Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Uxbridge on September 18th, aided by Mrs Patricia Newman and Mrs Eve Hammond.
Mrs Hammond had a number of useful conversations and was greatly encouraged by the number of tracts handed out, with people approaching her and asking for them at one stage.
A Sikh gentleman came up to Mrs Newman and entered into conversation. He sadly thought that there was truth in all religions, and also embraced the notion of reincarnation, which is a convenient teaching for sinful men, releasing them, as it does, from the urgency of considering the prospect of imminent and irreversible judgement : “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
One lady told Mrs Newman, as she was taking photos of the witness, that she was going to report the Christians to the authorities because of their ‘hate speech’. Thankfully, nothing transpired from this (not as yet anyway).
One passer-by was so appreciative of the public testimony that he came and put a £5 note in Pastor Simpson’s hand, whilst he was preaching.
Pastor Simpson had a long conversation with a man who said that there was evidence that the Bible was the word of God, and who also set great store by his veganism, arguing that avoiding the consumption of animal products showed his concern for the world and made him a better person. It came across that his adherence to veganism was on the level of a religious faith, with the minister suggesting that he was getting very close to the worship of Mother Earth, since he was laying so much stress on the environmental benefits of veganism.
Pastor Simpson endeavoured to explain that the problem of sin in the heart of man cannot be dealt with by what he eats. As the Lord Jesus Christ declared, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man”, because a man’s words reflect the true state of his heart (Matthew 15:11).
Pastor Sherwood’s preaching appeared to be blessed by a particular anointing at one point, as large numbers of people stopped and listened in silence as he explained that only the blood of Christ could remove the stain of sin. As he finished his preaching, the North London minister then the listeners free Bibles, and a good number came forward without a moment’s hesitation.
Mrs Newman also spoke with a lady who practises spiritualism and necromancy – calling up the spirits of dead people, an activity explicitly forbidden in Scripture, for example, in Leviticus 20:6 : “And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6). She seemed to think that the abode of departed spirits was some kind of neutral realm, in other words she was rejecting the reality of heaven and hell. The witnessing sister tried of course to explain the serious and dangerous nature of engaging in such practices, and that it was an act of rebellion against God.
A young man passing by suggested that he did not need to take a tract because he was a Muslim. Pastor Simpson asked him if he knew that he was going to heaven, and mentioned that Mohammed himself, according to Surah 46:9, was uncertain of his eternal destiny. In a friendly conversation it was then explained to the Muslim that the believer in Christ can be sure of his heavenly destination, not because of any good works which he might do, but because of what Christ has done by His death on the Cross.
May many who heard the precious words of gospel truth in Uxbridge upon this day respond by turning with urgency to the only Saviour of men, the Lord Jesus Christ.