Are You Willing To Be A Street Corner ‘Fool’ For Jesus Christ?

As Bro. Damien was dealing with Cody about his soul, and helping him to make the "great transaction" of his sins for Jesus Christ's righteousness, a curious thing happened.
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The ringleader of the group, with her two friends, came up to me and Bro. Steve, and the very first thing she told us was “listen, I am a Christian just like you are, and I love the Lord.”

“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:22,23 (KJV)

In just about an hour, we will once again head down to St. George Street in Saint Augustine, and stand on the street corner to preach and pass out eternity-changing gospel tracts. We have done this now for the past 4 years. It does not take a seminary education to do this, just a willing heart to be used of the Lord Jesus Christ to see people get saved from an eternity in a place called Hell. Could you do it? Yes, you surely can.

Last week, Bro. Damien from our street team led a young man to the Lord named Cody, and it was a beautiful thing to see. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:21 (KJV)  “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” How true that is. If you are willing to step into the ring and contend for lost souls on a street corner, like the apostle Paul did, you will certainly be perceived by some as a “fool”. But let me tell you, being a “fool for Christ” pays amazing dividends in eternity.

As Bro. Damien was dealing with Cody about his soul, and helping him to make the “great transaction” of his sins for Jesus Christ’s righteousness, a curious thing happened. Three women who had been having lunch on a second floor balcony restaurant on the street and had been listening to us preach for nearly an hour came over to speak with us. They were not happy.

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Bro. Damien leading the young man Cody to the Lord Jesus Christ during our Saturday afternoon street corner preaching and gospel tract witness on St. George Street.

The ringleader of the group, with her two friends, came up to me and Bro. Steve, and the very first thing she told us was “listen, I am a Christian just like you are, and I love the Lord.” I immediately looked over at Bro. Steve and we both rolled our eyes because we had heard this “sermon” many times before. After taking pains to repeatedly remind us that she and her two friends were “Christians just like you are”, she then proceeded to rip into us for what she called the “offence of street preaching”.

Without ever giving her name, she blasted us for “cheapening the gospel” and doing something that she said most people would “find offensive”.  After a few minutes of that, her two friends chimed in and told us that even their waitress called us “Christian zealots”. (at which point Bro. Steve and I high-fived ourselves). At this point, I now had a question for them.

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I pointed over to where Bro. Damien and Cody were still quietly talking, and I asked them to take a long, hard look at their conversation. “Do you know what’s happening there?” I asked them. “No”, they replied, “we do not”. I told them that Cody had just gotten saved because we were being faithful to the Lord’s command to “go out into the highways and hedges” and tell people about Jesus. At this they sputtered a bit, and appeared genuinely flustered. Evidentially they had never seen someone get saved on the street, or maybe anywhere else for that matter. Still, they were too deep into blasting us, and were unable to admit that someone getting saved was actually a good thing. A few minutes more and they walked away.

Now, let me tell you what those three women were right about:

  1. THE GOSPEL IS OFFENSIVE: “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” 1 Peter 2:8 (KJV)
  2. STREET PREACHING IS FOOLISH: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
  3. JESUS CHRIST IS A STUMBLING BLOCK: “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:23 (KJV)

Jesus says that the last Church before the Rapture will be the cold, dead Laodicean church that is much more concerned with their financial status and standing in the community than they are about seeing lost people saved from an eternal Hell. But that does not have to be you, not by a long shot.

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NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • I enjoy street preachers, yet correct them when they are wrong. I know it’s a calling to preach God’s Word, but you must understand that preaching the jewish religion followers are the “chosen people”. There is no such thing as a “special people”. We are all the same, as in descended from Noah. Remember? Jesus said everyone is the same. I only urge preachers to preach the God’s Truth. Nobody who pisses on God’s Word deserves special treatment. The jewish religion does not recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God, this is the same as Islam who do not recognize Jesus either. This is my thoughts for the day. Just because I am Israeli does not MEAN I AM jewish. I am a Christian

    • Being a street preacher, or just a regular preacher is indeed a special calling of God. But, being a WITNESS is not. It is COMMANDED of all saved, born again people. I am sure you do that on a regular basis, yes?

      • MRH

        Geoff: I posted a new comment, but it failed to show? 🙁

        • Comment plugins acting up lately, but no worries…we will get it all figured out. You should be fine to post now!

  • Glory! This is the first time in many moons I have been able to click through to this website, Geoffrey! I still can’t with my phone. I just want to thank your God and mine that someone was there to speak the truth and present the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to these people and whether or not the confused young lady was willing to admit it, she will never be able to say she wasn’t told. Seeds have been planted, God bringeth the increase. Hallelujah! Amen.

    • Amen, and thank you!

      • It is so good to be able to log on to NTEB again! Yeah! The other day I came across an article from Arutz Sheva in which the commentors were bashing the Jews something terrible. Geoffrey, how do you attempt to pull someone from the fire when they are hating so much? Usually the Lord will give me some verses to post, but this one night I was at a loss to know what to say. I know you run in to these situations all the time.

        • Welcome Back! 🙂 To answer your question, yes, anti-semitism is a tough thing. Really breaks my heart seeing many people who call themselves Christians hating on the Jews. One lie I hear all the time is “I love the Jews, it’s the evil Zionists I don’t like”. There is NO DIFFERENCE between a Jew and a Zionist unless it’s a liberal American Jew who usually hate Israel and are self-loathing. Because it’s a spiritual hatred, there is nothing much you can do about it. I have stood for the Jews since the 8th grade, and I love Israel. Yes, Israel is apostate as far as the Bible goes – BUT – Romans says that ONE DAY God will restore them. In the meantime, I choose to love and support them as God’s chosen people.

          • Heather

            Thank you Geoffrey. Yes I agree with you whole heartedly. I too support the Jews and love Israel. They really have given this world so much and someday the whole world will realize that there is only OneTrue God. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob!
            God bless you brother for what you are doing!

          • No such thing as a “chosen people”. Do a little more research, brother. Quit spreading a false doctrine.

        • MRH

          how do you attempt to pull someone from the fire when they are hating so much?

          Heather: Honestly, the below passage sums up Christianity? Love is the key factor. Hate is of darkness. A Christian can’t hate anyone!

          1Jo 4:15-21 KJV – Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

        • Heather, I hope you do your homework on the RELIGION of judiasm! LOL Too many Americans think being jewish is a nationality. It is the religion. I am Israeli and I am a Christian. In the JUDIASM RELIGION they do not believe in Jesus Christ, they spit on him and call him the son of a prostitute (Book of Talmud). If you align yourself with the judiasm religion then you should embrace muslims, as well. I wish American protestants were not so inept!

        • Heather…..if you are sister Heather, then greetings.

          Prayer first with dealing with conflict/anxiety – as always, but an action whether physical or verbal is not always necessary

          Proverbs 3:6-7
          “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

          Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”

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  • May the Lord bless you richly for using your life for the sake of others and the Good News, Geoffrey Grider!!!

  • Marie

    There are so many lost, uninformed,
    cold ” CHRISTIANS “. As the Scripture says,” Many are called,but only few are chosen”. God be with you as you continue to save souls fom hell.

  • Dan Quixoté

    Thank you for doing this. You’re on the ‘highways and byways’ inviting people to the Wedding Supper of Jesus. Is there any better expression of love than witnessing?

    I totally agree with the three hard hitting Scripture verses from the greatest “Fools”, Paul and Peter, who were famous even among the demons. I wish that I could do what you guys do. So I do what little I know how to do. I commend and thank the street preachers I see, and pray for them. I try to remember each day to ask for specific opportunity to witness at least once, to one or more people. God has graciously granted me this, so I can pitch in at least a little.

  • That is an awesome testimony. I do the same thing daily in Orlando. I quit working during the day 6 months ago to walk the streets and preach the pure gospel message because I was so tired of all the lies being preached to my friends and the world. As you noted, “Christians” are often the ones who are most offended. Just yesterday I told an alleged Christian couple who didn’t like hearing that Jesus Christ loves them and died on a cross for their sins…that since Jesus hung on that cross publicly, cold and naked in front of his gloating enemies, we better not be ashamed of him or his name…ever. They were not convinced.

    We are all called to preach the word boldly, and to never, ever be ashamed of his great name:

    http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/09/18/we-are-all-called-to-preach-the-word-and-to-be-unashamed-of-the-name-of-jesus/

    • Anytime you guys want to come up and preach with us on our corner, considered yourselves invited 🙂

      • MRH

        Geoff: I preach wherever and whenever opportunity strikes, when God calls me unto witness task that is 😀

    • Susan Johnson

      ….”For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for Salvation for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to
      the Greek….

      Romans 1:16-17

      Amen!

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  • MRH

    Geoff: Well I see finally website works again for all computers, though I guess not on all mobile devices yet? Regarding above article, we are to be witnesses unto the whole world. Whether it be on the street, or on the web. Nor are we required to save anyone, but to deliver salvation offer unto the lost. And to as well correct doctrinal error within the church. And of course to endure endless tribulations for our hard won efforts. Just as was the case with the ancient saints; prophets, apostles, and of course Jesus himself.

    • Works great on mobile if you view it in Chrome….make sure you delete your cache and restart

      • MRH

        Geoff: I don’t have mobile devices, just PC. Anyway, the comments appear delayed still? Can such be fixed, or heavy traffic?

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  • Praise the Lord! I love hearing about people getting saved from hearing preaching on the street! Keep it up!
    – Matt C

  • It’s all about Jesus and what he did and what he was willing to endure to make everything all right again between God and man, for Muslims and Jews, for Americans and Europeans. All nations are invited to come and partake of the supper of the Lamb and receive salvation from their sins, and evil ways, and their hatred. Glory to God! Hallelujah!
    Are they willing to die for a cause? Let them die to themselves first and be born again. Problem solved… no more hate; no more rejection; no more need for self-aggrandizement. Jesus is the answer now and always! Amen. Praise God!

    • Shawn

      “Are they willing to die for a cause? Let them die to themselves first and be born again. Problem solved… no more hate; no more rejection; no more need for self-aggrandizement. Jesus is the answer now and always! Amen. Praise God!”

      That is an awesome statement, God bless. 🙂

  • Great to hear what you are doing Geoffrey. If we had more street preachers willing to stand on the frontline Western society wouldn’t be in as much of a mess as itis in now I believe.

    We have a group of girls and women who go to the streets here in Australia. It’s getting harder to find men that will go. We also have Chrisyians giving us “advice” as well as New Agers and witches telling how we could “do it better”, namely by not preaching about sin, hell or judgment of course! But we must preach the whole counsel of God in the fear of Him.

    The street is where Jesus Himself is, it’s where the anointing of the Spirit is. Honestly going to the streets to preach the wonderful gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. God bless you

    http://graceandtruth.me/girl-street-preacher/

    • Geoffrey Grider

      Amen, and thank you ! 🙂

  • Love hearing such good news. Coming here and reading these articles helps keep my mind focused on God. Have a good one and keep doing what God has called you to do..

  • God Bless you brother Geoffrey and strengthen you. Your activities do make me smile so.

    James 3: 17-18
    “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

    Many many years I had fringe relationship with an extended family group – an Amish type originating from Germany. Every late night on Friday they would venture into a seedy area of the city to sing old-time hymns, hand out tracts, and preach from the KJv with much love and gusto. It was a frightening area and they were mocked greatly, and their dress/scarf wearing woman folk were horribly insulted, but they never failed to show up under the same street light for almost a decade. Sometimes people would stop, while their acquaintances would stand back and jeer, however, it was great to see others return later as an individual and were saved. Unfortunately, most of that particular group have passed on, and I look back understanding the marker they laid down, and the privilege it was to be in their company.

    Their like will most likely never be seen again on earth as it is, but one day, sooo soon, I shall see them again and I will introduce them to you and other brothers and sisters in Christ.

    When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
    And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
    When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
    And the roll is called up yonder, we’ll be there.

    o When the roll is called up yonder,
    When the roll is called up yonder,
    When the roll is called up yonder,
    When the roll is called up yonder, we’ll be there.

    On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,
    And the glory of His resurrection share;
    When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,
    And the roll is called up yonder, we’ll be there.

    Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,
    Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;
    Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,
    And the roll is called up yonder, we’ll be there.

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  • Richard Sievert

    Quit calling them fools
    Please
    They have all but ruined the value of money the biggest crooks are in the federal reserve and Washington DC.
    A German Frank is worth two dollars a dollar, there is worth 43 cents.
    That tells me there trying to say don’t accept cash because they have ruined it’s value altogether making it worthless
    Accult yes evil is just a word they hide behind and the whole sick world is riddled with can’t do this no can’t go there and let me see your papers!
    Liars season2016 hurting your fellow man taking everything and calling it your own just because your laws say you can, they messed up got robbed by the machines and nobody believed it because there’s no rich. GI joe that’s given you a paper to prove it! Microchips in babies radiating there minds with RF waves 3000 prisons in every state counting city and town jails or schools that teach indoctrination to children not real knowledge! This is not just a American disease it’s WORLD wide and the money is power which equals corruptions is all drilled into there minds memorize and your smart?
    No problem here’s your degree even though your sociopaths from all the millions of memorized  tests!
    I Am is me am I a fool?

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