Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood and Mr Graham Parkhouse were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street today, helped by Mrs Eve Hammond.
An encouraging number of tracts was handed out. One man walking by intimated that Pastor Simpson should lower his voice (though he was not using amplification). The minister responded that the message was so important that it needed to be publicly declared. Our Lord told His disciples, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops” (Matthew 10:27).
Another man, who ran some kind of establishment where entertainment took place, possibly a pub, complained that that ‘shouting’ was being allowed in the street whilst he was not allowed to have singing on his premises (because of Covid-19 restrictions).
Pastor Simpson tried to explain that this was not shouting, but preaching, and that it was perfectly legitimate from a virus point of view because it was taking pace in the open air. Indeed, how more than ever is it vital at a time like this that people are exhorted in the places of public concourse to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, He who in His earthly ministry demonstrated that He has power over all disease.
At one stage during the witness it was obvious from the dark clouds that there would shortly be a storm and heavy rain. So in the few minutes available before the preaching had to be temporarily suspended Pastor Simpson warned about the coming storm of God’s judgement upon unrepentant sinners, unless they make their peace with God through faith in Christ.
Both pastors engaged in conversation with a Muslim who know the Bible very well, and who was well trained in trying to deny that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. “If he was God, why did He pray to His Father, when here on this earth? How can God pray to God? Nowhere did Jesus say that He was God”, was how his argument went.
Pastor Simpson pointed out that Jesus forgave sins, healed the sick and received worship, all of which are divine acts. He also referred the Muslim to the absolute parity of status between the Father and the Son, as brought out in John 5:23 :
“All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” (John 5:23).
In the same chapter of John the Jews clearly interpreted the Lord’s words as a claim to deity, for we read in 5:18, “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18). Then in John 8:57-58 we read,
“Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:57–58). Here the Lord claims pre-existence, a divine attribute, and He takes to Himself a title which God the Father used of Himself when speaking to Moses, namely, ‘I am’.
May this Muslim have his blindness removed, so as to see the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and indeed many who heard the gospel in Slough bow down before the ascended Christ who reigns in heaven and who has been appointed as the Judge of all flesh.