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Human Rights Festival 2018-Athens, GA

There is a human rights festival every year in Athens. This years was typical, I suppose.

On Saturday it was, for all intents and purposes an LCBTQ fest, complete with drag queens and an MC that asked the crowd how many straight people, homosexuals, lesbians, tri-sexuals and freaks were in the audience, to cheers from the crowd. As the Professor (Rich) said, it was “a case study in Romans 1” on display right in front of us. Due to the noise level we did not preach but had signs speaking to the rights of the unborn. The signs generated some good conversations. I had one such conversation with a gentleman that seemed to be prompted, by my sign, to consider the rights of the unborn. It seems, in the good ole USofA, we have so “normalized” abortion and “de-humanized” the unborn that people have to be reminded the “fetus” is an actual human being before they can even rightly think about what abortion is, the murder of a child. Hopefully our presence, at least, created some thought in the minds of a society that has numbed itself to the plight of the unborn babies.

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I had another long conversation with a man, his name escapes me, that was very reasonable but could not commit to unborn babies having the right to life, especially when it came to cases of rape. I agreed with him that it would be a tough situation but the question remains, should a child be executed for the crimes of his father?

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On Sunday I was back at the festival with Rich, Chike and Mike. Bobby also stopped by for a few minutes after his return from Kentucky. Sunday was not like Saturday at all. There were bands and climate change speakers and also an open mic time where they gave people 3 minutes to talk about whatever they wanted. Rich actually had 3 minutes to share a bit about his journey from Atheist UGA professor to Christian Apologist. There was also a lady who spoke about how we have known that extraterrestrials have been visiting us since 1900 and that we have the technology to time travel. Like I said, 3 minutes to speak about anything you wanted.

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There was a speaker who gave a lot of statistics, one of which was the number of people that would die due to climate change. Although I am no expert, I have to wonder how that can even be scientifically predicted, with any reasonable amount of accuracy. There was also a sign on the stage during the entire festival that read, “STOP ALL WARS”. Now that may seem like a good idea, but I think it implies and assumes a lot. First, it implies that there is no such thing as a just war. If they could speak, I believe there are 6 million or so jews that would beg to differ. The assumption is that ALL wars are evil and could, and should, be avoided. There is another implication that , as a veteran, I take offense to. Now, I’m not a snowflake and didn’t have to go find a safe place to cry through it, but I was offended by this sign because it also implies that all soldiers are warmongering murderers. I believe it is well known that nobody hates war more that a combat veteran. They have a first hand experience to speak from. When they say “we should never go to war”, I take that to heart, because they are speaking from an experiential position and not from an agenda driven one. I will say, the festival organizers certainly have a right to have the sign and think and say what they want.

Chike and I got to preach on the corner of College and Clayton during the festival on Sunday. I had a couple of ladies stop buy as I was preaching. One told me I should wear white instead of black because it shines the light better. Not sure what that really means. The other asked me if I thought the festival was all evil. I assured her that wasn’t the case, but did tell her that the Saturday night event was certainly a perversion of God’s design. She asked why and I explained that the entire night was a parade of homosexual perversion on the stage. She seemed puzzled, which puzzled me, since she had just told me a few minutes earlier that she was a minister. That’s a pretty broad term these days, so I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised.

The overall take away for me was that the event, at least for the hours I was there, totally ignored the unborn children we slaughter at the rate of over 3800 per day. They do not seem to have any rights, and yet, society demands special rights for the LGBTQ community.

Rich was correct. The festival, at least on Saturday night, was nothing more than Romans 1 on display.  

Footnote: I was informed by a person on the festival’s facebook page that there were in fact pro-life folks there and I believe they even had some time to speak from the stage. This had to have happened when we were not present, but I will take them at their word. I have no reason not to.

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Samford vs UGA Saturday 9/16/17

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Kickoff was at 7:40 PM on Saturday so we arrived at the stadium around 4:30 PM and set up our equipment. We had a few new faces this week. Billy from Clemson joined us as well as Scott’s daughters. Scott, Chike and I preached as everyone else gave away Gospel tracts on the bridge. There was a lot of foot traffic, which increased as kickoff time drew closer. Hundreds, possibly thousands, heard the Gospel proclaimed for three hours, with many receiving Gospel tracts.Inline image 1

Although having one on one conversations can be a challenge before the games, there were a few on this Saturday. Before we began preaching a young man came and let us know that he was a Christian and a UGA student. He informed us that the students didn’t like preachers that come on campus and yell hate speech at them. We asked him to define what he meant by hate speech but he couldn’t seem to articulate what he meant and said he used the wrong term. Apparently it was “Hellfire and Brimstone preaching” that was offensive. Again, we asked him to define what he meant by that, and again he couldn’t articulate his definition of Hellfire and Brimstone.  Finally, Scott asked him what exactly was said that was offensive to him and again he couldn’t really explain himself. At this point Scott explained to him he was actually being offensive by coming up with his unsubstantiated accusations. I left the conversation at this point and heard the young man apologizing to Scott. To be clear, we are not against constructive criticism, but when you can’t even explain what you are criticizing, well, it isn’t very constructive.

It also seemed to be Mormon day at the stadium. Chike engaged two young Mormon girls and did an excellent job showing them how the Mormon church’s teachings contradicted Scripture. They talked for a while and were very polite young ladies.

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It was a wonderful day of evangelism and fellowship! We are thankful for the Saints who came by with words of encouragement and thankful for Scott’s daughters coming out!  Please pray for the young Mormons and everyone who received the Gospel!

Until All Hear!

Alex

It’s Football Season!

It’s football season! DCIM100GOPRO You might think this is a strange way to begin a ministry blog so let me explain.  While I am a football fan, my excitement is not born out of a desire to watch my favorite teams play.  In fact I may not watch a game all year, since we do not have cable in our home.  Okay,  I will probably find a way to watch a few games. I am excited none the less because of the great opportunity football season creates!  For example, our local university has a stadium that holds around 93,000 fans.  Although they do not invite me in to preach to the crowd J, all of those fans must get inside the stadium.  By placing myself strategically, I can place the Gospel in the hands of hundreds of people in a very short amount of time, through Gospel tracts.  There is also an awesome opportunity to share through preaching in the open air to hundreds and possibly thousands of people, as they walk by.  That is what really gets me excited about football season!

The fall semester has also started at the University of Georgia, therefore, the crowd in downtown Athens has grown.  On a typical Friday night 3-5 of us will gather on the corner of College and Clayton in the downtown district, or more accurately the bar district.  One of us will start the open air preaching of the Gospel while the others pass out Gospel tracts or talk with people.  The open air proclamation not only sends the Gospel forth but causes some to stop and talk.  There is a broad range of comments and conversations but I want to tell you about one I had last Friday.

I was the first person to preach thaMe 9.5.14t night and I decided to begin by reading James.  As I was reading, a young couple walks up to me so I stopped reading and engaged them.  They had been drinking but were very nice and even encouraging.

The young man began to tell me where he went to church and run down a list of things he had been trying to fix about himself including his next area to tackle which was drinking.

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He told me he drank on Saturday nights and his girlfriend looked at him and said, “it’s Friday”.  After a short pause he looked at me and said, “ok, I drink on Fridays and Saturdays.”  After I listened to them for a bit I discovered that at least the young man was attempting to be good enough to be accepted by God, which is impossible.  I wanted to shift the conversation so I began to take them through some of the commandments.  They both admitted they had violated God’s law and when I asked them if they would be innocent or guilty when they stood before God, they both said guilty.  The next question was, “should God send you to Heaven or Hell?”  The young man immediately said hell but the young lady who was a Catholic would not answer.  In fact, she began to go off on a rant of sorts telling me some people go to church for the wrong reason, etc., etc.  That is a tactic some use when the heat is getting a little too hot and they do not want to continue the conversation but it’s important to bring them back to the matter at hand.  Their eternal destiny depends on it so I interrupted her and said, “you didn’t answer the question, should God send you to Heaven or Hell?”  At this point her boyfriend had the sudden urge to get a hotdog and told her he would be right back.  In hind sight I wished I had let him go so I could concentrate on her but desiring to finish the Gospel presentation with him as well, I asked him to give me 2 more minutes.  He agreed but became sort of a distraction as I was speaking with the young lady.  He apparently had gotten bored with the conversation that he had started.  Anyway, when I pressed the young lady about where she would spend eternity, her eyes seemed to tear up and she got this real concerned look on her face.  As I was sharing the way of salvation through repentance and faith in Christ the boyfriend was really ready to go and she was also getting fidgety.  I was able to make sure they understood that forgiveness only comes through repentance and faith in Christ, before they left.  Please pray for these two young people.

I was also able to get to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lawrenceville on Saturday.  This was the first time I have been able to get there, due to work, in months.  It was a blessing to be there.  Below is part of a post I placed on facebook about the day:Me Murder sign

“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. A young lady canceled her appointment today and others learned that they performed abortions and turned away from the terrible place. Sadly not everyone did. A lady who claimed to be a pastor, after learning that they killed babies, decided to go ahead and support the clinic by utilizing their services.  I say she claimed to be a pastor because she cannot be, according to Scripture.”

Thank you all for your prayers!  Please continue to pray for the ministry of Until All Hear!  Remember your donations go toward ministry supplies and expenses.  The more you give, the more we can do!  The desire is to be able to be in ministry full time, as the Lord makes provision, so please pray with us and give as you feel led!

 

Until All Hear!

Alex.