I am still ‘street’ preaching through the book of Romans. Thankfully through this message, the Lord provoked some responses, and inquiring minds.
In this outreach I could have easily engaged in Theological malpractice, getting those “inquiring minds” to either “accept Jesus,” “repeat this prayer,” or make a “decision for Christ,” and then of course go online and brag about pseudō salvations. But since all of the above are unbiblical, I did not.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:11-14).
This is an edited version, which does not include personal conversations.
Music ‘Praise God from whom all blessing flow,’ by Hymns.
That word “dead” in trespasses’ (in Eph 2:4-5) comes from the Greek work ‘nekrós’ (νεκρός), it is an adjective. By short definition this ‘nekrós’ means that before a person was saved (born-again), they were ‘metaphorically and spiritually’ DEAD, dead as a corpse in a graveyard. They are inoperative to the things of God. Which means because they were ‘dead’ (before salvation), they are not able to “choose” Christianity, nor “ask” Jesus into their life (nor heart), nor be pushed further away from the Lord. 🙂
I just added this new gem to my library. A book called “Christ Crucified: The Marrow of the Gospel in 72 Sermons on Isaiah 53.”
It is a large book with over 700 pages containing 72 sermons on Isaiah chapter 53. But not just any sermons. These sermons were given by the 17th Century Scottish preacher – James Durham (1622-1658). Durham was the Chaplain to King Charles II, and the Professor of Divinity in Glasgow University.
So far I have only skimmed thru this book. It appears to be the longest, thorough, most comprehensive sermon ever written on Isaiah chapter 53 (or at least that I’ve seen). Charles Spurgeon – aka the “Prince of Preachers” said the following of this book. “This is marrow indeed. We need say no more: Durham is a prince among spiritual expositors.”
Oh how insignificant I am, compared to men like this.
I began my Christian life in a postmodern church denomination (though they called themselves “non-denominational”). Consequently I spent the first half of my Christian life reading postmodern contemporary Bible commentaries, and listening to contemporary “Christian” music. Oh what a mistake that was, but I did not know any better. However I am very thankful for that experience, as it made me more grateful for where we are today.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the millennium, that my wife and I ventured out to study more churches, more denominations, Doctrines and Theology. Frankly I learned that I fell miserably short of a deep systematic Theology, and a sounder Doctrine (and I’m still learning, and Lord willing growing).
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).
Therefore over this last ten years I have slowly replaced most of my postmodern academia driven books, with writings from ‘old dead men’ like the aforementioned. Some of my former books I gave away, others I tossed in the trash can, and yes burning some books is Biblical (Acts 19:19).
Thankfully over the latter years my wife and I have transitioned into a more orthodox Christendom. But oh how I wish I could go back to the very beginning, and start all over again. 🙂
This morning I almost went off-roading, I’m glad I did not. Today at this location I preached from Revelation 20:11-15 and Romans 8:35-39. I warned the crowd that many of them will experience God’s wrath, judgment and that “with violence,” Jesus will throw them into the lake of fire. I pleaded for them to ‘repent and believe.’ I then shared another passage encouraging any born-again Christians that may be in line, that they will experience God’s grace, mercy, and eternal love. Perhaps it’s right to say that a ‘mini revival’ broke-out. The Lord also provided many fruitful conversations which were edited out. Soli Deo Gloria.
Usually a Herald simply ‘preaches’ the Gospel, but if the crowd seems to be listening, and is not hostile, then perhaps we can try to ‘teach’ as well. Hence, in this video we have both street preaching, and street teaching to a long line of people.
Music ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow,’ by Hymns.
You may remember last year when Pastor Zephaniah and co-laborers were ministering at the front door steps of the ‘Family Planning Associates’ abortion clinic, located on Miramar Road in San Diego, Calif.
That is when Abortion Doctor Robert Santella approached Zephaniah. Santella escalated the situation by going ‘chest to chest’ with Zephaniah, all the while brandishing a pair of scissors in his right hand; which came very close to Zephaniah’s neck. Santella then made some egregious incriminating remarks, so much so, that the California State Medical Board investigated him.
Long story short, this unique incident gained National attention, and was covered by news outlets. According to NBC 7 San Diego News, the Medical Board of California investigated Dr. Santella. Consequently Dr. Santella will be surrendering his medical license.
Nevertheless, what I appreciated about this story, was how Zephaniah and the rest handled this controversy. They remained humble, and always displayed a loving sincere care for Santella’s soul.
As Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Do you want to go to heaven alone? I fear you will never go there. Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.”
When I spoke to Zephaniah, he was not satisfied with how this ended. Why? Because he shed tears for Santella’s soul.
As Zephaniah wrote in the description field of his below video ~
“The story can’t be concluded with this abortionist getting fired and surrendering his license. It is consummated with hearts that were willing to show the light of Christ with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Santella was confronted concerning his eternity and was given the Gospel. It is our prayer that he will see the beauty of Christ and the ugliness of sin and dark powers that is using him as an instrument. It is our prayer that he will be delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the Son where there is forgiveness and redemption.”
That is a Pastors heart, and that should be every Christian’s heart.
“That’s what Jesus did in the garden: He travailed for your life and for mine. Will you travail for some until the glory of God comes down on them? Weep for them so they won’t have to weep in hell. It’s not an easy way, but it’s a glorious way.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“The pastor who doesn’t weep for the lost shouldn’t expect people to come and weep for their sins.” – Leonard Ravenhill
Dear Christians. Ministering at abortion mills is not just about ‘saving babies’ (lest it become idolatry). It is about glorifying the Father, exalting Christ, and sharing His Gospel. The evidence (or fruit) of a Biblical minister, is they will desire for all to be saved, including the “Doctor” performing the abortion. I know Pastor Zephaniah personally, and what I appreciate about him (and those that he ministers with), is Christ, His Gospel, and salvation is always front and center.
But as Zephaniah said, this story “can’t be concluded” here. Below is a new video which depicts Zephaniah and his team making an attempt to ‘personally’ share the Gospel with Santella, at his own private office. In Law Enforcement awards are given to officers that perform acts “above and beyond the call of duty.” But these Christians rewards will be awaiting them in heaven.
Please watch this interaction below. Soli Deo Gloria!
Additional: To Santella and others, to know more about salvation click here.
On behalf of this wonderful family, by the grace of God, the Lord gave me the courage to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:24-35), and both the goodness and severity of God (Romans 11:22). I began this sermon sharing the fruitful ‘life and legacy’ of this wonderful saint (Betty). I also shared some things that Betty allowed me to share at her funeral. I then preached the Sermon, which included both the Law (the bad news), and the Gospel (the good news). I called the lost to repentance, and to believe in the Gospel that I had just preached. I then closed with a particular Doxology.
So that I would not mislead any non-believers present, I explained to those in attendance that many of the Scriptures I would share, come with an exclusivity applicable only to Christians, and I reminded them of that, as those Scriptures were recited.
After seeing Betty during the viewing, and then seeing her large family gathered together, I told them something they did not know (except for one of them). That Betty’s husband (James) was the first person to ever share the Gospel with me. Therefore I am forever indebted to this great family.
If you are ever in need of a person to officiate a funeral for your family, loved one, or friend, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I receive no honorariums for this great privilege. Soli Deo Gloria!
I agree with Brother Rusty’s message, however may I add these three points.
#1 the unsaved world is doing exactly what we should expect from them. That is why the Lord’s Church must ‘go out’ and preach the glorious Gospel (the whole counsel of God).
Yes I believe ministries should be under a plurality of Elders, but frankly most churches fall miserably short in this area. That is why we should not be opposed to all “para church” ministries. Because some are doing what many local churches will not. Currently I am working on an itinerary, for lots of ‘street preaching’ that I plan to do soon (Lord willing) in another State (thankfully my heart has stabilized via my Ablation – Meds – Pacemaker & Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
#2 Christians should not fear Gods judgment. We shouldn’t try to prevent it, nor should we try to usher it in (not that we could).
#3 many ‘professing’ (alleged) Christians have tolerated, participated with, and/or celebrated with these aforementioned National sins. And they are the same ones that hypocritically post clichés like “Let’s make America great again,” or “God bless America.” To say the latter, in some cases, can perhaps be taking the Lord’s name in vain (aka blasphemy).
I say Lord let ‘Your’ will be done.
Thank you brother Rusty for your video and ministry.
In the meantime, as always – Ye must be born again. Christians love ‘biblically’ – repent – be salt and light – be holy – be sanctified – fear God – pray without ceasing – keep His commandments – walk circumspectly – believe in and trust Jesus – obey the Gospel – share the Gospel – preach the Gospel – contend for the faith, – hate the things that God hates, and love the things that God loves – fight the good fight – convince, rebuke, exhort – keep the faith, work-out your salvation, rejoice, and endure to the end!
My voice was not too loud (as others confirmed). Often times worldlings will lie claiming “it’s too loud,” because they are haters of God. Had I been using my Toa megaphone (which would have been inappropriate), then perhaps he is correct. But here I am using an Aker-38.
“No sort of defense is needed for preaching out of doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meeting house. A defense is required rather for services within buildings than for worship outside of them. Apologies are certainly wanted for architects who pile up brick and stone into the skies when there is so much need for preaching rooms among poor sinners down below.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said of George Whitefield, “They must not wait for souls to come to them. They must go after souls, and compel them to come in. He [Whitefield] did not sit tamely by his fireside…. He dived into holes and corners after sinners. He hunted out people, and their sin, that he might present Christ to them.”
“Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.” – Hudson Taylor
Music ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow,’ by Hymns.
I’ve changed this videos settings to “public,” only because this bus stop has sadly closed down. I saved it in case I needed to turn this over to a criminal defense attorney. Hence, I will no longer have legal problems with these authorities, at ‘this’ particular location. What I loved about this place, is that it was my favorite fishing hole. I always got a bite, and many times the lost responded to the Gospel. Everything is for a season.