Two Christians Arrested then Fined For Preaching in UK
There are no greater visions of revival outside the scriptures than those of the open air preaching of England. Men like Wesley’s, Whitfield, and others called their countrymen to repentance. Many were saved, even though most of what they preached was not well accepted in their day.
It is no surprise that this situation is returning to England. But, now the preaching is illegal.
Open air “preaching” must be non-offensive. Do not scare or alarm the sinner. And two men are finding out just how expensive it can be offending someone in Britain.
Christian News reports
Two street preachers who were arrested last July on accusations of “causing a disturbance” and engaging in “anti-social behavior” after some listeners became offended by their speech about issues such as Islam, Buddhism, homosexuality and divorce have been found guilty of “intentionally alarming” the public with open-air preaching.
The verdict against Michael Overd of the U.K. and Michael Stockwell of the U.S. was handed down Tuesday in Bristol Magistrates’ Court. They were fined $4202.98 each.
During their trial, prosecutor Ian Jackson “told the court some of the statements made by the preachers may have been in the King James Bible, translated in 1611, but that did not mean they were acceptable in 2016,” according to the Daily Mail.
What this verdict means is that there will be a second thought for those preaching. Whether they are completely honest when asked about forgiveness will have to be weighed in their minds. Will it be worth the cost?
The Liberal government of Britain does not want the gospel to be given, unfiltered to the people. They do not mind that they be Christian, as long as it is in title only. True repentance in England would likely mean the thieves/politicians would be out on their bums.
So much for freedom of speech.