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Battle Cry
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:16

Rowdy Crowd in England Gets Preachers Arrested
Issue Date: July/August 2017


Consequences of the spreading belief that there are many ways to God is evident in the arrest of a couple of street preachers in England. Americans Michael Stockwell and Michael Overd were with a group street preaching in Bristol, England.

As is common in such public witnessing, they preached against sin such as homosexuality, the deception of false religions, as well as quoting John 14:6 where Jesus says that “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The men were arrested, tried, and ordered to pay a $2500 fine for “…violating the Crime and Disorder Act, which prohibits speech or behavior causing ‘intentional harassment, alarm or distress’ that is ‘racially or religiously aggravated.’”

The response of one of the prosecutors to this scripture is becoming more common, showing how the one-religion world view is gaining acceptance. “To say to someone that Jesus is the only way to God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth,” declared Ian Jackson.

The other issue in this case is related to basic freedom of speech. As they were quoting KJV verses related to homosexuality and Islam, the crowd became abusive, creating a disturbance. When the police moved in, they arrested the preachers instead of the rabble rousers in the crowd.

The peace officers were backed up by the court in their decision to go after the preachers instead of those who actually created the disorder. The constitutions of many countries include freedom of speech, but officials are increasingly siding with those who are “offended” instead of protecting the freedom to preach the gospel.

A side note of the situation was a telling statement by Jackson to the court. He declared that the statements made by the preachers “may have been in the King James Bible, translated in 1611, but that did not mean they were acceptable in 2016.”

This trend towards what some have dubbed “mob-ocracy” is part of the setup for the one-world religion for the one-world government. Anyone who goes against the “groupthink” has to be silenced. “Harmony” is the mantra, but harmony on the devil’s terms, not Biblical peace. This is a shock because we grew up in one of the few short periods of true freedom in the history of the world.

But, that era is fading fast. America is the last major hold out in the Western World and cracks are showing in the wall. Same-sex marriage lawsuits are costing Christian businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and court fees. Street preaching is becoming increasingly risky with the gospel declared as “hate speech” by the “mob.”

Quality gospel tracts will become increasingly important because of their inconspicuous nature. They can be read in private, and will wait patiently in a desk drawer till a heart is ready. Like salt, they may be small but can change the “flavor” of a whole neighborhood if widely “sprinkled.”

Soul winners, will we not be guilty if we waste this special time of freedom to further the Kingdom?