Yesterday, I came across some interesting news out of Las Vegas. A group of Christian street preachers entered at least three Catholic churches in the area while mass was in progress and called upon the attendees to forsake their apostate religion and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
See KTNV’s television news reports on the disruptions here. The station erroneously identifies the name of the street preaching group as “Koosha Las Vegas” but Koosha is actually one of the group’s members who has posted many videos of the group’s activities on his You Tube Channel here.
The station also uses a blanket statement by reporting the members of the group are “former Muslims turned Christians” but it’s not exactly clear how many of the members are actually former Muslims.
The attached video captures the scene at one of the churches. As the leader of the group, “Ronnie,” finishes his short message and the group begins to leave, Koosha shouts out in broken-English:
“Guys, repent! Turn to Jesus Christ. Pope is a Satan. Pope is a Satan. Mary’s statue is a Satan. It’s a dead religion. Stop worshipping to the idols. Idols not going to save you. You need Jesus Christ. You need the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Pope, Mary statue, are idols; going to send you to hell. Come to Christ today. Turn to Jesus. Jesus is the only hope. Jesus is the only Savior. Your religion not going to save you.”
No subtleties in that message.
Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, has issued a statement calling the group “crazed evangelicals” using “Nazi-like tactics” and demanding the Las Vegas sheriff arrest them.
My thoughts? I surely agree with the message those guys were delivering but I don’t know if walking into the middle of Catholic mass is the “best” approach in sharing Christ. With everything going on in the world today the church attendees were probably more than a little frightened rather than attentive to the Gospel message being presented.
But, on the other hand, neither John the Baptist or Jesus Christ were exactly subtle in their public denunciations of empty religiosity. I also think about the apostles going into the Jewish temple and synagogues to preach Jesus Christ, drawing the red-hot ire of the Jewish religious leaders and resulting in their arrest and persecution (see the entire Book of Acts). But no believer would think to call the apostles “crazed” for entering into the temple and synagogues to preach Christ.
So, are Ronnie, Koosha, and their little street-preaching band “crazed” or has mainstream evangelicalism just gotten so ice cold and so compromised that it’s at the point of absolute Joel Osteen-uselessness?