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you can tell, I have let my journal slip for the last 3 months. When I last communicated
to you, it was after having been served with foreclosure papers on my house. This
took a lot of wind out of my sails and I fell behind in my reporting. I felt tied
to the homestead, and left off most traveling so that I could be close to home
in case something had to be done. My attention was strongly diverted, and I found
myself spending more time in prayer.
I did, however, keep ministering throughout
all this ordeal. Even though I did not travel, I was on campus at Penn State or
nearby every day that weather permitted. Some I will touch on pictorially below.
I did a detail report on these intervening weeks of ministry, the journal would
be very large, cumbersome, and unreadable. Instead, I am going to update you on
my housing situation, go over some highlights of the last 3 months, and then pick
up with the last two weeks traveling with Jed Smock.
I refinanced my house in 2007. The mortgage company sold me on a
pay back amount that was a lot less than I was paying. After the first payment,
I noticed that the amount being escrow for taxes and insurance was far too little.
I contacted the mortgage holding company and informed them, and they raised my
payments by over $500 per month. Two months later I was laid off of my job, and
I decided to try to return to the full time ministry. (I was originally in full
time ministry from 1976 through the spring of 1984).
I had a "safety
net" and hoped that it would last long enough for me to build up some support
for my ministry. I continued to pay the excessive amount for a year and a quarter,
until my safety net was gone. By that time, Obama had passed the program to help
people whose situation had changed to stay in their homes. I informed my mortgage
holder that I was going to have to default, and then hired an attorney firm to
represent me to the mortgage company in the renegotiation process.
waiting six months, and having been assured over and over again that everything
was moving along nicely, I was suddenly served foreclosure papers. I went into
distress mode, and inquired about what my attorney firm had been doing on my behalf.
I found out that they were doing nothing at all. I started to try to get on top
of the situation. As soon as the mortgage was turned over to the attorneys for
collection, I knew I was in trouble.
I fired the first company, and hired
a new attorney. He was able to stave off the court date, and to start negotiating
with the mortgage company's attorneys. We have sent them a proposal that would
be very beneficial to them, if they would allow me to go ahead with the Obama
plan restructuring. Unfortunately, there are now two lines of communication open
- one to the attorneys, and the other to the loss mitigation department of the
mortgage company. On both sides, it seems my request is being reviewed. Still
I had hoped for a much earlier resolution, since I fit the Obama criteria exactly.
I fear that the enemy has been trying to derail my efforts. I guess I do not believe
in coincidences any more.
Next three months
the last two years, I have had a fleece out before the Lord. If He wants me to
not work and to focus on ministry, then He must prevent any jobs being offered
to me. On the other hand, if He wants me to work, the job must be brought to me
and presented to me out of left field. Even though I sent out hundreds of resumes,
not one produced a scintilla of interest for 24 months.
As I face a very
difficult winter financially, I have been praying for the Lord's leading on how
He would have me handle my situation. As I awaited His answer, I could see at
least a half a dozen financial problems arising in January - credit card run up
by the last month's traveling expenses, heating a house and three apartments with
the price of propane and coal soaring, having all my rentals open at the same
time, having to do major repairs on my car, having to do major repairs on 2 apartments
to rent again, a leaking roof on one building that must be replaced, on and on.
Suddenly, out of left field, at the culmination of this long list of looming financial
blows was a job offer - a three month contract in Columbus Ohio. The rate was
not great, but it wasn't too bad either. I believe the Lord provided this open
door to get me through the winter, and preserve the homestead.
has essentially been operative for 25 years, and it's fulfillment has always been
the same. A job I was not looking for was and had no inkling of it's existence
was always suddenly thrust upon me. I would have liked to have continued full
time ministry, but unfortunately I have not "caught on" or "been
discovered" like many big name ministries. Nor have I had a long enough time
to slowly build up support.
So, dear friends, from Jan 4 until April 2,
I will be returning temporarily to my computer skills to replenish my safety net,
and to start something new. This new thing is really what I think the Lord has
been trying to get me to do for some time. I have been wearied lately with writing
a book. There are oceans of books being written, but none I fear as important
as what I have to tell.
Over the years, the Lord has shown me His mind on
street preaching. What it is supposed to do, how it accomplishes God's will, what
wisdom of God is manifested in it. I have been greatly burdened lately over one
piece of the puzzle. And that piece is that I believe that the church has entered
into the time of it's own judgment.
1Pe 4:17 For the
time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first
begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
believe that we are in the last days, rushing toward judgment day. If that is
true, then before that comes the judgment of the church. I
believe I have come to know what the judgment of the church is, how it is accomplished,
and why the judgment happens as it does. The amount of scripture alone is mind
boggling. For the last two years I have been increasingly burdened to warn the
church worldwide how we are entering into the time of her judgment, and what will
be required of them. I dwell on it for long periods of time, sketching out how
to word it, how to structure the message. I've written it in my mind a thousand
Dear friends, if you could see
what I see, you would weep as I do for the multitudes that will be judged and
lose whatever they think they might have because they have been found unworthy
of Him. No one judged unworthy of Jesus will still be rewarded with entry into
the Kingdom. The problem is that their judgment has
begun, and the church is completely in the dark, ignorant of the judgment. Oh,
there might be a few who are seeing it, but even among us preachers, I am apparently
alone in this vision.
I have prayed and prayed
on how to gain access to the church at large - me an insignificant flea of a preacher.
It is more than I can imagine doing. I keep coming back to two things. The first
is to write a book containing the scriptures and the theological underpinnings,
and then to produce a DVD of the message, financing the distribution of the message
by the sale of the books. Maybe along the way I will find someone who would feel
called to help me to distribute this vision. I have lined up a company to help
me to distribute the books and DVD's. Now I just have to write it.
think that is why the Lord is pulling me back from the front lines. In the strange
land of Columbus Ohio, I will have much more time to be able to work on it. Please
pray for me that I can be clear in my thinking and writing. As the book unfolds
I will be sending out chapters as part of my journals. I hope that you will read
and critique my work. My greatest fear is that I will miss some critical part.
In my mind it is settled and very clear. But in the mind of the average Christian,
who can tell how they have constructed their theology. I feel like I have been
unraveling in my understanding a gigantic puzzle for 30-something years. Now,
at the end of that process, I can see a very clear picture of what is happening
right now, and soon going to be happening worldwide.
Those of you
who have contributed to my ministry, I ask you to please continue. All money given
during this three month period will be deposited in an escrow account for when
I return to full time ministry. Full time traveling ministry is very expensive.
This last two weeks preaching averaged a little over a hundred dollars a day in
expenses. Over the last month, I have run up my credit card by about $2500 dollars.
I really need to pare that down. I am hoping to replenish my safety net, but even
that will not last a long time. Please help me out if you can. Any help you give
will be greatly appreciated.
Also if any of you feel lead, I will have publication
costs when the book is completed. Lulu.com has been recommended to me as a print
on demand publisher. One interesting thing about the job thrust upon me - it is
for a book publisher. I may have an inside path to getting the publishing done
without extreme costs.
One other thing, if any of you know of a good book
agent or publicist, I will be needing one.
For a preview of the book, some
of what I have to warn the church about is contained in a old Youtube post of
a message I gave to the Kingdom Builders in Mansfield PA. Click
here to view playlist.
A fellow preacher came to PSU on Sept 14 by the name of Shawn
Holes. Hailing from New York, he preaches in the New England theater of war. We
refer to him as "Shawn the Baptist". He was accompanied by about 12
others, consisting of preachers, family, and friends. The group were a great testimony
of modest dress and behavior. He made a big splash at Penn State, for which there
was an editorial. The editorial was worded in such a way that the reader at first
thinks that it is against the preacher. But another read through shows that it
is indeed against the hecklers and mockers in Shawn's audience. Click
here to read the editorial - Sept 14, 2009
A short video was produced
by The Philadelphia Inquirer about the preaching at Willard Building at Penn State.
It is a little buried on the page. Go to http://college.philly.com/,
then scroll down to the bottom of the page, a window entitled "Latest Videos".
Scroll that window down till you come to the video entitled "Penn
State students engage in heated religious debate". Oct 2, 2009
October, the 13th through the 18th, I attended and spoke at a street preachers
conference in Atlanta Georgia. The title of my presentation was "Evidence
for a Young Earth". Dick Christensen, the conference's organizer, did a really
great job of editing my talk. It was posted November 26th. Click
here to view the playlist.
October 14th, about half the preachers descended
on Georgia Tech. You would think that a school that has a reputation of being
very high scholastically would produce some learned debaters. You would be wrong.
Often is the case that the more "intellectual" a school is, the more
profane, and intellectually bankrupt the students are. Click here for Georgia
On October 15th, the entire preacher contingent went to the downtown
campus of Georgia State University. That campus had been shut down for many years
because of the illegal behavior of the police towards preachers. This year Jesse
Morrell sent the school, their attorney, the chief of campus security, and the
city police a well written letter informing them of our intention to preach, and
our attorneys description of the state of first amendment law concerning what
we do. When we arrived (this was on the 14th) they were prepared for us, and did
not interfere with our preaching as their history showed. But the students were
so stirred up, so boisterous, that we decided on the 15th to hit them with all
of us. The day was one of great turmoil.
The sodomites, the fornicators,
the drug users, the drunks were all out in full force to defend their sins and
to condemn righteousness. The second day is on tape, and I offer it to you as
an eye opener as to what the college campuses are really like. Click
here to view the video.
Some of our brothers went over to Oslo to preach
at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. Ruben Israel (Los Angeles), Larry Keffer
(Tampa), Larry Craft (Los Angeles) and Petar Keseljevic from Norway were arrested
and jailed for eight hours before having all charges dropped and all evidence
of the arrests destroyed. Here is a good
article about the arrests, and a much broader report on the events at this
From the Mailbag
Cope.....i really enjoyed your journal ....the answers you gave to that person
on the free from sin question ...not to sin was answered in a simple understanding
way like I have never heard before ...thanks bro. it gave me a better understanding
in a new light and I have been preaching for 38 years ...but I'm smart enough
to still be teachable ...bless you and your ministry bro. in JESUS name ... bro.
Painter - Sept 15, 2009
You don't know me.
I am a Mansfield student and Kingdom employee. I am still kind of on the fence
about your method and things you say to be honest. But I believe your intentions
are good. I'm sorry to hear about your current challenge. All is possible Bro...
you are in my prayers. Hope to see you on a bench in South Hall Mall soon! Carolyn
K. - Sept 29, 2009
Here is an interesting item that was sent to me
from a fellow preacher, John Gronley. This cartoon was thought to be far fetched
in 1948. How about now? Cartoon
- Oct 28, 2009
PSU atheist has been freed into the light, only a couple hundred more to go:
haha. I recently went from agnostic to
Christianity after the failures that have occurred in my life. I am a chemical
engineer at Penn State, and hopefully, I can better understand the grace and beauty
of God and the world.
This doesn't mean I
put the world before God though (well at least I try, but my sinful nature sucks
me back in :) lol). I have also drawn the attention of some curious people who
are shocked as to why I converted.
my decision and some support. But I have a feeling I have a tough road ahead in
my spiritual walk in the secular world. Is there any good bible verses to recommend
for me in my free time as I begin my journey?
G. - Nov 1, 2009
A fellow preacher by the name
of Bill Hamilton, who is preaching and training others to preach in Brazil, sent
me a suggestion:
Last year I heard about campus preacher
Tom Short putting up posters on the campuses he was to visit. I made the attached
poster up for Bro Cope - rough draft. Maybe some of you campus preachers will
find this idea helpful in stirring things up even more on the campuses you preach
Click here to view the
State University, Monday,Sept 14
the weather was still warm, I took Jean M and Pat McD up to Mansfield. I started
off low and easy, since this was the first time since the police tried to stop
me. A police woman showed up but stood in the background, and never spoke to me.
The issue of the day was ceasing from sin.
There was always a ring of Christians
standing around declaring how much they loved God, yet with the same mouth confessed
openly that they continued in sin. This always riles me up good. It is like a
man telling his wife that he loves her but he has to have his strange women. No
one would put up with that kind of behavior, yet most
think that this is "normal" Christianity. Any one who believes that
Jesus came only to remove our punishment, while condemning us to continue to wallow
in the mire of sin for the rest of our lives is actually denying the very thing
that Jesus came to do. The "good news" is not that the punishment has
been nullified. While this is true, it is only true when a person has chosen to
be delivered from the sin that incurs God's just punishment. If we will stop sinning
against God, He will forgive us all our past sins.
One fellow came out with
his Bible. That always tells me that someone is about to quote the Bible out of
context. I was right. He quoted 1 John 1:8 which says If
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
That is always used by those who still sin against God as
their excuse for not stopping. To them this verse makes ceasing from sin an impossibility.
The only problem with this is that it isn't true. In
the first two chapters of 1 John, there are actually 4 places where lying is talked
The second place is 1Jo 1:10 If
we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
If we stopped there, indeed it would seem that ceasing from
sin is not a possibility. However, if we look at the other two places in the context
we find two verses that indicate the exact opposite meaning.
1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk
in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth
is not in him.
John was addressing those who
think that even though their actions are sinful that they really aren't sinning
against God. It is called the Gnostic heresy. Reading through the book of 1 John,
especially chapter 3, puts the sledgehammer to the argument that a Christian can't
1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth
sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And
ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither
known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness
is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil;
for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born
of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin,
because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the
children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God
is an argument I fight every day of preaching. The majority of Christians I encounter
on college campuses have been subliminally seduced by the enemy's lie that we
can not be free of his control. He whispers in their ear you can't be free of
me, boasts of his power, and then points to their weakness. They believe the lie
that they can never be free from their sin.
church is in a prison that has no bars and no doors, but because they believe
there are bars and doors, they never attempt to leave. Their wrong belief is their
only jailer. Anyone who thinks they can never be free of sin never will be free
of sin. Anyone who believes Jesus as God can do all things (He is omnipotent)
can not be held captive by the one Jesus defeated on the cross.
this same fellow brought out his trombone and tried to blast me out. I guess it
is only logical that if he can't trip me up by misquoting scriptures, then the
next best thing is to try to be a lot louder than me. Nonetheless, the crowd for
most of the afternoon was attentive and listened intently. I felt like I was really
getting through to them.
At one point my voice
began to get pretty ragged, so I called on Pat Mcd to jump up and do a little
preaching. The crowd dissipated rather quickly. Later I did get a chance to instruct
him in some of the technical aspects of street preaching. In particular, the transition
between speakers can be tricky. The new preacher has to come on strong so as to
transfer the attention of the crowd to himself. When the attention span of a crowd
is broken, many will walk away. The new preacher has to aggressively snatch their
attention back to him. He also must make the message personal to the audience.
Talking about someone somewhere doing some unnamed sin against God will not hook
anyone's interest. Making the message personal gives it meaning to the audience.
They are the ones who are in danger of Hell, not some unnamed sinner somewhere
in the world.
While Pat was preaching I talked
to a young Christian who was sincerely questioning my methodology. He was very
open and understood everything I told him about what the preaching is supposed
to do. Another Christian girl then came up to correct me in how to preach, and
the young fellow turned to defend me. He told her that "She just didn't know
what she was talking about". It is encouraging when someone takes a stand
so quickly after learning the truth.
the end of the day, I had a very productive talk with Jean M, who had lingering
questions about my style. We spoke for some time and I was able to put her questions
was a Christian trying
to tell me how to preach so as
to not offend anyone.
I asked her
why Jesus was killed, "For loving
them way too much?"
and Ithaca Commons, Ithaca NY, Tuesday, Sept 15
decided to try to preach at Cornell University. Jed told me that it was a quasi-private
university. I went on campus on Ho Plaza to a nice open area, and began in a low
keyed manner. Within 15 minutes the police showed up and told me I had to have
a permit to preach on campus. The officer told me where to go to try to get a
permit. I followed his directions, and found myself in an administrative office
building I can only describe as Hogwarts School. There were stairs going up and
down in strange places, floors between floors, and hallways that resembled the
Roman catacombs. I wandered around to several offices getting shuffled around.
Finally, after much frustration, I gave up, and left. I looked up Cornell online,
and found out that they were a land grant school part of New York's University
system. I contacted Alliance Defense Fund to see if they would assist me in challenging
Cornell's claim to being a private university, but they declined.
Commons was my next target. It is a beautiful "T" shaped closed off
street, surrounded by quaint stores and shops. It has much in the way of street
preaching potential - lots of seating, trees and shade, and a stage. I picked
a spot at the junction of the "T", see the middle picture below. The
left picture is to the left of the "T", and the right picture is to
the right of the "T".
I started out low keyed because there was
little foot traffic. I preached a while and spoke to several people on the commons.
Two encouraged me and thanked me for preaching. One girl walking by stopped and
stared at me. She said, "Are you... Are you... Are you...". I said "Yes,
I am Bro Cope". She said she used to listen to me back in the 80's at Penn
State. She excitedly told me she also has a brother who used to listen to me.
She couldn't wait to get home to call him to tell him who she ran into on the
has been sued multiple times for violating preachers constitutional rights on
the Commons. I wanted to see if they had learned their lesson, or if they would
be so stupid as to continue breaking the Law. The last judgment was filed on Feb
12, 2009. Here is the judgment:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT
COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
CITY OF ITHACA; EDWARD VALLELY, individually and in his official capacity
as Chief of Police for the City of Ithaca;....
Final Resolution of this matter and
controversy having been settled by and between the parties, and accepted by the
Court, as reflected herein,
IT IS on this 12th day of February, 2009,
upon Stipulation of the parties ORDERED AND ADJUDGED AS FOLLOWS:
Judgment is entered in favor of plaintiff against the defendant City of Ithaca.
2. Defendant City of Ithaca, and its agents,
are permanently enjoined from applying a twenty-five foot (25') standard in the
enforcement of City of Ithaca Municipal Code § 240-4, § 157-8, or any other ordinance
or policy against anyone in any public place engaged in unamplified speech that
can be heard at a distance of twenty-five feet on the public streets, public sidewalks
or public ways in the City of Ithaca.
City of Ithaca is ordered to inform and train all current and future police officers
employed by the City of Ithaca, on a regular basis, that they may not apply a
twenty-five foot (25') standard in the enforcement of any city noise ordinance
against anyone in any public place engaged in unamplificd speech that can be heard
at a distance of twenty-five feet on the public streets, public sidewalks or public
ways in the City of Ithaca.
4. Plaintiff is
awarded a total of $4,000 for nominal damages. Plaintiff is further awarded $13,000
for attorney's fees and costs.
5. All causes
of action against the defendants Edward Vallely, J. Nelson, Scott Garin, A. Navorro
and Richard Niemi arc dismissed with prejudice.
The Court retains jurisdiction of this case solely to enforce this consent judgment.
SO ORDERED this 12th day of February, 2009.
BY THE COURT: GLENN T.SUDDABY United States
After preaching for a while, I was tired and sweaty,
so I stopped and sat down before leaving for home. After about two minutes, I
saw a police officer hurrying up the sidewalk looking wildly around for something.
Could they really be so stupid? The injunction is probably the most strongly worded
injunction I have ever read. Clear, all inclusive, and very firm. I am looking
forward to the spring. I am hoping to take a team out to the Commons on a Friday
or Saturday night. It should get interesting. I have already spoken to the Alliance
Defense Fund about it. They are ready to go if the police show up again.
State University, Sept 18
young lady in the peach dress was making a video. I do not have a copy of it yet.
Other than that, the day was unremarkable. |
Charlotte, NC, Oct 19-23
is a good campus for me. I went on campus and the day was cool. The classes were
toward the end of the semester. This always affects how a campus responds.
first day I preached, I bombed out good on the first break, around noon. So I
sat down and began to pray. I was sitting on the tower's base. Before less than
10 minutes, to my surprise a crowd slowly began to form. I was just answering
questions from students, and suddenly I heard from behind me, at the base
the tower, a voice saying "Hey, speak up, we can't hear you". I stood
up and spun around. Another group of students numbering about twenty had congregated
behind me. What followed was an exceptional day of almost 100% teaching. The hecklers
were subdued with an occasional outburst. When their good behavior was overwhelmed
by their skepticism on several occasions, the crowd itself rebuked them. This
historically seldom happens, but over the last couple of months has been occurring
more and more.
State University, Nov 6
Scott and two of his friends (1) accompanied me to Mansfield State University.
By November, the weather had turned pretty cold. I started out preaching (2) but
had little success in drawing an audience. After about three quarters of an hour,
my voice was not liking the cold weather much. I asked David to take a turn preaching
(3). David also had no traction. I took back over around 2:00 (4), and was able
to get 7 or so students to stop. I was however not really able to connect them
to the preaching event. Before too long, they wandered off.
The lower right
hand picture (6) shows a little of what we are up against on campuses these days.
The occult, witchcraft, and atheism are becoming ever more bold. We must continue
to stand up against these deceptively innocent appearing activities. It is easily
sold to these kids who are ignorant of the demonic powers they are flirting with.
friends worked the fringes of what little crowds (5) we were able to draw. Winter
time in the northern states is always hard. Most of the time leading up to Thanksgiving
was spent on Penn State, Mansfield, and Lock Haven Universities. The preaching
was ineffective because of the cold weather. I guess I was just killing time until
I could go down south with Jed.
apologize for letting my reportage slip. I will do better this winter. I still
have one more journal to send out, hopefully in the next week or so. It will cover
from Thanksgiving until the end of the year.
As I said above, I will be
working for 3 months in Columbus Ohio, in order to get my finances in better shape.
I hope my supporters don't drop off. If you will continue to contribute, it will
go only for ministry after winter is over. I will be sending out receipts to all
those who have contributed before January 10th.
N Atherton A , Apt 1
Port Matilda, PA 16870