Newsletter Archive: Sinner’s Assault Street Preacher at Spring Break – 3/18/2009

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The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 3/18/2009

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Sinner Assaults Preacher During Spring Break
Jesse Morrell
Mar 18, 2009

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DAYTONA BEACH OUTREACH

 

PREACHING TO COLLEGE SPRING BREAKERS

 

 

FIRST NIGHT (Wednesday)

DRIVE BY PREACHING 

When we arrived in Daytona Wednesday night, we were all very tired. Nevertheless, we decided to drive through the club district for maybe some drive by preaching with the bull horn. We drove through the club district and found that a lot of people were out for drinking and dancing. There was a very big line to get into the club “Razzle’s”. The sight of all the people immediately energized us. Though we were originally only planning on doing a little drive by preaching because we were tired, now we decided to get out and preach.

ASSAULTED BY AN OLD WICKED SINNER

We stood across the street and preached the Gospel with a sandwich board and bullhorn. One older man, maybe in his early 60’s, assaulted me and was arrested for “simple assault”. He was over six feet tall, had long arms, and had a big stomach. He pushed me into the busy street and continued to push me until a Police Officer arrived. It all started when he said he was an ordained minister but then would curse about us. I called him a “potty mouth” for using filthy language. He said something I cannot repeat. I said, “You’re wicked”. He said, “I’m wicked?” and began shoving me in my chest and throat. First he shoved me into the busy street, then he continued to shove me on my chest and throat until eventually he was shoving me right into a parked Police car. Soon a Police Officer crossed the street with his tazer out to restrain the man. He first resisted the Officer but quickly changed his mind.

SINNER ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING PREACHER

The man was going to be arrested for “disorderly conduct” but I thought it would be better for society and for him if I pressed charges. He was than arrested for assault. He would face a more serious punishment for being charged with a more serious crime. The man was clearly a danger to others and needed to learn some fear of the authorities. I thought it was good that he was arrested because he is obviously a threat to the public welfare. He is not a stable or self-controlled man. He had such a disregard for the law that he had no problem assaulting me right next to a Police car. The situation provided the line of people getting into the club an opportunity to see the law enforced, possibly giving them an incentive to obey the law. It is a good thing that the Spring Breakers saw a man arrested for assaulting a street preacher. That set a precedent for them, so that the rest would know that the Police would not tolerate such behavior and mistreatment. We didn’t want the other sinners to think that they could treat us that way throughout the rest of the week and get away with it. The enforcement of the law has a natural tendency to prevent further crime. The prosecution of crime helps to secure the rights of others. Crimes should be prosecuted, not out of any personal revenge, spite, or bitterness, but out of a regard for public well-being.

FIRST DAY (Thursday)

 

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GOOD CROWDS FOR BEACH PREACHING
We had a very good first day out on the board walk preaching. Using a banner, a sandwich board, and a bullhorn, we attracted a lot of attention. A good size crowd gathered and stayed for over two hours as we preached. I have realized that you can draw crowds on the beach just like on a campus. This is probably because it is the same age group. Those who are either teenagers or in their twenties are those who normally stop to listen to open air preachers. Older individuals are typically not interested or are already settled in their beliefs. That is why it is normally hard to draw a crowd while street preaching, but it is easy to draw a crowd on a campus or on a beach.
A FIVE POINT SERMON AGAINST BIKINIS –
IRREFUTABLE ARGUMENT
I preached my five point sermon against bikinis on the beach. This is a sermon I use only about once a year during these types of outreaches. I explained that this five point sermon is an irrefutable argument against bikinis.
The five irrefutable points as to why a woman should not wear a bikini are:
1. The left thigh
2. The right thigh
3. The stomach
4. The rear end
5. The chest
 Those are five very good reasons why women should not wear bikinis.
Some people ask, “Should you really be preaching against bikinis?” The answer is yes. All sin in our society needs to be confronted. If I am in front of a bar, I preach against drunkenness. If I am in front of a club, I preach against gangster rap music and dirty dancing. If I am at a beach, I preach against bikinis and looking at women with lust. We must be relevant to our audience. Anything that is a sin in our society brings God’s wrath, separates sinners from Him, needs to be forsaken, and therefore needs to be preached against.

“And that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations.” Luke 24:47

“And they went out and preached that men should REPENT.” Mark 6:12

THE DEVIL IS A FASHION DESIGNER
The devil is a fashion designer. The devil wants women to wear as little clothing as possible. I would not be surprised if the devil personally thought up the bikini. A bikini is just glorified underwear. Women should not walk around in their underwear! The test of an immodest women is that they show more skin than clothing. The standards of our generation are far from being that of modesty, they are not even that of decency.
WELL BALANCED PREACHING
Of course, we talked about MANY different sins and issues today. We did not just preach about bikinis. Overall, that was rarely talked about in comparison to everything that we preached. We not only emphasized sin, we also emphasized Jesus Christ the Savior from sin. I continually said, “Jesus saves! Jesus changes people. You can be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Jesus saved me, He can surely save you! Jesus Christ died for your sins. Through Him you can receive pardon from God. If you forsake your sins and trust in Jesus, you can be forgiven of all your sins by God”.
We called the fornicators to repent of their fornication, the drunkards to repent of their drunkenness, the homosexuals to repent of their perversions, the immodest women to repent of their bikinis, etc. God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). God’s wrath is revealed against everyone that sins (Romans 1:18). Wrath is coming upon everyone that is disobeying God (Romans 2:8-9).

I explained to the crowd of sinners, “God will only turn from His anger if you turn from your sins. If you don’t turn, you’re going to burn. God’s forgiveness is conditional. You need to change your conduct. You need to change your behavior. The Bible says let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and God will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7). You need to change your heart, change your mind, and change your life, if you expect God to forgive you.”

We preached, “Ladies, cover up. For God’s sake, for Heaven’s sake, put some more clothing on! If you feel comfortable walking around with your legs exposed and your cleavage exposed, there is something terribly wrong with your heart. I am just trying to help you. You need to be careful, there are lesbians and masturbators around here! You need to turn from your sins and trust in Jesus Christ.”

 
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BANNERS ARE EFFECTIVE
The crowd was wild at times but good at other times. We had some in the crowd who would mock and laugh, others who would inquire and listen. It was a mixed crowd.

One women saw my banner, “REPENT and BELIEVE on JESUS” from her balcony! You can see the balconies in this picture. She came all the way down to talk to us and see what was going on. She thought that “believe on Jesus” was not proper grammar. She thought that proper English would say “believe in Jesus”. I showed her Acts 16:31, where it says to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. She stayed around with her friends for a long time listening to the preaching. I never understand those people that say banners are not effective or that they push people way. This banner attracted a group all the way from their balcony to the boardwalk!

 

SECOND NIGHT (Thursday)

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NO BULL HORN

After preaching for a little way across the street from the club, the Police arrived and told us that we were not allowed to use our bullhorn without a permit from the City Hall. The Police last year never bothered us about our bullhorn but we figured this must be a new law. Therefore we put our bullhorn away and crossed the street to preach directly to the line of sinners outside the club. That way they could hear the preaching.

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THE ADVANTAGE OF BIBLE SHIRTS & GOSPEL BANNERS
Wearing our Bible t-shirts and Gospel banners, we had no problem securing the attention and interest of the sinners outside the club. Crowds gathered around us all night as we confronted their sin and exalted Jesus.

SECOND DAY (Friday)

 

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THE POLICE DIDN’T KNOW THE LAW

Last year we used our bullhorns without any problems from the Police. Thursday night a Police Captain told us that we could not use our amplification in the club district without a permit. We looked up the law online and found out that for religious speech, you do not need a permit for amplification. Only hotels, clubs, and businesses need permits but religious groups exempt.

We went to the Police Station to verify this but they said that the City Hall would have to do that. We confirmed it with the Permit and License Department that we did not need a permit. That was good because a Police Officer on the beach tried to tell us we had to put our bullhorn away. We showed him the papers we printed off the internet stating the law. He called in through His radio to confirm it, he realized we were right and he was wrong, and left us alone for the rest of the day! Using the bullhorn helps so much on the board walk. It would be hard to preach without it because the wind would carry your voice away and you can strain your voice very fast and easily.

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SIN & THE SAVIOR

It was really a great day on the board walk. Many people gathered around and listened as we preached a simple Gospel message of repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. We were able to hold a crowd for a few hours. When witnessing or sharing your faith, all that you absolutely need to talk about is sin and the Savior, everything else is extra.

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This is a picture of one of our hecklers in hand cuffs. Shortly after heckling us for preaching the Gospel, we saw him on the beach having problems with the Police. He was not in hand cuffs because he heckled us. We are not sure what the situation was. The Police were searching their bags. I think it might be drug related. A little time later the heckler was not in cuffs anymore, but the Police were still there. I am not sure how this situation ended.

This just goes to show how important it is for us to reach these people. Their lives really are a mess.

THIRD NIGHT (Friday)

 

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JESUS SAVES FROM SIN AND HELL

It was a very busy night in front of the clubs because it was Friday night. I wore my “Jesus Saves from Sin and Hell” t-shirt and used my big banner. It attracted a lot of attention. Right away we had crowds of spring breakers gather around us. We straightened out the situation with the Police so that we were able to use our bullhorn. There was also a large group of Christians out there sharing their faith. They talked to people one2one near us. They saw that we provided them with a great opportunity to talk to people because our preaching attracted so much attention and created so many conversations about God. They were very encouraged by the preaching.

WANTING FORGIVENESS AND SIN AT THE SAME TIME

One woman came up to me and said that she wanted to pray for God’s forgiveness. When I talked to her more I found out that she didn’t want to give up her sin, she just wanted forgiveness while she continues in her sin. I explained to her that God will not forgive her unless she surrenders everything. She was like the rich young ruler who wanted eternal life and all his possessions as well. She wanted to continue to sin, but she wanted God to forgive her so that she could go out and party and still go to Heaven. When I fully explained to her the cost of salvation through Jesus Christ, she was not willing to pay it. God utterly refuses to forgive any sinner through Jesus Christ unless they entirely change their mind about disobeying Him.

Two others men were deeply interested in what we were saying and doing. They talked with us and even followed us BLOCKS as we walked to our car. They seemed to be possibly “on the edge”. Pray for their conversion.

CARELESS SINNERS CHEER FOR SINNING

The sad thing is, most of these kids could care less about the Lord. Their attitude was completely and totally careless about their souls. The crowds would cheer when I mentioned drunkenness and fornication. You can see that in the above picture.

SINNERS ABUSE THE HUMAN NATURE GOD GAVE THEM

SIN IS UNNATURALLY GRATIFING NATURAL DESIRES

There was some heckling. This one woman in front of me, who is probably in her 30’s, who was out with her husband, was continually justifying masturbation. She said God gave her the body that she has with all of its desires and therefore it was ok to masturbate. I explained how God gave us natural desires that should be gratified through natural ways, not unnatural ways. Masturbation is contrary to our design; it is an abuse of our human nature.

Though there was heckling, most of the time the sinners gathered around and listened. Occasionally there would be a drunk who would dance around us but most of the crowd stayed back on the sidewalk. We preached it hard, hot, and strong. Sin leads to hell, but through Jesus there is pardon.

THIRD DAY (Saturday)

  

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NASTY LESBIANS

Some of the same Spring Breakers that have heard us already gathered around to listen again this day. There were also many different lesbians in the crowd. They made their presence known by publicly kissing and grabbing each other. They had no shame, guilt, or remorse. They were very proud about their sin. Pride goes before a fall. We explained how they were abusing and misusing their nature. God designed men and women to be together. According to Romans chapter one homosexuality and lesbianism is contrary to our human nature.

MORE UNLAWFUL POLICE: CALLING AN OFFICERS BLUFF

The Police showed up again. One of the Officers told us that we could not stand on the bench. He refused to tell us what law we were violating by standing on the bench, but said that he would fine us if we used it. “You’ll find out what law you are violating when I give you a fine.” He left, then I stood up on the bench knowing that I wasn’t breaking any law. He returned and said, “This is the last time I am going to tell you. Do not stand on the bench again.” He left, I stood up on the bench again, and he pretended he didn’t see me. He was bluffing. He turned his back to me to pretend that he didn’t see me. I have noticed that when a Police Officer refuses to tell you what law you are breaking, but only tries to intimidate you, he is bluffing.

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FALSE ACCUSATIONS

As we were preaching, all of the sudden a whole group of Police Officers arrived. One of the sinners in the crowd said that Kerrigan assaulted him. This was obviously not true. Still, a report was filed. We have all of the preaching on video as proof that there was no assault. They did not charged Kerrigan, which simply shows that they had no evidence. It is Biblical to be falsely accused. Jeremiah, Jesus Christ, and Apostle Paul were all falsely accused. A false accusation is a sign that they cannot find any fault with your actual moral character. Therefore they have to make up falsehood in order to accuse you.

FOURTH NIGHT (Saturday)

 

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NO HOPE FOR OBAMA WITHOUT CHANGE

A very large crowd gathered when some immodest women began dancing in front of us. I continued to preach about sin, hell, and Jesus Christ. The crowd became upset when I said Obama was a hell bound sinner that needed to “change” or else there would be no “hope” for him. Obama supports abortion, homosexuality, and socialism. These are sinful. Obama will change this country for the worst. There was also a drunk that reeked of alcohol who was yelling in my face. The crowd became so large and so angry, crowding in around me, that I decided to stop preaching so that they could calm down and disperse. The only problem was that the crowd wouldn’t leave even once I stopped preaching. We did some one2one witnessing until it was a good time to start open air preaching again.

FOURTH DAY & NIGHT (Sunday)

We took a day of rest from the preaching. We did have a two hour radio show (Refining Fire Radio) discussing our outreach in Daytona. You can listen to that show by clicking the link in the bottom half of this newsletter.

FIFTH DAY (Monday)

 

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This bench has served us well all week. I am glad we stood our ground against the Police that tried to tell us we couldn’t use it. Having elevation really helps in getting attention but also in communicating to a whole crowd.

 
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A new crowd of Spring Breakers has arrived this week which provided us with a great day of outreach. The beach was busier today, on Monday, than it was all of last week! A local Pastor and another brother came out to join us in our outreach. They have been very encouraged by the open air preaching. Another Christian saw our preaching today on the beach and loved it so much that he said he will bring 70 of his Campus Crusaders out to the bars and clubs to preach with us.

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“They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.” Amos 5:10

“Wisdom crieth without, she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the opening of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words…” Proverbs 1:20-21

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GIRLS GONE WILD

The crowd roared with cheers as the “Girls Gone Wild” girls came by to promote their event. It is a shame that our culture takes such pleasure in wickedness. Sexual conduct is treated as limitless and boundless, that it is no wonder our society is plagued with so many STD’s.

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IF YOU PREACH IT, THEY WILL COME

“We hate you”, “Nobodies listening to you”, “We don’t want to hear this” are things we hear the crowds saying as they gather around us in mass and stay for hours….

WHY ISN’T GOD BLESSING AMERICA ANYMORE?

 

I asked the crowd, “Why isn’t God blessing America anymore? Why didn’t God stop Katrina? Why isn’t God blessing our economy? Why is God cursing America?” I then charged them, “It is because of you people! It is because of the sin of this country! It is because of pornography, abortion, homosexuality, drunkenness, fornication, etc. The Bible says the wicked will be cast into hell and all nations that forget God (Psalms 9:17). America is hell bound if she does not change her ways.

FIFTH NIGHT (Monday)

GOD WINS THE WAR

Even though it was Monday there were lots of people out at the clubs. Every time that we preached it wasn’t long before a crowd gathered around. I wore my sandwich board and talked to sinners one2one. “Why are you out here” a sinner asked. “Because lots of people are going to hell and we are trying to help them.” “You are not being effective” he said. I said, “Most people are on the broad road to destruction, few find the narrow road to life. I don’t expect most of these people to become Christians. I expect most of these people to go to hell” . He responded, “If most people are going to hell in the end, the devil wins.” I said, “No, no, no. If God destroys His enemies, He wins the war. The devil and all sinners are going to lose their war against God.” He said, “So what is the point?” I said, “There is no point in rebelling against God. You cannot win against Him. You should submit to Him and be reconciled unto Him because He will destroy His enemies.”

HELL IS NECESSARY FOR LAW & ORDER

The man also asked why God sends rebels to hell. I explained that God is trying to promote the well-being of His universe through law and order. Laws need to have punishments to enforce them and maintain them. Without punishments, laws are not respected or obeyed. If God didn’t punish the rebellious, rebellious would spread and His law would fall into contempt. God sends transgressors of His law to hell in order to maintain the authority and influence of His law throughout the universe. God cares about the universe so much that He not only gave us a law but He also enforces His law. It was out of love that God created hell.

THERE IS HOPE WITH JESUS

THERE IS HELL WITHOUT HIM

I also told him that through the blood of Jesus Christ, God can have mercy upon sinners, setting aside their eternal punishment. God can pardon sinners if they turn from all their sinning and trust in Jesus Christ. God will literally set aside our punishment of hell, if we turn from our sins and trust in Jesus, because Jesus provided a substitute for the penalty of the law when He died on the cross for us. I explained how there is hope with Jesus but there is hell without Him.

SIXTH DAY (Tuesday)

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HOW YOU DRAW A CROWD

IS HOW YOU KEEP THE CROWD 

FOR OPEN AIR PREACHING

I used a banner this day that said, “Turn to Jesus” and “Turn from Sin” on one side and on the other side “The Blood of Jesus Washes Away Sin”. I really like this banner because of its thoroughness and simplicity.
We had a good day on the beach. We met Christians out there who were using Way of the Master tracts. They watched us preach and video taped it. They asked about how we draw crowds. I explained to them that how you draw a crowd is how you keep a crowd. If you draw a crowd doing any types of tricks or games, that is how you will have to keep them. If you stop doing your trick or game, they will quickly lose interest and leave. But if you draw the crowd by simply preaching the Bible, by rebuking sin and exalting Jesus, than that is how you will keep the crowd. Whatever method you use to get their attention is the method you will have to use in order to keep their attention.

STOP SINNING, BORN SINNERS, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?

One woman I talked to said that “you can’t stop sinning”, “we were born sinners”, we are “once saved always saved”, etc. I told her that God does not give anyone a license to sin. God does not forgive us in advance. There is never forgiveness of sins without repentance from sins. She said that when you become a Christian, all your sins are covered. I said, “Yes, if you stop it. You need to change your conduct, change your behavior in order to be forgiven. The Bible says he that confesses and forsakes his sins will find mercy (Proverbs 28:13). The Bible says let the wicked forsake his way and God will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7). She said, “That is works based salvation”. I said, no, it is salvation by grace and mercy upon condition of repentance. Why would God forgive a person who doesn’t change? Why would God grant eternal life to a sinner? God doesn’t want sin to be eternal, that is why Adam was removed from the tree of life (Genesis 3:22). God only pardons those that are safe to pardon. It is not safe for God to pardon a criminal who plans on continuing in crime. It is not safe to God’s universe for Him to pardon a rebel who plans on continuing his rebellion. God only grants eternal life to those who stop their rebellion against Him. I wish more Churches taught this.

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SINNER SOAKS PREACHER & HURTS HIMSELF

One man soaked me in water twice while I was preaching.  The water somehow stained my white shirt. I didn’t mind the water too much because it cooled me down, but I could have done without the stains. It must have been salt water or dirty water or something.

As the sinner was running away from soaking me the second time, he jumped down a stair case and really hurt his ankle. A few minutes later the Police arrived to brace his ankle for him. He was apparently really hurt. If he had more of a regard for others, his own well-being would not have been hurt.

 

MIAMI BEACH OUTREACH

 

We are heading to Miami on Wednesday to preach at the SOAPA Open Air Preachers Conference and to minister on the beach to the Spring Break sinners. We will be there for the rest of the week. Please keep us in your prayers.

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