On the street, 8th March 2014
Miguel preaching as Amélia distributes
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. (John 15:18-22)
Nowhere is the battle against the principalities and powers that reign in the hearts and minds of sinners more felt than on the streets when we declare the Word of God to people. If done correctly it will produce one of three reactions from people: it will either make them mad, sad or glad! One thing is for sure people will not remain the same. They will either yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit or harden their hearts.
Today we saw this happen. When John preached denouncing every form of man-made religion declaring that God hates man’s “Christianity”, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and whatever the religion they could think of a number of people stopped dead in their tracks to listen. He continued explaining that all man-made religion comes between men and God, it doesn’t draw people closer to God. John explained that there is only one form of religion that God finds acceptable;
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
Even then this, in itself, cannot reconcile us to God. John continued to preach on the sinfulness of men and their need for salvation.
Meanwhile a man who identified himself as being homosexual stopped to speak with Amélia. He spoke with her how that his “partner” was such a nice and loving person.
Another man stopped to speak with Miguel. This man said that he was an atheist and a moralist. Miguel spoke with him how that if their is no God then there can be no good or evil and so it didn’t really matter about morality. In fact it remained up to the individual to decide what is right and wrong for themselves–even then it doesn’t really matter about right and wrong. Miguel was joined by our friend Vinnie who, along with Miguel, spent quite some time in conversation with the atheist.
When we removed God from the Good and Evil equation most anything can be justified, as can be seen from the history of the twentieth century with the mass genocides carried out by atheist dictators such as Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot etc.
Later the team moved further up Market Street where Miguel preached. Miguel spoke of how that, in God’s sight all men are wicked sinners. Two women were passing when one of them began to challenge Miguel. One of them had taken a leaflet from Amélia but her friend snatched it out of her hand. This lady, then began to shout at Miguel saying, “Who are you to judge? Who are you to judge?” To which Miguel replied that this was the judgement of God. The lady became even more aggressive and walked forward in an attempt to speak into Miguel’s speaker. The two ladies were lesbians and the aggressive lady began to follow Miguel around as he tried to move away.
Amélia came forward to challenge this lady concerning her behaviour receiving a push from the woman and having her finger twisted by her. Needless to say this had drawn quite a crowd. Miguel voiced God’s objection to the “Same sex Marriage Bill” which becomes law on the 29thy of this month. One man began to voice his objection to what Miguel was preaching in defence of the woman, even insinuating that Miguel might even be a closet homosexual! The boy that was with him also began to mock the team. Other people remained silent, although a number of people did approach John and Amélia for leaflets.
The Lesbian ladies went off cursing and swearing.
We can expect to see more of this happening here in UK when LGBT people begin to have weddings later on this month. Militant groups such as Stonewall, who have been campaigning and advising the government on so-called “Gay Rights”, would love to have street preachers harassed and arrested for preaching against Gay Marriage and the sexual practices of Homosexuals and Lesbians. Many Protestant Evangelicals and churches have adopted a conciliatory attitude towards LGBT people, some going as far as declaring, like Sir Cliff Richard, that monogamous gay relationships are acceptable to God.
The point we make, which people overlook because they latch on to our message that homosexual practices are sinful according to the Bible, is that this is just one particular sin which God hates because it is classed as fornication and adultery by God. Sexually immoral practices of heterosexual people are also condemned, drunkenness, murder, thefts, dishonouring parents, amongst other things, are also hated by God! People are not simply condemned on account of one particular sin. Homosexual people do not face judgement on account of their homosexual practices alone, as can be witnessed from the behaviour of this aggressive lady–her violence towards Amélia, her use of foul and profane language, her anger and hatred towards God and the Bible all serve to render her guilty in the eyes of God even if she weren’t engaging in immorality.
Even so we pray that she may surrender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and turn to Christ for forgiveness and that God would forgive her for what she did to Amélia. May God help us too so that we do not shy away from declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ for fear of opposition and persecution!
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