Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 7, 2012
I want to let you know right up front that I am going to be asking you to help. For those of you who are not familiar with what I do permit me to give a little background.
I was a public high school football coach in Ohio when I was sued by the God-hating ACLU in 1997 for “allegedly mixing prayer with his coaching.” In other words, the ACLU tried to bully me into giving up my God-given right to pray with our teams.
After a two-year fight with those “uncircumcised Philistines,” a battle where prayer on the field never stopped, I left public school teaching and coaching and started Pass The Salt Ministries.
I didn’t get fired from my job…my last team in 1999 went undefeated…but rather, walked away from my 25-year career to enter into the “cultural-war.” I like to tell folks that, like a modern-day Paul Revere, I set about to warn the church that “the British were coming” in an attempt to awaken them from their slumber and open their eyes to the assault on Christianity that was beginning to roll like a tidal wave all across the fruited plain.
But they weren’t interested. Especially the pastors. They found it much more glorifying to the Lord to permit His Name and His principles be “trodden under the foot of man.” Taking their cue from the most recent headline, they assured me that I was wasting my time because “things were only going to get worse.” That’s some victorious living for you, eh?
That was 1999. Bill Clinton was fighting impeachment. A gallon of gas was $1.17, and sodomy was still against the law.
I was ordained as a minister in 2004. My wife and I have spent the past 12 years fighting against the cultural rot. It has been lonely at times; as we watched “mainstream” Christians criticize our efforts as “too radical.” Can the fully lived-out Gospel ever be too radical?
I started my own radio program shortly after leaving public education in 2000. At first, I was a softie-Christian, trying to be popular with the “church-crowd” as I tried to build a radio audience. But even on my best behavior I was edgy. "Pass The Salt…talk radio with a sting" was how I eventually marketed it.
Because it was waaay too edgy for most Christians I found it hard to get traction in the church world. So I shook of the shackles and began to do what I believe the Lord called me to do. Instead of taking on the “liberals” I turned my sights onto the lazy, uninvolved, good-for-nothing Christians I saw populating most church buildings.
“The problem is us.” I told the listeners. “Everything going on in this nation is going on with our approval. To permit is to participate.” That is the theme I have held to for more than a decade.
I am not seminary trained, although I do have a Master’s degree, and, more importantly, I can read and I can think. Those two skills put me light years ahead of the average church goers. Leaders are readers as I learned early in my life and I still read voraciously. That is why the Christian lingo reverberating around most “sanctuaries” does not fool me. I refuse to let them “domesticate” me into hiding my light “under a bushel.”
I have spent much of the last ten-years of my life out on the streets of America. We have fought the homosexual agenda and held signs outside the abortion clinics. I went to jail for trying to take water to Terri Schiavo and slept seven nights on the steps in Alabama in support of Judge Roy Moore in 2003. We have taken food and supplies following Hurricane Katrina, Rita, the Joplin tornado, and met other, smaller, needs.
I have done on-the-streets ministry in forty-two different states. I ran for Congress in 2010, have spoken to Patriot groups all across the nation, and stood up for Truth every opportunity I can.
But we still operate in relative obscurity, below the radar, never willing to “tailor our message” for the masses. The church is looking for “nice” men, not steel-spined ones.
“What does your Dad do for a living?” Our three-grown children have often been asked. Oh, he is a minister and a coach.”
“Really? Where is his church?”
“On the streets”
“Huh? I thought you said he was a minister?”
We live off of the support of others. Many appreciate what we do. They know someone needs to do it, but they really aren’t interested in doing it themselves. So, they give us monthly support. I tell them, “Thanks for sending me. When I go, you go. I couldn’t do what I do without your support.”
Individuals support us, but very few churches do. We are like the drunken-uncle in the church world. They recognize us as part of the family, but do all they can do to block our public exposure. You read what I write, so you can understand why.
Okay. Here is where I need your help.
We are taking the Gospel to the Gay Pride parade in Columbus on June 16. We need your financial support for our “Living Waters” Project.
This will be the fourth time we have done the Living Waters Project. Here is how it works. Columbus has the largest homosexual community in the Midwest. Every year they parade their debauchery on our streets. Because “the church” is so confused about how God feels about sodomy, there is very little Christian presence at the parade. Last year over 20,000 homosexuals took part in the march.
We always try to make it a point to rain the Gospel on their parade. I often tell church leaders that they don’t have to go over-seas for a mission trip. Every Father’s Day weekend there are 20,000 profoundly lost souls walking down the streets in downtown Columbus. Very few join us. They tell us that “God hasn’t called them to that.” He called, but their line was busy.
Until you have been to a Gay Pride Parade you cannot understand the depth of depravity into which some will plummet. I wrote about it here. I think that before any pastor can be ordained he should have to visit one. It is important to see what it is we are up against.
I hope to lead a group of about 30 men. We will break-up into small groups. Some will stand on the corner and street-preach. Some will move throughout the crowd and look for one-on-one ministry opportunities. We will do what the Scriptures command us, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”
The Living Waters Project has proven to be an out-of-the-box effective witnessing technique. We have purchased 2400 bottles of water that we will hand out as we move throughout the crowd. The label of each bottle is specially made for the parade. Here is a picture of the label. It is a Bible-tract on a water bottle.
On each bottle in Large Print it reads LIVING WATER and this paraphrased version of John 4:14 “Everyone who drinks of this water will get thirsty again and again…anyone who drinks the water that I give him will never thirst again…not ever.”
On each bottle will be an internet link to Freelydrink.com which will take them to the website www.hopeforhomosexuals.com. That website explains how to journey out of homosexuality.
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We have over $1200 invested in this project. Please help us reach-out to these profoundly lost people. You can donate here. It is a secure Christian-based site. Or you can mail a check to Pass The Salt Box 744 Hebron, Ohio 43025.
Someone has to go share the Gospel with them. When we go, you go. We are willing to tell them about the True Living Water. Each homosexual is someone’s child. What if it was yours? Wouldn’t you want someone to go tell them the Truth?
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach lest they be sent?” -Romans 10
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