Slough town centre resounded to the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood preached there on May 17th. Mr Chrisden de Souza and a local Slough lady believer were aso present providing valuable help.
One man walking past shouted out vulgar expletives as Pastor Sherwood was preaching. Pastor Simpson remarked to him that what he had just said was not any kind of argument rejecting the Christian revelation; it was merely an insult. Responding to this challenge to justify with reason his oppostion to the preaching, the man offered up a further very unpleasant expletive.
Octogenarian, Mrs Eve Hammond, provided very useful support to the witness, handing out many tracts and talking to passers-by. She was involved in one particularly heart-searching conversation in which a man said to her that he was not concerned about the prospect of hell. The witnessing sister asked him to consider a situation of permanent, abject and terrifying darkness, in which he would be desperate to turn on some light, but could not find any switch. That is but a faint picture of enduring the horrors of God’s eternal wrath.
What the world calls ‘shouting’ is in fact the pure trumpet sound of warning. In ancient times watchmen were placed on city walls to view the approaching enemy and give warning. As the Lord once told the nation of Judah, “I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet” (Jeremiah 6:17). The hymn writer Charles Wesley put it like this, “O for a trumpet voice, On all the world to call”.
A Muslim man was sadly rather irate and vocal in his opposition to the preaching as reprsenting the antithesis of all that he believed.
A young man came up to Pastor Sherwood and said, Why are you shouting? No one is listening to you. The North London minister turned to the closing words of Matthew’s Gospel, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations … Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). Christians are commanded by the Lord to proclaim His truth in all places. He toldd His disciples, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). The message of salvation is too urgent to be concealed or just timidly and apologetically diccussed. It must be set forth with authority by those called of God to do so.
One young man walking by said that he was quite happy to go to hell, because there would be many people there just like him. He was warned that he will stand before the jugement seat of Christ on his own, and his friends will not be able to help him. An audio of some of Pastor Simpson’s preaching can be heard by clicking below.
May many who heard the gospel in Slouugh upon this day come to realise that hell and God’s judgement are realitese, not empty threats, and may they make their peace with God though faith in Christ, whilst there is time.