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The following letter I wrote to a pastor is included in this book as a testimony to the effeminate approach taken by many modern churches toward sin and evil. This is a response to an event where many homosexual activists stood in front of a local church on a Sunday morning. Their mission was to protest some local church members for standing against abortion at the Love Joy Abortion Clinic. The Pastor showed affection towards the protesters and antagonism towards the street preacher.
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PASTOR, I have some concerns in what happened that Sunday morning and also regarding the letter you sent to Edward.
I have been out of town so only recently have I read your letter to Edward. I have talked to Nathan and Ron and others on this matter.

I think it is my place to respond to you on this matter since I personally have made probably all the Christian signs and tee shirts that were being used that Sunday morning. I provide them for many of the street preachers that may be encountered around this country and other nations around the world.
I also have been very instrumental in the training, guiding and encouraging of many of the open air preachers over the last 25 to 30 years in various outreaches in the streets, at events and universities throughout the United States and other countries.

First, I would like to compliment you for your congregation of 3000 members to have 40 that are able to bring the issue of the greatest sin (abortion) that has ever existed on the planet earth into the public view state wide. Most Christians are apathetic about this issue.

I am sure that you, your elders and staff were the first ones demonstrating at the Love Joy Clinic. We should set the example and encourage the 40 and others in a mighty stand against this sin. So I would like to personally thank you and your staff in this effort. I believe you are to be commended as a bright light in the Greater Portland area for the stand you have taken and I am quite sure the percentage of Church members involved in this issue at your church is much larger than most churches: 40 out of 3000.
Praise the Lord!
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Point #1. First you did not need to write the letter to Edward.
In your letter you refer to the street preachers as:

“lonely, misguided, zealots, with a fixation on hell.”

Just who do you think you are to refer to God’s elect in this way?
Have you forgotten the Scriptures of 1 Corinthians 12:1-27? You should read them right now and think how they apply in this situation.
1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Have you ever attended a Bible study with any of these men or gone to lunch with them or visited them in their homes? Have you in any way taken the time to get to know them?

I have and that’s how I am in a position before God to say that you are dead wrong. These men are not lonely, misguided, zealots with a fixation on hell. But what if they were? What should your attitude be in such a case?

We know there were open air preachers in the Bible:
Jeremiah 11:6
And the LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Hear the words of this covenant and do them.”

Jeremiah 17:19
Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and stand in the public gate, through which the kings of Judah come in and go out, as well as in all the gates of Jerusalem;”

Matthew 10:27
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.”

Mark 1:14-15
And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God, 15) and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Acts 17:17
So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.

So I ask, would you attempt to use your resources to train these mis-guided souls in how they could continue to do what God has called them to do, but in a more effective way?

Would you encourage leaders of Bible schools and seminaries and even churches to promote the education and training of open air preachers as you have opportunities? You certainly are in a position to do so.

I have to wonder whether you are more sold out to your personal image than the image that reflects the men of the Bible. I think I am qualified to ask the question since I am impartial. In addition, I am pro-life and have been active in the movement for far more than 20 years, arrested and jailed more than once, taking every opportunity that comes my way to speak against abortion and have been doing so consistently, long before you and ones like you awoke to the issue.
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Point #2. I have attended your church, eaten a meal while sitting next to you and talked with you just within this last year. I know your church is filled with educated Christians with good names in the community. In your letter to Edward, for you to say that you have had “hundreds that have come to know Christ in the last 18 months” is wonderful!
But for you not to identify with the message and the messengers that came that Sunday morning is deplorable and shows you have missed the mark in your understanding of God and His message and messengers.
Yet that should be no surprise to any sold-out man of God.
Religious people have consistently been doing that.

2 Chronicles 36:15-16
And the LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; 16) but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

Your church was given to you for the promotion of the Gospel, the building of disciples and the sending of disciples out into the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So for you to be more concerned with the church image in light of the pro-life movement, rather than to reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ, is a disgrace.

You said in your letter to Edward: “There is a time and a place for your tactics.” If in fact the preachers singled out your church for a demonstration, painted up signs, placed them on their autos and personage just to confront your church and attempted to convert you or influence you into their application of Christianity, causing disunity within the body of Christ, I would have to stand against them and support you. But with these men that’s not the case. This is a way of life for them. They wear these shirts at their places of employment. Moreover, they use their vehicles for their businesses and go wherever God calls them to go to preach His Word and reflect His will.

The fact that they showed up at a Christian church with many of the same shirts and signs, which they wear and use on a daily basis to communicate the most important message of all time was not done in a spirit of hostility toward you or your Church, but of brotherhood in a means to help stand against some very ungodly attacks toward you, your church and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that they were not received as who they are in light of God’s calling on their lives by you and your churchmen is a violation on your part and violates many verses in the Bible. For example: 1 Corinthians 13.

Point #3. You said to Edward in your letter, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” This is precisely why we use the methods we do on shirts, banners and signs. In using them we are able to capture the minds of many, whether they want to be exposed to the Gospel message or not.
We are able to provoke thinking and cause people to make decisions.

If somehow you think you are more intelligent or more qualified in these matters than we are, along with Coca Cola, Ford Motor Co., or Nike, please let me know. Thousands of businesses, organizations and politicians have been using these methods effectively for hundreds of years. They have proven them successful in promoting their products, persons and issues. So open your mind and realize that God can work beyond your strategies.

You said in your letter, “And the message you delivered to the picketers and the public was largely accusatory.” Jesus saves from hell!
(John 3:18) The sin and the sinner go straight to hell together.

My word, where did that message come from??? It’s sad, I have to take time out to attempt to instruct the one that flaunts Dr. before his name. Jesus Christ is the primary source of revelation about the reality of hell. The fact that Edward and others, at times, reflect His teaching on this subject, attempting to communicate what Jesus has said, is exactly what Jesus was trying to accomplish. Hell is not something any of us like to think about, but is the future reality that most people will experience.

The work of these men to preach the reality of hell’s existence, offering a way of escape, is not accusatory, but an act of divine love and kindness toward their fellow man. The exception would be if you classify Jesus’ words as accusatory. If that be the case, I would ask the question, “What’s wrong with that?”

Jesus saves from hell John 3:18
The sin and the sinner go straight to hell together.

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

John 3:18
He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Revelation 20:11-15
And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14) And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15) And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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On that Sunday, with some of the most evil people that have ever lived on the planet earth promoting the greatest single sin that has ever occurred short of the crucifixion of Christ, what was your message? GOD LOVES YOU! ???

If you tell an unsaved, unrepentant person that God personally loves him, when he really does not, it becomes a serious crime against the very character of God Himself. I believe this offense is committed by Christian people on a regular basis to the non-Christian world. Our language has one word for “love.” Whereas, the Greek language has many words for “love.” There are different types of love in the Greek language, but in our language we adapted the meaning for only one of these words, meaning personal affection (phileo) and have applied it across the board.

The love in John 3:16 is agape. It is not affectionate at all. So the words should be explained when telling someone that God loves them, when they’re thinking personally and affectionately and God is not.
If a man responds to John 3:16 (love which is void of any experiential relationship), he will experience God’s phileo love. But if he does not respond to it (the cross) he will continue to be under condemnation and wrath.

Technically speaking a person could force John 3:16 to make it look like God personally loves the sinner. But even in this attempt, the quality of this love is of absolutely no practical or personal value to the unredeemed sinner. In addition, the only love that is imparted to the unredeemed sinner from God is the air for him to breathe and the option for him to repent and trust in Jesus as his personal Savior.

Taking the urgency out of a lost person’s depraved state before God, and making a person think that God looks favorably towards him when He does not, impairs the person, and assaults the nature of God and His Word.

What should be the Christian attitude regarding workers of iniquity?
A desire to properly communicate God’s attitude towards them.


DONALD GREY BARNHOUSE, Bible expositor: Unsaved men are never called the beloved of God. (Romans, Vol. l, pg.86)

MARTIN LUTHER, German theologian, leader of the German
Reformation: ...
As the Psalm says (Ps. 139:22): “I hate them with perfect hatred.” And the first Psalm also calls the Christians blessed who avoid and separate themselves from the wicked. ... Whoever handles pitch will soil himself with it. (Luther’s Works, Vol. 12, pg. 193)

ARNOLD B. RHODES:
God’s Hatred of Evildoers (Psalms 5:4-5)... God is not said to love the sinner and hate his sin; he is said to hate both the sinner and his sin. This sounds harsh to modern Christian ears, but there is truth here we dare not overlook.
(Layman’s Bible Commentary, pp. 33-34)

O. MICHEL, Greek Scholar:
God’s Hating. The OT concept of God includes the fact that God can and does hate...God is hostile both to the sinner and his sin. (Gerhard Kittel’s Theological Dictionary Of The New Testament, Vol. 4, p. 686)

AUGUSTUS HOPKINS STRONG:
There is no abstract sin that can be hated apart from the persons in whom that sin is represented and embodied... “It is the sinner who is punished, not the sin.”
(Systematic Theologian, pp. 290-291)

Jeremiah 23:16
“They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You will have peace”’; And as for every one who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.”

Jeremiah 8:8
“How can you say, ‘We are wise, And the law of the Lord is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.”

Psalms 5:5
Thou dost hate all who do iniquity.

Now just who do you think this verse is talking about if not people promoting the murder of innocent unborn babes?

Nahum 1:2
A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.

2 Corinthians 5:11
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Hebrews 10:31
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

John 3:36
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

I could go on and on, but by now you should get the point.


Proverbs 17:15

He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

2 Timothy 3:1 and 5
1) But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 5) holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

(That’s what you did, denied the power - which is the Gospel Message!)

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
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Redemption presupposes a need, as does the concept of a Savior. Saved from what? This is the heart of the Gospel. And you should know and support that message. Jesus is the Savior from sin and hell. But it appears that you are ashamed of that message...

Romans 1:14-16
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Thus, for my part, I am eager to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

I am sure you mention these things behind closed doors to Christians that already accept what you are saying, but like the guys in the Bible, do you take the message out into the streets and put your own life at risk out of love, to alert the unsaved of the plight that is before them?

If you say “no, that’s not my ministry,” then don’t find fault with those that God has raised up to do that very thing! Indeed these should be the first recipients of your support, prayers and coffee and donuts. It should be a privilege and a blessing to care for those who are following the rich heritage of the ones who have come before!

2 Timothy 4:2-3
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires;

The word for ‘’preaching” in the New Testament has the following meanings: In the New Testament the word (for preaching) does not mean the delivery of a learned and edifying discourse in well chosen words and a pleasant voice. It is the declaration of an event.

It always carries the meaning of: to cry out aloud ..... to announce to proclaim ..... to implore someone to declare ..... (ibid, p. 703)
The compound verb for “preaching” means: to speak forth to declare publicly to set forth audibly (ibid, p.717) (See also Webster’s with the attendant synonyms)
(Kittle’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Vol. 3, p. 703)

We are to preach with boldness! As a noun the word for “bold” in the New Testament means: freedom of speech unreservedness in utterance to speak plainly to speak without fear to secure publicity.
(Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, page 137)

The newspaper published a picture of a nice looking man carrying a sign that read:

Jesus saves from hell
John 3:18 the sin and the sinner go straight to hell together

That message went out to hundreds of thousands of unsaved hell-bound people. (For Free) Would you have preferred a picture of yourself handing some homosexual, promoting abortion, a cup of coffee and a donut?

Edward and the others attempted to warn the wicked which is
consistent with...

Ezekiel 3:18-19
“When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’; and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 )Yet if you have warned the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. Also ...Ezekiel 33:6-9
Acts 18:6 and 20:26.

Your act of using authority to force Nathan to park his auto with the Gospel signs on it is disgraceful. He should not have had to park way back in the rear parking lot, so no one could read the Gospel message on it. You also requested that Ron and others button up their coats so no one could read the Gospel message on their shirts.

The Holy Spirit’s ministry is clear... John 16:8-11 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; 9) concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10) and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; 11) and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

He does His work through born again Bible believers.

Now, just who was more in tune with the ministry of the Holy Spirit that morning, Edward and the street preachers or you and the donut peddlers?
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Point #4. You said in your letter to Edward, “The local church is the very backbone of Christ’s plan.” Yes, I agree that might have been the plan but the plan got off to a rough start. One evidence to that is found in the book of Revelation chapters 2-3, since then it hasn’t been a whole lot better. The incredible amount of tears, heart breaks, dissension, anger, broken relationships, controversies, torture and murder etc. has probably never existed in any other organization on earth.
This is the very opposite of the teaching of Jesus Christ. Consequently, this has been caused by well-meaning, educated, sincere Christian men and women that feel their agenda and insight with God is superior to others.
Moreover, they attempt to use their positions of power to cause divisions and separation with those that disagree with them,
just like you did that morning.

Praise the Lord in spite of people like us, God gloriously works and His wonderful plan of redemption goes on. It first requires a person to come to the realization that he is in a position of need, the result of his nature and sin. He must realize that without Jesus, his future will be eternal separation from God in hell. Only through Jesus can he cry out for the hope of salvation. It is at this moment in time that God becomes a Comforter within him through the Person of the Holy Spirit.

That is the message of the street preacher. The Gospel message is coming in the front door rather than that of coming in the back door.


The mentality of the Church should be that of the street preacher... to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, with all boldness.

Ephesians 6:19-20
And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel, 20) for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

That, is certainly not where you are coming from as is evidenced by your letter to Edward.

I have a high regard for the local church in spite of its present condition. For example, if it was functioning correctly, do you really believe our country would be in the current condition? Most street preachers that I have ever known attend various local churches and it’s amazing when we get together and compare notes, we find most churches are suffering from the same sickness regardless of the denomination.

The local churches are in a sick state primarily as a result of people like you and your staff.

The local church’s mentality is like that of their members for the most part: self centered, impersonal, with a worldly businessman attitude. Hence, they are products of the current day cult of the intellect, which love to be entertained.

These are people who do not want to deal personally with sin, judgment, hell, or their personal responsibility in light of the Great Commission. They interpret God’s Word as negatives or accusatory, all because they have chosen to caress a god they have created in their own imaginations that for the most part requires nothing from them but to enjoy life in their interpersonal church relationships. On top of all this, their leaders just love this kind of churchianity that causes no sparks, no waves, keeps everyone happy and keeps the money flowing in.

Jeremiah 5:30-31
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: 31) The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4) and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.

Most Christians on the church payroll have probably never had a real job. If they did have to work at a secular job full time, they would probably drop their ministry in a New York minute. Do you seriously expect the street preachers to submit to people like this?

Open-air preachers work regular jobs, use their off time and resources wisely so they can represent the God of the Bible to a lost and dying world. They do this out of appreciation for what God has done for them, saving them from hell. People like you place little value on street preachers or their message.

Do you know or have you ever heard of an open-air preacher that has been supported or encouraged by a local church? This is in spite of the fact that Jesus Himself was a street preacher.

The greatest man that ever lived according to Jesus was John the Baptist who was a street preacher. Most every example of a man of God in the Bible was a street preacher. The two witnesses in the future that God will use in the Book of Revelation are street preachers. Most revivals started with street preacher, etc.

The sad thing is if any of the guys in the Bible were to have supernaturally appeared that morning, you probably would have treated them the same way you treated Edward... O until you found out who they were. Then you would have attempted to exploit them for the benefit of your image and Church identity.
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You ask, who is the authority? I believe that if the intent of the open-air preachers were to enter your local church meeting house, they should subject themselves to the hopefully God-appointed elders. That clearly was not their intent. If you have never played football and do not understand the game, it is a little hard to become an effective coach.

It was outside the church that they were commissioned with the intent of brotherly love to assist you in the ungodly attack against you and the unborn; but since you were so spiritually sick not to receive them or their Godly Bible centered message, they chose to remove themselves from your property and carry on with the outreach they were called to do that day.

The street preachers did observe, as did the newspaper that your tent, coffee and donuts did not go over too well with the children of the devil. This indicates your worldly method was ineffective, but God’s method captured the minds of hundred of thousands of people via Edward through the newspaper coverage.

In regard to whose authority takes precedence, it appears that the pastors (elders) teachers seem to be the low men on the totem pole.

1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,...

Ephesians 4:11
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,...

Note:
If you see something that looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, there is nothing wrong with calling it a duck.

Two different kinds of ministry... It can be traced in the Epp. of St. Paul and in other parts of the NT. It is seen in the Didache, in the Pastor of Hermas, in the Epp. of Barnabas, in the apology of Justin Martyr, in the writings of Irenaeus and elsewhere. (For a full list of authorities,
cf Harnack, Texte u. Untersuchungen, 11,ii,111ff.)
The one ministry differs from the other in function and the distinction depends on a conception to be afterward examined—that of “gifts.” The common name in apostolic and sub-apostolic literature, for the members of the one kind of ministry is “those who speak the Word of God” (laluntes ton logon tou Theou). Modern writers have called it the charismatic, but perhaps the better term is the prophetic ministry. While to the other class belong all the names, which are given to denote office-bearers in the local churches. The two existed side by side. The great practical distinction between them was that the members of the former were in no sense office-bearers in any one Christian community. They were not elected or appointed to any office. They were not set apart for duties by any ecclesiastical ceremony. The “Word” came to them and they were compelled by inward compulsion to speak the message given them to deliver. Some were wanderers; others confined themselves to their own community.
They were responsible to no ecclesiastical authority. Churches were encouraged to test them and their message for the “gift” of discerning. Whether a so-called prophet spoke a truly divine message was always presupposed to be within the local church. But once accepted, they took a higher place than the office bearers; they presided at the Lord’s Supper and their judgment in cases of discipline could overbear
ordinary ecclesiastical rules.
(The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, T.M. Lindsay II. Vol III, Pg. 2057.)

I do not think like you that authority is the issue.
I think attitude is the issue.

Love is the issue.
Respect is the issue.
The Gospel is the issue.
Repentance is the issue.

The issue is that in spite of your overwhelming desire to present coffee, donuts, and covering, along with your effeminate concept of God and the Gospel to the homosexual perverts promoting the murder of the innocent unborn, you could have extended as much love, compassion and understanding to these fearless ambassadors for the King of kings and Lord of lords, who are your brothers.

Proverbs 29:27
An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.

We as preachers have always been rejected by the saved and the unsaved regardless of where we preach. The men of God in history certainly preached within religious houses of worship, unannounced and uninvited. Their messages were rejected by most of the hypocritical religious people of the day, just like you did to these preachers.

The body of Christ (across denomination lines) has constructed an aberration to the teaching of the Bible that will not allow the Great Commission to go forth, other than in a limited way.

The Church has created a system that does not allow its members to exhale what they have inhaled (with few exceptions).
This is like giving the sizzle without the steak.

Excitement about Jesus comes as a result of being active.

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Point #5. I would be more than happy to get together with you or anyone else at any time at any place with the hope of resolving these matters.

I am not, nor have I ever in over 30 years of ministry, been closed to discussing the things of God and the issues of the Scriptures. So feel free to write me, or just give me a call and we can go out and have a cup of coffee and talk, if you so desire.

Philippians 1:18
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice.

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Ray Steadman
“When you find that the unbelievers are upset with you and you find that the Churchmen are upset with you, more than likely you are doing something right.”

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