A New Jesus Movement is underway! Here is a brief look back.
In 1967 I went to a ‘love In’ at Griffith Park in Hollywood, California to share Jesus. Dressed in a suite and tie I looked totally out of place. I was sharing with one young man and he said why don’t you get up on stage and tell them what you are telling me about Jesus. I soon stood on the stage in front of ten to fifteen thousand kids and spoke about Jesus. I ask whoever wanted to know more of Jesus to join me under a certain tree that I pointed to. About a hundred or more young people came over to hear about Jesus. That changed my life. Jesus then called me to move to Hollywood and just walk the streets sharing Jesus. I canceled most of my church meeting and went to the streets. Soon I was preaching in the nightclubs, and on stage at rock festivals, going to the gangs, and ministering to all the people groups on the Strip. We started a Jesus nightclub or coffee house called ‘His Place’ in early 1968. Jesus called me to make a cross and hang it on the wall of the building. Over the next years we moved four times facing battles with the law and club owners. We did short crosswalks along Sunset every few weeks. Yet Jesus prevailed and a mighty Jesus awaking took place on the streets. I became known as the Minister of Sunset Strip. We became know by the hippies on the Strip as “Jesus Freaks”! It later became know as the “Jesus People” and then the “Jesus Movement”. I left on Christmas Day 1969 to carry the cross across America. This helped spread the Jesus Movement across the nation from L A to D C. Jesus lead me to fast for 40 days and nights on the sidewalk in the heart of the Capital. Here is a brief look at some of that taking place in the photos below. Jesus did it! All Glory to God. Now a New Jesus Movement is underway. Praise Jesus.
Above, Arthur chained himself to the cross on the Strip and fasted 28 days and nights after being evicted from ‘His Place’ in 1969. He fasted until he got a new building on the Strip. His Place just moved to the streets and the movement exploded as thousands came to Jesus.
Bill Gazzarri, known as the Godfather of Rock and Roll, ran a club on the Strip where Arthur preached many times during the late 60’s and early 70’s.
At the West Palm Beach Rock Festival Arthur preached several time. Appearing at the concert were such groups as The Rolling Stones Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grand Funk Railroad, Pacific Gas and Electric, Johnny Winters, Sweetwater and many others. Arthur minister behind stage to most of the groups.
In 1968 Arthur spoke to 22,000 teenagers at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. (Right)
This was a real move of Jesus as young people came to Jesus and we sent them back to be witnesses to the people they had been with. This created a massive impact. As the movement grew in California and across America the name “Jesus Freaks” became “Jesus People” and then “The Jesus People Movement” and then “The Jesus Movement”. It started with Jesus 2,000 years ago and is it never ended and never will. Glory! I may be one of the few remaining from the Hippie times, from the Jesus Freaks to the Jesus Movement I have never left the streets but went to the streets on roads of the world with the cross and the message of Jesus. I’ve now carried the cross in every country on earth and every major island group in the world over 42,788 miles (68,860 km) in 324 countries, island groups & territories. 85.5 million steps and over 19 billion pounds carried.
In 2019, my 51 year of carrying the cross and I am still going… at the age of 78 to the needy and lost and carrying the cross on the roads in special places, on TV and in a movie “The Cross” that all started back on the Sunset Strip in 1967. Jesus did it. All Glory to God.
“If you want to get High…Pray” “Jesus is the Ultimate Eternal Trip” “Get loaded on Jesus” “Jesus a rush that will never end”
A New Jesus Movement is underway in 2019. Beyond awesome that I may live to see a fresh outpouring of Jesus in the streets and places where the people are. A fresh focus on leading people to Jesus. To believe in and follow Jesus and share Jesus with people we meet where ever it is. Radical zeal for Jesus without shame or fear but in love. Glory.
Pilgrim followers of Jesus,
Arthur and Denise Blessitt.
Arthur preaching at Sinner’s A Go Go in 1967, San Bernardino, California