In the immediate context of Prime Minister’s Questions, and in the broader context of a new Prime Minister in the process of being selected, Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson felt led of the Lord to preach outside of the houses of parliament on July 13th.
One of major themes of the preaching was to stress the importance of the leaders of the nation being those who fear God. The witness was set up on the other side of the road to the Cromwell Gate entrance to the House of Commons. One of the posters on display was “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Samuel 23:3). Major emphasis was also made in the preaching on the need for national repentance, if ever the problems facing the nation were to be properly solved.
Miss Linda Jones also helped the two ministers by handing out evangelistic leaflets to passers-by. By God’s grace she was also enabled to give leaflets to 3 MPs, one of whom said that he read the Bible every day.
When not preaching, Pastor Simpson held a poster which stated, ‘In 1953 the Queen promised on oath to govern according to the teachings of the Bible. Yet all major political parties ignore our Christian constitution. Their creed instead is trendy cultural Marxism. How Britain needs to return to the one true Biblical faith’.
At one stage Pastor Simpson referred in his preaching to the sinful redefinition of marriage which took place in 2013, and also to the way in which our schoolchildren are being wrongly indoctrinated into acceptance of all things LGBT. These words incensed one man passing by, who proceeded to shout out at the top of his voice that the ministers were hate preachers who in particular hated Muslims and homosexuals.
The opposer added to this ludicrous and slanderous accusation that the preachers believe that the world is only 6,000 years old, thinking that this would further discredit them in the eyes of those walking past. The witnessing Christians were of course perfectly happy to have such factual truth applied to them, for it is the Bible’s own timeline and genealogies which tells us that we live on a relatively young earth.
Amazingly, and we trust that this was indicative of true Holy Spirit conviction, the man came up at the end of the witness and apologised for all his abusive comments. May the Lord work powerfully in his heart about the truth of the gospel, and indeed may many others who heard the gospel in Westminster upon this day realise that the nation’s only hope is a return to faith in Him who is the Governor of the nations, the King of kings, the Lord Jesus Christ.