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and ends - Penn State
would like to announce that I have finally begun to update my personal website,
http://www.BroCope.com. For the present it
will be the repository for my journals, links to newspaper coverage, editorials,
radio/TV interviews, and YouTube postings. It is still in a birthing state, so
any suggestions would be appreciated.
Over the Christmas break,
I am hoping to download several thousand posts that I have made over the last
couple of decades, and to begin to organize them on my website. Hopefully I will
produce a book.
A couple of weeks ago,
Gary and I were on a talk radio show on WPSU. They were so kind as to send me
an MP3 copy of the show. I have uploaded it to my website. You can click here,
and it will download. However, depending on your browser, it might not start playing
right away. Be patient. Radio
I received the following
letter from a very old friend, someone who knew me back in the beginning days
of my ministry.
on love and hate to Jessica (Jessica's
Editorial) was a real eye opener, even after 35 years as a believer! It is
amazing how we (even believers) can make Jesus into the kind of God we want Him
to be! It takes someone like a street preacher with no worldly ties, or pet Bible
verses, to cut through the crap and point out the truth!
Your answer to
Jessica's false or Americanized look at Jesus and His motives showed me that my
sin and worldliness is truly hated by God.
The truth is what God's word
says it is, and not what we want it to be, and it is most often painful to us
all, both believers and nonbelievers.
The street is where you belong! Thanks
Bro and God Bless.
Email me and let me know when you will be in
State College and how long, and I will give you a call! I would like to take you
to lunch and talk!
If anyone would like to
discuss things from my journals, please feel free to call me, after 6:00 pm (after
preaching time that is). I am always available to those who are getting to know
me after all these years. My cell number is at the bottom of the journal.
- Penn State University
week is the last week of classes at Penn State. Next week is finals, then the
Christmas break. The preaching really wound down this week, but surprisingly,
each day had a high point.
On Monday, just as I was packing
it in after preaching to the trees for most of the day, a student came up to me
am so glad I ran into you! I have something strange going on that I don't understand.
Can you help me?"
"Sure, what is going on?'
from the Past. I received this photo from Ruben Israel. I am not sure even where
or when it was taken, but I liked it.
student then laid out a scenario with which I am very familiar. He had just very
recently made a commitment to the Lord, and suddenly bad emotional things began
to attack him. He described it as an "attack", and did not know where
they came from.
"I keep having these really wicked thoughts that just
suddenly pop into my mind - things like killing my mother. Then I feel so condemned
and cast down. I don't know what to do nor how to stop these thoughts."
began to tell him about how the enemy attacks us. "The first thing that happens
is we begin to feel a strange unfocused anxiety. That is followed very closely
with a clouding of your mind with confusion".
he said, that's exactly how it starts.
Then on the heels of that sense of
dread comes a wicked thought or a particularly graphic temptation, followed by
a wave of condemnation.
"That's it exactly. What is it?"
off, the initial anxiety is called discerning of spirits. It is the Holy Spirit
warning you of the beginning of a spiritual assault. It is like a klaxon horn
warning you that the enemy is about to attack. It is God's early warning system.
The first weapon against you is confusion to cloud of your thinking. The purpose
is to catch you off guard and to disarm you from the weapons of warfare that you
have at your disposal. A confused or fearful soldier becomes ineffective in combat.
the confusion comes the lie to deceive you. The confusion is supposed to mask
the lie, so you don't recognize it as a lie. It turns your attention away from
the faith needed to overcome. The lie may vary, but in your case, the lie was
that you are thinking grossly evil things against your mother. The next step in
the assault is the condemnation, a deep wave of nauseating condemnation. As it
continues, you are assaulted by guilt, by anger, and by accusation.
that is what happened, but why?"
I continued. The enemy knows that
he can not come between you and the Lord. But he also knows that the only chance
he has to overcome you is to get YOU to turn aside from God. So, he tempts you
with a wicked thought and follows it up with condemnation, trying to deceive you
that you have sinned against God in a really wicked way, and then trying to convince
you that you can not go back to God because of the vile nature of the thought.
embedded lie is that by being tempted, you have sinned. Just being tempted is
not a sin. Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. The second
level assault is the condemnation. There is no condemnation for those in the Lord.
If the Lord is trying to correct us, He doesn't do it through condemnation, He
uses CONVICTION - an entirely different experience altogether.
of the attack is to get you off kilter, and separate you from God. If you fall
for it, you become weak and confused. You fail to call upon the Lord, and your
situation can get worse. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. That is His main
tactic, and you just got a taste of His expertise.
The defense against the
attack is to learn to discern the attack even before it starts. Your spiritual
anxiety is the alarm. If you can head it off there, the attacks will be blunted.
If you can identify the confusion stage, you can realize that it is to keep you
from immediately drawing on the Lord's resources. If you get to that point and
the attack continues, the defense is to submit to God, resist the devil, and he
will flee from you. If you are slow to respond, you may have to hunker down to
resist the condemnation and the accusation. But in submiting to God and resisting
the enem, you are gauranteed success, even if the attack spans several days or
even months (see the book of Job).
The student was essentially insatiable.
We continued to talk outside as the temperature plummeted. Finally, when my ears
began to tingle, I suggested we go into the Willard Building. We found an unused
classroom, and talked for about 2 more hours, covering dozens of topics. The main
one was the subject of Holiness. When I explained the way of holiness to him,
he embraced it. I have great hope for this young man. We both left excited and
- Penn State University
Gary puts it, we were preaching to the bricks. At the end of the day, as I was
leaving, a coed stopped to talk to me. It seems I called her the "Spawn of
Satan" early in the fall. She is a Catholic who fell away over the issue
of abortion. We debated for about an hour and a half on the issue, and I detected
by her pauses that I was making strong points. But alas, no repentance. She finally
had to leave. I prayed for her after she left. She has what seems like a very
meek spirit, not like her feminists "sisters". But she has followed
into the deep murderous lies of justifying abortion. I think that she had one
while in high school, and is wrestling with her conscience. Please pray with me
that if that is the case, that she will be given a revelation of God's mercy and
that she would come to repentance and new life.
- Penn State University
the preaching was pretty sparse. However, at Penn State, when no one else will
stop to listen, we can always trust the atheists to show up.
They are amazing, really. The head of the group, Nat, has stopped attending classes
but spends every day out at the preaching. He spends more time in "church"
than a pastor! They are truly the most faithful listeners. And no matter how hard
we hammer them, they talk to us as if we are their best friends. Most of the atheists
have requested to be friends on my FaceBook
account (Bro Cope). I know that when and if they get saved, they are going to
be great preachers, reaping many times back what they have sown.
as I meditated, the Lord began to expose the life of an atheist. I was inspired
to lay into them. Let me try to recreate the exchange. Some things below may be
enhanced by my memory. I am shooting for the gist of it.
Consider the poor
atheists. Poor atheists. Poor poor atheists. What a worthless life they lead.
How utterly useless their lives are. Imagine spending your life fighting against
something you say does not exist. Every day fighting against a nonexistent foe.
Hoe pathetic. They are like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills, are they not? Fighting
vapors and ghosts, an enemy that does not exist. Such poor deluded atheists. To
spend your life on a cause that does not exist?
By this time I had their
attention and they came rolling down the steps like tumbleweeds on a windy day.
"We don't fight against God, but against those who believe in God!"
Again consider the worthlessness of the atheist's life. He spends his life playing
the thought police, the belief Czar. Now they not only are fighting against something
that does not exist, but they have obviously determined that it is their right
to decide what all people can believe. How wasted an existence to be a thought
Nazi. It is a wonder that atheists aren't dropping out of high rise apartment
buildings like huge pink hailstones. Even Don Quixote, tilting against imaginary
enemies thought that the enemies existed. But again, the atheist doesn't believe
God exists, so therefore they are forced to be every man's enemy by fighting against
what we think.
"No, no, no! We fight against what the people who believe
in God do!"
Oh, that surely makes the pathetic atheist less pathetic.
Let us determine what it is that the believers do that is so morally repugnant
that they need thought police to keep them in line. Let's see now, let's start
from the end. The damnable believers are refusing to covet. Is that the great
evil that they are doing? Do the atheists contend that covetousness is such a
worthy social good that it needs to be protected from those who refuse to do it?
Poor atheists, poor, poor atheists for needing to fight against those who will
not covet. Such emptiness of purpose to have to defend an emotion that results
in so much misery.
No? That's not it? Then it must be the refusal to bear
false witness that is the behavior outside the pale of civil discourse. Perjury
being such a high social value, one that is the bedrock of our judicial system,
the atheists must have a real sense of pride in defending perjury against it's
detractors - those who believe in something that does not exist. Again, how empty
of meaning are the lives of atheists. One can not build a meaningful sense of
self worth around defending perjury.
No? That's not it? Of course then it
must be refusing to steal, to murder, or to commit adultery on one's spouse that
is the hallowed ground needing protection from those who believe in something
that does not exist. The refusal to do those three is surely the windmill that
Don Quixote thrust his lance through. Surely these three need to be defended.
Those offenders who obstinately refuse to stop believing in that which does not
exist ought to be required to STOP their resistance to stealing, murdering, and
adulterating FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION! Yes, that will certainly put substance
into an atheists life. Ah the warm glow of knowing your life was spent in making
society safe for stealing, murdering, and adultery. Yes, that surely will add
some value to an atheists empty pathetic life.
No?? Are even grater principles
necessary to the health of our nation at stake? The great evil of honoring your
parents, and the insurmountable grotesqueness of taking one day off a week? It
is absurd to think that overcoming the perversity of honoring your parents could
do anything less than earn an atheist a Nobel prize at the very least.
Still nothing of substance for the atheist to look at and see meaning? Come on
now we are running out of options. What else could it be that gives an atheist's
life substance. I got it! Eureka!!! It is that pernicious
practice of loving one another and not doing evil to anyone for any reason. Surely
that is the solvent dissolving the glue of our society that must be fought at
TO THE RAMPARTS MEN, FIGHT TO THE LAST MAN!!! That is
surely the behavior that the atheists hate and oppose so much that they are willing
to spend their lives "anti-evangelizing" the wayward souls. Meaning
is always enhanced by a principled life of total selfishness and unrestrained,
debauched evil doing to all those around you. It also makes for such simple burials.
No one to invite, no traffic jams, just the undertaker and a back hoe operator
stuffing a worthless husk into the ground.
"No, you idiot, we oppose
the hypocrisy, those who believe in God and do bad things."
we are getting somewhere. You don't oppose believers for believing in God, you
oppose those who say they believe but behave differently. It that what you are
telling me, now?
So you are telling me that you are
fighting against people for failing to do the things that a being that
does not exist has mandated? Are they not behaving exactly as an atheist wants?
An atheist would not allow himself to be controlled by a being that does not exist.
So his behavior would be unfettered by the commandments of He who does not exist.
Is that not what the hypocrites are doing?
They are behaving as
if the one they claim to believe in does not exist, are they not? So in effect,
the atheists are fighting against those whose behavior is exactly what the atheist
say they want. Why should it matter to the atheist if one says he believes that
God exists, if his behavior reflects the belief that God does not exist?.
all, to the atheist, belief is immaterial and inconsequential, but behavior is
material and substantive. Since God does not exist, belief or nonbelief in Him
is an immaterial thing. If a hypocrite's behavior is as if God does not exist,
why would the atheist care what the hypocrite believes. He is DOING as the atheist
Again see the barrenness of an atheist's life. He is opposed
to those who do not obey the God that they say does not exist. Their struggle
is to condemn those who fail to submit their wills to a nonexistent almighty.
So in essence their life energy is spent condemning exactly what they themselves
do. In order to fight against hypocrites, they first have to make the assumption
that God exists and places behavior requirements on us in order to condemn them.
They are condemning the hypocrites for behaving as atheists.
If God does
not exist, then belief in Him is completely inconsequential. The only consequential
thing is behavior. In condemning hypocrisy, the atheist first must presuppose
the existence of God in order for hypocrisy to even exist. Without God there is
no hypocrisy, and again, the atheists are tilting at windmills
poor, poor atheists, whose lives contain no meaning, who when they come upon those
behaving as the atheist say they ought, they expend their life's energy to oppose
them. What pathetic confusion, what utter folly, what impenetrable meaninglessness.
Lives of empty meaningless fighting against and condemning that which they themselves
continually advocate and do.
forward to going back at them in the spring.
- Penn State University
to the bricks again. Even the atheists are missing today. They had their own event
over in front of Old Main. Any student could get a free slice of pizza if they
would blaspheme God or in the case of Christians, deny He exists. Our God is very
patient. The death toll from food poisoning was zero.
- Penn State University
day of classes - behold the crowds.
At the end of the day, again I was
able to talk to a recent convert about the issues of the Gospel:
What are we saved from,
What are the promises of the Gospel,
How can we
attain unto those promises.
There are always more things to
talk about than time to talk. In the spring I am hoping for more late evening
has been a good year at Penn State, Out of the year, I spent about half my time
at my old home base. I made some news, made some very interesting new contacts,
renewed old contacts from the good old revival days at PSU in the late 70's and
early 80's, and came across abiding fruit from those early days. It has been a
trying year but an exceedingly satisfying one.
On Friday, I am heading
out for Missouri to spend the Holidays with Jed and family. My plans for the upcoming
year are completely unformed as of this time. Please pray that I might remain
sensitive to where the Lord would have me be and what He would have me doing.
Once again please consider supporting my ministry. If you can't support
me yourself, would you be able to give me some contacts or some churches that
might be open to my ministry as I travel? Any help you could offer would be much
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