Pastor Arrested and Fined for Passing Out Bibles Near Mosque

by 1389 on September 4, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), Bible, Christianity, Islam, litigation jihad, USA

We have already warned that Christians are becoming less and less free to express their beliefs in many historically Christian countries, including the US.

Man Found Guilty For Passing Out Bibles

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This is not your grandparent’s America with headlines like the following exclusive WorldNetDaily story about a man who was found guilty of…passing out books of the bible!

WorldNetDaily reported that the pastor was arrested for ‘handing out bibles’ from a public sidewalk. The so-called ‘crime’ of giving away the books of John and Romans occurred near an Islamic center in Wichita, Kansas. Pastor Mark Holick was found guilty and sentenced to a $300 fine, a year of probation and ordered not to be within 1,000 feet of the Islamic center in the future.

In court, Pastor Holick of Spirit One Christian Center, declared, “Wichita you are confused, I am not your enemy, Islam is. Thou shalt have no other gods’ before me.”

So, if you thought it was safe to exercise your First Amendment right to freedom of speech and religion in the New America, …you may have thought wrong.

Kansas City Star: Wichita pastor told to stay away from Islam center

Posted on Fri, Sep. 02, 2011 10:08 AM

WICHITA | A Wichita pastor who preaches against Islam has been ordered to stay 1,000 feet away from the Islamic Society of Wichita after he was arrested while distributing Bibles in front of the center.

Mark Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Ministry, was also ordered Thursday to serve a year of unsupervised probation and pay a $300 fine for loitering and disrupting a business.

Holick was arrested in front of the society in August 2010 while he and a dozen followers handed out Bibles, The Wichita Eagle reported. Police said they arrested Holick after he ignored a request to move to a public sidewalk.

“The only reason you were the one arrested is because you were the only one who disobeyed the police orders,” Sedgwick County District Judge Phil Journey told Holick.

Holick was found guilty last month in Wichita Municipal Court on two counts of loitering and disrupting a local business. The case moved to county court after he appealed that conviction.

During Thursday’s hearing, Holick quoted Bible verses and accused the city of violating his First Amendment rights.

“Wichita is confused,” Holick said. “I am not your enemy. Islam is. The Lord said there will be no other gods before me.”

Journey told Holick that the First Amendment protected his right to express his religious beliefs but also allowed laws to regulate how he practices his faith.

“I want you to think about this,” Journey said. “What if the shoe had been on the other foot and someone from the Islamic Center had come to your place and tried to convert your members and had blocked your driveway?”

Spirit One has been a street and online ministry since a month after his arrest, Holick said, when he sold his building in south Wichita to another church.

The judge also reminded Holick that the Constitution protects people of all faiths, not just Holick’s.

“There’s nothing wrong with proselytizing or holding your beliefs. It’s the manner of how you carry them out, that’s the problem,” Journey said.

Holick could be sentenced to six months in jail if he doesn’t follow the conditions of his probation.

The pastor’s activities are not optional. The Bible requires us to make the effort to introduce “all nations” to the Gospel message. That includes Muslims along with everyone else.

OrthodoxWiki: The Great Commission

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and spoke to them saying,

“…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV, also see Mark 16:14-20, Acts 2:38)

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1 Amanda Lewis September 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Romans 5:3-5
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
James 1:2-4
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
1 Peter 4:12-19
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
2 Timothy 3:12
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
Hebrews 12:11
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Philippians 1:29
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Amen praise the Lord for this Christian man to stand up for God!

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