still without any succession, duration, chronology, or sequence; from which God looks upon and dwells in all of time – past, present, and future simultaneously. God is not “everlasting” in the sense of never ceasing duration, but God is at a “ever stand-still” in the sense of absent of the succession of duration, dwelling in the past, present, and future all at once.

 

1. “Eternal Now” Renders Creation Impossible

 

The creation of something presupposes that it was not in existence before hand. You cannot create that which already exists; you can only create out of nothing that which was nothing, therefore the creation of something presupposes the non-existence of something. For God to have created duration, sequence, chronology, or succession, which is to say if God created time, you must presupposes that time did not exist. But such a creation, going from non-existence to existence, is itself duration, sequence, chronology, and succession. Without the existence of succession, it is impossible to create succession when succession did not exist. For such a creation requires succession.

 

God could not speak the sequence of, “let there be time“ before the existence of time in any sort of chronological or linear fashion, and then create time when it did not exist, because such would require time, sequence, and chronology to pre-exist. A pre-requisite to the activity of creating is unavoidably time, which is also called duration, sequence, chronology, and succession.

 

The omnipotent creating power of God would be rendered useless and unusable in a “stand-still” realm. If it is a “stand still”, passive realm, you cannot have active creating motion. Unless time already existed before creation, God could create nothing at all. The creation of all things, even that of the creation of time, would require succession in order for a thing to go from non-existence to existence. Without time being a natural and eternal attribute to God‘s existence (time caused by necessity of His eternal self-consciousness), God could be the Creator of nothing, for creation of a non-existing thing to an existing thing requires the sequence of time, the succession of events, the chronology of creation. Such a time requirement would be upon the creation of time itself. The creation of anything requires the existence of time or else “nothing” cannot go from non-existence to existence in order to be “something”. Going from a non-existence to existence is a chronological sequence. You cannot chronologically create chronology without the existence of chronology. The creation of time is a natural impossibility given the nature of creating. If time did not exist, time could never be created. Creating time is a self-contradiction, a natural impossibility, a logical absurdity.

 

Time is the necessary framework in which all successive action, all creation, can take place. Sequence is an unmovable condition for the creation of anything, including the hypothetical creation of time. The creation of a thing requires a preceding state and a proceeding state; the preceding state of non-existence succeeding to the state of existence and the state of existence preceding the state of non-existence. In the creation of anything there must be an antecedent and a consequent. Precedings, proceedings, antecedents and consequents all requires duration and sequence as a necessary condition. Therefore duration, sequence, chronology, succession, or “time” cannot be created. It is a natural impossibility.

 

The truth of Genesis 1:1 is the ultimate presuppositional starting point of all systematic Christian thought, being universally presupposed by the intuitive reason of all intelligent agents. But “Eternal Now” is fundamentally destructive to all Christian thought, rendering Genesis 1:1 completely and utterly impossible, though Genesis 1:1 is an uncompromising fundamental truth to all Christianity explicitly taught in scripture and automatically assumed by the universal consciousness of all intelligent agents. “Eternal Now” inevitably violates both the explicit teachings of scripture and the intuitions of the reason.

 

2. “Eternal Now” Renders All Things Eternal

 

If God’s eternal being means that He lives in the past, present, and future simultaneously, and there has never been any change or sequence in which the presence of God has been subjected, then the past, present, and future must be as eternal as God is. The past, present, and future, with all that it contains, could not be any younger then God and God cannot be any older then it. They all must be co-eternal if the “Eternal Now” doctrine is true.

The past, present, and future must have always existed, (along with all those beings which dwell in the past, present, and future) if God has always been there, if God has never experienced sequence or change to His presence. God can only eternally dwell in an eternal dwelling place. If God never started to dwell in the past, present, and future, and never ceases to live in the past, present, and future (for such starting and endings are sequence and change), then the past, present, and future has always, still does, and will always exist given this position.

For God to create the Heavens and the Earth, implies that God‘s being was not there to dwell in the uncreated. If uncreated, then naturally God could not dwell there, and if He once did not, but now does dwell there, what is this but sequence or change to the presence of God? Therefore, if God‘s Being experiences no sequence or duration, but is at an “Eternal Now” or at an “eternal stand still”, if God‘s presence dwells in the past, present, and future eternally, then the past, present, and future must be as eternal as God is. Therefore there was never a time in God‘s reality in which the past, present, and future did not exist and were created. For by necessity, they must have existed eternally in order for God to eternally dwell there. For God to have eternally dwelt in the past, present, and future, the past, present, and future must be eternal as well. And therefore the past, present, and future was never created in the reality of God given this position.

Simply, if God’s presence is not subjected to change, and God’s presence has dwelt in all of time, then God must have eternally dwelt there, and therefore all of time must be eternal for God to have dwelt in all of it eternally, or else God’s presence has been subjected to change and duration. If God’s presence never goes through change of sequence, if His natural attributes experience no succession or duration, then where God’s presence has dwelt He must have eternally dwelt, or else His presence has been subjected to change, sequence, succession, and duration.

 

God cannot be the Creator if He does not live in time, if His being has no natural attribute of succession or duration. God could not create anything, if God eternally experiences all things. God‘s eternal experience of all things would necessitate the eternal existence of all things. Because God‘s eternal experience of all things necessitates the eternal existence of all things, then all things and all people have always existed and will always exist, if it’s true that God‘s eternal experience has always and will always experience the past, present, and future.

 

If God does not always and will not always experience the past, present, and future, then there is change to the experience of God which is contrary to the “Eternal Now” position, contrary to the philosophy that God experiences no “before“ and no “after“ but is at an “eternal stand still“. But if God eternally experiences past, present, and future, then all of the past, present, and future, with all of those in it, are eternal as well.

 

If all things are experienced by God eternally, then all things (including time) must be eternal. If God eternally experiences time, then time must eternally exist, and is therefore not created. Therefore if “Eternal Now” is true, time could not have been created, since time has been eternally experienced by God. This again is self-contradictory to the point that the “Eternal Now” view attempts to prove, i.e. that time was created and eternity is the absence of time. If time has been eternally experienced, then time must eternally exist. Therefore time would have no beginning or end since God’s experience would have no beginning or end, and according to this view, God’s experience goes through no successions or changes. But this is completely self-contradictory to their “Eternal Now” position.

 

In essence: Eternally experienced = eternally existent = uncreated = eternally existent. If God eternally experiences all things in one changeless moment, then all things eternally exist; and if all eternally exist then all are uncreated; and if all is uncreated then all is eternally existent. This is inevitable if all things are eternally experienced by God “in one changeless, stand-still moment”.

 

Conclusion: God’s Existence is Linear by Natural Necessity

 

There is abundant scriptural evidence for:

 

1. God being the Creator of the universe, the Creator of things that are external to His own natural and eternal attributes.

 

2. God alone being eternal, while everything else being temporal, that God alone is infinite while everything else is finite.

 

Based upon these two undisputable scriptural truths, that God is the Creator, and created things temporal and finite while He alone is eternal and infinite, the ancient pagan philosophical view of “Eternal Now” or “eternal still standing” being a natural attribute to God’s existence should be utterly rejected as sheer non-sense, being absolutely and utterly recognized as an absurdity. An understanding and acceptance of the biblical truth that time itself is grounded in the succession of God’s eternal consciousness, and is therefore a natural and eternal attribute to God’s existence, is a vital perception requisite to a proper theology.

 

God is the God that dwells in the “now”. The past is no more except in the eternal memory. It does not exist and is not still occurring in some alternative dimension. And the future is not yet, it is not occurring in some alternative dimension. Only the now is actual reality in all of reality, only the now is occurring. The omnipresence of God includes only realities; it does not include unrealities or anything that is non-existing.

 

God is everlasting from everlasting, dwelling in never ceasing, never ending present time. He has always existed and will always exist in the now. God’s experience of now is eternal. And the saints spending “eternity” in Heaven and the sinners spending “eternity” in hell will not experience a “stand-still” joy or a “stand-still” torment but will experience never ceasing, never ending duration of pain or pleasure; an eternal succession of bliss or an eternal succession of misery. Such is the nature of “eternal life” and “eternal damnation” presented in the scriptures – perpetuation of consciousness. Eternity is never ceasing experience, the never ending consciousness of an onward, perpetual, forward, linear motion without termination. And such is a natural, eternal attribute of God’s very being, because of the eternal self-consciousness of the Godhead.

 

Since time cannot be created, being a self contradiction and requiring a natural impossibility, then it must be an internal, eternal attribute to the being and existence of God, since God alone is eternal. His eternal self-consciousness being the foundation for time, which attribute of self-consciousness we were made with, being made in His image. Thereby God is naturally experiencing duration, as we are naturally experiencing duration, since God is eternally self-conscious and we were created self-conscious, made in the image of His own existence.

 

God’s nature or natural attributes are never changing but are eternal. The personality of God is made up of Intelligence, Sensibilities, and Free-Will; and such are the eternal elements of His personality. But God’s personality has succession of experiences. God is a God who experiences succession of reality, the successions of events, who has succession of emotions, thoughts, and decisions.

 

“Eternal Now” or “eternal stand still” is contrary to the very nature of God’s personality, contrary to His active linear existence of being. His eternal attributes essentially require that He be in the progressive now. The God of reality is not the god of Philosophy, but is the God of Scripture. God is not a stagnant, passive, frozen Being outside of our realm of personal experience; but He is a dynamic, active, creative, personal God, which created our own being and our own existence in the very image of His own. And all who have a personal relationship with Him, and expect an eternal relationship with Him, consciously or subconsciously affirm His existence as being eternally such and not at all as an “eternal stand still” as some philosophical theologians have dogmatically assumed.

 

Scriptures attributing succession to the experience of God; actively creating that which previously was non-existent, experiencing the sequence of emotions, making new plans, changing old plans, not hearing then succeeding to hearing His people, etc:

 

Gen 1:1-31, Gen 6:6, Gen 22:12, Exo 32:14, Num 11:1-2, Num 14:12-20, Num 16:20-35, Num 16:41-48, Jud 2:18, Jud 10:13-16, 1Sam 8:18, 1Sam 15:35, 1Sam 23:10-13, 2Sam 24:12-16, 2Sam 24:17-25, 1Kings 21:21-29, 2Kings 13:3-5, 1Chron 21:15, 2Chron 7:12-14, Isaiah 46:9-10, Isaiah 38:4-5, Jer 7:5-7, Jer 26:19, Jer 38:17-18, Jer 38:21, Eze 20:5-22, Eze 33:13-15, Hos 11:8-9, Jonah 3:10, Amo 7:3-6, Job 35:13, Ps 7:11, Ps 40:5, Ps 66:18, Matt 25:41, Acts 15:7, Acts 21:10-12, 2Pet 3:8

 

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Here is the complete “Checks to Antinomianism” by John Fletcher online for free.

John Fletchers: Checks to Antinomianism Click Here 

In this Methodist classic, Fletcher exposes the terrible errors of antinomian theology, destroys the false doctrine of “once saved always saved”, and lovingly and humbly corrects the mistakes and errors of Calvinism.

This book is a combination of letters that John Fletcher wrote to other ministers of his day, who were publicly attacking the aged John Wesley and calling him a “heretic” a “pelagian” and a “papist”. Fletcher went to the aged Wesleys aid and we have been left with a treasure of truth. These letters are full of sound theology, wisdom, wit, satire, and lots of scriptures.

They are a pleasure to read. They will cause you to burst out in laughter at the humor of Fletcher on moment, and cause you to seek God because of the soberness and depth of Fletcher in the next. Enjoy them!

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