Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christians Arrested For Claiming Jesus is the Only Way

What if one day you were sitting at Starbucks having a conversation with an acquaintance and the conversation turned to the Bible.  What if you decided to quote the verse from John and said, Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but through me."

And now the story get unbelievable because the person sitting at the table next to you overhears your comments and says, "OK...that is the most offensive and intolerant thing I have ever heard!  You need to stop that kind of talk right now!"

You remind the stranger that you are just quoting the Bible and since we live in a free can say anything you want even if it offends the eavesdropper.

But now the stranger is getting liberals have the tendency to do....and he starts making a scene and starts telling all the other folks in Starbucks what you said about Jesus being the ONLY way to eternal life.

Before you know it, the local police show up.  They demand you apologize for making such an offensive and intolerant statement.  You refuse.  They arrest you for disorderly conduct.

"But Dennis, that could never happen.  This is America!"

Yep!  And England used to have free speech too!

Christian Street Preachers Found Guilty For Proclaiming Jesus Only Way To God

Freedom of speech is under attack in England in yet another legal case where European anti-Christian and multicultural sentiment has trumped both core liberties and Biblical truth. 

Street preachers Michael Overd (UK), Michael Stockwell (US), were both arrested for publicly preaching the Bible on the streets of Bristol in July of 2016. 

Unable to charge them directly with religious offenses in court, the docket lists their offense as "violating the Crime and Disorder Act" a law which bans speech or behavior that results in "intentional harassment, alarm or distress" that is "racially or religiously aggravated." 

The guilty verdict was handed down on February 28th of this year and the fine set at just under the equivalent of $2,500 for each man.

Preaching on a range of issues and with the King James translation of the Bible as their support, the men engaged with passersby and answered the questions of those who stopped to listen. 

According to evidence submitted at court, the questions and answers dealt with Buddhism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, homosexuality, Hell and a good many other topics both moral and religious.

According to the police, the arrest came when bystanders were offended by the preaching or the responses they received to their questions.

The arrest was caught on video and recorded seconds before the men were approached by officers with Overd declaring that "The purpose of mankind is to worship God and enjoy Him. You need to obey God and obey His commands. 

I hated His commands once and I remember what that mind frame is--it is like banging your head against a brick wall." 

As the crowd grew increasingly aggressive and hurled insults at the four men, the officers decided to enforce the will of the mob and threaten the street preachers with arrest if they didn't leave. 

Their response? To assert their rights to freedom of speech by proclaiming, "For God so loved the world, guys, that He gave His only begotten..." which saw them promptly arrested.


It just dawned on me that this story and others like it may be a foreshadowing of the two witnesses who are coming in Revelation.

 If so, we can expect stories like this to spread all through Western civilization.  People who proclaim the Truth of God will try and be silenced by the majority who don't like their message.

Revelation 11
3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

Remember, those of us who love Christ WILL NOT be here to witness this event....because we will be with WILL NOT be here to be tormented like those who live on the earth will be.


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