Mardi Gras '00
After Christmas, Richard, his family and I traveled south on Hwy 19 from Hudson, Florida to St. Petersburg carrying the crosses. The Lord allowed us to be interviewed by the St. Pete Times and the local Christian radio station. 1 month after we left St. Pete, while I was in New Orleans, I received this e-mail:
Just wanted you to know that they were talking about you and your friend by name on the radio (FM 104.1 WTKS) the other day for nearly an hour. A recent story from the St. Pete Times was read verbatim and then commented on by the host (Jim Philips). What followed was a lively banter from callers regarding street preaching, cross carriers, etc... , you would have enjoyed the conversation. While it swayed from pro to con it none the less made people think about it.
I'm praying you will have a safe journey and reach many who are need of being saved.
Love in Christ,
Then we headed for New Orleans for Mardi Gras, the most wicked party in America with Parades named after Pagan god’s such as Isis, Zeus, Bacchus, Diana and more. As the floats pass by, the crowd lifts their hands in the form of worship willing to expose nude parts of the body to receive beads and beer cups. Although it is a Catholic celebration of feasting before Lent, 40 days of fasting, NOT a single detail of this sinful Sodom and Gamorrah party glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. It culminates on “Fat Tuesday” when the most wicked of all activities peak, and then shuts down at midnight promptly. Wednesday the entire city gathers to receive ashes on their foreheads as if this will take away the sins of the past week of willful disobedience against God.
JAMES AT THE WALL
1 saved. Mike had set up the food while others went out to tell the street people to gather the homeless. Richard and I walked Jackson Square, inviting the “gutter punks” to eat some spaghetti. We invited James, who was drunk, trembling from the pain of a broken arm, lying on the bench. A car had hit him several days before. Police were driving past and his friend pressured him to get up quickly and go with us. James got up and began to sway sideways. I said “Man, I hate how alcohol destroys peoples lives!” He agreed but his friend quoted Proverbs 31:6 “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.” I read the rest of the scripture and told him, “Hey man, it’s a rebuke!” He argued with me and left. But I helped walk James to the wall where we were feeding which was several blocks and gave me much time to speak the Word of God into his life. Several times he stopped and put his head into his hands and wept. He was embarrassed when he wept and I told him “It’s OK to weep, I wept for two weeks when I asked Jesus into my heart. It’s the Holy Spirit washing you! God is touching you!” He would tear up some more and say “You are a good man!” I replied, “No, Jesus is good. If it wasn’t for Jesus, I would be a wicked man!” James was very thankful and after he ate, he prayed with me to receive Christ as Lord.
5 saved. Walked Napoleon with Brian, Richard, Mel Paul and Susan. Mike and Edward walked the French quarters. I prayed with a young woman, Becky, who accepted Christ. Then I met Holland, a drunk who claimed to be Catholic. I spent much time with him convincing him of his sins and the need to repent and turn to Christ. Later, Richard joined with me to minister to this man. The demons in the man manifested so we prayed over him rebuking the devil and commanding him to come out of this man in Jesus name. He was sweating profusely and his arms were wavering around trying to get my hand off of his head. But the devils were bound by the spirit of the Lord and eventually he repeated my Words, praying to the Lord and I commanded him to ask Jesus to come and save him which he did. He was an obvious prisoner of the devil but I do believe the Lord had set him free today.
TOILET SEAT MINISTRY
7 saved. Lance bought a toilet seat from Wal-Mart and painted on the cover and inside. On the outside of the cover it said “With Jesus your facing heaven”. Then on the inside, when you lift the seat cover, it says “without Jesus your facing HELL!” The seat itself had a mirror on the inside with painted flames all around it. While I was watching, one drunken young man said “Hey that’s cool!” and Lance lifted the cover and the boy, wearing some perverted hat looked into the mirror and laughed. Lance pointed to the message on the inside of the lid and the boys face sobered up. Then Lance said “Hey, when your throwing up in the toilet tonight, remember this!”
One young woman asked me what I was doing. I asked her “are you Christian?” She said she was Presbyterian and began defending her sins. The Lord gave me the grace to shine the love and light of Christ and she began to weep. As I continued to speak the Word of God her tears increased until her friends dragged her away. I began to speak to another person and 15 minutes later a young man hit my cross and stepped in front of me. “What did you say to make my girlfriend cry?” he demanded. About 6 police officers saw his anger and surrounded me to protect me. Before I could say a word, an arm (I suppose it was the girl) reached out of the crowed and grabbed him and pulled him away.
After the praise rally, in which over 1,000 Christian soldiers gathered to worship the Lord Jesus Christ at Jackson square, we carried the crosses in front of the palm readers and psychics with about 16 Christians in our group. I was stopped by a young man who wanted to ask me some questions. He was seriously seeking the Lord and I had some very fruitful ministry time with him. The palm reader came over threatening us to move or she would call the police saying that I must be 4 feet away from her table. So I moved my cross 2 more feet making a 4 feet clearance and continued to minister to this young man. She brought several officers over and they asked her “Did they assault you?” She replied “No.” So they left leaving us in peace. When the young man finally left, I picked up my cross to leave, and when I looked back, EVERY Christian soldier that was with me was now preaching to someone. The Lord gave us a wonderful harvest right in front of the wicked! In the mean time, satanists and heathen were continually trying to get us to move away, but the Lord had us locked in with seekers.
On Fat Tuesday, an army of Christians gathered in front of the Catholic Cathedral in Jackson square. One mocker comes every year for the specific intent of blaspheming the Lord and His saints as he quotes scripture with blasphemous remarks. He dresses as the Pope and throws Eucharistic wafers into the air scattering them over the ground, then steps on them. His wife/ girlfriend, dresses as a nun and parades her private parts in a spirit of lust. He then gets the revelers to side with him as he mocks the living God saying perverse things. We have learned that he was greatly wounded by the Catholic Church as a boy. Now, I do not blame the Catholic Church for the action of an individual man, since any denomination may have a corrupted, sinful minister. But I DO charge the Catholic Church for NEVER warning the people to turn from this wicked party! On the contrary, here in New Orleans, they approve of it publicly on Television.
What amazes me the most, is that the Catholics gather and watch this blasphemer make a mockery of their own faith and laugh. They even revel with him in mockery of their own religion. Then they turn to us and say that we are enemies of the Catholic religion saying “God says to have fun” .
Many of them say “I’m not sinning!” and while wearing perverted clothing, they turn in their drunkenness and ask the girl next to them to show her breasts, which she in turn does so!
I’ll ask them “What are you doing out here if your a Christian” then they turn the tables asking me “What are YOU doing here?” as if they didn’t know. Two years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart that we were like the angels he sent to Sodom and Gamorrah to warn Lot and his family to get out before he burned it 1,300 feet below sea level. As I stand there with a Bible in my hand, preaching the Word of God, warning them of the wrath of God to come with a cross and white robe to make them think of Christ, they say “Your blaspheming the Lord!” Yet scripture rebuked the Jews saying
Rom 2:23-24 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you.
On account of their sin, these revelers who claim to be Christians, like the Jews, make blasphemy of the name of our Lord, and the heathen of the world look at America and see a Christian country that is MORE wicked than they! THAT IS BLASPHEMY!
The People are blind as Satan is leading them to eternal death in hell, and they rail against us because we are ruining their fun, Many say “You don’t belong here!” and unfortunately, unless they repent, they may hear the very same words from the Lord Jesus Christ:
Matt 7:23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
In the midst of the Psychics and fortune tellers Satanists then gathered on the front doorsteps of the closed, locked, Catholic Cathedral performing a ritual right in front of us. They brought in a girl about 5 years old who was covered with chains, whom they jerked around violently laughing as she fell. They gathered in a circle and began to chant. I did not watch the ritual, but a witch dressed in black (as were the others) made incantations and performed rituals focused against us, trying to put a curse on us, which is in vain as we are covered by the curse breaking power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Interestingly enough, the police rarely ever come to the square. Brother Mel Paul shed blood as one of the satanists hit his head with a can. Brother Brian Chamberlin was punched. When they were completed, they then gathered in front of us dancing in a frenzy while beat drums, buckets and any other noisy item until we left near midnight. One girl stripped naked in the frenzy. Some Catholic girls still dressed in their school uniforms, about 8 in all, jumped in and danced this frenzy until they became intoxicated by it and then did some very shameful things. Each time we turned on the microphone and began to preach, they would get louder and then, as the demons would stir up one of the frenzied participants, the person would lunge at us trying to pull away the microphone or pull down the cross. Last year, one Satanist used a knife to cut the wire which silenced the Word of God from being preached by amplification.
They tried all night to put curses upon us. I felt a thump on my back, but gave it no notice until I washed my white robe the next day. It was either very dark wine or blood, apparently on a flying object which they hurled at me.
Mike said he felt that this satanic ritual is the heartbeat to the wickedness which was happening in this sinful city. We wanted to outlast the Satanists but my flesh, after 12 hours of spiritual battle, fatigued and I headed for the van while Mike remained to lift the Banner for Christ, shinning the light in the darkest place in New Orleans, right at the doorstep of the Catholic Cathedral.
THE LORD IS MY REFUGE OF SAFETY
While preaching the gospel near Bourbon Street to a drunken FBI agent, who was being drawn by the Lord, a Satanist, dressed in black walked up and took my writing pen which was attached to my Bible. I asked “Can I have my pen back?” He did so. Then he lifted his hands high with the satan symbol, the two end fingers pointed upwards and screamed like an animal, then he lunged at the cross nearly knocking it to the ground. Immediately, two police officers grabbed him and arrested him. This is the first time any officer had protected us from harm in my 10 years at Mardi Gras. It was the Lord protecting me. On another occasion, a man who was angry at my preaching to him, first lifted me off my feet and pushed me across the street. When I returned preaching again, the man, with his fist in an uppercut, punched me in the chin but then pulled the punch as to only slightly hurt me. I knew it was the Lord who stopped him.
While I was ministering to two young ladies, both Catholic, I had everything spilled on me you can imagine. One woman squirted pure grain alcohol in our faces. The smell penetrated my nose until it evaporated. Then a big cup of beer was dropped on my head from the balcony. Another was dropped on my foot, soaking my feet, making them sticky. Finally, I thought someone was pouring out their beer as water was splashing on my legs. It seemed to take a long time as this warm water sprayed on me and then I suddenly came to the humiliating thought that a drunkard was urinating on me. The crowed is so thick you can only see from waist up. So men and women forfeit the need to look for a $3 restroom and simply relieve themselves on the street.
I couldn’t stop ministering to the girls as I knew that if I turned away, they would leave. Unfortunately, the several hours I spent preaching to the girls had little conviction as I had to turn away from them to prevent seeing another girl on a man’s shoulders behind them who was exposing her breasts. When I finally turned back to the girls I had been speaking to, one of them began lifting her shirt with a group of boys waiting to take videos and photos, so I again turned away. Then some brothers and sisters in Christ came to me and said “Hey Brian, the two girls you were talking to were arrested for exposing themselves.”
THE LORD WILL HAVE VENGEANCE
90% of this crowed claims to be Catholic. They say that “God forgives everyone!” Another says “God says to have fun!” Still again, another will say “Hey man, I’ll make it to heaven, don’t worry about me!”
The great wickedness of the Catholic priests of New Orleans who fail to warn the sheep to repent and turn from this wicked Sodom and Gamorrah party. Mardi Gras is a Catholic celebration of lusting in the flesh prior to fasting during lent. As though the ashes of Ash Wednesday will atone for their wickedness committed willfully the days preceding. The scripture says :
Jer 23:11-14, 17, 22 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
If the Catholic church was truly preaching the Word of God, surely, they would warn the sheep to repent and turn from their wicked ways and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in purity and holiness. God is angry with this perversion, and He will rebuke these priests.
Jer 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
On Wednesday, Mike returned to the Catholic Cathedral in Jackson square. When the doors opened for the shameful partakers as they filed out of the church, Mike preached the message of repentance, which the Arch Bishop never once made mention of. Many of them could not look at Mike as he preached God’s HOLY word standing in the same spot the satanists reveled in the night before. Non Repented! The Arch Bishop of the diocese was here to put the ashes on the heads of the wicked who had just spent the last week in nakedness, shame, drunkenness and profanes. Now the sheep without a shepherd are atoned for by the anointing of ashes, instead of the blood of Jesus Christ, until next year, when they again partake in Sodom and Gomorrah, while the church promises them a future in fictitious purgatory!
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
I truly believe that the Catholic church could totally shut down Mardi Gras if they would warn the Catholics of the impending doom of the wrath of God on those who do not repent of this wickedness. Repentance MUST be preached in the Catholic church! The wrath of God MUST be preached in the Catholic church! The danger of Hell MUST be preached in the Catholic church! The BORN AGAIN message MUST be preached in the Catholic church once again, as it was in the early church! Without the Holy Spirit, NOT ONE of these Catholic revelers, who are in danger of Hell, can discern good from evil!
If you are Catholic, may I suggest that you start a petition to stop this wicked party by pressuring the church leaders to repent and issue a dogma against it!
In Christ’s Love,