Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on 22nd September, with Mrs Eve Hammond in stalwart support. A local Christian from Slough also joined the witness and gave much valuable help.
A Muslim man shouted out in strong protest when Pastor Simpson declared that Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and atheists all need to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, if they are to be saved from their sins. He also denied that Jesus is the Son of God, which of course represents a denial of God the Father also, for we read in John 5:23, “He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him”.
As the Penn minister explained the need for all to come to Christ for a clean heart, another Muslim young man responded that he prayed 5 times a day. He was courteously told that such a practice carried out as a religious duty cannot change the human heart. The scribes and Pharisees were fervent in their religious duties, but their hearts were far off from God.
Two men and one woman sadly raged in anger at the preaching. There seemed to be an objection in one case to the poster which said that the Coronavirus is a call to the nation to humble itself and come to Christ. One of those full of anger argued that because Slough is full of people of other faiths, it was totally wrong to stand in the street and preach about Christ. “But Jesus Christ is the only way”, was the reply which he received. He also accused the preachers of trying to force their views on people, when of course everyone is free to walk by and ignore what is being said.
The objector then engaged in much swearing and personal insult. Pastor Simpson informed him that open air preaching had historically transformed this nation, and was instrumental in saving it from a violent revolution. The minister also informed the man that his swearing and insults did not constitute any kind of rational objection to the Christian faith.
Prayer is now being offered up that the Holy Spirit will bring much conviction of sin upon many non-believers who had the blessed providential opportunity to hear a public declaration of gospel truth upon this day.