Preacher Arrested in Scotland for Street Preaching

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Josh Williamson, pastor of Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, Scotland, was recently arrested in Scotland. The charge? A breach of peace. Some allegedly complained he was preaching too loudly. He wasn’t even using an amplification system.

The arrest was captured on video.

Read the whole story at: Jailed for Preaching Jesus in Scotland!

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1 Mark Lamprecht September 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

What breaks my heart in all of this is that Josh has been called an idiot. People have charged him with setting up the above situation for fame. What’s even more disheartening is the attacks are coming from within Christian of his own Reformed/Calvinistic theology. However, he has been getting more support from non-Calvinistic folks. 
I don’t get it.

2 sshaver October 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

Sorry you feel sorry for Josh.  Also sorry that Josh didn’t think any more highly of the gospel he preached than utilizing it to stage an arrest.  The camera in tow and his belligerent posture with the police (especially the female officer who patiently tried to reason with him) is proof positive for me that the arrest was STAGED.
The video footage clearly illustrates that the primary reason for this particular preaching event was to call attention to perceived anti-Christian bias on the part of Scotland Police rather than carry the message of Christ to willing listeners in the street.  I don’t know how anyone can watch the video and see anything less. Obviously they can.
There are many evangelists and street preachers who work very hard to keep their testimonies intact by respecting local ordinances and going out of their way not to interfere with the flow of customers in and out of business establishments.  By doing this they are insuring that in the event they are arrested for preaching the gospel, the gospel remains the central issue, not the evangelist’s disregard for human ordinances or confrontational posture with local authorities.
What caused Josh to be sidetracked by the female heckler from his preaching if he wasn’t looking to have an argument or make a scene apart from the task of preaching?
The attitude displayed by those who feel Josh is above criticism seems to be this.  It doesn’t matter that Josh was confrontational with the police officers, doesn’t matter that Josh’s wranglings with a female heckler was about to create a “hostile” public environment, doesn’t matter that Josh showed up with a professional cameraman in tow to record the incident (for posterity’s sake?) ….. NO, he was proclaming (preaching) the gospel which nullifies any other action, inaction or attitude on his part.
My heart would be broken if there were no Christians “second-guessing” Josh’s actions and demeanor in Perth.  Like it or not, the video footage is a case study that we can all learn from.
More servant-hood and less show-boating might be in order.

3 sshaver October 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Mark Lamprecht pretty easy to understand Mark. His reformed brethren in Scotland don’t appreciate the documentary showmanship, his confrontational posture with the police and the consequential fallout from this event that might affect their work in the gospel in their own country.

How is that hard to understand?

4 Brian Hall West Alexander June 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

I would have to agree with sshaver. While I believe that street preaching has its place, but not to bring shame to Christ and thats exactly what he’s doing. The female police officer is being very kind to him. I actually believe that she might even be a believer. But he is being obstinate. So very sad. Let God do the work through us at a level of peace and not discord.

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