SLOUGH : All need to be humbled before God – sin requires nothing less than a broken and a contrite heart

A man who had a good knowledge of the Bible and who claimed to be able to speak in tongues, and indeed gave a demonstration of his skill in this respect to Pastor Simpson, was holding a can of beer and was obviously somewhat inebriated. He Nevertheless asked to speak with Pastor Simpson, who thought that to do so might just be constructive in that the man was still able to carry on a reasonable conversation, despite the alcohol beginning to have its negative influence. 

The preacher gently tried to explain to him that drunkenness was a work of the flesh, and he read to him from Galatians chapter 5, where The works of the flesh are listed, where we thus learn about the fruits of man’s fallen nature. For the conversation to have any value at all, Pastor Simpson felt it necessary to point out, before pursuing any other topic, that drinking to excess was not compatible with a Christian profession. 

The man replied that the Lord turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana, and His creating massive quantities of wine in the process, meant that there was nothing wrong with a free resort to alcoholic beverages. He then accused the minister of being both judgemental and bigoted.

The Penn minister was also asked what were his views on same-sex marriage, and he said that it was contrary to God’s law, for our Creator  has ordained that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. The man insisted that that was Old Testament teaching, and so not relevant for today. Therefore Pastor Simpson referred him to the various passages in the New Testament where homosexuality is clearly described as being sinful. 

Sadly, at this point the man walked off in disgust, because he had a relative who is in a same-sex marriage. Prayer is being offered up that, despite the man being inebriated, a word of Biblical truth might remain with him for reflection, when he returns to a more sober state.

At one point during Pastor Sherwood’s preaching he asked the question, “Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?“ The Lord Jesus Christ died as a sacrificial lamb, bearing the sins of the world, and it is only through His death that any sinner can be reconciled to God. 

The preacher further stated that a person must receive the kingdom of God as a little child, humbly and abandoning all pride. He said this as a young girl aged only about seven (but with a mother very sympathetic to the things of God) Stood and listened carefully to the preaching and was smiling as she did so. Then another Young girl came up and did likewise. This was so encouraging.  

A lady married to a Sikh gentleman took a free copy of a Punjabi Bible, and prayer is being offered up that the Lord would speak to this husband‘s heart as he reads the word of God.

An atheist walking by said to Pastor Simpson that there was conflict between man’s free will and the existence of God. Had to be one or the other. The minister disputed his line of reasoning. Because men use their wills to deny God’s existence, it does not mean that God does not exist. Men’s hearts and minds are blinded by Satan, even though they do not realise it.

A young man, who did not appear to be sympathetic to the message being delivered, came up to Pastor Sherwood as he was preaching, saying that he was offended that the preacher was accusing him of being under God’s judgement because of his sin. He told the preacher that he did not know anything about his life, and so had no basis own which he, the preacher, could possibly make such a judgement. It was explained to him in response that the preaching was directed to ALL people generally, because the great majority have not trusted in Christ and therefore are on the path to an everlasting condemnation, for all are sinners by nature.

Pastor Simpson preached on Psalm 51:9-10 : “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”. Men have sinful hearts by nature. Because of this reality, unbelievers need to come to God with “a broken and a contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17), repenting of their sin and trusting in Christ, who will give to them a new heart. All thoughts of one’s own goodness just be abandoned. 

May the Lord be pleased to bring conviction of sin to many who heard in Slough upon this day. May He work in them “a broken and a contrite heart”, as they flee to the Saviour in deep humility of spirit.