The ultimate challenge. A recent graduate from our evangelism class, “Sharing Your Faith Made Easy,” must face his fears and hand out giant $100 bills with a Gospel message on the back to a group of men drinking at a gay bar. (Click here to read the message.)
Will they take them or reject him and mercilessly belittle him for what he stands for?
After teaching “Sharing Your Faith Made Easy” for 6 years, I passed it on to my good friend, Ed Lee. This class will give you a heart for the lost, increase your zeal for God, and cause you to live a more authentic, holy life. This 10 week class starts Thursday, June 20th, from 7-9 PM, at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach.
Our evangelism adventure for Saturday, June 15th will be the Redondo Beach Pier: Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to pray, eat pizza and then go out to share our faith. We leave promptly at 12:30 pm, returning by 3:30 pm.
Our college ministry is off for the summer and will resume in September.
I apologized to the gay community on behalf of true Christians everywhere at last year’s Pride Parade in West Hollywood—and plan on doing so again this Sunday when we attend!(Meet at Hope Chapel at 8:15am to carpool or leave a comment and I’ll tell you where to meet us.) Why would I apologize? Because Christians have shamelessly preached a hate-filled Gospel, misrepresenting their God-given ambassadorship on behalf of Christ to those lost in their Pride.
Would you, evangelist, have the same attitude as Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, when it comes to the lost? “Let them see the tears in your eyes; or, if you cannot weep, let them hear the tears in your voice, and let them realize that you feel their danger, and are in distress for them.”
The homosexual community, for the most part, hates born again Christians due to their judgmental, bile-spewing, finger-pointing “good news.” One street evangelist last year actually mocked the WeHo parade-goers, rebuking them, insulting them and inflaming them with unloving diatribe. Watch:
A reporter from WORLD magazine interviewed me last week about street evangelism and made reference to the street preacher in the video above saying, “I don’t believe he has a clear understanding of the message of the Bible.” (See my Facebook dialog with this preacher here.)
Hence, my apology.
So, what will be my game-plan? The same as last year. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote before the 2012 Pride Parade detailing my intended dialogue:
…I’m called to go [to the Pride Parade] to show love, to speak truth… and to apologize on behalf of true Christians everywhere. I will tell them that I am sorry that the Christian community has not demonstrated tact, poise, reason and grace to those who are in dire need of a Savior.
Don’t get me wrong. I will talk about sin.
Inevitably, I will be asked: “Will God send me to Hell because I’m gay?”
My answer: “No one ever went to Hell because they are gay.”
Immediately, the person softens and I’m able to explain that they have sinned by breaking God’s ten Commandments. They will be judged for lying, stealing, looking with lust, hating or using God’s name as a cuss word. I warn that if they don’t change, they will end up in Hell because God is just. Then I remind them of God’s incredible grace, love and mercy as demonstrated on a cross. That if they repent and trust in Jesus, who suffered and died on their behalf, was buried for three days and rose again, they can be forgiven.
“So you see,” I’ll say, continuing the conversation, “it’s not about you being gay, it’s because you’ve sinned in these other ways. Homosexuality is a sin, it’s just not THE sin.”
When I speak to a gay person, I will be firm, but gentle—just like I am to everybody I talk to.
If I’m asked about whether gays should be married, I will not shrink back from the truth that marriage, as God created it, has always been between a man and a woman. We should never re-define a term to fit our culture’s preferences. Civil unions? Why not?
I will attempt to shake their hand, even give them a hug. I will ask them if they have ever met a Christian like me. Someone friendly, concerned, and gracious.
I suspect the answer will be no.
And that’s a sin.
On Saturday we will also be going to the Palos Verdes Street Fair. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.
Charles Spurgeon wrote: “From all our congregations a bitter cry should go up unto God, unless conversions are continually seen. If our preaching never saves a soul, and is not likely to do so, should we not better glorify God as peasants, or as tradesmen? What honour can the Lord receive from useless ministers? The Holy Ghost is not with us, we are not used of God for his gracious purposes unless souls are quickened into heavenly life. Brethren, can we bear to be useless? Can we be barren, and yet content?”*
Are you content in your evangelism efforts? Probably not. Want some excitement to add to your zeal? Then join us this month for any of these excursions during the month of June. But first, did you see this video of John Travolta taking a Million Dollar Bill Gospel tract as Steven Spielberg looks on? This was from the very first Ambassadors’ Academy (which is now defunct.) Read what happened at this Academy here.
Saturday, June 1st: Venice Beach: Meet at Hope Chapel at Noon to pray, eat pizza and then go out to share our faith.We leave promptly at 12:30 pm, returning by 5:00 pm.
Thursday, June 6: “Abortion is About God: Reframing a Moral Issue.” I teach an 8 week class that shows how abortion is primarily an affront to God and His sovereignty. At Hope Chapel from 7-8:30pm. Cost: $15.00
Saturday, June 8th: Palos Verdes Street Fair:Meet at Hope Chapel at Noon to pray, eat pizza and then go out to share our faith.We leave promptly at 12:30 pm, returning by 4:00 pm.
Sunday, June 9th: Hollywood Gay Pride Parade:Meet at Hope Chapel at (SPECIAL TIME) 8:15 am. We leave promptly at 8:30 am, returning by 4:00 pm.Parade starts at 11:00 am.
Thursday, June 13: “Sharing Your Faith Made Easy,” a 10 week evangelism training course taught by Ed Lee. Class and all materials are free! At Hope Chapel, 7pm to 9pm.
We need your help this Memorial Day weekend as we will be sponsoring a booth at the Fiesta Hermosa all three days.We give out Intelligence Tests, Chick Fil-A coupons, Gospel tracts, 180 Movie DVDs, and…high quality stuffed animals.
There are strange juxtapositions at this fair. Notice our friends from the Holy Bible Team glorifying God in a quiet, dignified fashion (like they always do) in front of the Hustler Casino booths.
And what amazes me is that people still line up to take that silly Intelligence Testthat ultimately leads them to the important eternal issues.
Watch this video of an atheist changing his mind about going to Hell as we present the test to him in the video below:
Here’s where to go if you want to join us Saturday thru Monday from 8am to 6pm:Park at the Northrop Grumman parking lot on Aviation and Marine Ave. in Redondo Beach (Google directions) and take the shuttle bus down to the fair because there is zero parking at the fair. Shuttle service is on the other side of the Chevron Station.Take the shuttle down to the drop off on PIER Ave. Walk down Pier Ave, we are on the right side, on the upper part of Pier just off Hermosa Ave. Look for the “Intelligence Test” sign.
This is an action packed weekend for adventurous evangelists. We have 2, count ‘em, 2 parades this weekend:
On Saturday, May 18, we are going to the largest Armed Forces Day Parade west of the Mississippi in Torrance! Meet at noon on the northeast corner of Torrance and Madrona Blvds., specifically at 3331 Torrance Blvd in front of the plunge on the grassy strip. Dennis and Rachael Liebregt will be leading. Call 310-374-4673 x.121 for more info on how to contact them.
And on Sunday, it’s the 3rd largest Gay Pride event in the country: TheLongBeachPride Parade. Meet at Hope Chapel at 8:30AM to carpool. Here’s an interview with a parade-goer at last year’s West Hollywood Pride Parade:
No one had ever been killed while sharing their faith with our team on the Redondo Beach Pier. That’s one reason we are going there this Saturday. Meet us at Hope Chapel at noon to car pool.
Nope. No one ever got killed at the pier; someone did, however, get punched in the gut a few years ago.
Here’s an excerpt from a past post:
It was a Friday night and I went out alone to evangelize on the Redondo Beach Pier. I met another small group of believers and we went out together to share our faith. I gave a Gospel tract to a guy who had just come out of a bar. “What is this?” he asked.
“It’s from my church.”
“It’s about God?”
“Yeah,” I replied.
“Let me tell you something about God,” he said putting his face into mine, nose to nose. “I am God!” He started talking about how rough his life was. The more he described his past, the angrier he got.
Well, Billy wasn’t much of a theologian…nevertheless, we will be heading to the Lawndale Youth Parade this Saturday. What is a Youth Parade? Here’s how the Lawndale website describes it: “[An] annual fun event celebrating the youth in Lawndale and the surrounding communities.”
So there you go! Meet us at Hope Chapel at 8:30 to carpool.
Now, watch a few youths learning how to preach in eight words. Read some reviews from those who’ve watched it below.
Nytephyre wrote: “this is absolutely disgusting. Shame on you for involving children.”
butkicker43 wrote: “you are disgusting involving children, they are to young to comprehend such claims and indoctrinating them into your state of delusion”
thisismyelement05: “you’re ruining that beautiful beach shutup”
Derwydd3: “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I actually feel a bit sorry for Christians sometimes. Everyone ignoring them at the end there was a bit sad really.”
This Saturday we are making incursions into seven Starbucks within a five mile radius. The map is drawn and the team will be ready.
They will go in, hand out as many Gospel tracts as possible to the patrons and the barristas, possibly even having a conversation or two, then head out of the store without buying a cup of coffee. (They may ask for a cup of water, though.)
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz made this comment recently to a shareholder: “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
Why would ole Howard make this comment?
Because the shareholder doesn’t share the same liberal values as Mr. Schultz. According to the Washington Post:
…the shareholder in question was Thomas Strobhar, the founder of the Corporate Morality Action Center, which states that its mission is to challenge corporations on issues like gay marriage, abortion and pornography. Last year Starbucks’ endorsed a Washington state bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which prompted the National Organization for Marriage to organize a boycott of the coffee behemoth. So in last week’s meeting, Strobhar criticized Starbuck’s endorsement for hurting sales and profits in the first quarter of 2012.
Since he doesn’t like Christian morality, but will be judged by the Christian God, we wanted to give his patrons and laborers a fighting chance for Heaven.
Our team will enjoy coffee at another coffee establishment.
Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool and to get the maps.
Now read of the ex-homosexual who has become an evangelist and has since dumped his daily dose of Starbucks coffee.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – An ex-homosexual who now serves as an evangelist states that he has decided to join the boycott against the coffee king Starbucks following recent remarks made by CEO Howard Schultz regarding the company’s support of homosexual “marriage.”
“It’s an unGodly, Christ-hating position,” he said of Schultz’s comments.
Robert Breaud of Wisconsin told Christian News Network that he had been involved in the homosexual lifestyle until his 30′s, but has served Christ now for nearly 20 years.
“I basically got my fill of the emptiness of sin,” he said. “I was never happy, never filled, never satisfied with male-to-male relationships.” Click here to read the rest.
*Images credits: Starbucks logo and Howard Schultz from Wikipedia.
*Dump Starbucks image from Christian News Network.
Some exciting stuff is happening in April. And see our new monthly Starbucks incursions!
Saturday, April 6: Redondo Beach Pier. Meet at noon at Hope Chapel, return by 3:30
13: The Starbucks Express(o): This is new. Read this article from my blog and you will know why I created this event. We will use a map of all the local Starbucks in our local area so that we may “hit and run” with tracts and/or conversations. Meet at noon at Hope Chapel, return by 3:30(more…)
Feeling flighty? Maybe you are just plane tired of going to the same old places to share your faith. Join us for a rousing time at Los Angeles International Airport this Saturday. We go for about two hours, start at one end and finish at the other. Simple as that. The best part is the International Arrival section.
Have you ever seen Ray in action? Join us this Saturday for some great evangelistic encounters, from one-to-one conversations to heavy duty tracting, to on-the-box preaching! Meet us at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool (we leave promptly at 12:15), or meet us at the base of the Huntington Pier at 1:30PM.
Below is an encounter I had with a crazy drunk heckler, which is pretty much par for the course when you preach in Huntington Beach. Watch what happens when the police get involved….
This Saturday we will be meeting at Hope Chapel at a SPECIAL TIME, 9:30A.M., to spread the word to all who will be marching and spectating at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
A few years ago, this sad picture was taken (explanation below):
It happens to everyone who shares their faith on a regular basis…. You’ve scheduled an exciting time to go out and hit the streets to evangelize, you’ve got the plan, the tracts, you’re prayed up… then on the day of the event, no one shows up. It’s just the two of you: God and yourself. What do you do?
Go out anyway.
“Righteous Richard” Chavarria led our “team” at the 2009 Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Though he went solo, he had an army with him.
Has this ever happened to you? What did you do, give up or go out? What advice do you have for those in small churches that encounter this obstacle regularly?
CORRECTION!!! Join us on Saturday as we infiltrate a radical-left protest march with the Gospel. Meet us at Hope Chapel at 10:30!
Or at the corner of Hollywood and Vine at noon. Bring riot gear.
At a previous anti-war protest a few years ago this man was mad as heck and wasn’t going to take it anymore. He was an ex-Morman, an ex-prostitute, and thought all Christians were hypocrites. His sign said, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” (How about Sodom and Gomorah for starters?) In other words, he was just another leftist protester we encountered at the A.N.S.W.E.R. LA anti-war protest held in Hollywood on March 21, 2009.(Please read the start of this series by clicking here.)
I tried reasoning with him about the truth of the Gospel and his eternal destination; he wanted no part of Heaven because people like me would be there. This was so sad.
Why was this man standing in front of the thousands of other Socialist marchers who were gathered just a few feet away? “I’m blocking them,” he said, as he pointed to a group of “Christian” Sign Guys, who were loudly shouting abusive, incendiary comments at the protesters.
Watch my 5 minute interview with David… then pray for this poor, tortured soul’s heart.
We’ve got some fun and exciting events planned this month including a Protest March, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a visit with our old friend, Ray Comfort. Please make sure you can join us at least one time!
Saturday, March 2nd: Redondo Beach Pier: Meet at Hope Chapel at Noon to pray, eat pizza and then go out to share our faith. We leave promptly at 12:30 pm, returning by 3:00 pm.
Saturday, March 9th: Protest March in Hollywood: Meet atSPECIAL TIME: 10:00 am to carpool from Hope Chapel. We will return by 5:30 pm.
Saturday, March 16th: Manhattan Beach Pier:Meet at Hope Chapel at Noon to pray, eat pizza and then go out to share our faith. We leave promptly at 12:30 pm, returning by 3:00 pm.
Sunday, March 17:Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade. Meet at Hope chapel at 9:30AM to walk on down to the parade which starts at 11AM. (more…)
We are not going to the Academy Awards this year because #1: It has too many police and too many blockades and you can barely get within a quarter mile of the celebrities. (For the second reason, see below.)
We will be going to the Hermosa Beach Pier instead. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.
A few years ago I preached at the Academy Awards, (well, actually, several blocks east of the awards ceremony), using a little lame humor to get people’s attention. Here’s what it looked like:
The second reason why we don’t go the the Academy Awards anymore is the “Hate Preachers.”
While we try to balance our messages with judgment and grace, Hell and Heaven, these guys are all about condemnation and pride. Here’s an excerpt from a past article from the 2009 Academy Awards.
I don’t know what it is about people carrying Jesus signs. Whenever we meet them—and they are at all the big events like we are—the majority of them seem so angry, so against people. The message they bring is one of anger, one of hate, none of love.
At the ’09 Academy Awards we were confronted by these wrath-filled “Christian” hordes on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Highland. They positioned themselves with horribly obscene signs that protested people, proclaiming a God who hates everyone—except them. What effect did they have, positioned as they were so that the stars could see them as they drove to the Awards ceremony in their limos?
Gong Hey Faht Choy! Kick the Chinese New Year off right in downtown L.A. This will be the evangelism team’s fourth visit to this parade that has over 100,000 spectators attending. Wanna come? We’d love to have ya! (See details after the video.)
And about this video…. I post this every year as a reminder to know your crowd before you preach to them.
Meet at Hope Chapel at 10:00am to carpool ORmeet at the Metro Rail Lincoln Heights Gold Line Station (370 W. Ave. 26, L. A.) at about 11:15am. We meet there because parking is free and it only costs $1.25 each way to the Chinatown station. Parade starts at 1:00pm.
This’ll preach (your weekly evangelism verse to be used on the streets):
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15)
This Saturday we will be greeting visitors at the Tet Festival in Garden Grove with a hearty: Chuc Mung Na Moi! This means “Happy New Year!” in Vietnamese. And, it’s the Year of the Snake! Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.
On Tuesday, February 12, our ten week evangelism training, “Sharing Your Faith…Made Easy” starts at Hope Chapel from 7-9pm. My faithful evangelism leader Ed Lee takes over the teaching duties from me this time around. The class and all materials are free!
Read about the 103-year-old Vietnamese lady who tried to knife her son-in-law at a previous Tet event by clicking here.
And see which political dignitaries got “messages from God” at a Tet Parade during an election year by clicking here.