EXHORTATION TO OBEDIENCE
April 23, 2012, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO)
After Bro gathered the students by warning them of Hell; he told them what was going to happen today: "We are going to command that you must obey God and you are going to tell us, 'We cannot obey God.' Soon you will be confessing all your sins and idols to us. Before the afternoon is over we will know what is in your hearts."
Later I mentioned to Bro that it is mostly professing believers who will say they cannot obey; unbelievers will say they won't obey. The professing believers who say, "We cannot obey," may be worst off on Judgment Day than the unbelievers. The hypocrites make God out to be a tyrant who has given commandments to men which they cannot consistently do. They claim they possess the Spirit of God but even with God's spirit they think they cannot always do right. They make the devil and sin out to be greater than God.
"Before the afternoon is over, we will know what is in your heart!" Bro Cope.
It was telling when one professing Christian, who claimed to have a children's ministry, said to Bro, "I sin all the time."
Bro said, "Stop!"
He retorted, "No!"
This man had told me that he had over 40 children saved recently in a meeting. What were they saved from? Evidently they were not saved from sin.
After receiving the Law on Mt. Sinai, "Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the ordinances: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD has said will we do."-Ex 24:3. They reiterated their commitment to obey in Ex 23:7.
|"I sin all the time," a local children's minister later boasted to Bro.|
In the Law repeated after the people heard the voice of the Lord and received the Ten Commandments, Moses reminded the people what they said to him, "Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all the LORD our God shall speak unto thee, and we will hear it, and do it. And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken."-Deut 5:27-28.
Then God uttered arguably the most heart rendering verse of the Bible: "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!"-Deut 5:29.
|"All afternoon we exhorted the students to obey; they refused," Bro. Jed |
So we learn that the people promise to obey; God says that they have spoken well in making such a commitment; God clearly believes that they had the ability to obey; yet it deeply disturbed God that they refused to obey for their own good and for their children's good.
Away with the modern teachers who lie to their people and say that the Lord gave law to men knowing that they could not obey in order to drive them to Christ. If that were so, then God would be unjust to damn men for disobedience. Would a loving God command men to do what they are unable to do? God forbid! Salvation is of grace (undeserved); men have the ability to obey but they have refused; nevertheless in his grace and mercy, he offers them a second chance through the atonement of Christ.
The people even reiterated to Joshua after the death of Moses as they prepared to go into the Promised Land, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go."-Joshua 1:16.
And the beat goes on! All afternoon; we exhorted the students to obey; they refused.
To believe the gospel is to obey the gospel! "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."-Hebrews 5:9. "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:"--1 Peter 1:22.
THE GREATER SIN
April 24, 2012, SEMO
I was tired when I started the meeting; I did not have the energy to project my voice and speak dramatically. I started speaking softly to a few who were sitting on the wall. Soon a girl, who was in the audience yesterday, began asking questions from notes which she had taken. She questioned our idea that some sins are worse than others. What is usually behind this line of inquiry is homosexuality. Christians have been taught that perverted sex in no worse than any other sin. All sin is equal in their minds and we are all sinners. Sadly, this girl was raised in church and her grandmother is an Assemblies of God pastor. I rebuked her for rejecting her wonderful Pentecostal heritage. I warned her concerning the grief she must be bringing to her grandmother. I said, "Your sin is greater than the sins of most of the students since to whom much has been given much is expected"
|Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?|
Jesus explained in the parable of the unwise and wise stewards that some sins receive greater punishment than others. Therefore some sins are worse than others: "That servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."-Luke 12:48. I warned the Assemblies of God girl that she will be in more trouble on Judgment Day than most of the others who have gathered in this circle.
Jesus informed Pilate that the Jews were greater sinners than Pilate: "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin."-John 19:11. The Jews had been brought up with the Hebrew Scriptures and instructed concerning the Messiah's credentials. They should have known and recognized Jesus. Pilate on the other hand was a pagan who knew not the Law of Moses or the prophets. These "Christian" sinners are going to be more tormented in Hell than the pagan sinners.
|Sister Pat warns the wicked at SEMO!|
I answered list of the Assemblies' girl's questions for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the crowd was growing larger. Bro returned from a lunch break and later expressed surprise to see me in teaching mode so early. A fellow in the crowd had several questions concerning Hell, especially regarding how literal we should take the Biblical depictions. Next a pretty girl, who confessed to be a lesbian, began questioning me concerning her behavior. I also addressed the true nature of love. Things were going so well that I hesitated to change preachers but I could tell the Bro was anxious to get in the fray and I had already spoken for about 90 minutes. By the time I finished my session I was reenergized by the Holy Spirit.
Slowly the crowd got more stirred as Bro preached. A fellow who in past years had held up signs with about 30 different quotes from famous men arrived with his posters. Another fellow promoting free hugs, who has been a regular in years past, also came on the scene. Gunnar arrived around 1:45 along with his wife and family this time. Bro turned the meeting over to Gunnar at 2:15. The students settled back down under Gunner's teaching.
|Sister Mary gave a powerful testimony of how she had been sucked into the party lifestyle and then mercifully delivered at the University of Wisconsin.|
Meanwhile, three Lutheran girls gathered around me. They were more knowledgeable about the Bible than most. However, Lutherans usually have little knowledge of sanctification and their conception of grace commonly just covers sins instead of cleaning from sin. The most vocal girl even declared that very thought. I opened the Bible and read to them different passages calling for holiness. The girls did express their disgust that they often heard God's name used in vain at the college Lutheran center. Eventually, the lesbian who had been questioning me earlier joined my group of girls. The vocal Lutheran girl had been friends with her since the two of them were in the sixth grade. The Lutheran admitted that she would not condemn the girl's lesbianism out of fear that she might lose her friendship. The girls also pleaded for the idea that all sin is the same. I had about a 40 minutes session with these girls. Who are the pastors/teachers that instruct such counter-intuitive garbage?
|Bro. Gunner and his wife, Mary tell the students how God has blessed them with a Christian family.|
About 3:45 I called upon Gunnar's wife Mary, who had been a feminist, environmentalist and party girl during her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin. Mary gave a powerful testimony about how she had been sucked into these life styles and then mightily delivered and set free. Gunner and Mary make a powerful Aquila and Priscilla team. Of course, I am partial to husband and wife preaching teams.
I took another stint from 3:45 until 5 PM and exhorted the students that they ought to be learning to become ladies and gentlemen and have a sense of dignity and proper carriage. Of course, it is difficult to be dignified when one believes his ancestors were apes. I noticed one girl closed her legs after I exhorted the students along the lines of proper bearing.
Next I turned the meeting back to Gunnar who was still preaching when Bro, Sister Pat and I left at 5:15. Bro reported that he had a very productive conversation on Christian perfection with a staff member from Campus Crusade. The Cru leader said, "I have never heard this before. This is very important." Bro also instructed him in confrontational evangelism. Since we had five preachers today, that opened each of us to have more intimate and personal discussions with individuals and small groups on the sidelines.
SIN IS A SELFISH CHOICE
April 25, 2012, SEMO
Despite sprinkling weather about 25 students gathered as Bro opened the meeting. The weather cleared by the time I started preaching and we soon had a crowd of 50-60 which remained constant throughout most of the afternoon. There was a group of brazen lesbians who were opposing us all day. Sister Pat said that she had no hope for the lesbians who were so unashamed in their abominable sin. Bro had the students most stirred. One student asked me, "Is he more radical than the rest of you?"
"Sin is a CHOICE," Bro. Jed explained at SEMO today.
Gunnar and Mary both spoke. We all emphasized today that sin is a choice. The lesbians repeatedly asked, "What if you are attracted to the same sex?" We taught that people must resist and they are able to resist any and all sinful attractions. People, who are attracted to the opposite sex, need to learn to resist acting on such attractions outside of marriage.
We heard over and over the same old tired excuses for sin, "We can't help but sin." Of course, sin is enslaving and it takes the power of God to set the sinner free through faith in the Savior. Having been set free, the new creature in Christ has the power of God within him which strengthens his will to successfully resist the lusts of the flesh and the temptations of the Evil One.
Bob N., of the FGBMI, arrived late in the afternoon. He testified to the students for about 10 minutes and suddenly they mostly scattered. We left campus at 5 PM.
Bro. Gunner taught freedom from sin through Jesus Christ.
TEACHING ON THE LIBRARY HILL
April 26, 2012, SEMO
In our time of prayer together this morning I counseled my team to not get the students so stirred up today. Bro indicated that he would tone it down. I sensed that there are a significant number really listening. When the students are agitated, it does tend to draw a larger audience. However, sometimes people can become so disturbed that it is a hindrance to them hearing. We had a good time of intercession.
"What makes life meaningful to you?" Mark a seminary student who had joined the preaching team today, asked the students.
Sister Pat started the meeting but there was little student traffic. I took over and warned the students of Judgment Day comparing it to the finals exams that they have coming up in a week or so. There still was not much passage of students. Finally a few began to gather as I warned passing hand holders, "Pre-marital holding of hands leads to pre-marital kissing right on the lips; pre-marital lip sucking leads to kissing in a French way. Next the couple is touching one another's private parts on the outside." I cannot go any further in this writing out of concern of stirring up the passions of my readers. I went further in my description on campus, but not all the way. Soon the several that had gathered picked up on warning passing students about pre-marital holding of hands and it wasn't long before I had a sizable audience. I spoke to the students of my decade of joyous celibacy, which I am sure sounded strange to this sex-crazed generation.
At 12:40 I turned the meeting over to Bro who had an attentive and quiet hour until some "moron" read a passage from Ezekiel and warned Bro that he was "corrupting the children of God." Bro thrashed him with the Truth asking, "How we could be corrupting anyone by telling them that they must obey God?" Bro called upon Craig Rogers, who also promoted holiness, asking, "Can't we agree the sin ought to be the exception in the life of a believer?"
Craig called upon his fellow seminarian, Mark, who once again told the story of the 80 year lady who only found solace in TV, instant coffee and cigarettes. He asked the students, "What makes life meaningful to you?" When no one responded Craig challenged the students, "Surely, something must be meaningful to you students?" A pudgy forlorn looking boy, who badly needed a haircut, volunteered. Mark had Pudgy stand up. He said, "Family, friends and art are important to me." Craig exhorted him to have God-centered relationships if he was truly to find meaning in family and friends.
Kara on Monday had thanked me for coming. Yesterday she exhorted the mockers to listen to us while sucking on a cigarette. Today she stood up and said to Mark and her fellow students, "I find meaning by trying to make people happy with jokes and cooking." Mark commended her for wanting to help others. Mark finally told the students that he found meaning in the Cross. Mark and Craig did a good job team teaching and getting the students involved.
Sis. Suzanne from Bro. Craig's church near St. Louis gave a bold testimony to SEMO students.
I took over again at 2 PM since a political science professor had messaged me that he was bringing his class out to listen and he hoped that I would be speaking. I started by commending Mark for his positive and uplifting message. But I said the students were not fooling me I know that most of them were living for sex, booze, drugs and rock n roll. They were committed to self-indulgence. I asked, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul."
I taught the student the brain shift illustrating how to lift their brains up from the genital area where they had fallen back to the cranium where their brains belonged. This is one of my many juvenile illustrations. After all I am mainly speaking to 12 years olds in 18 to 20 year old bodies. I told them that they were very much, too much really, in touch (literally) with their bodies but out of touch with their souls. I taught about the human soul and the various faculties of the soul such as the mind, the will, the conscience, the memory, and the imagination.
I was able to dramatically expound upon the sufferings of Christ on the cross after a boy suggested that Jesus' death was no big deal since he knew he would rise from the dead. I asked the boy if he better understood after my teaching. He acknowledged that he did. It is huge when a student will admit in front of his peers that I have taught him something.
Pastor Craig Rogers told the students that they must have God-centered relationships to find true meaning in family and friends.
At 3:15 I turned the meeting over to Sister Pat. I chatted with the professor who brought out his students several of whom were still listening. One was from France and the other from Germany. They indicated that something like my meeting would never happen in their countries. I bragged on America and they seemed to be in agreement. I entertained them with some war stories from my years on the campus. Last year this professor messaged me the following, "I teach Political Science and am always fascinated with the crowds you draw. I may not agree with you 100% but believe you understand how to start a vitally important dialogue better than anyone I've encountered. Fact of the matter is that our churches do nothing to include young people in important dialogues...but you do."
At the end of the day one of the hecklers who is out every day for most of the afternoon acknowledged that we give the students a lot to think about and talk about and that we are having an impact. He told me this just after Bro had sharply rebuked him.
April 27, 2012, UM,
With a combination of bad weather and car repairs I did not get to campus. Bro went to Speakers' Circle but the Calvinist Church of Kirksville had already occupied the area. By the time they were finished Bro decided not to preach since the weather turned colder throughout the afternoon.
Fall Semester 2012
This is my tentative schedule for the Fall Semester 2012. There are so many campuses and so little time. Should anyone want to arrange a church or home meeting while I am in your area please contact me. Also, let me know if you are interested in scheduling formal debates with atheists, Muslims, or Christians, who disagree with my message or methods. One student leader recently contacted me that he wanted me to speak to the Young Republicans on limited government and free markets. I am still open to changes. I will be doing my tour of the Southwest and California in the Spring Semester 2013. Sister Cindy and Sister Pat will be accompanying me full time this year. Any Christians, who are interested in joining us on the road for a while, or who want to meet us on campuses in your area, are welcome. Bro. Jed August 20-21, University of MissouriAugust 22-24, Missouri State UniversityAugust 27-28, Illinois StateAugust 29, University of IllinoisAugust 30, Purdue UniversityAugust 31, Grand Valley StateSeptember 1-2, Iron Sharpens Iron Conference, Atlanta, MISeptember 4-6, University of MichiganSeptember 7-8, EEM Conference, Shipshewana, INSeptember 9, Chapelwood Church, Rockford, ILSeptember 10, University of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireSeptember 11, University of Wisconsin, River Falls,September 12-14, University of MinnesotaSeptember 16, Abundant Grace Fellowship AM; Leisner Open House in afternoonSeptember 17, University of Northern IowaSeptember 18-19, University of IowaSeptember 19, Calvary Evangelistic Center, Independence, IowaSeptember 20, University of Wisconsin, PlattevilleSeptember 21, UW, MadisonSeptember 22, UW, Milwaukee,
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