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Crime To Preach In The Public

An Anti-Social Behaviour Order has been given to a man in London. His crime, preaching with an amplifier in public. He has been reported for harassment for using the slogan "Be a winner, not a sinner." He could be jailed if he breaks the ASBO. Please pray for Philip Howard.

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Just one more sign of the times, and the denigration of society. Soon it will be against the law to be a christian anywhere. I pray that the Lord will come soon and bring an end to this insanity. Thank God He delivered me out of this.
---tommy3007 on 8/22/07

emg: Thank you for clarifying the information. I agree that the use of an amplifier would be inappropriate. If the Lord wants people to hear the message of the Gospel of Christ, He will get the message through to the listener without the amplification. Jesus did it without technology, so did Paul and Peter.
---Madison1101 on 5/14/06

I've found out a little more. 12 people complained, residents or workers in the locality. He had previously been warned to lower the volume. He has not been banned from preaching but from using the megaphone. There's an article in this week's C. of E. Newspaper no.5819 Alan that might interest you. You can read it on-line also. I typed 'London preacher gets ASBO' into google and got quite a few links. This man still needs our prayers as do his listeners.
---emg on 5/14/06

Live and learn. He should have checked with the local magistrates of that jurisdiction, and secure a permit, before he made his public address. When I lived in California, we always obtained a permit of authority before preaching in the open air at the campus. When you have a license, objectioners can complain to the gospel all that they want but it will be to no avail.
---Eloy on 5/13/06

I couldn't explain fully in 50 words. This man has preached at Oxford Circus for many years in the same manner using amplification. He is 52 years old and used an amplifier because of the noise of traffic. Westminster council are the ones who have banned him because of his slogan which people said 'made them feel harassed'. I have read nothing about by-laws being broken. It is not he, the message or the amplification that has changed, it is man's attitude to sin. The word upsets them. I wonder why.
---emg on 5/13/06

emg ... I have been on holiday for a week, and have not seen all the newspapers. Can you give me more information about this?
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/13/06

Where I live, some people drive with their windows down, their arm sticking out the window with rap music as loud as their radios can play. They are the same ones who complain about a street preacher.
---shira on 5/13/06

If his crime was the use of amplification then he should quit using it.So, maybe he should obey the law and the Gospel will go forth. He also could have a better impact if he were use some slogan that would attract the sinner, not push them away.
---john on 5/13/06

NurseRobert, I agree with you, though I thought that Hyde Park was THE site for soap box speakers.

Maybe the particular crime was where, or using the amplifier.

Of course, there are some people who read St. Paul's words about the "foolishness of preaching," and interpret it to mean "preach foolishness."
---Jack on 5/13/06

I will certainly pray for Mr. Howard. I will also put him on my prayer list at my church. By the way, our group is going to a town in north florida to sing with a young preacher who preaches on the street. I can't wait. I have never done that before. Shira
---shira on 5/13/06

Lets be realistic, cities have laws against high levels of music or voice amplification from cars or walks, restrictions on public displays without a permit. Is this man really being persecuted or did he fail to comply with the law? No one has the right, whatever their purpose, to force anything upon others . Just because he was preaching doesn't give him the right to impose his will over others. We are subject to all laws. To nonunderstanding sinners message was attacking. Certainly not loving like Christ.
---Darlene_1 on 5/13/06

Would you say the same thing if this person was selling some product or playing obnoxious music (Ok, I will say it... Rap music) using an amplifier?

I don't understand why Christians feel they have the right to disrupt the pubic in the name of Christ.

There are other ways to proclaim Christ without alienating those around you.
---NurseRobert on 5/13/06

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