Street preachers have this week been arrested in Bristol’s main shopping centre. The four men, thought to be from the American-based Cross Encounters Minister, were later said to be “singing in their cells”.
Amid the preaching a crowd gathered, and after the four preachers refused to stop their demonstration as police asked they were arrested by officers, who had to attend the scene.
In video footage, one of the preachers states: “The purpose is to worship God. I have some sympathy for you sinners, but the purpose of mankind is to worship God.
“You need to obey God and obey his commands.
“I hated his commands once and I remember what that mind frame is – it is like banging your head against a brick wall.”
The police officer then warns the man he will receive a dispersal notice under the anti-social behaviour act – meaning he will have to move away from the Broadmead area and not return for 24 hours.
The officer then asks the preacher’s name, to which he replies Michael, but refuses to give his surname.
Michael then says he will not leave the area and the officer warns he will be arrested if he fails to do so.
On the group’s Facebook page it confirmed that four of its members were arrested in Bristol and states they had “also received word the brothers are rejoicing and singing hymns in their cell(s).”
“Yes, pray for these our brothers in this time of momentary light affliction. Pray also for churches and Christians in England that they will not cower and turn their backs on these bold men of God,” it added.