Video of ‘A Christian police officer debating open-air preacher Adam Lacroix’
Before I preface this video, I want to take notice that this police officer is willing to discuss the Lord and His Word while on duty. Most ‘professed’ Christian police officers do not have the courage to do so. So I must give him that credit where it is due.
However it looks like this police officer faced-off with the wrong man. Too many inappropriately use the words ‘Bible scholar,’ when in fact the person given that title is not. However Brother Adam is in fact all-together a Bible Scholar, Wordsmith, Swordsman, Berean, a Soldier, and a Bond-Slave to Christ.
Usually we would evaluate a police officers tactical errs. But here I am going to go over some of the many Theological errs that this police officer made (including but not limited to).
- He was being double-minded (as Adam suggested)
- He twisted verses out of context
- He used an eisegesis of the Text, rather than an exegesis
- He preferred that Adam make them comfortable in their sins, rather than warn them of their sins, and their consequences
- He is clearly ecumenical to the point of religious pluralism
- He is very emergent
- He has an unbiblical view of “judging”
- He disagrees with Adams “Tone and methodology” which was the same used by the Prophets of the O.T. and the Apostles of the N.T. Consequently he is in disagreement with the Bible
- He does not understand the Greek word Koinonia. Hence, he has the role of the church backwards. And does not understand the Biblical role of the church. The ‘church’ is commanded to ‘go out,’ not bring them in by inviting them to ‘church’ (though there may be a time to invite someone to our local fellowship that we wrongfully call “church.”
- He does not understand Biblical sanctification
- He used ad hominem attacks (or inSINuations) that Adam is “attacking” them.
Sadly the unbiblical views shared by this police officer is a mirror of the majority of pastors and church-goers across America. He has a demasculinized neutered view of Christendom.
To be against Biblical open-air preaching is a sin of omission. Frankly Adam has every right to question the officer’s salvation, or lack of maturity in Christ.
Jesus warned in Luke 9:26, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
Paul warned in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
Lastly too many do not understand how the LORD supernaturally changes a sinful man from a sinner to a saint (as Adam mentioned). Unlike the Roman Catholic religion, which unbiblically canonizes people into the title of “saint.” Through the born-again process, the Lord transfers a sinner to be one of His children (or saints). In true Christianity there are no hierarchies of saints. But the moment a sinner becomes born-again of His Incorruptible Seed, they by Biblical definition are now a ‘saint.’ As Dr. J. Vernon McGee said, “You’re either a saint, or an ain’t.” Though a born-again Christian (a follower of Christ) will still sin, they will no longer willfully continue in their sins without repentance. Though they will not be sinful, and they will not be sinless. But they will sin less and less until they are one day glorified in heaven. Their way of life or life-style will be radically changed. They will hate the things that God hates, and will love the things that God loves. They will be transferred from the darkness to light.
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” (Ephesians 2:19).
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15–16).
An evidence of salvation, is a person that (including but not limited to) ~
- consistently confesses their sins to Christ (1st John 1:9)
- consistently repents from their sins (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3 & Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19 )
- consistently turns back to, and commits to Christ
- consistently grows in Christ (2nd Pet 3:18)
- is a disciple of Christ & will “go out” and make disciples (Matt 28: 18-20)
- is a follower of Christ (Matt 16:24)
- is not of this world (1st John 2:15)
- they must be born-again (John 3:3)
- they will not enable, tolerate or acquiesce to sin (Roms 1:32 & James 4:17)
- they will be a God pleaser, not a man pleaser (Gal 1:10)
- they will no longer be slaves to sin (Rom 6:6)
- they will be a bond-servant to Christ (James 1:1 & 2nd Pet 1:1)
- they will imitate Jesus as the Christ (1st Cor 11:1)
- they will fear the Lord, and value His Word (Psalms 2:11, Prov 1:7 & Phil 2:12-13)
- they will “hold fast” to His Word (2nd Tim 1:13 & Phil 2:16)
- they will “abide” in His Word (1st John 2:-7)
- they will obey they Word of God (2nd Thess 1:7-8)
- they will ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Roms 3:14)
- they will bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-26)
- they will keep (strive to keep) Gods commandments (John 14:12-17)
- they will hate their sins. As others have said, “A Christian will hate what God hates, and loves what God loves.”
Ye must be born again. Be salt and light – be holy – repent – fear God – keep His commandments – believe in and trust Jesus – obey the Gospel – share the Gospel – preach the Gospel – contend for the faith, – and endure to the end!
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