Pastors Peter Simpson and John Sherwood were proclaiming in the centre of Uxbridge on November 11th the urgency of the need to flee from the wrath by coming in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Conversation was entered into with a Muslim who asked, Wherever in the Bible does Jesus say, “I am God”? Pastor Sherwood pointed the enquirer to John 9:35, which reads,
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he (Jesus) had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God”?
The title ‘Son of God’ is of course an affirmation of deity, because the Son shares the fulness of the Father’s nature. As we read of our Lord in Colossians 2:9,
“In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).
Another relevant text is John 8:38, where the Lord declares, “Before Abraham was, I am”. The term “ ‘I am’ implies continuous existence, including existence (before the time) when Abraham appeared. Jesus was, therefore, asserting that at the time of Abraham’s birth, He (already) existed. Furthermore, (the term) ‘I AM’ was recognised by the Jews as a title of deity” (1).
As Pastor Simpson was preaching, a young woman came up to Pastor Sherwood, and said that the preacher should not say anything detrimental to homosexual people, as he had just done. He was therefore guilty of hate speech. In fact, what Pastor Simpson had said when preaching was that the LGBT agenda should not be promoted to schoolchildren.
The young woman said that she was bisexual and no one has a right to say that to people of the same sex that they should not love one another. Pastor Sherwood responded that he and his colleague were not expressing personal opinions, but were declaring the mind of God as recorded in Scripture, and he referred the woman to Leviticus 18:22, which clearly states the sinfulness of homosexuality.
Sadly, the young woman and another young man who was with her remained dismissive of the earnest attempts to shine forth the blessings of God’s word in order to dispel the darkness of Britain’s fashionable new religion whereby all must worship at the LGBT shrine.
May the Lord open these two young people’s minds, and indeed the minds of many others of their generation who have been utterly deceived by the media and by the spirit of the age – not to mention the education system – into embracing sinful lifestyles which are totally contrary to nature as the all wise God created it.
1) Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Accordance Bible software