Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood were preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners In Uxbridge town centre on December 4th, which was a very cold day. The preachers were helped by Mrs Patricia Newman from the congregation at Penn and Mr Chrisden de Souza from Pastor Sherwood’s church.
Mrs Newman entered into conversation with three Roman Catholics, to whom she explained the doctrine of the new birth, with which they did not seem at all familiar. One of them stated that all religions worship the same God. The witnessing sister corrected her regarding this serious error. One of the three thanked Mrs Newman for the conversation, and said that she will start to study her Bible.
Another Catholic gentleman told Pastor Simpson that the preachers were wasting their time ‘haranguing people’, and that a far better way to spread the faith was by the example of being seen to be a caring person and helping others. Pastor Simpson responded that the Christian message cannot be reduced to simply doing good works in society, and that truth needs to be proclaimed. The Bible says, “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).
The Penn preacher then asked the Roman Catholic if he was going to heaven, and he replied that he did not know. At this point, it became clear that he was laying great stress on the need for good works in order to achieve salvation. The pastor tried to explain that the Bible, plainly teaches that a man’s works can never be the basis of his salvation. The RC gentleman said that he had little regard for the Bible as being trustworthy.
There was strong opposition and mockery from two young men, one of whom claimed to be bisexual, and the other homosexual. Concern was expressed about the preachers’ homophobic comments. One of the two spent a long time heckling the preaching, and both claimed to be lovers of Satan. Pastor Simpson pointed out that the word ‘homophobic’ was an artificial word devised purely for the purpose of shutting down any challenge to the LGBT agenda.
In the midst of opposition to the preaching a man came up to Pastor Sherwood and tearfully asked for prayer, because he was a backslider from following the Lord Jesus Christ. The East Finchley minister earnestly prayed for him, and gave him vital pastoral counsel. In the meanwhile, a Christian passer-by who knows the preachers joined the witness, and had been explaining the gospel to a young Turkish Muslim man, who listened very closely, and appeared to be coming to a personal trust in the Saviour, to the glory of God’s grace.
One teenage girl stated that there was a serious question mark over Christianity because of its association with colonialism, and Pastor Simpson could not help but see exhibited here the all-pervading influence of cultural Marxism in the schools, fashioning how young people think.
The minister then explained that he and the other Christians were not in Uxbridge to defend British colonialism, and that many colonialists were far from being true Christians. Nevertheless, he added, it can in no fair measure be stated that the colonialism exercised by Britain was uniformly wicked. Indeed, there were aspects of it which were definitely for the higher good of the countries concerned, with at least some post-colonial independent nations being prepared to admit this. For an alternative take to political correctness on this issue, please see this article :
Conversations were entered into with a number of uniformed schoolchildren, all aged around 15, who, despite their tender years, seemed well equipped and eager to defend the horror of abortion, again showing the triumph of cultural Marxism in the nation’s institutions and in society generally. However, one girl, after a lengthy discussion with Pastor Sherwood, said that she was now coming round to a pro-life position, for which we thank God, praying that they will be confirmed in this conviction.
At one stage two police officers came up to Pastor Sherwood and suggested that his preaching was too ‘aggressive’ (this was in the context of his being heckled and mocked and so challenging the one mocking). The preacher politely replied that he was indeed angry with sin and hostile towards the mayhem which it brings in its wake. It is not right to remain dispassionate about such things, yet at the same time he was acting with a motive of love towards the sinner. Pastor Sherwood then proceeded to carefully explain the way of salvation to the officers!
Mrs Newman also had a useful conversation with a homosexual man who objected to the preacher saying that the judgement of God was upon those who embraced the sin of homosexuality. The witnessing sister explained how God would, much rather save than condemn, and was reaching out in mercy to those whose sins were separating them from Him.
Another profitable conversation took place about took place with a man querying the reliability fo the Scriptures, but who ended the conversation by saying that he was thinking about becoming a Christian !
As Pastor Sherwood was preaching, a professed Satanist (referred to above) was standing around for a long time, shouting out and trying to undermine the testimony. He blasphemously said, that if Jesus were here today, He would join him in ‘smoking a joint’. The preacher vigorously denounced this horrible comment. He was then much encouraged by a young girl under 5 years of age, who was surely sent by the Lord in order to rebuke the opposer (see Psalm 8:2). She ran towards him, raising her arms and showing open delight at the preaching, but how on earth could she have understood the significance off the preaching? One could not help but think of Matthew 21:15-16, which refers to Psalm 8:2,
“And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:15–16).
Pastor Simpson preached much on the excessive fear that society was in the grips of as a result of Covid-19, and emphasised that the nation needs above all else to humble itself before God in fear of the deadly virus of sin. Society is putting its trust in human expedients to deal with the pandemic, and is ignoring the Almighty God who brings disease and who controls disease. It was sad to see so many people wearing masks out of doors, covering up a vital part of the image of God in which each one has been uniquely made, and thus inhibiting an essential means of human communication. Nevertheless, many heard the gospel, which is cause for rejoicing, and prayer is now being offered that the seeds sown will bear much fruit.