What Are Legal Rrequirements Regarding Street Preaching & Evangelising?

The following video is a typical example of how many people in authority will try to bully a street preacher or street evangelist into quickly moving away from the vicinity with 101 false ‘legal requirements’ hoping that the person being violated will know the law.

As you watch you will see how they police and the casino owner buddy up as if the casino owner is someone worth defending in preference to the Christian street preacher who is trying to save people’s souls. Watch as they come up with all kinds of nonsense.

NOTE: if you get into a US free-speech lawsuit it appears that YOU don’t have to pay and for once this is great for the normally suspect attorney ‘business’ where lawyers will often tell you they can get you off anything when in actual fact they cannot and simply want your money.

You MUST get all encounters on video or you have no chance in court.

Here is he description from the video: Jesse Morrell of www.OpenAirOutreach.com talks about “How to Win A Lawsuit” regarding street preaching or free speech. After many years of experience in dealing with free speech lawsuits, Jesse gives some basic pointers or tips that will help you in your case if the Police are violating your rights. He discusses his recent lawsuit against the Police of the City of Shreveport and how that lawsuit turned out.

Who Should Christians Be Friends With?

Believe it or not, and unlike the Quran and various other religions and sects – according to the Bible, God frowns more on us being with believers that are living ungodly lives – i.e drinking, fornicating and generally not keeping the other commandments – than it does hanging out and spending time with unbelievers who haven’t heard the truth of the gospel.

I mean seriously who is worst? The unbeliever who lives an ungodly life or the saved Christian who is still taking liberties with God’s commandments? The latter clearly – as judgement will begin at the house of God not for any old reason but because that is fair for those that have heard the good news of Jesus sacrifice for us.

In the Quran for instance muslims are told specifically not to associate with Jews and Christians or any infidels (unbelievers) for that matter unless it is to further the cause of Allah, whereas we as Christians are asked to specifically go to and spend time, befriend, spreading the gospel to unbelievers. True – if we sense someone is throwing Jesus under the bus – we are commanded to move on – in other words, our time here on earth is short so don’t waste it with someone who clearly has no desire to know truth or have a relationship with God when someone else in your path is dying of thirst and desperate for truth and righteousness and willing to hear the call of the shepherd’s voice.

Let’s not forget, that Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour spent time with and was chastised by the scribes and pharisees for being “friends of sinners and tax collectors.”

How Do I Discuss My Faith & Christianity with Relatives?

Discussing my Christian beliefs with family members that don’t share your view or understanding of doctrine or faith

Question: My mother-in-law is a follower of the Wicca belief and does not believe Jesus is the son of God. My husband turned his life over to Christ 12 years ago. He struggles with understanding the truth of discrepancies between our different beliefs and her’s, not realizing that she is constantly trying to break us apart through manipulation and witchcraft. I don’t know how to discuss anything with him that doesn’t lead to him defending her. Any advice will be helpful.

Answer/Response: sorry if I headed the question wrong but this seemed a general title that was appropriate. This is a very difficult situation and I know exactly the kind of thing you are struggling with having several family members that are unbelievers and very closed when it comes to discussion – often leading to heated and over emotional arguments that are not rooted in reality but emotional attachments. The problem is people love their families and their sins more than what is right and wrong and extricating them from these lifestyles and the thought of losing a relative is too much. I would not seek to disprove wiccan ideas to your husband but simply state biblical truths and concentrate on loving these people even more – probably not easy! Your life is the book that people are reading to see what is right and wrong and they soon put 2 and 2 together when they only see the opposite of love coming from people of other faiths. Second, concentrate on reading the word yourself and to him, and when you encounter people like your mother in law – don’t rely on arguments of clever apologetics or doctrines – you’ll be going round in circles forver as people that don’t love God love to endlessly debate to they never have to come to the truth. Just quote the loving scriptures from The Bible. Why?.. well I have come to realise after many years of trying to win people with my own knowledge and understanding that that The Word – God’s written testimony and word really is sharper than any two edged sword just as The Bible says, and can work miracles in people’s hearts. The other thing is, that by reading the word it is not coming from you – it is coming from 6000 years of collective wisdom written by godly people whereas when it comes from our own knowledge, there is often a lot of pride between family members that stops the word from even being heard. So just quote directly from it in love – not to score points but to soften hearts. Believe me, when people hear the word they may give the impression that there has been no effect but it pierces the heart, and it may be some time later that the fruit is seen. I pray God opens the eyes of your family members and you have strength to stay calm and love them despite these issues.

Bible Verses…

John 13:34-35 ESV / 6
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Peter 3:15-16 ESV / 44 
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 18 
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Acts 19:9 ESV / 8 
But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.

Should We Be Evangelising People?

What Does the Bible Say About Evangelism?

open-bibleonwhiteMany people are unsure about the Bible’s stance on evangelism and have a variety of questions and worries. Should we stand in the street? Should we go door to door or should we just evangelise people we know? I would say that as long as you respect people’s choice to say no and we aren’t rude or insensitive – then all of the above are sometimes useful. Sometimes people need to hear the directness of a street preacher who plants a seed as they walk by. This same person then may ask another friend questions later on. So the thing is we can all play our part in our different ways. Let’s see what the Bible says on Evangelising.

Jesus Commands us to ALL to Make Disciples or All Men!

Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We Have Lot’s of Work to Do!

Matthew 9:37-38:  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

Evangelism is Good For You!

Philemon 6: And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

People That Love Truth will Respond!

John 10:16:  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Jesus is the Only Way of Salvation

John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The Holy Spirit Will Help You Get the Job Done

Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Romans 10:11-15: How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”