Open air preaching is something that was very effective 400 years ago. Men such as John Wesley and George Whitefield, along with many others, set all of Britain ablaze with the gospel. God blessed this form of evangelism during their time and for one good reason. It was the familiar form of publication at the time it was used.
People were very accustomed to seeing men stand in a crowded street or the market and proclaim news. It was not strange or funny like it is today for people to spread news this way. And this was perfect for street preachers. After all, the Gospel is Good News. But this has changed, and people are now frightened and humored by such displays.
But, does this mean that street preaching should not be allowed? This is a question that must be addressed once again in Britain.
Christian News reports:
Among cheering crowds, four street preachers were arrested in the UK on Wednesday for causing a “disturbance” while exhorting men to “obey God and keep His commands.”
The incident occurred as local resident Mike Overd was open air preaching outside of the Bristol shopping center, while others engaged passersby in conversation and/or held gospel signs. Some of those joining Overd in the evangelism effort included American citizens visiting the country to share the gospel.
Now, we as Christians cannot determine our actions on effect alone. We must determine whether or not it is commanded and if so, do that regardless of the outcome. But is this so with street preaching?
I know, we are to proclaim the gospel to all creatures. I get the motivation. My question is the medium. Is this the wisest use of these people’s time and talent? I know that they should have the right to speak their minds, but is this going to have any effect for the Kingdom of God?
Pray that this is resolved in their favor. They are charged with violating Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
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