There is a difference between an excuse and a reason. Reason offers justification. Excuses offer alibis. There are numerous reasons for preaching in the streets and open air, and there are plenty of excuses for not doing so. But there is no justification for failure to obey God’s command and “preach the gospel to every creature.” Spurgeon noted the same concerning open air preaching, saying,
There is yet not a member of the Fellowship, that could ever be thought to be a Distinguished Preacher, and God forbid that we ever keep such a one in our ranks, or make proselytes of such. However, it must be noted for all members that Preaching, by both literary, legal and Biblical definition is distinguished from all other forms of communication. Preaching is a specific style of verbal communication set apart by certain unique, and singular characteristics, that separates preaching from all other styles of communicating thoughts and ideas. And though many writers, ministers, and teachers have obviously never understood the distinction, and use the word synonymously with ‘teaching’, ‘sermonizing’, ‘witnessing’, ‘testifying’ etc.; true Biblical preaching is a literary style of vocal communication all of its own, and every minister and member of the Fellowship, should note the distinction. For Bible Preaching stands alone for its distinction in every legal challenge to its practice before the Courts of Justice that are often called to determine the legality of its oft-misconstrued practice in the open air.
2 Timothy 2:3
Saith the Law
Jesus Christ stands alone as the greatest name caller in the entire Bible. Little wonder the majority of “Christian” ministers shiver and start sweating, and began whining about God Fearing preachers calling people names in their open-air sermons, murmuring about how such conduct is “driving people away from Christ”, “lowering the gospel message down to a diatribe”, and “enraging unsaved people into thinking you are just a hatemongerer”, etc., etc. ad nauseum. They never paid any attention to anything Jesus Christ said in the first place, dodging his many rebukes at being like unto such things as rocks, serpents, worms, devils, hypocrites, foxes, whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones, chickens, and mown grass, to name a few. Ever read the gospel collection of the sermons of Christ?
Wise as Serpents
It is not, and shall never be the position of the Street Preachers Fellowship to teach how to preach on the street based solely upon personal opinion, or personal experiences alone. Personal experiences make good war stories, and informative illustrations, but we are Preachers, called of God to preach the word of God, and not just personal experiences that by nature support our intentions and personal reservations or strengths, because they are our experiences. Well, what does the Bible say about street preaching? Isn’t it strange that those who profess to be experts, never really show you anything from the Bible specifically about open air preaching? If we are going to do it, why not find if what we are doing is being “done as God hast commanded”?
With all Boldness
The Street Preachers' Fellowship is chartered as a Integrated Auxilliary of the AnaBaptists Church Worldwide as an International Fellowship of Open Air Evangelists and a Biblical & Legal Standards Institute offering both Biblical and Legal Training as well as free Legal Representation to its members in Federal Courts throughout the United States as well as foreign countries within the United Nations. It was began in 1979 in Pensacola, Florida and officially chartered on January 21, 2003 in York, Pennsylvania under the ACW, and is the largest single most Ministerial Fellowship of Street Preachers in the world. The Street Preacher's Fellowship, through its members is a continual witness throughout the world of the historic Anabaptist character that maintains a continual reproof to the world that their deeds are evil, and that the only hope in this incomprehensible dark hour of the world is Jesus Christ the Light of Life. Under its charter, the SPF exists as both an Open Air Ministerial Fellowship, and a Biblical and Legal Standards Institute that works fervently for the purpose of that maintaining and demonstrating the scriptural mandate to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and also working fervently to create an "associational standing" before the Federal Courts that provides an all inclusive Federal Protection to each of its members and Statewide Chapters by the SPF's many victories in Federal Litigation.
Preach the Word
2 Timothy 4:2
The former treatise hath the Bible made, O lovers of God, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen to go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Those same apostles knew for certain, exactly what the Lord intended for them to do, and “went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” (Luke 1:1/ Mark 16:15 & 20).Type your paragraph here.
Our Mission is to provide an International Ministerial Fellowship along with a Biblical and Legal Standards Institute for Open Air Evangelists throughout the world, that both provides Biblical and Spiritual fellowship, but also provides free Legal Representation and professional training to its members on both the Biblical and Legal requirements to effectively carry on open air preaching as a "workman that neededth not to be ashamed" (2 Timothy 2:15), nor limited or shut up in prison by unlawful authorities bent on silencing the man called of God and men as "The Street Preacher". The SPF mission is to expand the daily manifestation of the Word of God through preaching (Titus 1:3) in the open air public domain, both nationally and Internationally, is paramount in countering this modern day cowardice and trembling ministrations that fills the church pulpits throughout the world, where hired men made ministers, confine the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God behind the walls of buildings made with hands. Our mission is to not only train, inspire and motivate Christian men to a ministration of boldness and power from the Holy Ghost in the fashion of the man Christ Jesus, but to also provide free legal representation by expertly trained Constitutional lawyers specializing in Constitutional law, for when their open air preaching is set upon by corrupt and or unlearned law enforcement personnel and religiously motivated and overbearing magistrates.
Today as in the days of Christ, when “there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying” (John 3:25), so there arises among the street preachers a question concerning permitting. Is it right for the street preacher to apply for and obtain a permit from the government to preach the gospel?
There has been of recent, much to do about obtaining permits to preach, especially on college campuses, that have brought forth much argument, and sadly, some division between very good soldiers of Christ, which thing ought not to be. And with the recent push nationwide, on college and university campuses to squash all forms of religious speech, it necessitates a response from the Fellowship, as the issue becomes one of strong opinions, that beyond that, have no soundness, regardless of which side of the question the opinions rest. They are simply opinions, neither based upon the Bible, or the law.
“No sort of defense is needed for
Preaching out of doors; but
It would need very potent arguments
To prove that a man had done
His duty who has never preached
Beyond the walls of his meeting house.
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"-Romans 6:3
The following requirements are mandatory for all members accepted into the Street Preachers Fellowship:
1. Each person desiring to join the Street Preachers' Fellowship must first submit an application for Membership to the Assistant Director for Membership.
2. Each applicant must be a born again child of God, having repented of his sins and ungodliness, and turned to God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.
3. Each member must be a member in good standing of a non-charaismatic New Testament church that would adhere to the written Doctrinal Principles governing the Street Preachers Fellowship.
4. Each member must voluntarily abide by the Fellowship's Street Minister's Creed in his daily life, and his open air ministrations.
5. Each member shall actively participate in an open air, street preaching ministry on a monthly basis, and seek to support his State Chapter in its quarterly meetings, and remain abreast of all training & legal information published by the Fellowship.
6. Each member shall willfully and actively seek to incorporate the Biblical and legal disciplines taught by the SPF into his particular open air ministrations.
7. Each member shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace throughout the Street Preacher's Fellowship and all of its meetings and open air events.
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