Resurrection Week 2012


April 9, 2012, University of Missouri

     On the evening of Easter Sunday Jesus' disciples were in hiding for fear of the Jews. Jesus appeared unto them and said, "Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." Having said this, he breathed unto them and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost"-John 20:21-22. Since my conversion in 1972, I have considered myself a disciple filled with the Holy Ghost. I have the same mission which Jesus had "to seek and save those who are lost."-Luke 19:10.

     Jesus gave the great commission on the day he rose from the dead. It is one thing to declare his resurrection on Easter Sunday among fellow believers. It is quite another thing to declare the good news on Easter Monday, when I was at my regular spot at 11:45 on Speakers' Circle to declare the death and resurrection of our Lord. Dr. Acuff preaches each Monday in Speakers' Circle. Since he can only preach over the noon hour I turned the meeting over to him after speaking for 15 minutes and gathering a few students.
Bro. Cope Seeking the Lost at Mizzou.

      Bro preached the second hour. He was able to build the crowd up to about 25. I took my turn from 2-3 continuing to remind students of the Resurrection. There was a group of girls who were very unladylike; one, showing considerable cleavage, belched frequently. Another used foul language. None of them were virgins. I told the girls they needed to go to finishing school. One asked, "Do they still even have finishing schools?"   One of the girls then started demonstrating poise in the way that she walked and carried herself.     Perhaps she had had some good breeding.  It bothers me no end to see what has happened to womanhood in America.     It seems like so many college girls go out of their way to be unpolished and crude. I blame the feminist movement, which is anything but feminine.

     I turned the meeting back to Bro at 3 PM and returned to the car to take a nap since I had not gotten much sleep last night and was not feeling well. The meeting died out with Bro about 3:40. However, he reported he had good questions from a couple of girls.

     Sister Pat is taking a few days off to do her income tax.   It was a beautiful day weather wise: 70 degrees and sunny. I expected a better meeting since I am returning after a long road trip. The meeting was disappointing compared to the great meetings we have had on campuses across America.

   God commissioned Ezekiel: "1And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. 3And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4For they are impudent children and stiff-hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. 5And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them."

     The rebellious, impudent and stiff hearted students mostly refused to listen today.  I did what I could, as I do daily.





April 10, 2012, Truman State University,

     There were several fraternity tables set up in the free speech area, one promoting a party and another selling dog chow for a charity.     I did not get any traction in my first stint so I called upon Bro after 30 minutes. We did have an audience of about 20 students manning the tables but they seemed preoccupied in their own conversations. Bro gave a good sermon on the mystery of life. He spoke of children having a natural joy for life but they get older and substitute joy for the devil's counterfeit--fun. To the sinner fun is supposed to flow from a life of self-indulgence. Joy flows from a right relationship with God. Bro was not gaining the attention of the students until he brought up the subject of evolution. He did get reaction from a student who claimed that evolution is scientific. After 10 minutes the boy realized that he was over his head in attempting to argue with Bro, who was clearly refuting the so called science of evolution.  Eventually, Bro realized that what little interest he had drummed up concerning evolution, he had lost.

     Bro turned the meeting back to me. A few Christians informed me that I to needed to earn the right to reprove the students by first building a relationship with them like Jesus did by making disciples. I countered that Jesus did build a relationship with the twelve but he preached to the multitudes, people with whom he had not developed personal relationships.

     My critics fail to understand that I have been coming to Truman State annually over the last eight years, which demonstrates commitment to the students and the institution. I have been on college campuses for four decades which has cost me considerably; I have paid the price to reprove, rebuke, correct and exhort the students. I asked, "Do your professors build a personal relationship with each of you before they attempt to teach?" One of the Christian boys finally admitted that he was too cowardly to confront sinners. This dialogue then came to an end and once again I had to recapture attention.  

Bro gave a good sermon on the mystery of life at Truman State.


     I realized that I would have to play my ace, which is Sex Ed with Brother Jed. Sure enough, the students readily responded to the subject of sex.  It is disappointing that so often I have to hit below the belt in order to gain the attention of anti-intellectual students, especially considering the university is supposed to be a bastion of intelligence. It was lively for a while but even this topic eventually became boring to the party animals.

       I decided to give Bro another opportunity.  By this time more professing Christians had come on the scene. Bro engaged them on the issue of holiness successfully for 45 minutes.  When he turned it back to me, I continued on the sanctification theme reading from 1 John 3:3-10. One of the more vocal defenders of sin said, "This goes against the whole Baptist and Mennonite tradition." I responded, "But it does not go against the Bible."

       The Bible begins by God placing Adam in the Garden of Eden and commanding him, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."-Gen 2:15-17. Alas, Adam eats of the fruit thus demonstrating his determination to make up his own mind concerning right and wrong. So God drove out the man from Eden and east of the Garden God placed "Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the tree of life."-Gen 3:24.

       At the end of the Bible Jesus says, "Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates of the city."

       So from the beginning to the end God commands obedience. But men come up with all sorts of excuses not to obey. What I heard from Christians this afternoon time after time was, "It is not possible to always obey God."

       My final word was, "If you do not believe it is possible, then you will never be sanctified. One must have faith that it is possible, that through God 'all things are possible.'" With this comment students ran out of excuses to sin; those with whom I had been dialoguing scatted. Bro wanted to make another effort to get attention, but after 15 minutes he gave up; we parted campus at 3:30.    





April 11, 2012, University of Missouri

     Again there were many distractions in Speakers' Circle. Someone was raising money for the homeless. A fraternity with the help of a sorority was raising money for autism selling blankets for a dollar. When solicited, I refused to buy. I told the Greeks I was not impressed with their good deeds to cover up their sins and assuage their guilt over their party life. I kept asking for what the money would be used. The replies were vague. One said for research. I responded, "Autism is a contrived disease." I asked the students to define the disease of autism.  Once again the answers were vague. I read the definition of autism from the Advanced English Dictionary on my I Phone, "(psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self; marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people."

     Autistic children are extremely selfish and self-centered children; this is the root of sin. They need Christian instruction and prayer. They have often been exposed to divorce, depraved music and other bad influences which reinforce their self-absorption.  Some of them may be under the influence of demonic attacks. They do not need more money; they need salvation through Jesus Christ who will make them absorbed in God and determined to serve others. God will fill them with his Holy Spirit and enable them to be communicators with a life changing message. They will learn to concentrate through Bible study and prayer. They will learn that all human beings are made in the image of God and therefore have worth.

"Government should not be determining wages and prices..."

     I did not get the opposition which I anticipated although no one indicated they agreed with me. Bro preached for almost two hours. While I was waiting for Bro to turn the meeting back to me, I was approached by two solicitors wanting me to sign a petition to get on the ballot a law which would raise the minimum wage to $8.25. I told them I was against the minimum wage. They were not interested in convincing anyone of their cause they were only after signatures. Who knows if they even cared about the cause, likely they were paid to get signatures.

     I had my subject for my next preaching stint. I urged the students not to sign the petition. The minimum wage increases unemployment. Government should not be determining wages and prices. The market should determine these things. It should be strictly be between the employer and employee what a person is paid. I talked about economics and political issues for an hour.     Students despite their language to the contrary tend to be opposed to economic freedom. They promote equality over freedom. I explained that free people are never equal and equal people are never free. I finished up the last hour explaining the difference between faith and credulity. Bro and I left campus at 5:15 for the Missouri Theater to hear Ann Coulter speak.       





April 12, 2012, University of Missouri,

     Sister Cindy and Evangeline joined us on campus today.     Cindy started the meeting and spoke out against fornication and warned the students of STD's. She also talked about the role of women.     She finished her session by delivering her testimony.

   By the time she turned the meeting over to me there were many distractions.   One fraternity was selling t-shirts with a stereo blasting, the hacky sack man was doing his act, one group was having a blood drive, and another was raising money for the food bank, others petitioning the students for signatures. The atheists had a table set up. Dave Muscato came in the midst of the circle carrying a sign, "Convince me your religion is true for 500." Dave wanted to challenge me on the claims of Christianity. My response was, "It is a waste of time for me to convince you of truth when as a skeptic you believe nothing can be known, including your own existence." When Dave perceived that I was not particularly interested in debating him, he drifted over towards the outline of the circle and conversed for some time with a Christian brother.

Bro stands for the truth in the midst of the turmoil.

     I did not seem to be gaining much traction so I called upon Bro. Bro did a great job in the midst of intensified distractions including a mocker carrying a sing which read, "God hates the Seattle Supersonics."     His apparent motivation was to hassle Bro and disrupt the preaching. Bro held his ground as 150 gathered throughout his stint.     When he turned it over to me, I decided to sit in the circle and wait for things to calm down before I started preaching.  Mainly, I did not want to compete with the stereo. After 10 minutes a group in one part of the circle had some questions so I moved my chair over to engage them and ignore the masses.     Soon others drifted over to get into our conversation. I emphasized the dignity of man. Most students have lost a sense of dignity which is reflected in their language, dress and general demeanor. Still they intuitively know they have significance which is why they defend themselves when I attack their character. The fact that we are creatures made in the image of God is the basis of our dignity. Remove this fact and man is just an accidental result of time, chance and matter.

Dave, the atheist asks to be "convinced," yet he admits that he is unsure of his own existance.

     Next I moved into teaching on principals of limited government and individual responsibility and how to become a success in life.     They constantly come up with excuses for failure and reasons men fail. I taught where there is a will there is a way. They seem to believe where there is an obstacle they need government assistance to overcome. By now I had built up another audience of about 30 when Dave invaded my territory with his sign and managed to nip off about 8-10.   About 3:15, I called on Bro again. He spoke for about 45 minutes as people gradually left.  Eventually, they all left; however a few came over to talk to me. One questioned me on transubstantiation.  I answered we are to eat of Jesus' flesh and drink of his blood by partaking of his sufferings, his pains, his rejection and perhaps even his death.  In doing this we drink of his life blood; we eat of his body.  For it is through our trials and tests that God builds our character and we are conformed to his image. A female asked me about the victims of rape. I said the victim of rape has not sinned unless she has put herself in a compromising position by going to a guy's apartment that she scarcely knows while both have been drinking. Or if she allows a man to go so far then tries to stop him before penetration, but now overcome by lust he forces himself.  All the while being careful not to excuse the rapist, I gave other scenarios in which the girl might encounter guilt. The girl was not argumentative; she did say she had a personal interest in the issue. I know most counselors go out of their way to insist under no circumstances should the girl feel guilty if she is forced. Yet, often the victims still have a sense of guilt because they know they were not entirely innocent. This guilt needs to be dealt with so that they can have a clear conscience and go on with life. A Christian boy asked me about how to deal with lust. He wondered if masturbation was permissible. I definitely said it was not. He thanked me for my counsel.

The Three Ring Circus!

     We decided to leave campus after 4 PM. Dave, the atheist, still has his quiet discussion group going. A children's minister friend of Evangeline, who had never seen our ministry in action, informed me, "It is like a three ring circus out there."

     Who are the clowns, acrobats, the elephants? Who is the master of ceremonies?

     In the evening three journalism students came out to interview me and take photos for a class assignment. Mizzou is nationally known for its journalism school.     Many students choose me as a public figure to do a story upon. The Journalism Department must know me very well after eight years of stories.


April 13, 2012,

Rained out.



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