Mr Graham Parkhouse (Epsom), Pastor John Sherwood (Pilgrim Tabernacle Church, North Finchley) and Pastor Peter Simpson (Penn) were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on April 20th, being helped in one-to-one witnessing and tract distribution by Mrs Eve Hammond.
Pastors Simpson and Sherwood focused in particular on the reality of heaven and hell, and the eternal punishment, or ‘second death’, which would be the just consequence of a failure to come in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this context both preachers also emphasised the Lord’s words in John 3:7, “Ye must be born again”. Those who are nor born twice through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, as they come to Christ, will die not only once, physically, but will have to endure ‘the second death’, which is God’s eternal wrath.
As we read in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”.
One man walked by calling out, ‘Evolution, evolution’, the implication being that an evolutionary explanation of mankind’s origins was sufficient reason to reject the Christian faith.
Here is proof, if any were needed, that a belief in an earth which is millions of years old, and in man’s existence being explained by the evolution of a simple cell into animal life, and then into more complex animals called humans, is in fact a religious position, the adoption of an anti-Christian creed. Evolutionists, far from simply ‘following the science’, are espousing a philosophy. They employ exactly the same scientific data which Christian creation scientists also employ, but they interpret that data with the religious presupposition of their God-rejecting evolutionary worldview.
A young Muslim man told Pastor Simpson that he should not be preaching the gospel during the Muslim feast of Ramadan, which this year lasts from April 12th to May 12th. The Minister responded that to preach during Ramadan implied no disrespect whatsoever to Muslims, but just as Muslims have freedom to worship and observe their festivals, which freedom Christians respect, so must there be a corresponding respect for the Christians’ liberty to engage in public preaching, which activity is an imperative and commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, any time of the year is appropriate for the public proclamation of the precious gospel.
Another man walking past said to Mrs Hammond that he did not want to read the evangelistic leaflets which were being handed out. The man was smoking, and it appeared that it was not tobacco that he was using, and so the witnessing sister warned him that as a nurse she knew all about the harmful effects of drug-taking, and that he was recklessly shortening his life. Amazingly, he appeared to agree, and lingered to listen to the preaching. May he be humbled, brought to repentance and seek fulfilment, not in dangerous chemical stimulants, but in the peace which comes from knowing the only Saviour of sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Indeed, may many who heard in Slough upon this day cast off their unreliable and deceptive earthly props, and flee to Christ, who provides the only sure foundation for human existence.