Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood were preaching the gospel in the centre of Wood Green, North London today. The preaching focused at one point on Acts 17:26, emphasising that all peoples throughout world are “of one blood”, sharing a common descent from the first man, Adam. Whatever their race, all men are equally sinful, needing the salvation which only Jesus Christ can bring.
Encouragement was received for the witness from some Christians, and the pastors were pleased that half a dozen whole Bibles were given away.
One man passing by declared that the message being proclaimed was nothing but ‘codswallop’, but when asked to produce evidence for his thesis, he was not able to provide anything coherent.
The location of the preaching was near to a zebra crossing painted in rainbow colours by Haringey Council in support of LGBT movement. At one stage Pastor Simpson referred to the Government’s utter disregard for Biblical teaching and Britain’s Christian heritage by its redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples, and by its ongoing support for that redefinition.
A young man passing by questioned one of the posters on display which stated that the promotion of the LGBT agenda in schools is a tragic fruit of rejecting the authority of the Bible. Pastor Simpson explained to the young man that the Bible unequivocally refers to homosexuality as sinful. He responded that a book written 2000 years ago cannot possibly have any relevance today, especially since man’s knowledge and understanding of human life and existence have advanced so much over the last 2000 years.
The Minister replied that man has not advanced one jot in respect of his moral stature in that he is as sinful as he ever was, and he cited as a prime example of this the many genocides which took place in the 20th century. The questioner responded that all the killing was down to politics, whereas the acceptance of homosexuality was an issue relating to man’s ever-advancing understanding, which is witnessed by so much scientific and technological progress. This means, for example, that people live much longer than those of former generations, this greater lifespan being evidence enough for man’s progress.
The preacher replied that in the early times of recorded history in the Bible men in fact lived for much longer periods than is normal today, even to some 800 or 900 years of age. At this the young man laughed and walked off, thinking that carrying on a discussion with someone who could believe such bizarre and foolish things was simply not worth it.
Pastor Simpson shouted out as he was going away that it was sinful pride in the heart which makes people today think that they are superior to those of previous generations.
May the Lord open this person’s eyes to see that man is not more advanced in wisdom and morality just because of his technological progress, but that even in the 21st century he is weighed down with a polluted and corrupted heart which only the Lord Jesus Christ can remove.
May many of those who heard the gospel in Wood Green respond to its convicting power by coming in repentance and faith to the only Saviour, before it is too late.