The Gospel Vs. Girls Gone Wild Tour Bus

October 8, 2010

Evangelizing puts the Evangelist in many unique circumstances. Now before I discuss what occurred Thursday night on Cumberland Avenue, I will open up with the Word of the Lord. In light of what occurred to me and what to do when confronted and how to share the Gospel in unique situations, this is what Paul did when he used an object of pagan worship as a springboard to the Gospel.

Acts 17:22-35 (New King James Version)

Addressing the Areopagus

22 “Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood[a] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”

 

Driving into the First Tennessee parking lot on Cumberland Avenue I was met with the very noticeable Girls Gone Wild tour bus.(Not to go into much detail about the bus other than having very provocative pictures of women.) One of the local bars on the strip invited the GGW crew to solicit young college girls to show off parts of their bodies. College guys were taking pictures of college girls lifting their shirts in front of the bus. The crew allowed some of the college girls on the bus. It became a magnet for those hungry to have their flesh fed.

Satan is working overtime on college students to pull them away from the love of God.  There is a very strong spiritual battle  for the students at the University of Tennessee.  One part of the battle is the humanism intellectualism coming from many of the Anti-God professors. The other part of the battle is to stimulate the fleshly desires of the college students via alcohol, drugs, and sex.

I thought about going home. I was tired from sharing Jesus with the men at the Knox County Detention Center. Yet, the Lord kept pressing me to go out for a while to the college bar district. I told the Lord, I needed some physical and spiritual strength to accomplish the task. The Lord met those needs. I was amazed at the situation he was allowing me to venture. He allows me to go out all the time to share around the college bar district. I had no idea I would be faced with one of the biggest pornographers in the America.

I prayed to make sure the Lord he wanted me to stay around and evangelize while this porn bus was in the vicinity. I kept getting the green light from the Lord. So I scrolled thru my cell address book and was able to get ahold of one of my brothers in the the Lord, Billy. He prayed for me on the spot!

I immediately started walking up and down Cumberland Avenue handing out as many Bible tracts as the Lord allowed. Then the Lord prompted me to stop several feet away from the GGW bus and start reading the Bible. The spiritual attack was on me for the first few minutes. I had fears of the GGW crew or the sponsoring bar call the police to have me removed from the area.Yet, the on-duty officers left me alone. I was far enough away from the bus but close enough to do what the Lord wanted me to accomplish. At the time, I thought he would have me open-air preach far away from the bus……NOPE! I started reading portions of the book of Romans, Isaiah 53, and portions of Hebrews.

Several groups of college students walked around me and proceeded to the bus. Another group of college students walked in front of me. They stopped and one of the girls started in a very loud cadence, “We are fornicators, We’re all fornicators!”  I thought about leaving after the girl kept walking by me throughout night giving me dirty looks. I did not want to turn the situation into a pissing contest with the GGW crew drawing more attention to the bus than to the call for repentance and faith in Jesus. I remember how Pastor Mark told of how many of the one of the prophets having not one convert after preaching the Word of the Lord. After remembering this, I was wondering if this would be one of those situations? I became discouraged.

Yet, the Lord had me press forward. I began to read the first few verses of  Hebrews 2:1-4.

Hebrews 2:1-4 (New King James Version)

Hebrews 2

Do Not Neglect Salvation

1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

As I was reading this three college girls were strolling down the sidewalk. One girl(Jamie) stopped to listen to these verses.  She politely  asked me what I was reading.  I explained to her these four verses and how Jesus loves her and desires her to come to repentance and faith in Jesus. I then told her that He(God) is bigger than our sins, he is bigger than all our lies, He is bigger than all of the bad things we’ve done, there is mercy and love in his eyes.(Now this little musical ditty is from a Dennis A. He came to our church on Wednesday to perform his musical guitar talent.)

Jamie was a little tispy. I could smell a little Rum on her breath. Yet, for a moment the Lord gave her an open door to receive the Gospel. As I looked in her eyes with tears starting to form, I could tell she was taking in what the Lord had wanted her know.  In a child-like voice she said, “Thank you.” She gave me a hug. As soon as she hugged me, her two friends came back for her. One of her friends violently grabbed her away from me. I did not get the chance to give her a gospel tract.

However, the other girlfriend looked at me and said, “Hello.” I then started to focus my attention to this young lady. I handed her the gospel tract with a Pro-life message.  She looked at it and said, “Thank you”. She looked at the front of the tract and noticed the drawing of a young lady on the front. She looked back at me and in a more meaningful tone, “Wow, thank you very much”. The girl dragging Jaime away was yelling at this young girl to come on and hurry up.

I was left breathless and and took a deep breath. I regained my focused and started to pray for each girl. Especially, for Jaime and her friend taking the gospel tract.  I quietly thanked the Lord for giving me the opportunity to share Jesus with these two young ladies.  The Lord had derailed the girls from the erotic allure of the bus and led them to hear of his pure self-sacrificing love for them.

For a little while longer, I read more scripture near the bus until I could feel my voice become weak. I returned to my car, prayed and thank the Lord for allowing me to share Jesus with two college girls. I prayed for these girls salvation.

God used the evil devices of perverted men “preying” on young women and brought glory to Himself by giving  the Gospel message to Jamie and her friend. While these men were “preying” on college girls, the Lord and others believers are “praying” for college students to repent and put their faith in Jesus.

Epilogue

Now to  Christian men and women having daughters: How far are you willing to let the Lord stretch your faith and evangelize to college students? Yes, the college students are of legal age and have the choice to make their own decisions. Yet, do you realize that we are sending out kids among wolves in the college arena?   Are you willing to step up and obey the Great Commission? If we do not speak up for our faith in Jesus to the college students, there are Satan’s pawns willing to tear your child away from the Christian faith and use them for all sorts of evil purposes only to spit them out like grizzle off a  steak.

How long will you use the cop-out of “I’m not called to be an evangelist”? Do you realize we are ALL called to evangelize to everyone according to the Great Commission. Don’t keep Jesus to yourself, share it with someone, anyone, as many as the Lord places in your path, especially the college student. Let us shine the light of Jesus so bright on the campus of the University of  Tennessee that the darkness has no choice but to flee! Please pray how the Lord can use you in Evangelism.

 

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One Response to “The Gospel Vs. Girls Gone Wild Tour Bus”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Robert, My evangelist friend and I hear the comment quite often; “I don’t have the gift of evangelism like you do”. Recently we have decided to refer to what we do as witnessing instead of evangelism.

    Evangelism is valid but too many folks miss the fact the role of an evangelist is “…to prepare God’s people for works of service” NIV Ephesians 4:12.

    This month my Pastor messages are all on evangelism. Sunday he is going to give everyone the gift of evangelism; which is going to be a small paper scroll reminding folks that everyone who has been redeemed has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, that they all have a testimony they can share and they are commanded to love their brothers by telling them the Gospel. I can’t wait.

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