Evangelist draws crowd in Red Square
“God told me to come to this college today.”
An evangelist preached to a large crowd of students in Red Square on Monday, Oct. 23.
The man stood near Fisher Fountain, reciting bible verses and commentary to those who stopped to listen. Many of the comments he made, such as accusing audience members of being ‘sinners’ and telling some they were going to hell, caused a great deal of protest from the crowd.
“He that committeth sin is of the devil,” he said.
Freshman Edie Hayes stood off to the side, watching the action with a group of friends.
“I don’t think he should be screaming in Red Square,” Hayes said. “I think everyone is free to believe what they want to believe and not get it shoved down their throat.”
Despite shouts of protest from the crowd, the man continued to preach from a bible, pulling verses he found relevant. He read from 1 John 3:6.
“No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning,” he said “No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
The man said that in order to be saved, students must repent.
“If you are a born-again Christian, you have chosen to repent, you are now serving Jesus, you are serving the Lord,” he said. “You have chosen to forsake your ways of sin, your pornography.”
He was interrupted by students yelling, “We love porn! We love porn! We love porn!”
“Don’t follow the paths of these girls, they’re gonna go to hell,” he said in reply.
Madison Askey stopped to listen on her way to class.
“I probably should leave because he’s being hateful,” Askey said. “This is not what being ‘godly’ is about.”
Despite not agreeing with what he said, Askey and Hayes both thought having open discussions were important to have on campus.
“I’m sure if it were something I believed in, I wouldn’t be so angry that he was out there,” Hayes said.