DON'T DEPRESS, PRESS ON!
May 21, 2012, Central Washington University,
I started preaching at noon with a light rain. I was ignored, except for a few snide remarks. As we waited for the next break Sister Pat sat under her umbrella and asked passing students, "Are you a Christian?" At the end of the hour she said to me, "I must have asked fifty students if they were Christians and all but two told me that they were."
Sister Pat spoke at the next break and received the same indifferent response as I did. One passing male even remarked, "Nobody cares." However, one passing female shouted to me, "I am a lesbian; I am glad to see you back, Brother Jed."
A heated interchange with "scrap iron" face drew a crowd.
I was determined at 1:45 to give it one more shot and if we did not get a crowd we would drive on to Spokane which is close to a three hour drive. By now the rain had stopped but after 10 minutes it still did not look like I would draw an audience. However, a fellow showed up with a video camera. Two lesbians wearing "CWU Pride 2012" t-shirts started passing out literature for a "gay" event. I took the opportunity to speak out against "gayness." A masculine looking fellow with a lot of scrap iron in his face got in my face; we had an interchange which drew an audience. He turned out to be a sodomite. The two lesbians were kissing one another before long; later two males, one a TKE, kissed and they climbed all over one another. I spoke for 75 minutes and turned the meeting over to Pat. At one point the lesbians tried to get everyone to leave for their event which was in the amphitheater. It did not even appear that all the lesbians and homos left. The two lesbians returned within an hour so their event must not have been much of a success. Our meeting was a success because the Word of the Lord prevailed.
Bro. Jed warning the "gay community" of the wrath to come.
While Pat spoke, I had several surround me who mainly complained about my approach. About 4 PM it started raining again and Pat lost much of her crowd. I was determined to leave campus early today since we had a long drive. As I was about to leave, a female asked me about articles she had read of my views concerning psychology. She claimed she was a Christian who suffered from depression. Anyone living in such a faithless environment as a college where such gross sin abounds would understandably be tempted to depression. Elijah suffered from depression after he killed the false prophets of Baal. He thought that he was the only faithful man remaining in Israel and he was jealous for the cause of the Lord. He was troubled that the Jezebel was seeking to kill him. One might sympathize with Elijah under the circumstances.
"The students get so mad because they can not make us lose our temper or give up," Sis. Pat.
I doubt if anyone was out to kill this female student suffering from depression and I did not get the impression the she was jealous for the Lord. It would be rare to find such a Christian on campus who would even think he ought to be jealous for the Lord.
Elijah heard the still small voice of God asking him, "What doest thou here, Elijah?" God was telling the prophet to man up; he did not commiserate with him; he reminded him that there were 7000 in Israel who had not bowed their knees to Baal. God directed Elijah to go and make a disciple out of Elisha to be a prophet in his place. So what is the cure for depression? Don't depress! Stay active in the work of the Lord; do not give in to depression. Fight the Lord's battles. Press on!
As we drove to Spokane, Sister Pat said, "What makes them so mad is that they cannot get us to lose our temper or to back down."
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."-2 Cor 2:14.
WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
May 22, 2012, Eastern Washington University
Cold, windy and mostly cloudy today, it was not good preaching weather. There was a small group of smokers listening outside of the Pence Union. I conversed with a boy and girl (non-smokers) for a while who seemed interested. They left, but came back in 10 minutes. Evidently, the boy shared my testimony with the girl. She wanted to hear my story first hand. I gave a condensed version and another boy joined the group. There were only the three of us but the anointing was upon me. They were quite interested in my story. I spoke to them of the promise of forgiveness of sins and immortality. They thanked me for sharing with them. The girl grew up in church but she was now questioning the authority of the Bible.
Meanwhile, a sign carrying group sat on the picnic tables in front of us promoting Planned Parenthood, condoms, and sodomy. I confronted them. Soon the police arrived and informed us that we had to move to one of the designated free speech areas. We decided to take possession of the area in front of an old one room school house. Eastern was originally a normal school to train teachers. Soon the signers joined us, even though it was one of them who had called the police. The new area was workable, although not as good as in front of Pence Union.
By now an old friend, Glen Bledsoe, formerly of Southern California who used to minister much with Ruben Israel, had joined us. He carried a large banner and worked with it for about an hour despite the strong wind. Glen and I go back about over 25 years. Glen works construction. He likes to tie in American history and the Constitution and principles of freedom with his sermons, which I like. In the new location others showed up with protest signs until there were up to a dozen protestors. I drew the battle lines by warning passing students that these protestors were children of the devil and that my team represented the family of God. I repeatedly asked, "Who is on the Lord's side." Hardly, anyone was on the right side.
Graham had been listening for some time when I asked, "Whose side are you on?" He answered, "I am just listening." I liked his answer.
Longtime friend, Glenn Bledsoe, a local construction worker, has carried Christian banners and preached publicly for over 25 years.
Later, as Pat was speaking, Graham sat down beside me. I had a very good conversation with him. For a while he attended a Baptist Church of a girl in whom he was interested. The father of the girl had urged Graham, who did not have a church background, to attend. Evidently, Graham made some sort of commitment to the Lord. But he was disillusioned when he found that the girl was not what she professed to be, a good Christian girl. She was having sex with another guy, while Graham was not. He was also disappointed in the father for seemingly excused his daughter's sin. The final blow was when he found out the Pastor's two daughters were fornicators and the Pastor did not take a stand against their sin. I answered, "It is hard to show tough love. And in cases like this love must be tough."
|Perverts at Eastern Washington State flaunt their sin as Bro. Jed calls them to repentance.|
I also had a good talk with Nicolas, who had professed Christianity over the last year but he still believed in abortion.
Meanwhile, the perverts were flaunting their sin. We only had a few stop here and there to take in the scene. The editor of the student newspaper interviewed me; he then assigned one of his reporters to do a in depth profile of me. The girl who interviewed me seemed sympathetic to my mission.
We left campus at 4:30 and Glen took us to dinner. All in all, considering the weather and the hindrance of having to relocate and start anew, it was a profitable day, but nothing like the big and bad crowds that we usually have on this campus.
Sis. Pat was dressed for the Northwestern chill.
HOW SHOULD WE LOOK TO THE WORLD?
May 23, 2012, Central Washington University
We had a three hour drive from Spokane this morning to reach CWU; we missed the noon break. I was ignored at the 12:50 PM break except for a few derogatory remarks, "You are making yourself and your cause look bad."
How did Christ crucified look to the undiscerning eye, good or bad?
"How did Christ crucified look to the undiscerning eye, good or bad?" Bro. Jed asks his critics.
Shortly before the 1:50 PM break one of the homos sat down at a distance with a box of "CWS Pride 2012" t-shirts. I figured that I would build on the one an audience. At 1:45 I started reading from Lev 18 warning as to whose nakedness should not be uncovered. Of course, students are into uncovering the nakedness (having sexual intercourse with) of those whom they should not. I commented on verses dealing with incest, bestiality and sodomy. These sins are defiling our land. The land will spew out its inhabitants for these sins.
It took about fifteen minutes to complete the reading of the chapter; meanwhile I had gathered about 15 people most of whom had sex on the brain. I spoke for about 70 minutes. During this time the police arrived to inquire, "What are you doing?"
"Preaching the Bible," I answered. They were courteous and friendly. When one student objected to my speaking, one policeman cited the first amendment. They watched for about 30 minutes and left.
Sister Pat spoke for an hour and then I finished up with a fifteen minute interchange with a generally respectful group. At the end a bearded student shook my hand, "Thank you for coming; I respect you for what you do." So I began the day by hearing a derogatory remark and it ended with a word of encouragement. Earlier this same student (whom I did not perceive to be a Christian) said to Sister Pat, "I am so glad you guys are back." We left campus about 4:45; we had a two hour drive to Seattle. The crowd ranged from 15-30 for the afternoon.
THE HOTTEST CAMPUS
May 24, 2012, Western Washington University
Two policemen greeted me as soon as I arrived, "Will you be rallying the troops again today? Have fun!" We chatted for a few minutes as I waited for the noon break.
Jan Ott, whom I met a few years ago at a Memorial Day gathering at Lynn Ford's, drove up to Bellingham with Sister Pat and me.
It did not take long to gather a lively crowd. The conditional aspect of God's love was a hot topic for about 30 minutes. I was asked a question that I never recall being asked, "What is your theory of the atonement?" There are few students who are even aware that there are different theories.
The conditional aspect of God's love was a hot topic for about 30 minutes.
I answered, "I hold to the governmental theory of the atonement, but there are also elements of the moral influence theory that are insightful. I also like the way the Classical or Ransom theory deals with the problem of setting men free from the power of Satan and Death. The theory I most oppose is the penal substitution theory. He also did not like the penal substitution idea; he preferred Aquinas' theory of atonement. He asked me about other theological issues as well. I always enjoy it when I occasionally have the opportunity to talk theology.
|Two Christian girls who had traveled from Texas with a group of Christians to make apologies for the actions of the Christians throughout history.|
Regrettably, most students will graduate without taking one theology course. Few that have a PhD's will have studied theology. Yet, through the 19th Century theology was considered to be the queen of the sciences.
I spoke for 2 and one half hours until I called upon Jan and then Sister Pat. Meanwhile the crowd divided up into five groups. I never did reassemble the whole crowd. Nevertheless, I had a group around me for the rest of the day. At one point I had almost all women, so I discussed women's issues and especially teaching them how to find a good husband and also the possibility of not marrying at all. As usual the issue of holiness came up with a group of Bible toting sin-excusing Christians.
A student who was positive about the ministry followed Bro. Jed to the car and asked to have his picture taken.
Pat was exasperated with a group of student witnesses from Texas who were evangelizing the campus by telling the students they were sorry for the way they had been mistreated by Christians and hurt in the churches and for what Christians have done in the past. As for me I will not apologize for the Church, the Army of God, the Bride of Christ. Should a chaste virgin have to apologize for immorality? I would no more ask people to forgive the church than I would ask people to forgive Christ. After all, the Church is the Body of Christ. Lost men need to ask forgiveness of Christians who have been rejected by those who have shown them the love of God. Or am I missing something? Maybe the Christians ought to ask forgiveness of men for not warning them of the terrible consequences of sin.
Despite the prediction of a 50% chance of rain, it was mostly sunny. We are planning on returning to Western tomorrow. I consider this to be the hottest campus in my Washington circuit. I hope to meet the sorry people tomorrow. I want to find out specifically what they are apologizing for.
"YES, BUT . . ."
May 25, 2012, Western Washington University
Sister Pat started the meeting but half way through the break she was not getting traction so she turned the meeting over to me. I preached for five minutes; there were not that many students passing on the Friday of a holiday weekend. I sat down at a picnic table and it was not long before Mekaya sat down to talk to me. She identified herself as a Christian; she was not at all contentious. Evidently, she just wanted to know more about my ministry. I exhorted her to holiness.
Jan Ott, (green shirt) a local believer, who joined us at WWU witnesses to the Satanist.
Within 20 minutes a Christian boy joined our conversation; he was pleasant but was filled with "buts." The refrain was, "I understand where you are coming from, but what about love? Yes, but what about grace?"
After a while I tired of this and challenged him to preach. He was not about to do that; he wanted to build relationships. Oddly, several unbelievers had by this time joined our table; I did not notice him attempting to make friends with them.
At the 12:50 break; I decided not to preach but continue the dialogue since there were not that many passing anyway. Sometimes it is good to just let the students come to me instead of working to build a crowd. Meanwhile, Dylan and his female friend joined us with their satanic signs, which were good props for people to notice that we were back on campus. By this time Jan and Pat also had students with whom they were conversing. Pat spent much of the afternoon talking with Dylan, who despite his atheism is a likable fellow. Bible Jim Webber had told Dylan, who is not a student that I would be on campus. Bible Jim's name came up on a number of occasions. I never had more than a dozen students around me at one time. I taught Sex Ed with Brother Jed.
There are a number of students on this campus who are easy to be entreated. A blond girl had many questions concerning the OT. She was open to my answers. At one point I explained to her, "The difference between me and most all the student and faculty on this campus is that I am a man filled with the Spirit of God."
"I can tell that," she replied. Another student standing with us concurred.
Kevin, a relatively bold Christian, who has been out each of the four days we have been on campus, challenged me the first day on campus. At the end of today he said, "I am getting to like you better all of the time."
"Kevin, you need to start preaching!"
"I am thinking about it," he answered.
"Do it now," I challenged.
He hesitated. Pray for Kevin. He has potential to be a preacher. He wants to pastor in the future. Paul told a young pastor by the name of Timothy, "Do the work of an evangelist."
Sister Pat was impressed with Kevin. The second day on campus when one pervert started taking off his clothes Kevin stopped him. So he has demonstrated some boldness. We left campus at 3 PM since by now not many were left on Red Square. I could detect an attitude change in many unbelievers from our first day on campus. There was a nucleus of 20 to 25 of the same sinners who stayed glued to me each day.
Today the students came to us and we talked in small groups.
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; Freedom Church PMSeptember 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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September 24-25, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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October 29, University of Wyoming
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