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SLOUGH : 15th May 2018

PROFESSING CHRISTIAN ON SEEING OUR WITNESS AND HEARING OUR PREACHING SAYS THAT SHE IS ASHAMED OF WHAT WE ARE DOING!!

(Does this not say something about the state of 

many churches in modern Britain?)

 

Brother Graham Parkhouse setting forth the word of lifeBrother Graham Parkhouse setting forth the word of life

 

Pastor Peter Simpson (Penn), Graham Parkhouse (Epsom - pictured) and Pastor John Sherwood (Finchley) were preaching the gospel in Slough today. 

We received some negative comments from a passing Muslim because of the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians, although our preaching of the gospel of course has no connection whatsoever with any political or diplomatic developments in that region. However, we do believe before God that any nation has a right to defend itself from hostile activity upon its borders. 

One Polish Roman Catholic with whom we have been speaking over a number of weeks has come under conviction of sin in his heart and is trusting in Christ for salvation, in which we rejoice.  

One young man who was listening asked Mr Parkhouse what we hoped to achieve by our preaching. He said that encouraging people to lead better lives should be our goal, but brother Graham rightly tried to steer the conversation round to issues of salvation and eternal life, because one can only begin to be a better person if one is first saved and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

One lady walked past us and said, “I am a Christian and I am ashamed of you”. She would not stop to discuss, but we can only assume that she meant by this that the gospel should not be proclaimed on the street and in such a direct manner, and that it isn wrong to preach about God’s anger upon sin and about judgement. If she had stayed to talk, we would doubtless have used Paul’s straightforward argument, “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

Our sister Eve faithfully manned the bookstall and received a number of requests for prayer from passers-by. One gentleman after talking with her said that he would go home and get his Bible out to read it. May he indeed do this, and may the Lord speak powerfully to his heart.

 

HIGH WYCOMBE : YOU SHOULD NOT TELL PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE  CONDEMNED - IT IS RUDE

 

The Minister and Pastor John Sherwood (Finchley), aided by church members, were preaching the gospel in High Wycombe on May 10th 2018. Pastor Simpson began with the text, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7).

 One man shouted out, So you think you are better than us, do you? The Minister responded, No, I am sinner who needed salvation, as all do. The man went on, If there is a God, why is the world in such a mess. Pastor Simpson replied, Because of sin and the rejection of God. At that point he walked off. 

 We prayed for a gentleman who listened for a long time to the preaching and who had a painful health problem. 

 A young man was heard muttering under his breath as he walked by the Minister during the preaching, and so he called out to him, Come and speak to me to my face, if you have a problem. He accordingly turned round and walked back towards Pastor Simpson, and said that shouting was an inappropriate way to communicate in the 21st century. The Minister explained to him that open air preaching was instrumental in transforming this nation back in the 18th century, and nothing has changed. We are not shouting but proclaiming, so that as many  people as possible can hear. He replied that there are better methods today such as social media. The Minister said, We use that as well.

He then said that it was rude to shout at people in the street telling them that they were condemned. Our focus on universal guilt as a necessary precursor to offering Christ was of course at the heart of his objection to the preaching generally. No one would have objected if we have spoken of the need ’to be inclusive’ or ‘to abolish poverty’, but it is talk about sin which really riles the unregenerate man. 

Pastor Simpson gave our friend time to express his arguments, even though he was in the middle of preaching, but he sadly resorted to swearing to help make his point. He said that such Christian preaching as we were engaging in was not suitable for a modern multicultural society. This presumably is another way of saying that Christians must now keep quiet so as not to offend those of other faiths. 

(One wonders if all those churches which for the last 50 years - following secular political correctness - have pushed multiculturalism as a development which is positively 'Christian' realise that that same multiculturalism is being used as an argument to suppress public gospel testimony). 

A long conversation was also had with a young man who embraced the LGBT agenda, and who argued that people can be good, upright and moral without God, and he suggested that there was not that much wrong in his own life. We responded that no one dare trust their own hearts and their own assessment of themselves, because “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”. What we must rather trust is God’s assessment, that “all have sinned - there is none righteous, no, not one”. 

A good number of tracts were handed out, and we pray that the Lord will bring strong conviction of sin to the many who walked by thinking, as it appeared, that the preaching did not concern them.