A Philadelphia evangelist has once again found himself behind bars.
This past weekend, Repent America President Michael Marcavage, along with fellow evangelists Mike Stockwell and Ken Fleck, were sharing the gospel and singing hymns outside an Islamic mosque in Philadelphia. The three were approached by a security guard from the University of Pennsylvania who told them they could not preach on the public sidewalk.
“I told him that this is what we do…I’ve been here before, and that we should have the entitlement to be here,” Marcavage accounts. “So he decided he would radio the University of Pennsylvania police, which cover that area, because this mosque is nearby to the University of Pennsylvania. He ultimately had radioed in more security and more police officers.”
Marcavage and Fleck were arrested and charged with two summary offenses for preaching disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway, and the Repent America president claims the police erased a video of the episode.
He adds that this type of situation is unfortunately not unique to Philadelphia.
“This is becoming all too commonplace, not only in Philadelphia, but across the United States,” he laments. “We’re finding more and more Christians who are being cited for bogus things while they’re out there sharing their faith with people in the public square.”
The evangelists’ trial date has been set for August 10.