Crazy evangelist who sparked cinema panic plays victim card

Crazy evangelist who sparked cinema panic plays victim card

Pastor Michael Webber, who caused people to panic when he stood up to preach in a California cinema recently, wants people to know that he’s not mad, laments the fact that when he gets up to gabble about God people curse and throw things at him – and that being charged with a misdemeanor was ‘a mistake’.

In an interview with the Christian Post the Truth & Triumph Ministries pastor said:

There are laws being passed in California that hinder Christians from preaching the word of God, in its truth, right now. The common thread I hear from people who disagreed with what I did is that it wasn’t the right ‘time and place’ to stand up and preach.

Christians need to realize that if we don’t stand up now, there won’t be ANY ‘times or places’ left. There was a period of time in America where standing up to preach the Gospel would have been met with applause. But even in past times when I’ve preached, the message has been met with cursing, objects being thrown, and so on …

Many people have said to leave the preaching for the pulpit. But, for one thing, the freedom of the pulpit is being infringed upon as we speak. And for another, not everyone attends church on Sunday. But every person should hear the Gospel of God’s love as expressed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

And playing the injured party, the poor dear said he’s upset by international coverage of the incident, which resulted in several people being hurt.

The media has painted me as a mad man. One publication called me a ‘raving lunatic’ (New York Post). Another called me ‘the preaching terrorist’ (Progressive Secular Humanist blog on Patheos).  And seeing as NO media outlet (except this one) has sought to accurately report what I said, even Christians believe I was shouting death threats to the crowd.

One person reported that I kept repeating ‘repent or die’ over and over. That simply isn’t true. I’ve received threatening and vitriolic messages on every social media platform I am a part of. As well as on our ministry email page. But I don’t hold it against them. Seeing as what was reported was so mistaken, it’s no wonder people are upset.

Regarding his arrest, the “not a raving lunatic”, “not a preaching terrorist” said:

As soon as they [the police] determined I was not a threat, they treated me kindly and professionally. That being said, because there is no evidence that I was intending to harm or disturb people, I believe the charge against me is a mistake.

The rest of the interview comprises crybaby Webber babbling on at length about the necessity of public preaching. Here a flavour:

Where sin abounds, His grace will always abound that much more. But if the Church remains quiet, in large part, another message will be preached from the platforms of fear and self-centeredness, and hate.

The Bible says there are ‘multitudes in the valley of decision’. We have to preach the Gospel at any cost. If Heaven is not decided upon, Hell is defaulted upon. God may not call you to stand up in a theater. But He has called you to stand. Stand at your neighbor’s door, or before a stranger you’ve just met. To be ready to bring them the Good News.

17 responses to “Crazy evangelist who sparked cinema panic plays victim card”

  1. Ate Berga says:

    Just handover this bonehead’s contact details, for me to inform him what I think of his idiotic, self serving performance.

  2. L.Long says:

    And religious delusional aholes claim they are nice people then prove what they really are!!

  3. AgentCormac says:

    The birdbrained imbecile may not have been intending to harm or disturb people physically, but the religious nonsense he was spouting certainly has the proven potential to harm and disturb people mentally as well as emotionally.

    And as for ‘There was a period of time in America where standing up to preach the Gospel would have been met with applause’, there was also a time when hanging black people from trees was met with applause. Enlightenment and education are wonderful things – no wonder the religiots of this world fear and despise them.

  4. Broga says:

    “There are laws being passed in California that hinder Christians from preaching the word of God.”

    Really? I certainly hope so. For a couple of thousand years Christians have stifled the knowledge “that the universe functioned without gods and that religious fear was damaging to human life.” Lucretius wrote that and wrote about the “liberation” that comes from throwing off religious belief. Say that a few hundred years ago and you could be burned alive.

    Christianity has been a blight on humanity and many on this site know that feeling of liberation. Whoever recommended “The Swerve” -a big thanks.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    @Barry Duke

    ‘truthbetriumphant’? The idiot wouldn’t know the truth if he tripped over it and fell into a hole in the ground.

  6. StephenJP says:

    Maybe this silly fellow is reduced to shouting at people in cinemas because nobody in their right mind would come anywhere near a “Truth & Triumph” preaching meeting – if such there be – or read its absurd literature.

    And if he makes a habit of calling on his neighbours, or buttonholing complete strangers, and shouting at them as well, he’s asking for a boot up the flap. I hope for his sake that he doesn’t get round to accosting any of the contributors to this site.

  7. Dianne Leonard says:

    As a resident of California, I can tell you categorically that there are no laws that “infringe on the freedom of the pulpit” as this jackass claims. As in any civilized country there are “time, place, and manner” restrictions on any right that people have. The classic restriction is that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre. Or, for example, you can’t ritually slaughter animals in public or without a permit. My guess is that this guy was disruptive and people in the theatre had simply had enough of his idiocy, so they called the cops. I would too, frankly. I’m not even a lawyer or a cop, and I know this!

  8. Barry Duke says:

    @ Dianne Leonard: This godly ninnyhammer might have been referring California’s Assembly Bill 2943, which paranoid Christians believe will lead to the Bible being banned.

  9. Dianne Leonard says:

    Typical “persecution” idiocy. For one thing, that’s *not* what the bill is even about! It’s more like the ritual slaughtering of animals that I referenced–you can’t do it on the public streets or without a permit. It also has to do with licensing of mental health professionals–your license can be taken away if you violate certain guidelines. (Example: My doctor can’t tell me to use medical marijuana, because it is prohibited in the US, though legal in California. She could lose her license if she recommended it.) So “conversion therapy” is illegal on the state level. That has exactly zero to do with selling bibles. (Actually, I wish the state would slap a huge tax on churches–but it’s not OK federally. We can only dream…)

  10. Samuel Dent says:

    It’s good to know that freethinking doesn’t include accurate reporting. Well done for attacking what you didn’t study and considering it a job well done.

    If truth or accuracy are important to any of the people who read this garbage, I’ll gladly give you some facts, not hyperbolic rhetoric aimed at belittling what you don’t agree with.

  11. Ben says:

    What this ostentaciously humble nutter is doing in wantonly trying to spread his nasty dogma. He has a very pernicious and dangerous infection. He is just like those who sneeze their infected spittle all over people on a crowded subway. Actually he is worse than that. He is on a par with the nasty vindictive HIV infected shitehawk who deliberatly infects others out of sheer hate and spite.

  12. andym says:

    Ah, The Christian Persecution Myth!So much more romantic to think that there’s a conspiracy to stop you from telling people the truth, when in fact it’s far more mundane- just that people have had enough of hearing your deluded, evidence-free bullshit.

  13. Brian Jordan says:

    @Dianne Leonard
    The classic restriction is that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre.
    And this guy was shouting “Hell Fire”.

  14. sailor1031 says:

    What these morons don’t get is that we’ve all heard their “message’ before – a thousand times before. They simply don’t need to shout it at us in public. Anyone who is interested can have her/his thirst for “the word” assuaged any sunday at any of the hundreds of thousands of churches of all flavours that litter this nation; even here in rural Virginia there’s one every half-mile or so.

    Alternatively people can stay home and venture into the wasteland of sunday TV megachurches and their religious porn stars. Preaching has not been banned – would that it were – and anyone can get their fill of it and more.

  15. CoastalMaineBird says:

    The last time I tried to set up a movie showing in a church service, they started yelling at me and calling names !

    Showing movies is free speech! These people NEED to see “Three billboards” !

    I’m being persecuted !


  16. John the Drunkard says:

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that this mook has the guaranteed support of tens of millions of my fellow citizens. AND…those morons are allowed to operate heavy machinery, and drive on public thoroughfares.