The gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners was proclaimed in Slough High Street on May 10th by Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson.
A very sad conversation took place with a young woman who said that Lucifer was a friend of hers. The two ministers tried to convince her that Lucifer was a fallen angel. He is the god of this whole unbelieving world system and is utterly wicked. Frustratingly, the woman seemed completely hardened to any explanation of Biblical truth concerning Satan’s true nature, being convinced that he was a benign influence.
A passing Muslim came up to the two ministers and said that he believed in standing up against various evils in society. This was in response to one of the posters on display which refers to abortion, unnecessary fear over climate change, drug-taking, disregarding the Lord’s Day and the LGBT agenda in schools as all being the result of a national abandonment of Biblical authority. The gentleman stated that Muslims and Christians should stand together to oppose social ills.
Whilst the pastors gratefully acknowledged the Muslim man’s support concerning various problems in society, they also said that it was not possible for Christians and Muslims to work together, nor could it ever be assumed that they both worshipped the same God, for they do not. The Christian belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God manifested in the flesh is a fundamental and non-negotiable truth which Islam consistently and openly denies. There is also the issue of the serious persecution of Christians in various contexts around the world, including the severe penalties under sharia law for those who convert from Islam to Christianity.
As Pastor Simpson was preaching, a couple came and stood in front of the posters, carefully reading them line by line and talking about them to one another. Ass well as the poster mentioned above, one of them included the following text :
“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). May this declaration of God’s only appointed means of cleansing sinners speak powerfully to their hearts.
At one stage in his preaching Pastor Sherwood referred to the text in Isaiah which states :
“When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9). If men will not listen to the preaching of the gospel, then God has other ways of humbling them, including natural calamities, war and economic difficulties or even economic collapse. It is so dangerous for a nation to ignore the one true God :
“God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7). This principle applies to nations, as well as to individuals.
Many many in Slough, and indeed in the whole nation, come to realise the enormous danger that they are in by neglecting and refusing the great salvation which is offered to them in the Lord Jesus Christ.