Mr Graham Parkhouse and Pastor John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on October 13th.
One man walked by and lifted up his finger at the preacher in a vulgar gesture. Pastor Simpson called out to him and said that such an action meant that he had already lost his argument in challenging the Christian gospel, because personal insult is the substitute resorted to when more reasonable arguments cannot be found.
Another man told Pastor Simpson that he had been out of his body and had visited heaven, and that he was also without personal sin! He seemed impervious to any explanation of the gospel and to the Biblical teaching that all men are sinners.
He appeared to be involved in the ‘gnostic’ heresy, talking about a faith in the Lion of the tribe of Judah, but not in such a way as any Bible-believing Christian would. There is a strain of Gnostic teaching that equates the twelve tribes of Israel to the twelve signs of the zodiac, with Leo, or the Lion, being the most eminent. Gnostics believe that the transcendant omnipotent God did not create the universe, but that it was created by a lesser god who was not perfect!
Much emphasis was laid in the preaching upon the pandemic of sin which has a far greater mortality rate than that of Covid-19. People quite understandably take precautions against the virus, but it could also be argued that excessive precuations are being resorted to by an unbelieving world which fears death and which has no perspective beyond it. In contrast to this, what little concern is shown by the majority in respect of taking precautions against the terrifying killer of the soul, namely sin unrepented of. Sin in the heart is the virus to which the most attention should be paid. It is, however, generally ignored.
May many who in heard the gospel in Slough this day appreciate the deadly nature of the sin in their hearts, and respond by turning in repentance and faith to the only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.