During the Great Awakening of the 18th century in America, a famous street evangelist by the name of George Whitefield took to the streets to proclaim Christ crucified, and call people to repentance and faith in Christ. According to Whitefield’s biography, he was despised by a man named Thorpe. Thorpe had a group of rebellious friends, and they referred to themselves as the Hellfire Club. Thorpe and his minions would regularly take to the streets to oppose and mock Whitefield’s ministry.
Thorpe, according to Whitefield, was rather good at imitating him, and would sometimes meet at the local pub to open the Bible and mock him. Yet, once when he did this, he opened to Luke 13:3, and read aloud “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” He was so moved by the transforming word of God that he then became converted, and went on to become a great street preacher himself.
Enter Alex Daily.
Alex Daily, a youth leader at Hope Fellowship Church in Frisco Tx., is rather well known for mocking street preachers of today. Recently, he was involved in a heckling incident in which he mocked well-known evangelist Emilio Ramos, and does this on a regular basis. See the video below.
As you can see, Daily repeatedly mocks Emilio Ramos and twists God’s Word to suit his own desires. He calls himself a Christian but hates Christians. He does not teach the whole counsel of God. In fact, he hates the whole counsel of God–rejects it outright. He does not want people to hear the God’s truth, that we are all sinners, and desperately need a savior. He does not want people to hear or know of the reality of hell which is coming to all who don’t repent. It’s “foolishness” to him.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Cor 1:18
What is the difference between Alex Daily and Thorpe? Thorpe came to see his sin and repented. Thorpe was moved by the Word of God. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
Hebrews 4:12 says:
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Alex Daily, unless you repent of your sin, you too will perish.
[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]