“As the officers began handcuffing the four men and two women, Bohn heard the sergeant give the order, “Be sure to find out what church they are with because we are going to start going after these churches.”
Reported from Christiannews.net: A pastor and five members of his ministry team were arrested Friday night in New Orleans, Louisiana for preaching on Bourbon Street after sunset.
Pastor Troy Bohn of RAVEN Ministries (Restoring a Vision and Evangelizing Nations) and his ministry associates were taken into custody as they were sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ after 10:00 p.m. with the many men and women who had gathered on the infamous street.
Bourbon Street is located in the French Quarter, and is most known for its preponderance of bars and strip clubs. It is the center of night life in the city and also a tourist attraction during events like Mardis Gras and the Southern Decadence Festival, which are known for featuring lewd acts in the streets. Bohn called the area his “mission field” as he has been preaching in the city since 1996. He said that he engages in evangelistic activity in New Orleans at least three times a week.
“Jesus saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion for them. … [Similarly], he’s given us a love for the city and the people here,” Bohn stated. “Would I be willing to go through somebody tossing beer in my face or cursing me out to reach somebody? Yes.”
He outlined that last night was typical of most nights as the group began sharing Christ with the crowds.
“We had our cross set up, and one young man that works with us [named Logan] was sharing the
Gospel,” he explained to Christian News Network. “Some of the girls were talking to others.”
Bohn said that as the preaching went forth, a sergeant with the New Orleans Police Department approached, and so Bohn asked him what was the matter.
“[He said,] there’s an ordinance against aggressive solicitation and you are under arrest,” he recounted. “They began to handcuff Logan and they said, ‘We’re going to cuff you guys so you can’t take off.’”
As the officers began handcuffing the four men and two women, Bohn heard the sergeant give the order, “Be sure to find out what church they are with because we are going to start going after these churches.”
“It kind of chilled me,” Bohn stated. “Are we the threat preaching Jesus? No, I kind of like to think that we are holding back the
As he was being held, Bohn confronted the sergeant about his comments, who stated that he was just following orders, although he did not agree with them. Bohn said that he asked the officer what he would do if the mere mention of Christ on the streets became illegal.
“I’m a Christian and I used to be a youth minister,” he remembered the sergeant responding. “And one day, I will have to cross that line.”
Video Here: http://youtu.be/Hr8UQrLhsv8?t=22m14s
- On Bourbon Street, party but don’t preach at night: http://news.yahoo.com/bourbon-street-party-dont-preach-night-180612192.html
- Christians Arrested for Preaching in New Orleans After Sunset; Police Vow to Target Churches Next: http://christiannews.net/christians-arrested-for-preaching-in-new-orleans-after-sunset-police-vow-to-target-churches-next/