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Posted on 07/05/2013 5:50:12 PM PDT by virtuousEdited on 07/05/2013 6:14:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday. Preaching from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Miano spoke about sexual sins for 25 minutes before being cut off by Metropolitan Police officers who said that although preaching in itself is not an offense, the specific part of the Bible he was preaching from was interpreted as homophobic by the woman who called to complain.
Miano told police officers that he doesn't hate homosexuals, and then reiterated that he was preaching about all forms of sexual immorality lust, fornication and addiction to pornography. He said that he "loves homosexuals enough to bring them the truth of the Gospel."
Subsequently, Miano was arrested and escorted uncuffed to the police station, where he was booked, photographed and fingerprinted. Police also took a DNA sample to ensure that he was not a wanted criminal.
During the seven hours he spent in jail, Miano said he was interrogated about his faith in Jesus Christ, and was asked a series of questions.
"I was asked if I believe homosexuality is a sin. I was asked what portion of the Bible I was reading. I was asked that if a homosexual was hungry and walked up to me, would I give them something to eat."
Miano said Wednesday that he was hoping to get a copy of the interrogation, "because the world really needs to hear it."
On Thursday, he posted a transcript from the interrogation on his website, Cross Encounters. Sports Fan International, the mission team that organized the evangelistic effort outside the Wimbledon tennis tournament, quickly retained attorney Michael Phillips of Christian Concern, an organization Miano described as being similar to the American Center for Law and Justice and Alliance Defending Freedom in the United States. Phillips relayed the bad news to Miano that he was facing 24 hours in jail, followed by prosecution, in which he could possibly be ordered to stay in England until the completion of his trial, which could last four to five months.
Miano said he then asked for his Bible and received a copy of the Gideon's Bible, and began reading from Acts 1-5, and explained that he found particular comfort in chapters 3-5. He also said he sang hymns inside his jail cell.
In time, Miano said a peace came over him. He later found out that although he was expecting the worst, the inspector had decided to release him "without further action." He was released just after midnight on Tuesday.
Updated: added last line from article:
To watch the exchange between Metroplitan Police officers and Tony Miano, forward to 25:40 minutes.
The British Gov’t is a Sin.
Not all Christian believers.
Not all of them
No, I will simply do it somewhere else. Notice my tag line. That is a big mission field.
Within twenty years, perhaps ten.
I believe virtually all churches and Christians will stop speaking out about sin.
Most stopped years ago.
In mu opinion, this aspect of the culture war can't be stressed enough. Homosexuality is an abomination and God justly smote Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil. But adultery, fornication and pornography are likewise vile sins displeasing to the Lord.
Makes 1776 look like a genius move. We were much smarter then.
Definitely ping worthy.
“No doubt this sort of thing is going to happen here in America in the not too distant future.”
Yes, that’s a definite...probably during this administration, now that “same sex marriage” has a foothold. It will be one of the dividing issues between true Christians and professing Christians.
:’) It was.
Hey, he’s witnessing to Caesar.
Whether it does good to Caesar or not is indifferent. That’s in God’s hands. But he did what God asked of him.
The ones who stopped and won’t start again will probably dissolve.
God doesn’t warn so much about sin because He is a meanie! He warns because He wants His love to work. He’s never going to endorse anything weird, never going to give His glory to another.
it’s officially on now. Denying the truth of the Bible has set the stage. Let the second coming arrive.
most already have. I walked out of a church that was running a film about homosexuals that were Christians and the pastor was embracing them gay or not.
Coming soon to an Obamanation near you.
Forgiving doesn’t mean excusing. If they’re being open and unconcerned about “gayness” then this is plain wrong. And anyhow it isn’t a matter of mere squeamishness. Sodomy is gratuitous violence.
[[[Sorry to say I believe virtually all churches and Christians will stop speaking out about sin]]]
Churches already have stopped. You rarely hear sin discussed even in supposedly hard core evangelical and “fundamentalist” churches. Sin is only mentioned in the general sense, as something vague and unpleasant that God does not like.
Pastors rarely get specific about sin. They do not do sermons about lying, stealing or fornicating, or explicitly say you are destined for @#!*% for rejecting Christ. It’s all sweet nothings.
Exactly the Liberal Christians or Christians who voted for corrupt politicians will one day have to decide which side will they lean. Will they continue to speak out about Sin or will they just quiet down and just go along?