Open-Air street preaching existed way before the first print of the Bible. Later the Lord mightily used street preachers (aka Heralds) during the first and second ‘great awakenings.’ If the Lord tarries, I believe He ‘may’ give America a third chance, a third great awakening (Lord willing).
But sadly, many professing Christians, and even many pastors are opposed to open-air preaching (perhaps a majority). The most consistent complaint Heralds receive from both the world and professing Christians, is that we’re merely “yelling at people.” Even many of my fellow Reformed brethren refer to the public proclamation of the Gospel, as nothing but “yelling at people.”
If Reformers believe in sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone,” or do not add to the Scriptures). Then we ought to believe in, and practice tota Scriptura (“Scripture wholly,” or the whole counsel of God). But to be an opponent of the public ‘preaching’ of the glorious Gospel, or to denigrate this Biblical calling and command by calling it merely “yelling at people,” is a sin of apathy, or spiritual cowardliness; and/or is against tota Scriptura.
If you’re against the public proclamation of the Gospel, I would examine the Scriptures and test yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). In other words, are you the apollumi seen here? “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish (apollumi) foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Fact is, street preaching is Biblical (see articles in below comments.) Although I can understand the opponents reservation with some street preachers. It grieves me, when I see some open-air preachers arguing with the public, inciting hecklers, making verbal adhominem attacks, and/or using extra-biblical methods to draw crowds, rather than just preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, not our own words (Romans 1:16). God’s Word never returns void, but our words do (Isaiah 55:11.) Only God’s Word can perform a spiritual surgery on mans heart and mind, our words cannot (Hebrews 4:12-13.) Our words (my words,) can do more damage than good.
Therefore, it is the policy of IPOC Ministries to not antagonize, and/or intentionally be rude to anyone. If anyone is offended by the Gospel, then so be it. Nevertheless, we never want to offend others with ‘our own’ words or actions. I pray to preach the Word boldly, and in love.
“And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).
It is impossible to love the Lord, if we do not love and believe in the whole counsel of His inerrant sufficient infallible Word. To willfully truncate or mitigate Gods Word is sinful. As the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Salvation is entirely a matter of God’s free, sovereign choice… Nevertheless, it is equally true to say that if a man is not saved, it is because of his own rejection of the gospel which is offered to him.”
To simply smile while telling others that ‘Jesus loves you,’ is not evangelism, nor witnessing. That is not only unbiblical, it is anti-biblical. To only do good works, and not preach; is nothing more than being a humanitarian.
Please understand this. Going out into the world to witness is not your pastors responsibility, it is ours. The purpose of your pastor (and your local church) is to teach, train, and equip and send out His saints to go outside the four walls of their local church. And to go out, and be heralds of the good news. Every Christian is called to witness, give their testimony, and share the Gospel.
While preaching, we will do our best to get the contact information of others, so that we can follow-up, and get them plugged into a Biblical church nearest to them, and as the Lord wills disciple them.
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:14-17).
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To view multiple blog posts, and/or videos of open-air preaching, click on our open air preaching tag here. However so that our videos are not too repetitive, we will not upload every video of every open-air outreach.
Below I have placed different videos from various outreaches, which will demonstrate different preaching styles.
Video 1/16 – Giving my testimony ‘The hellbound Gangster killed by a hellbound Cop’
Video 2/16 – Preaching at the Mexican Consulate
Video 3/16 – Preaching at a marijuana convention, until we we’re kicked out
Video 4/16 – Preaching to long single-file lines
Video 5/16 – Preaching for the Elect on Election Day @ a bus depot (great responses)
Video 6/16 – Preached from Hebrews 1:1-4 at IRS (some responses, teaching, edification, very eventful)
Video 7/16 – Preaching from a Theophany, an ANGRY man & two women oppose the Gospel, but…..
Video 8/16 sharing THE GOSPEL with a man at an abortion mill
Video 9/16 – Preached ‘Not being attentive to the Gospel is damnable,’ – 1 responds to the Gospel, some ask for prayer, others…
Video 10/16 – Three respond to the preaching of the Gospel at a bus depot
Video 11/16 – The Gospel Invasion of the Boardwalk – Venice Beach
Video 12/16 – Preaching to the masses at a High School
Video 13/16 – Evangelizing Palm Springs – (the glory of the Lord caused various results, including a mad-man who threatened me, and went after me)
Video 14/16 – a man responding to the Gospel while I was preaching in Dallas, Texas
Video 15/16 – Evangelizing Downtown LA (DTLA) via Bicycle
Video 16/16 – Bill Stoplight Preaching on the Hollywood Walk of Fame