EL PASO, Texas — Prosecutors in Texas have dropped their case against an evangelist who was arrested in 2017 while preaching on the sidewalk outside of “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” as he refused to relocate due to the complaints of the hearers.
As previously reported, Ryan Denton of Christ in the Wild Ministries, who preaches at college campuses, abortion facilities, homeless shelters and other locations nationwide, says that he found the El Paso event another good opportunity to share the gospel. It featured contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race and was billed with the description, “The holidays were never this naughty!”
“The drag event, like any other event, was a place where the lost would be congregating, and hence the need for a gospel witness,” Denton said. “Christ came to seek and save those who are lost. He came for the unrighteous, not the righteous. The great Physician of souls came for the sick and spiritually dead. This is why the gospel must go beyond the church walls.”
He told Christian News Network that as he stood on the sidewalk adjacent to Plaza Theatre, he generally preached about repentance and faith in Christ—the same message he proclaims everywhere. While he did mention concepts such as drag queens a few times, it was not the focus of his message.
However, those hearing Denton’s speech soon became upset and called the police. Among those who arrived on the scene was Officer Jared Lamb, who told Denton that he had to cease preaching since complaints had
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