Thursday, October 13, 2016
Street Preaching Clowns
The BBC Documentary entitled, “Hate Preachers in America,” came out a few days ago. What I didn’t like about the film is that they put our church side by side with a pompous gang of “street preachers” who hold up signs and yell at people out in public. Since they went back and forth between showing our church and that other group, someone might get the impression that we are affiliated with those clowns.
The group featured in the documentary is led by Reuben Israel, a Zionist with a lot of false doctrine. Most street preachers believe that you have to repent of your sins to be saved, and many of them teach that you can lose your salvation. For example, Reuben Israel has said that you if you commit suicide you will go to Hell. The worst part of the documentary was when one of the street preachers, Aiden, actually said that he doesn’t sin anymore.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8
Not only are most street preachers preaching another gospel, but they go around pointing out people’s sins in a rude way. For example, the documentary showed a street preacher condemning some people who were outside of a bar. This message is not the gospel, and approaching people in that way is not going to get anyone saved. One does not have to repent of the sin of drunkenness to be saved.
People do need to realize their sinful condition, but giving them a general example such as, “We’ve all told a lie before,” will usually suffice. The condescending attitude of many street preachers stems from the fact that they think they got saved by turning over a new leaf.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Preaching that we are all sinners like the Bible says is much more loving and tactful and will always get a better response. Those who start coming to church will hear hard preaching against specific sins, but the goal of soul winning is not to get the sin out of people’s lives.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
Another major difference between us and the street preaching crowd is our approach in dealing with the Sodomites. We aren’t telling homos to get saved, because they have already been turned over to a reprobate mind and can no longer believe the gospel. We preach what the Bible says about sodomy, but we would not purposely vex ourselves by attending a filthy queer pride event.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3
The lady who filmed the documentary actually went with us to the Atlanta soul-winning marathon and also to another huge soul-winning event in Sacramento. She witnessed effective soul winning firsthand, yet none of that footage was included in the documentary. Instead of showing hundreds of people getting saved and many being baptized at our soul-winning events, she showed street preachers being obnoxious and spinning their wheels.
The goal of the documentary was to make us seem hateful, so portraying us as humble soul winners would not have furthered the BBC’s liberal agenda. Whenever they showed clips of me preaching, they attempted to undermine the message by editing out the supporting Bible verses. They wanted to make it seem like I was preaching my own opinions and that our church members were just following me instead of getting their views from the Bible. Somehow one verse slipped through, which is the perfect warning for the British Broadcasting Corporation and the United Kingdom:
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17
On a less important note, I didn’t appreciate being painted as a Trump Supporter, when I don’t support Trump at all—I never have. All in all, I was pleased with the parts of the documentary about our church since it will help spread some truth and hopefully people will will be reached when they look up our sermons.
Here is the full BBC documentary
Here is the BBC documentary with all the street preaching clowns edited out