Everybody knows what was supposed to happen on May 21, 2011, according to the Harold Camping camp. Everybody knows how it ended. Or didn't.
Kim and I had long ago made plans for May 21 that had nothing to do with the end of the world, knowing it was all bunk and we were looking forward to our day together.
Knowing that "Judgment Day" was at least on the minds of most people on May 21st due to the false prophet's global publicity campaign, we were going ahead with the plans we had previously made, shrugging our shoulders and thinking, "Ah, if we, especially, go out with our "Are You Ready" cross, people will just lump us into Camping's doomsday cult and it probably won't be a fruitful outreach anyway."
Kim happened to post that concern on her Facebook wall on Saturday morning which happened to spark a quick and urgent 'call to arms' response via Tony Miano's blog titled "Don't Give Up the Ground".
We read it, were convicted and changed our plans. We called up one more soldier to come with us, our brother in Christ, Kevin Maguire, got geared up with Bible, a pile of AYR gospel tracts and the AYR cross, prayed and headed downtown.
The video below is a compilation of 3 open air opportunities the Lord gave me to refute Harold Camping and his false end times prediction and use it as a springboard to preach the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, to preach the gospel truth. Kevin and Kim distributed tracts and the three of us were not short of anyone to speak with. The Lord had richly blessed our efforts in the two hours we spent in the Byward Market area.
As I stood up on the box with the cross bearing the question "Are You Ready", we, as expected, were lumped into the Camping cult by passersby as they stopped to ponder and some to mock. The cross was the drawing card. But it was not long before people understood that we were not of the doomsday schtick and felt compelled to stick around to hear the gospel anyway.
We are grateful for Tony's encouragement and charge all the way from Southern California. As a result, many people here in Ottawa got the opportunity to hear a biblical Christian's response to the false end time prophecies of Harold Camping and, at the same time, hear and receive the gospel as we would normally proclaim it. God's Spirit was with us and He was glorified.
As far as our thwarted plans are concerned, there'll be another day.
Allen Peek is a friend and brother in Christ who shares his faith in public on a regular basis way over and down in California.
Featured here is a wonderful gospel witness encounter Allen had recently with two young fellows named Ethan and Garret. Allen was out standing on a street corner with his "Are You Ready" cross when these boys happened along. The cross bearing servant does not waste time getting right to the point of the matter with them.
Allen did not mince words and the boys seemed to be genuinely convicted and concerned. Toward the end of their meeting, one of the boys said to Allen:
"You're, like, the most blunt person with this stuff...Most people beat around the bush but you are, like, straight up and straight forward."
Allen responds: "I care for you too much to beat around the bush, man. I wanna be your friend I gotta tell you the truth first because if you die, man, it's too late."
Compassion. In a good way, and thankfully a good way, Allen is full of it. It's what should drive every Christian to go out "to seek and save that which is lost" in whatever way possible, no matter how big or small. This video is a wonderful demonstration of what it can be like.
Our evangelism team recently had a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with hundreds of exam weary students on the campus of Algonquin College in Ottawa.
It was exam week and we participated in a college sanctioned (go figure!) outreach event which saw us offer free food for the body and free food for the soul. We were there for four hours and there was little, if any, downtime. Bibles, gospel books, gospel tracts and gospel conversations, along with the treats, were the order of the day. Over 350 students were blessed with both good food to eat and to ponder.
This was a great gospel giving opportunity handed to us by the Lord and we were quick to snag it. It would have been negligent on our part to reject it.
With a few friends and 4 custom crosses, made by Kim, to mark Resurrection Sunday and exalt the name of Christ, here is a view of what we did on a street corner to proclaim the Lord's name, His death and His resurrection on the Day of days for biblical Christians.
I understand the rejoicing of all those who were hoping and waiting for human vengeance to come upon Osama bin Laden. It is easy to see it as a form of justice rightfully dispensed.
My concern, however, is for the souls of those cheering his death whom, unless they repent of their own sins and put their faith in Christ for their personal salvation, will sit under God's righteous judgment on Judgment Day after they die and end up suffering alongside bin Laden in the fires of hell for all eternity.
We Christians, those of us who have been redeemed by and know Christ, must be about our duty to proclaim the gospel in these days, as always. To warn those who support, demand and seek justice where wrong has been done, that outside of the grace and mercy of God through the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for repentant sinners, God's righteous judgment shall be dispensed upon them, as well.
One does not have to be global public enemy number one to end up in hell.
Don't agree? How many lies have you told in your lifetime?
Jesus warned: "…and all liars will find themselves in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur." Rev 21:8
People must understand that God is holy, righteous and just. He WILL punish all sin. But He is also loving, merciful and kind. He WILL forgive and save those who repent (confess and turn from their sins) and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, once and for all.
As we see and read about everywhere, there are all kinds of major events happening in the world these days that are causing people to wonder. There is no better time than NOW for followers of Christ to be out there proclaiming the Good News while we still have time.
Jesus came to live, suffer and die for the sins of all those who would come to repentance and faith in Him. Justice has already been paid for in full on the cross in the sinner's place.
Let's go tell them and let them know they need not suffer the justice of God for their sin. Nor would they want to.
Good Friday was a beautiful day and the city was basically shut down for business. Except one place, the Byward Market, one of our favourite 'fishing spots'. The crowds were out and all outdoor patios open.
Four of us from our little church headed down to this busy place and spent a couple of hours handing out gospel tracts, speaking with people, reading from God's holy word and open air preaching the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Of all days of the year when the gospel should be proclaimed on the streets of our cities, Good Friday tops them all. Presented here are snippets of our time in the Market.
An everyday Christian's effort dedicated to encourage fellow believers who regularly share their faith with others and to hopefully motivate those who do not.
There is nothing more important for people to know than where they are going to spend eternity, for certain. There is no other truth that must be offered to others than the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
But the same good news for us is bad news for others if we but keep it to ourselves. And that would be wrong.
Christians are called by Jesus Himself to get busy telling others about Him and what He has done to secure eternal salvation for those who hear and believe.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." (Mark 16:15)
My name is Paul Latour. My gospel giving partner on the street happens to also be my wife and best friend, Kim.
It is our prayer that our gospel giving efforts seen here and other content viewed on this blog, would be of encouragement to fellow Christians everywhere whose hearts' desire is to herald the Good News of eternal salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to a lost and dying world by various means of street evangelism.
If we can be of help to you in any way, then this blog will have served its purpose for your benefit and for the glory of God.