May 29, 2012, University of Washington
I preached on Memorial Day themes of sacrifice, death, burial and Resurrection. Our fallen heroes who sacrificed that we might be free represent Jesus who died for us that we might be free from the power and dominion of sin. Christians decorate graves on Memorial Day in anticipation and hope for a day of Resurrection. Sinners give little consideration to the dead on this
day because they have no hope beyond the grave. I spoke of the wonders of Heaven and the horrors of Hell. I sang "I've Got a Mansion Just Over the Hilltop. . . Someday yonder we will never more wander." I told the students I have been wandering the campuses for forty years. Soon I will be walking streets of gold. I mostly ignored a regular heckler who repeatedly brought up alleged Bible contradictions. He can find answers to those on the internet if he is sincere. But it is difficult to find someone who can or will describe the glories of Heaven and the terrors of Hell on the Internet. I preached for an hour with a minimum of interaction.
|Bro Jed discusses original sin and other theological issues with this Christian student.|
At 1 PM I called upon Jan Ott, who had not been speaking long when a few students came over from the yoga class trying to shut him up claiming he was a disturbance. Jan talked with them for a while meanwhile Sister Pat started speaking to a group of students. Yoga is a Hindu practice rooted in the Satanic which emphasizes exercise, breathing and mediation in order to bring one into oneness with Brahman or some such nonsense. There were mostly females at least fifty or so of them in tights. Red Square was exposed mostly to buttocks for close to an hour. A few boys in front of me were commenting on who had the best buttocks. A few times I stood up to mock them for their immodesty. I wanted to give them an opportunity to test their concentration. At the end of the class I preached harder on the heathen practice urging them to get on their knees instead of their backs and hands and pray instead of the gymnastics. Yoga means yoke; these wretches need to take up the yoke of Christ and learn of him and they will find rest for their lost and troubled souls. A few got in my face attempting to get me to stop. Meanwhile, Jan had gone over to the front where he could see their faces and rebuke the yogi wannabes.
|Bro. Jed started the UW meeting with Memorial Day themes.|
From 2:30 until 3:00 I spent most of my time talking to an Asian who has studied psychology, sociology and theology. I have had talks with him in times past. I really hammered him against the doctrine of the inherited sin nature. He was still pleading for it at the end of our conversation but I gave him a lot to think about. He is graduating so this may be my last opportunity to reach this Christian fellow. He tried to reconcile the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination with free will.
At the 3:20 break I gathered a crowd of about 20. Soon a real Buddhist showed up who was dressed and looked like the Dali Lama. I challenged him to an informal debate comparing and contrasting Buddhism with Christianity. I took the approach that any religion or philosophy has to answer basic questions. I covered the question of origins and meaning before he dropped out. He acknowledged that he did not know the meaning of life. I suggested maybe it was time for him to try Christianity which offers some answers. I continued talking about moral obligation with those remaining when suddenly at 4 PM everyone scattered. We decided to call it a day.
Bro. Jed debates a Buddhist.
May 30, 2012, Evergreen State College
Evergreen is an experimental non-traditional college where students receive evaluations instead of grades. It is in the middle of an evergreen forest in Olympia, WA. It is one of the ugliest campuses which I have been on. All the buildings around the Red Square are stark concrete with no character. I consider this socialist type architecture. Sister Pat and I wondered why they did not cut down some of the forest and build some building with pine wood which would fit in with the setting.
Skirted Male and other Evergreen College students listen to Sis. Pat share the scriptures.
The campus was filled with tree hugger types who were very grungy looking. One girl had on an outfit which I have never seen. One pant leg was long and the other short. One male was wearing a skirt. Campus bills advertised Play Day with a Bungee Run, Gladiator Joust and a Jurassic Slide, etc. A huge ballooned dinosaur hovered over the slide, which is a fitting symbol for a student body which is consumed with evolution and more interested in dinosaurs than God or man.
Evergreen students were very apathetic to the Gospel.
I gathered a crowd of 15. The males were soon hugging and hunching one another. I was not successful and getting any productive dialogue going. They lost interest in mocking me within 30 minutes. Sister Pat reported several good conversations with students she reported as polite. But she never had more than three students at a time. The grunges were preoccupied with their play. I was reminded of Exodus 6 when Moses was receiving the Law on Sinai "the people rose up to play." At 2:15 one male whom Pat described as a witch began cussing me at a distance; earlier he had cursed Pat.
I decided to leave campus at 2:30 since we have a four hour drive to Eugene, Oregon.
MARRIAGE IS POSSESSION
May 31, 2012, University of Oregon,
The amphitheater from where I usually preach was occupied over the noon hour. I did preach in another location for ten minutes during the class break, but then decided to wait for the amphitheater to open; from where I started preaching again at 12:50. As I was preaching a female with an attitude came up to me and said, "Thank you for coming I met my boyfriend last year when you were preaching. I have you to thank."
I have been told on many occasions relationships have started as a result of my speaking. No doubt many of them are immoral relationships. On the other hand a Christian girl at another university said over FB a few days ago that she married her husband four days after conversing with me. Decades ago a female at Florida State said to her boyfriend after hearing me warn the girls how most boys were just out for sex say to her boyfriend, "Brother Jed is right; I am through with you." I suspect this happens more than I know.
The first hour I continued speaking on Memorial Day themes like showing respect for the dead by visiting and or decorating graves. We need to regularly be reminded of death. Death is stalking us all; any one of us is just one small step away from death. What better place to be reminded of the certainty of death and the fragility of life than at a cemetery? I spoke of sacrifice.
A man in the crowd was reading a book. I asked, "What is the subject?" He answered, "Theology." I asked, "Who is the author?" "Martyn Lloyd Jones," he answered.
This was interesting because I had received inquiry this morning via email concerning a quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones concerning debating the existence of God and I had posted the quote on FB for discussion. Knowing that he is a Calvinistic theologian, I asked the man if he was a Calvinist. The man affirmed that he was. Upon the inquiry of another student, I lectured on the five points of Calvinism from the acronym, TULIP.
This led into a half hour discussion on original sin. I taught the distinction between physical depravity which is passed from Adam to his ancestors which makes men subject to death as opposed to moral depravity which is not inherited but is a result of our selfish choice to follow Adam's bad example. When we make a new choice to follow the example of the Second Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, then our moral nature is renewed and we take on God's nature. We are to imitate Christ. I explained that God became like us that we might become like him in character and achieve immortality. God became a mortal man that we might be immortal, like God.
We had an hour of Sex Ed with Brother Jed during which I worked in my testimony. For most of the afternoon I had about 35 sitting in the amphitheater. It was mostly a subdued crowd. At one point a student tried to get everyone to leave or simply ignore me, but it did not work. It rarely does. Satan gets frustrated with me because he knows that students are listening and affected more than they are willing to admit by my preaching. He does what he can to distract the students. I warned the students of demon possession which seems on the rise in America with recent reports of cannibalism.
It was very hot within the amphitheater encountered me at the beginning of my preaching came up with the boyfriend to thank me for providing the situation for them to establish their relationship. She seemed somewhat sincere now. I asked if they had considered marriage. That was not a consideration with them, or so she said. But she did not say it with a lot of conviction, or so it seemed to me. I spoke of what marriage meant. They objected when I said my wife is my property. They objected less when I said that I belonged to my wife, that we are one.
Few people have an understanding of marriage, two are to become one. Even when "same sex marriage" is recognized by law; it is not marriage. Before a marriage is official it must be consummated by two becoming one. One must possess the other; marriage is all about possession. It is physically impossible for two men or two women to become one. I spoke of the wife submitting unto the husband and the husband loving the wife.
I chastened another girl when she said she had been confirmed at thirteen in a United Methodist Church. I rebuked her for not honoring her public commitment to the Lord and turning atheist. Her excuse was that she was only thirteen and she should not be held accountable for what she promised at 13. I answered that most see the age of accountability to be thirteen. She said she was confirmed without any catechism class or being assigned to read any book of Christian doctrine. "My church was very liberal," she said. Not surprising, liberals have very low expectations for mankind. Conservative churches expect commitment and virtue such as keeping one's word. With liberals, anything goes except old fashion virtues like duty, honor responsibility, and individual sacrifice. All these themes I hit hard on today. With liberals the individual exists for the state, not for God or even for himself. As I left campus at 4:15 PM, a long-haired bearded heckler said, "Thanks for the entertainment." Interestingly, earlier he said that I was boring. TOP
SLOW START ENDS WITH A BANG
June 1, 2012, University of Oregon
The amphitheater was occupied first with a live singer and after that canned amplified music. Pat started talking to students as they were passing by hoping to spark a conversation and draw an audience. She was not successful. Close by a long haired boy was holding a sign of a uterus with a heart in the center with the words, "respect choice." After Pat failed to get a crowd she had a long conversation with a Muslim. He had confronted me yesterday with a typical question they have been taught to ask, "Where did Jesus say, 'I am God?" Of course, Jesus did not say these exact words but I suggested later that Pat ask him, "Where did Jesus say the words, 'I am a prophet?' Pat had a long talk with the Muslim, later an African Christian helped Pat witness to the Muslim.
Student promoting abortion with picture of a uterus.
At the 12:50 break I began dialogue with the pro-choice sign holder and the girl standing with him. My usual approach to the pro-choice crowd is, "Alright you have the civil right to kill a baby that is not being seriously threatened, but why would you choose death over life?" They did not have an answer.
The answer is found in Proverbs 8:36, "He that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love death." The fact is sinners love death over life. Therefore, they choose death over life. Later two hags who appeared to be in their mid-fifties thanked the two students for protecting "women's health." They said they fought for the right to choose back in the 70's and now it is being threatened again. Pro-aborts are masquerading today as advocates of women's health. My conversation with the pro-aborts did not draw an audience.
It looked like it would be difficult to get students' attention today. I figured we would have a short afternoon on campus.
During the 1:50 break a hoary headed 74 year old architecture professor leaning on a cane engaged Sister Pat. She really got him agitated; he claimed to have homosexual tendencies but never engaged in homosexual acts; he was married. He blamed Christians for making his life miserable. It appeared that he might lose it; I was somewhat concerned that he might strike with his cane. Pat took refuge behind me and continued her argument with him. Both Sister Pat and I warned him that he was headed for the Lake of Fire where there will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. He picked up on the gnashing of teeth; he mocked by gnashing his teeth. Apparently, he had a sister-in-law who warned him about the gnashing of teeth in Hell. Meanwhile, students began to stop and it was not long before I had a crowd of about 60. The professor went over to Sister Pat and argued with her for another 10 minutes before leaving. Later Sister Pat remarked that it is the first time she had a confrontation with an older person. Typically, the elderly do not want to get involved and ignore us. Of course, Sister Pat is a difficult person to disregard.
I had a good hour with the crowd. One inquiring man had knowledge of theological issues which enabled me to expound on the nature of the Trinity, the Athanasius vs. Arian controversy, Marian controversies, the question of the impassibility of God, and open theism. He quoted Tertullian, who said, "I believe because it is absurd." I countered that it is reasonable to believe. These issues seemed merely to have academic interests to the man inquiring of my views.
Bro. Doug, a faithful witness at the University of Oregon.
During this time one female passed by and bared her breasts to me. Sister Pat remarked later that she thought the girls on this campus are the worst she has seen in the way of immodest dress.
At 3 PM I called on Sister Pat and the students were attentive as she told them on how to get a husband or wife. At 3:45 I took over again and read Mark 16:15, I asked the students to tell me what the Christian gospel is. One boy defined the gospel as good news. I answered, "Right, but what is the good news that Christians have to proclaim?" No one could answer the question. I read the first several verses of 1 Cor. 15 in which Paul explains the gospel which he preached. I challenged the students to give me a good reason for mocking their opportunity for the forgiveness of sins and immortality. The only answer I got from one was, "It is absurd."
I did admit that it is hard to believe that God would so love that he would sacrifice his son for our salvation. No wonder Isaiah 53 opens with the question, "Who hath believed our report?" Such love is wondrous and it is incredulous to the natural mind.
No wonder most students are unbelievers. Few even know what they are supposed to believe in order to be Christians.
At 4 PM I lost most of the audience to a Choral group in the amphitheater. I still had about 12 when a boy came up and challenged the group about Congress considering out-lawing gender based abortions. He managed to get a pretty good discussion going on this issue. I sat back and listened. When the choral group stopped, I started preaching again and was able to regain the attention of about 12 students; meanwhile, the fellow who had raised the question concerning the abortions continued with a smaller group.
At 5 PM I decided to call it a day, but Sister Pat wanted to have more time with Charlotte who was sitting at her feet. Pat ended up praying with her to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. Pat gave the credit to Doug who holds signs like "God Loves You, You must be born again." He witnesses to students one on one and has been on this campus for 20 years. Doug had been talking with the Charlotte for some time before she started questioning Pat.
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, PM September 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 4, Purdue
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October 8, IUPUI
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October 11, IUPUI
October 12, Indiana University
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