Visitor out to save students' souls
By Nayyab Rai- Staff Reporter
Ron Cardiel believes that every soul needs to be saved.
Cardiel, a member of the Gospel Invasion Ministries, aimed to do that when he came onto campus on Oct. 16 to talk about the "True Belief."
"Jesus Christ is the Lord. Repent your ways and become a Born Again Christian," said Cardiel.
"Jesus protected us from the Father`s anger and now we must live according to what he said," said Cardiel.
"Because of sin, we are separated from God, and now we must repent in order to rejoin him in the Eternal Life," he said.
Throughout his speech, Car- diel talked about redeeming yourself in order to go to paradise.
"Everyone takes baths, no one likes the feeling of being filthy. However, that is only cleaning the outside, not the inside. Our insides, our souls are filthy and we must cleanse them," said Cardiel.
"Lust, greed, pride. God sees all of it, and he thinks of us as dirty," said Cardiel.
During his speech, a student by the name of Lou Milbradt was protesting what Cardiel was saying.
"I am not against Christianity as a whole, I am against people trying to push their beliefs into other people's faces," said Milbradt.
"If he has the right to spout his nonsense, then I have the right to express what I feel about what he is saying," she said.
"Hand out a pamphlet, don`t be so disruptive," Milbradt said. Another student, though not against the speech, was also
yelling. "Krusty Krab doesn`t pay me
enough to feed my snail!" said Highline student Olivia Mallotd.
"I am not protesting, I am just trying to add some humor into this situation," Mallotd said.
Many students were concerned whether or not Cardiel had permission to speak on campus.
"He came to us and we gave him permission," said Director of Public Safety David Menke.
"We assigned him a Freedom of Speech area right by the flag- pole so that we could keep an eye out just in case things got heated," he said.
People come by the office a lot to ask permission to conduct their business on the campus, Menke said.
"Our biggest concern with allowing people to come onto campus, is that we do not want them to interrupt the students` education," Menke said.
"Typically, we do get com- plaints from people whenever we allow these people to come, but people need to understand that it is their right to talk about whatever they want," Menke said.
If people do not like the mes- sage, then move on and just get on with your day, he said.
After the speech, Cardiel and a small group got together and did a prayer, praising Jesus and redemption for everyone.
"I truly hope and pray that everyone will one day find their way through sin and join us in everlasting life," Cardiel said.
Ron Cardiel shares his faith with passersby on campus.