Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Uxbridge town centre today, supported by Mrs Eve Hammond. A good number of J.C. Ryle’s tract based on the parable of the pearl of great price was distributed.
One passing man, on seeing the poster rebuking the practice of abortion and the promotion of homosexuality in schools, said that the Bible was a book which belonged to the Bronze Age. This comment is indicative of the enormous pride which 21st century men have in their modernity, little realising that they have been given over to “strong delusion” ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11) in their rejection of God’s word and in their embracing of false philosophies.
One Hindu young lady asked Pastor Simpson if it was right to claim that Christianity was exclusive truth. Surely all the religions had a common message. The Penn minister responded that it was not he who was making this claim for Christianity, but that it was the teaching of Christ, who said that He Himself was truth and the only way to the Father (John 14:6 was actually one of the posters on display).
What distinguishes the Christian faith from other religions is that the chief Prophet of Christianity is also God Himself manifested in human form. Not only this, the Lord Jesus Christ, after being crucifIed, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the Father’s right hand, possessing all power over this earth. No prophet of any other faith can claim such pre-eminence.
Another major difference between Christianity and the other faiths is that in non-Christian religions heaven or ultimate communion with God have to be earned by means of good works, whereas in the faith of Christ salvation is God’s free gift on the basis of the Saviour’s atoning death upon the Cross. Salvation must of necessity be by grace alone, because all men are too sinful ever to merit it through their own endeavours.
Another lady who had been involved in witchcraft, but who was no longer so, expressed some sympathy with the message, and also said that she was against abortion. However, she felt that she had to embrace evolution and she could not accept the Bible’s teaching about homosexuality. A long and useful conversation ensued, and the lady was encouraged to make the Bible her only yardstick for deciding what is absolute truth.
Another passer-by stated that it was ludicrous to say homosexuality was wrong on the basis of a single Bible verse. Pastor Simpson responded that there were six direct references to this sin in the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, apart from various allusions to it in other passages, and he began to list the six references to the opposer, who sadly showed no interest in listening.
One man going past said that racism was behind all that was wrong in the nation. He was told by the preacher that it was not racism which was the heart of the problem, but sin in the heart which was the heart of the problem.
The preaching also focused much on the deep and general rebellion against God in our society, and on the way in which the nation is utterly given over to the creed of cultural Marxism as promoted by the media, the politicians and the educational system. In being blinded by this anti-Christian philosophy, the nation is ignoring (and no longer being taught about) the enormous blessings which the faith of the Bible has brought to the United Kingdom in times past. How totally unscriptural is the current compulsory fashion of claiming that one particular race constitutes the primary sinners in the world, whilst all the others are simply victims.
The Bible speaks much about the equality of all peoples, but it is usually in the context of an equality of sinfulness. God’s word tells us, “ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God … death passed upon ALL men, for that ALL have sinned” (Romans 3:23; 5:12). “The scripture hath concluded ALL under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe” (Galatians 3:22). The only solution to the universal problem of sin is the unique salvation to be found through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the message which was proclaimed in Uxbridge – not the trendy creed of atheistic Marxism with its bogeymen and scapegoats, namely colonialists and their successors of a certain skin colour, who are allegedly still the source of all that is wrong with the world today.
May the Lord be pleased to cause the gospel preaching in Uxbridge to bear much fruit in the salvation of sinners.