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MISSION TRIP: NEW YORK!
A New Yorker who watches my YouTube videos and loves them really wanted me to come to New York to minister in the area. It had been many years since I had preached in Northern New York so I was excited to go. After two flights, I was there!
SUNY Oswego (State University of New York in Oswego)
It had been over ten years since I had preached at Suny Oswego. We always had a wild time on this campus. What was great is that they have a wide open “public square” in the middle of campus that is a perfect “free speech forum” for sharing the Gospel.
It didn’t take long for me to get my first heckler, preaching on some hot button topics. And that heckler helped me draw an instant crowd! Before we knew it, I was surrounded by 300 students as I preached the gospel, shared my testimony, and gave Christian apologetics to their many questions.
Too bad I didn’t get to preach that long before the Police arrived and demanded my papers. In years past this campus was wide open for free speech. You could show up and preach unannounced. But this time, they demanded that I go get a permit.
When I went to get a permit, they told me it was like a 10 day waiting period or something like that. That doesn’t work for a traveling evangelist on the go. So I had to find another campus to preach on. Not before the campus news crew showed up at the Permit Office to interview me about what just happened outside….
Reading the campus policy later, I realized that they have a special exemption for “spontaneous speech” that doesn’t require a permit. That’s what I should have claimed! Maybe next time. God used us on a different campus as a result.
JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
This was a small community college that I had never preached on before. The smaller community colleges often get ignored and neglected by the traveling evangelists who stay on the big campuses. However, Jesus sent his disciples out to preach in the cities and the villages. I figured, this is like a small village that needs to be stirred up with the Gospel.
The first day that we went to campus, it was pouring rain. Rain doesn’t stop me from preaching. If I have an umbrella and the students have an umbrella, I can usually draw a crowd regardless of the rain. With my host home and a small group, we stood in the rain with umbrellas holding signs while I stood on a bench and preached. However, because this campus was so small, we couldn’t get anything going. There was no “big class change” at all. Usually just 1-3 people at a time walking from here to there.
However, the next day, I was able to get it going.
When you have a campus that is pretty desolate, but you know there’s people inside the buildings, you sometimes just have to preach to a dead campus until slowly but surely a crowd forms. “If you preach it, they will come,” is what I tell myself. And sure enough, the crowds came. First you get 2 or 3 people, twenty minutes later another 5 people stop, forty five minutes into it you have 15-20 people, after two hours of preaching maybe a crowd of 30, etc. That’s how you do it on these smaller campuses. But you might have to preach the first 30 minutes to nobody. The key to success is don’t give up. Keep going.
Just like Suny Oswego, the campus security and administrators came out and tried to shut us down. I asked for their written free speech policy. They said they heard I was on Suny Oswego and got run off and that their policy is the same as their’s. I said Suny Oswego didn’t tell me I couldn’t preach. They have a free speech policy that allows for it. This put the administrators in a dilemma. I knew for a fact that this campus didn’t have any policy in writing, so there wasn’t anything they could do to stop me as long as I asked for the written policy. My strategy worked and they just stood helplessly by for hours as I preached to a large crowd of students, engaging in dialog back and forth about the Bible and the things of God.
It’s sad that today’s universities want to shut down open discussion and debate, especially about the things of God. These are supposed to be places of higher learning, a place for discourse and the exchanging of ideas! Sadly, they are run by liberal indoctrinators who want to build a godless anti-Christian society. It’s a good thing guys like me show up on campus!
My host held my camera the whole time and recorded these outreaches. Back at my host home, they had a large family gathering and they put the recordings on for everyone to watch. I think my host particularly wanted me to come to minister, not just to the surrounding area, but to the family. I was happy to do it.
VISITING AN OLD FRIEND
My friend Miles lives in Northern New York. My first time preaching on Suny Oswego back in 2006 was with him. In fact, he was one of my first preaching partners. He lived in my van with me when we were 20, traveling the country, preaching the gospel everywhere that we went. He was also in my wedding! It was nice to see him after all these years.
This is the view from his back deck. Not bad. He’s done well for himself with various businesses. But he told me, my visit with him was inspiring him to get back out there on the campuses! Lord, send the laborers!
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Moral Government Theology Group
One of the Facebook groups I run is called “Moral Government Theology”
Here is a sample of some of the Sound Theology you’d find in the group:
Act 21:13 – Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
2Co 5:8 – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord
Phl 1:21-24 – For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
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WHY GOD REJECTED CAIN’S SACRIFICE
4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Why wasn’t Cain’s sacrifice accepted?
God told him why:
Gen 4:7 – If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Cains sacrifice was not accepted because he was not doing well.
The Bible says:
Pro 15:8 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Pro 21:27 – The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
The problem was that Cain was a wicked man who was not doing well. His sacrifice was therefore not acceptable to God.
Abel was a righteous man and therefore His sacrifice was acceptable:
1Jo 3:12 – Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous
Heb 11:4 – By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh
The Bible says:
Psa 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
All this goes to show that a sacrifice or atonement does not save an impenitent man. There are many who think they are covered by the atonement of Christ while they continue to sin every day. The atonement doesn’t work like that. That’s the error of Cain.
Jde 1:11 – Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain
The atonement is not unconditionally saving in its nature. Only those who are broken over their sin and forsake their sin are covered by the Atonement of Christ.
Pro 28:13 – He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
A BLOODLESS SACRIFICE?
The first theory I heard as to why his sacrifice was rejected was because Cain’s offering had no blood. But there were grain offerings in the Bible, corn offerings, flour offerings, along with gold, silver, brass, and wine:
Exo 30:13 – This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD
Exo 35:5 – Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass
Exo 35:22 – And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD.
Lev 9:4 – “a grain offering mixed with oil”
Lev 9:17 – Then he brought the grain offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, besides the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
Num 15:5 – “And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare”
Num 28:28 – And their meat offering of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto one bullock, two tenth deals unto one ram,
Neh 10:39 – For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.
Bloodless sacrifices are acceptable but any sacrifice from a wicked man with a wicked heart is unacceptable and an abomination to God.
1Sa 15:22 – Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
If Cain had been a righteous man, instead of a wicked man, who did well, his offering would have been accepted.
Gen 4:7 – If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?
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