Mr Graham Parkhouse, and Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on November 23rd.
Mr Parkhouse preached on Isaiah chapter 53, that remarkable passage foretelling the suffering of our Lord on behalf of sinners 700 years before the event would actually take place.
At one stage Pastor Sherwood preached on Proverbs chapter 8, which speaks of the truth of Christ under the symbolism of the personification of wisdom. This truth must be proclaimed in all the public places. It is too precious to be hidden, but must be unashamedly declared to all the world :
“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors” (Proverbs 8:1–3).
Pastor Simpson told a man who was the worse for wear through drinking beer that he was sinning in God’s sight by allowing himself to become inebriated. The man replied that the minister should not judge him. The preacher responded, Do you think that I am wrong, therefore, in condemning the sin of drunkenness? The man said, Yes, you are wrong. Pastor Simpson replied, You have just made a judgement.
We all need to make judgements in life between right and wrong, and preachers will only refer to the sinfulness of drunkenness in the context of the need for all to repent of all kinds of sin. Nevertheless, specific sins sometimes have to be referred to. Gospel preachers of course only make calls to repentance as those who are sinners themselves, but who have repented and been redeemed by God’s grace.
Pastor Simpson also entered in to discussion with a Hindu gentleman about reincarnation, endeavouring to explain to him that there are no second chances in future lives to deal with the problem of sin, but that we only have this life in which to make our peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Human beings are unique and far above the animal world, being made in God’s image, and so we cannot think of them ever returning to this earth in an animal life-form. Each person has an immortal spirit which returns to the God who gave it, when the physical body dies. Heaven and hell are realities, and the only way to escape the eternal condemnation of hell is through repentance from sin and faith in Christ.
May this Hindu and many others who heard the gospel in Slough upon this day reflect upon the words of the author to the Hebrews in Hebrews 9:27,
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement”.
May many realise that there are no second chances after death, but that they must come to Christ without further delay, because the time is short and only Christ can save from an eternal condemnation.