Slough : Why don’t you preachers get a real job?

Pastor John Sherwood, brother Graham Parkhouse and Pastor Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough on Tuesday (18th December). Despite very high winds they managed to get in a good three hours of public testimony to Christ’s truth.

One young lady walking by, when challenged by the reality that “all have sinned”, nevertheless claimed to be without sin. How excellently has Satan blinded the minds of them that believe not, as they harbour deceitful thoughts about their own non-existent goodness.

A Muslim came up and confidently denounced the Trinity. How impervious he was to any counter-arguments presented to him. How difficult it was to get him to listen to any proffered responses to his questions. If Jesus is God, Why did He pray to His Father?, he asked How can the gospels be God’s word, when it says that they are according to a Matthew, Mark etc? Pastor Simpson tried to explain to him how the Bible’s authors approached the gospel narrative from different angles, but were all infallibly inspired by the Spirit.

Show me a single verse where Jesus says that He is God” came another challenge. Pastor Simpson responded, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), but nothing would move him. May the Lord be pleased to work upon his heart and remove the deep spiritual blindness, and indeed the blindness of all those unbelievers who heard in Slough.

An excellent number of tracts on the incarnation were distributed. One passer-by called out, Why don’t you get a real job? The preachers’ response was that our work of proclaiming Christ is the most important work which a man could ever be called to. It is about the difference between eternal life and eternal death. What temporary earthly concern could compare in value to this work? As Horatius Bonar wrote :

“Go, labour on, while it is day,
The world’s dark night is hastening on;
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away;
It is not thus that souls are won”.

Or as John Wesley said,
“You have nothing to do but to save souls; therefore spend and be spent in this work”.

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