Slough : Hindu, Muslim and lesbian challenges to Christ’s truth

Slough : Hindu, Muslim and lesbian challenges to Christ’s truth

Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough on Tuesday 11th December, a very damp, blustery and inclement day, but no less a day of grace for needy sinners because of that. 

As the Lord Jesus Christ was proclaimed as the only One who can take away sIn, a passing young Muslim said that Jesus is just a prophet. Pastor Simpson responded that He is the eternal Son of God who receives worship and who alone forgives sin.    

A Hindu said that he liked to read parts of the New Testament, but only certain verses and not the Old Testament. He said he believed in the Holy Trinity (!), but then added that he also worshipped Krishna, Brahma and Shiva. Pastor Simpson pointed out that the one true Trinitarian God plus these other three makes four separate gods in the Hindu scheme. He denied this. He also stated that Krishna appears on earth every 5000 years. 

The minister asked him if he was a good person. The Hindu replied that he was, and that salvation is merited through acts of goodness. The minister responded that, in contrast, he was a hopeless sinner with no goodness of his own, and who can only be saved on the basis of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. 

The Hindu gentleman, who was obviously an expert in his religion, kindly offered to pay for a John’s Gospel which was handed to him (which payment was declined), but seemed impervious to any Biblical arguments put to him. May the Holy Spirit open his eyes to see that there is “none other name under heaven given amongst men whereby we must be saved” but that of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  

At one point some 50 uniformed schoolchildren walked by, obviously on some kind of school outing. The great majority of them would probably have been Hindu or Muslim. Here was a providential opportunity for the preacher to encapsulate as much gospel truth as possible concerning the uniqueness of Christ as the world’s only Saviour in the 60 or so seconds that it took the pupils to file past.   

As Pastor Simpson was preaching a lady came up to him, shocked by one of the posters on display, and said to him, “I am a Christian and a lesbian”. The preacher responded that such a combination is not possible, because same-sex relationships are condemned as sinful in Scripture in, for example, 1 Corinthians 6 and Romans 1. The lady then said that the Church of England has no problem with the combination, and intimated that what the Bible says on this issue cannot be trusted, because it also teaches that women should remain silent in the churches. The minister responded that women should indeed keep silent, in respect of taking up teaching and leadership offices in Christ’s church. 

The sign to which the lady took exception, which is often put out on display (as regular readers will be aware), reads, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A NATION ABANDONS THE BIBLE? : Abortion, the LGBT agenda in schools, marriage redefined, family breakdown, drug-taking, lawlessness, knife crime, murders. 

The lesbian lady then said to Pastor Simpson, I think your sign is disgusting, prefixing the word disgusting with an adverb taking the form of a four letter verb in the present continuous tense and beginning with the letter ‘f’. In other words, she was utterly vulgar. She was then asked how such language was compatible with a Christian profession and a regenerated heart? She sadly would not stay to talk, although Pastor Simpson would have happily done so in order to try and help her.  

Prayer is now being offed up that all the various hearers in Slough might be moved to serious consideration of the state of their hearts, in line with one of the texts preached on upon this day, namely Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Penn Free Methodists