Date: February 26, 2019
A black street pastor, believed to be a Nigerian man, was arrested in London on 23 February apparently for an alleged “breach of the peace” as he preached the Gospel outside Southgate Underground Station. He was later “de-arrested”, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesman.
The preacher pleaded peacefully with two white police officers not to take away his Bible. In a humiliating arrest, they placed his arms behind his back in handcuffs and took the Bible from him and one officer can be heard replying, “You should have thought about that before being racist [sic].”
In a verbal exchange recorded in a two-minute video, one officer tells the unidentified preacher that he was “required to go away” because he was “disturbing people’s days”. The preacher responded, “I will not go away because I need to tell them the truth. Jesus is the only way, truth and life.”
An eyewitness told Barnabas Fund that, before the police arrived, the preacher was being confronted aggressively by a young man, apparently Muslim and in his 20s, wearing a hooded top. The man was loudly abusive about the Bible and God with his face close to the preacher’s. The young man also threatened the preacher, brandishing a closed fist holding prayer beads.
When the police arrived to question the street preacher they were witnessed saying that there had been a complaint of “Islamophobia” made against him. It is not known at the time of writing who made the complaint to the police. The young man ran away from the scene as soon as the police appeared.
A short video of the arrest was made; click here to view.
Please Join us in Prayer: Thank God that the street pastor was safely released from the snare (Psalm 25:15) of false arrest after refusing to stop preaching the Gospel in London. Pray that he will keep his eyes upon the Lord and not be deterred from declaring the saving power of Christ, and Christ alone, even after being abused by a passer-by and dragged away in handcuffs by the police. Ask that the UK Government will preserve and protect, in their nation, the precious religious freedom to preach the Gospel and read from the Bible in public.