Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough on September 29th, helped by Mrs Eve Hammond.
One man walking by told the preacher to get a real job. How little do people value the privilege of hearing the word of God publicly proclaimed, and indeed those who proclaim it. What a contrast to Isaiah 52:7, where we read, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”
One lady, who appeared to be a churchgoer, complained vigorously that “shouting in the street” is not the right way to impart the Christian message. It is sad to observe such dislike of public and authoritative proclamation, especially when our nation is in so much spiritual darkness. The ‘friendship evangelism’ of gradually getting to know people and slowly building up relationships so that an eventual opening for sharing one’s faith becomes possible may have a place in certain situations such as the workplace, where the Christian has the priority of attending to the work that he is paid to do, but this approach must never be a substitute for those called to preach going into the places of public concourse to declare with authority, “Thus saith the Lord”. After all, what was the method employed by John the Baptist and the apostles and the Lord Himself, who 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)?
One man went by and astonishingly said, “I am Church of England, but I don’t do God and Jesus Christ” !!
Another young man who took a tract, looked at it, spat upon it and threw it to the ground in disgust. It contained the parable of the prodigal son and an explanation of how God the Father will receive back with open arms as it were those who have rebelled against Him. May this man come to repent of his hatred of God’s life-saving word, and may many who heard in Slough upon this day likewise come in repentance and faith to the only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.