Uxbridge : Muslim tells pastor, You should not preach Christianity in public places because we are a multicultural society
Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Uxbridge town centre on Friday 13th December, aided by Mr Damian Jankowski and Mrs Patricia Newman.
One lady, who was a neuroscientist, discussed with Pastor Sherwood the place of reason in discovering truth. The preacher emphasised that it is not in the human psyche that God is found, but through the revelation of Himself. He is not to be found within, by searching one’s mind or innermost being, but from a revelation from outside of himself. Man by nature lacks spiritual apprehension. Pastor Sherwood quoted the following Scripture to support this truth :
“Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17-18). The lady responded in a very positive way, saying, “Yes, I grasp that”. May she indeed respond to the Spirit’s revelation to her of the truth of Christ which she heard in the preaching of the gospel.
A middle aged gentleman who had been listening for some time said to Pastor Sherwood that he found all that had been said in the preaching to be quite ‘captivating’.
The North London Minister then proceeded to explain the gospel more fully to him, focusing upon the Son of God bearing the wrath of God’s justice in His own Person and explaining the way of salvation. He also referred to the torments of everlasting condemnation. The hearer began to have tears in his eyes and said, You have made me very emotional by what you have said. There is confidence that these were genuine tears of conviction and that a drawing work of the Saviour was taking place.
A Christian college lecturer was greatly encouraged by the preaching of the gospel, being used to being surrounded people of atheistic liberal persuasions.
An elderly gentleman took issue with Pastor Simpson arguing that the preachers should not be standing in the street telling everyone fairy tales. The minister challenged him on two levels : 1) Do you believe that Jesus Christ existed?; 2) Are you a good person or a sinner? He was pleaded with to consider the claims of the Christian message, but sadly, he remained impervious and dismissive to any attempts to explain the gospel message to him.
A Muslim told Pastor Simpson that he and his colleague should not be preaching in the open air, because Britain is a modern multicultural society, and that Muslims would not do this. He was implying that such activity was socially divisive.
Pastor Simpson begged to differ about Muslim activities, citing Islamic outreaches, for example in Leicester Square, and he tried to explain that what made Britain such an attractive a place to live in to people of other faiths was precisely the residual influence of the Christian gospel. Why is our society so tolerant? To what do we owe the development of our parliamentary democracy? It is all down to Bible-believing Christianity.
The Muslim friend’s comment reveals of course a very serious issue : how the liberal dogma of multiculturalism is a subtle tool to dilute and ultimately destroy Britain’s distinctive Christian identity and gospel freedoms.
But, praise the Lord for current freedom. May the many who heard in Uxbridge be brought in repentance and faith to the only Saviour of sinners, our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.