Should we share the Gospel at “Gay Pride” parades?

Imagine for a moment that you lived, like Lot and his family, in ancient Sodom (Genesis 19).  Unbeknownst to you, in five days your town would be reduced to a burning, sulfurous and uninhabitable ash heap.

Would it please God if you were to spend your last few days sharing Jesus with your fellow townsmen?  Would your efforts at evangelizing these violent homosexuals be biblical?

I believe most Christians reading this post might be outraged that I would ask questions they consider bordering on blasphemy.  After all, they might reason, does not God command us to share the Gospel with every creature on Earth (Mark 16:15)?

At one time I would have agreed with those holding to the position that God wants us to share the Gospel with every single human on Earth.

I don’t believe that any longer.

What changed my mind?  Matthew 7:6:  “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (ESV)

Though I had read this verse many times over the decades that I have been a Christian and sharing the Gospel with whoever I could, it was not until I listened to a sermon by Rolfe Barnard several years ago that my mind was changed.

Barnard died in 1969.  I have listened to many of his sermons online.  The one that changed my thinking is here.  And there is one particular story Barnard tells in this sermon that perhaps did more than anything to shape and mold the way I think today.  It starts at 48:22 and goes to about 55:00.

Rolfe Barnard

I believe this is a “must listen to” sermon for everyone active in a soul-winning and evangelistic ministry.  It will change your thinking if you are open to its message.  But be prepared to be challenged in ways you might not expect.

Barnard can be difficult to listen to because he has an unfortunate quirk in his preaching:  he often shouts, occasionally producing ear-splitting screams that might puncture your eardrums if you are wearing headphones.

Outside of this annoying defeat, I have learned much from this old saint and have been blessed by his teachings.  Do I agree with everything Barnard teaches?  No, but you don’t have to agree with everything someone teaches; he has more gold than chaff.

Believing as Barnard does is a revolutionary and seismic shift in the belief system of your typical Evangelical believer.

Which brings me back to the title of this post:  “Should we share the Gospel at ‘Gay Pride’ parades?”  I say “no.”

There are several reasons why I don’t believe we should share the gospel at LGBTQ events.

First, it is critical how you view the Gospel.  Do you see it as a precious gem, something so infinitely fine and valuable that you would not dream of casting such a jewel into the muddy, filthy and disgusting mire of a pigsty?

Perhaps you are offended by my comparing a gay pride parade to a pigsty, but for anyone who has either attended your typical pride parade or seen pictures of what happens there, the reference is accurate.

I need to define what I mean by “sharing the Gospel.”  In a nutshell, this is offering Jesus as follows:

“Friends, the Bible tells us that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

“The Bible also tells us that there is none righteous, not even one, that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

“We are all sinners in the eyes of God, but because of what Jesus did on the cross two thousand years ago, shedding His holy and innocent blood for you and I, we can be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.

“Come to Jesus, friends!  He will give you new life, come into your heart and make it clean, wiping away all of your sins.”

I know there is infinitely more to the Gospel than this, but I’m trying to be brief.  When we “preach the Gospel,” we are offering to sinners the the path of forgiveness through the shed blood of our Lord.  And this is the message I believe we should not offer to unrepentant sodomites proudly parading themselves in their lusts and debauchery at your typical gay pride event.

Have you been to gay pride events or watched videos on Youtube about them?  Have you seen two men or two women french kiss each other and/or engage in other types of lewd behavior?  Or heard the hateful, vile and blasphemous language and curses out of their mouths against the very Jesus you are offering to them?

What did Jesus do when the people in a particular town asked Him to leave (Mark 5:1-20)?  Did He stay, against their clearly stated wishes, because He knew they needed to receive the very message they had no interest in hearing?  Why do we think we know better than what the Lord does?

When we do this, we are casting the precious pearl of the Gospel before the feet of pigs.  This is in direct opposition to the clear commandment of Jesus not to do this, as Barnard so eloquently and forcibly presents in his convicting sermon.

You have heard, no doubt, this saying:  “Law to the proud, grace to the humble.”  If anything, those who feel led and compelled to preach at gay pride events should be giving these proud sinners the law and not the gospel.  To share anything else except the fact that their horrific sin is leading them straight to hell and judgment is, in my opinion, doing the exact opposite of Matthew 7:6.  And we will be held personally accountable for this disobedience.

But back to living in Sodom five days before the Lord rained fire and brimstone upon its inhabitants.  Can you imagine what that wicked town must have looked like?  A San Francisco Gay Pride event at its worst, but on steroids times a factor of 100.

Those people despised the God of the Bible, reveling in their wickedness and sexual perversion.  No doubt Lot tried to tell these vile sodomites about the God he worshipped, but they were not interested in the least in his message.

 

The Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian baker

Like most Christians, I rejoice that the Supreme Court rightly decided for the Christian baker.

But the problem remains the same: why does this country look to unelected lawyers in black robes to determine what is right and wrong? Who are they to tell anyone whether or not they can refuse to bake a cake for someone whose message they find offensive to their sincerely held religious beliefs?

Antonin Scalia, in his dissent in the infamous Obergefell v Hodges ruling legalizing “same sex” marriage, wrote:

“…So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

To give nine elected and unaccountable lawyers the power to decide such issues is what has helped plunge this country into the abyss of moral relativism and wickedness. While we rejoice in this ruling, we mourn the others legalizing abortion, sodomy based “marriage,” the posting of the 10 commandments made illegal in public schools, etc.

Never did our founding fathers intend for the Supreme Court of the United States to usurp and supplant the will of the people expressed through laws made by our elected representatives. That we wring our hands in anticipation of how the “Supreme Court will rule” on issues of national importance shows how far we have sunk as a republic.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf

UPDATE ON UA LAWSUIT: ALL DEFENDANTS SERVED!

Today, June 6, 2018, the last of the six defendants was served with my Complaint.  This step is crucial because these six defendants, by law, must be put on notice that a lawsuit has been initiated against them.

As in any lawsuit, there are certain time parameters that must be followed.  In my case, I had 90 days after I filed my initial Complaint (which I did on March 8, 2018) to serve all the defendants or the suit would be dismissed.

Now, all of the six defendants named in my lawsuit have received a copy of my Complaint within the statutory time limit set by the rules.  This means my suit goes forward; the next move will be for each of the defendants to respond.

Follow the Money (Part Two)

On Facebook today, I stumbled upon a post that linked to this story about Jesse Duplantis:

I first saw Duplantis many years ago and immediately this man made my skin crawl.  Back then, he made himself out to be some kind of Christian comedian, but the words that came out of his irreverent mouth instantly showed me he was simply another, typical, run of the mill, dime a two-dozen, phony evangelical huckster out to fleece the flock of God for—you guessed it—money.

Duplantis’ true god is not the God of the Old and New Testaments but the number one false god of America:  the greenback.  If huckster’s like Duplantis could make the same money off of the name of, say, Satan, you can rest assure he would switch in an instant.

But the equally amazing and sad aspect of this story is that this phony is in business and stays in business because of only one reason:  God’s people.  They are the one’s reaching ever deeper into their pocketbooks to fund his extravagant lifestyle.

Remember what I wrote in part one of my previous post?  “Follow the money.”  This is, in a nutshell, all one needs to determine the methods and madness of so much of what passes for “Christianity” in America.

Why do Christians support this buffoon, this false teacher and blasphemer?  What is it about this fool that is so appealing to people that, not only do they support him, but give him hundreds, even thousands, of their hard-earned dollars?

Men like Duplantis do not fear God.  I believe men and women who paddle around in the same foul swamp he does fall into one of two categories:  they either hate God with a passion or they don’t believe in Him at all.  No one who has an ounce of genuine love and fear of God could possibly conduct themselves in the manner in which these charlatans do.

I return to my original point for emphasis:  follow the money.  Understand that money is what drives these fakes, fuels their passions, and defines and guides their every move.  Their love and adoration of money is what causes them to wake up every morning, scheming of new scams to part the faithful with their hard-earned coin.

Let me tell you a true story from my own life:

When I was in my early late teens, early twenties, I met a young man a couple of years older.  Walking across a street one day in the crosswalk, on his way to church, he was struck by a car that threw him about 100 feet.  How he survived is one of those unexplained miracles of life.

In a body cast for almost a year, he was never able to walk again without the use of a cane or crutches.  He was in the peak prime of his life when he was struck.

Because he was legally crossing the street in a crosswalk and the driver (an elderly woman if memory serves me correctly) was 100% at fault, he received a huge settlement.  I never found out how much nor asked, but back then, in the late 70’s, it was probably close to a million dollars.

He lived an extravagant lifestyle, purchasing fancy cars, a nice truck, several homes, ate healthy foods, bought expensive guitars, etc.  And he was very generous to tele-evangelists, giving untold amounts of money to these con artists.

One of their “hooks” these crooks used to part my friend from his money was their teaching on divine healing.  One can understand how he would be particularly vulnerable to being flimflammed in this manner because he was struck down in the prime of his life and yearned to be restored to the abundant health he once enjoyed.

His money lasted almost three decades before he eventually spent every penny.  He is now on welfare and has been living on the taxpayer’s dime for years.

I never learned nor asked how many multiplied tens of thousands of dollars, perhaps over a hundred thousand dollars or more, he gave to these spiritual criminals.  All I know is that, slowly but surely, every single cent that he received from that hard-earned settlement disappeared.

Nor have I ever sat down with him and inquired how he feels about this, if whether or not he blames God for his own lack of wisdom and proper stewardship over the money he received and eventually squandered.  Such topics are difficult to bring up, even with friends.

Like so many situations in our lives, this one is like an onion, with many layers winding round and around the circumstances and decisions of our pilgrimage on this planet.  Did my friend give away a fair percentage of his fortune because he was bargaining with God, believing the tele-evangelist’s lie of the “thousand fold blessing”?

Was it out of selfishness that he sent countless checks in the money to these degenerates?  Through improper motives?  Only him and God knows, and people like myself, observing this train wreck from oftentimes close quarters, can only speculate as to why he threw away so much on absolutely nothing.

I write the following with no sense of pride, understanding that in this particular, narrow aspect of my life, I made a wise choice:  never was I taken in by these “Christian” crooks.  It was glaringly obvious to me, even as a babe in Christ surviving on milk, that these people were wolves in sheep’s clothing.  I would no sooner give them one dollar than I would toss a buck in the commode and flush it down the sewer.

Incredibly, millions of people don’t think like I do, and hopefully, like you do.  What is so obvious to me, like the sun shining in its glory on a cloudless summer afternoon, is that these people are villains in the truest sense of the word.  They are as guilty as Bernie Sanders and need to occupy a cell right along with him.

My friends story, though tragic, is not uncommon; it can be multiplied an endless amount of times.  Hopefully, none of my readers will end up in the poorhouse due to making similar unwise choices as my friend.

 

 

 

 

 

First Amendment lawsuit against UA ramps up

In 2017, I was arrested at the University of AZ and thrown in jail. My great crime? I refused to stop preaching at the annual Tucson Festival of Books while using my small, battery operated amplification system.

All around me, people were using far more powerful electrified amplification systems to sell their books, put on author presentations, perform music, etc. I was singled out specifically for censor because of my message: the importance and popularity of the Bible as the number one selling book in the world.

Many know what is happening to Christians and free speech on university campuses across the United States: both are being targeted for extinction…especially Christians. Our message, our morals, and our God are neither wanted nor tolerated.

I’m fighting back against this unjust arrest, having already filed a federal civil rights case three months ago. This has become the most complicated court case I have been involved in and will consume at least one to two years of my life on top of the year and a half I’ve already given to it.

But the stakes are huge. If I win, preachers in our ninth circuit will have strong ammunition on their side to also freely amplify the gospel message on university and college campuses, with certain commonsense restrictions.

Unfortunately, I could not find a Christian law firm interested in taking this case on a “pro bono” basis. This means they would take the case for free, but if I won, they would be paid, handsomely and in full, at settlement.

I had a law firm initially representing me, but after paying almost $2,000 in fees and receiving little if nothing in return, with the lawyer wanting thousands more, I decided to fight alone.

This week was critical. I served the Summons and First Amended Complaint on the five defendants at the UA responsible for my illegal arrest and incarceration. The other defendant, the AZ Board of Regents, who is responsible for the illegal actions of their rogue employees who arrested me, will be served on Monday.

It saddens me to realize how few Christians will fight for their blood bought rights won for us by our godly ancestors, rights that we are rapidly losing here in the United States. I made a decision decades ago that I would fight, and fight every step of the way, for every square inch of ground, no matter what it costs, how long it takes, or whether or not I ultimately prevail in the end.

It is not necessarily for winning why we fight, but that we will love our Lord and our faith enough that we will fight for Him and for His great cause and reputation. We fight because it is the right thing to do and it is part and parcel of being a soldier for Christ and fulfilling our role as men.

When all is said and done, it is an honor and a privilege, no matter if I win or lose, to fight for my King and my God.

The video below was from the 2012 Festival. I did not get arrested then because I agreed to shut off my amplification system. At this point, in 2012, I did not have the knowledge of first amendment law dealing specifically with amplification in public areas as I did when I was arrested in 2017. This video will show what I am up against: