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September 22, 2020
“Just tell them to accept Jesus”- that’s blasphemy & heresy – man reacts from across the street
I was preaching the Law & Gospel at this location for about 20 minutes (one sermon for each line). Except for one alleged Christian in the first line that shouted, “Just tell them to accept Jesus,” the crowd was very receptive. And so I publicly corrected that blasphemous heresy, while preaching to the next line, as well as Biblical doctrine on election.
As soon as I finished, I heard this man across the street shout “hey Sir, over here!” He asked me to come over and talk. While he was inside eating his huevos rancheros, he heard the preaching, and so he came outside to listen as he ate his breakfast.
He was shocked that this was occurring outside his home, but was very thankful. He was not afraid to talk without a mask, and he even shook my hand as he continued to eat (admittedly I don’t like shaking hands while eating). We talked about Christianity, the Church, and we departed with my tract in his right hand.
I had my front sights fixed on a larger crowd across the street, but right behind me was the main event. But I sure wish he would have invited me inside to have some of the authentic Mexican breakfast that would have reminded me of policing Hollenbeck Division (East LA).
UPDATE since posting this on an argumentative Reformed Facebook page.
Sadly there are too many armchair quarterbacks who love to criticize Heralds if they teach doctrine while preaching both the Law & Gospel. There are many good reasons to teach doctrine (i.e. election) while preaching the Law & Gospel. Unless our online critics were present, they cannot know all the conversations we had before preaching, nor how the Holy Spirit is prompting or working thru the preacher at that location. Nor what hecklers might have said before he taught on election. Moreover, we must realize that God’s elect is present at many of the locations we evangelize, and some of them have never heard these Biblical doctrines at their local Church. Lastly, I have learned over the years that many YouTube subscribers have responded to the Gospel, or repented from erroneous doctrines, many years later after posting the video. Albeit these armchair critics criticize from behind their computer mouse, most of them do not herald the Gospel publicly themselves. Let us take heed to the words of the Apostle Paul.
“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice” (Phil 1:12-18).
Through all the problems that Paul experienced, look at his attitude in verse 18. “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice”.
UPDATE 09/24/20: I received the below comment under his video. Perhaps the Lord is changing this persons mind (metanoia). Don’t listen to the naysayers. Obey the Lords commands, and be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.