SLOUGH: Upholding the Lord’s deity and the Bible’s authority against strong Muslim denials

Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood were proclaiming Jesus Christ and Him crucified in the centre of Slough on August 2nd.

Pastor Simpson had a discussion with a lady Jehovah’s Witness, in which he tried to steer the conversation to a consideration of Jesus of Nazareth as being none other than ‘God manifest in the flesh’ (1 Timothy 3:16). The Lord Jesus did not become the Son of God but has always been the eternal Son of God, who created all things. Tragically, Jehovah Witnesses deny these truths about the Lord’s Person. 

A  number of conversations were also entered into with Muslims, who again were insistent on denying the deity of the Lord, which shows us what a stumbling block this non-negotiable doctrine is to so many. 

One Muslim young man further insisted that the Bible was corrupted and unreliable. The two pastors countered by arguing that such a position is actually a denial of what the Quran itself teaches. Pastor Simpson quickly looked up on his phone Surah 5:68, which states, 

“O people of the Book (Jews and Christians), Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law (Torah), the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord”. In this verse the Quran endorses the authority of the Law and the Gospel of the Christians, calling them the revelation of God. Therefore, the Muslim claim that the Bible is corrupted contradicts the Quran’s own teaching about the Bible’s authority.   

The young Muslim also denied the Lord’s substitutionary death on the Cross, arguing that no one can suffer for another person’s sins. The two pastors pleaded with the man to realise that if he had to pay the penalty for his own sins or rely on his own good works to compensate for his sins, he would most assuredly end up in hell. Furthermore, thew Muslim is in danger if he just relies on the hope that God will be merciful to him, because God cannot deny His own holy nature whereby He must punish all sin. 

May the Lord open this Muslim’s heart, and indeed the hearts of many others in Slough, to see concerning the Lord Jesus Christ,   

“Neither is there salvation in any other : for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).