Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation in Slough High Street on March 26th. Pastor Simpson preached on Matthew 15:29-20, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies : these are the things which defile a man”. All need to repent of sin and come to Jesus Christ to receive new hearts, being inwardly washed and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

As Pastor Sherwood was preaching, a man walked past Pastor Simpson refusing a tract and totally dismissing the message. He denied the existence of God on the grounds that human beings and bananas have around 40% of the same DNA! This of course is no evidence whatsoever against God’s existence : everything and everyone on this earth is created by the same all-wise God, and man was created from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) from which all plants grow. The man also said that he was going to hell, and that he did not care. Pastor Simpson told him that on the Day of Judgement he would indeed care, realising in absolute horror the reality of God’s wrath. May the Lord be pleased to break this man’s proud heart. 

Whilst Pastor Simpson was preaching, two Muslims appeared to be listening, but disagreeing. He asked them, How do you deal with the problem of sin? No good works or religious duties can cancel out a single sin. One of the Muslims replied that Allah will forgive our sins. The minister responded, Is Allah righteous? Surely he must punish sin, just as a judge in a law court cannot cannot say to a law-breaking criminal – I will let you go. Rather, the one on trial has to be punished according to the law, or else the judge is not doing his job properly. So the Muslim confidence that Allah will always forgive does not take into account that to do so, Allah will have to set justice to one side, which would not be righteous, because sin deserves justice and punishment.

Then a third young Muslim joined the conversation and asked how Jesus when on earth could pray to God. If He is God, as Christians claim, was He not then praying to Himself? Pastor Simpson explained that our Lord whilst on this earth prayed to His heavenly Father in His humanity, not in His deity, having laid aside some of the aspects of His deity in the taking up of manhood (in order to accomplish man’s redemption). So Jesus would have suffered, for example, tiredness and hunger, having voluntarily assumed certain restrictions of being human so as to be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities … (and being) in all points tempted as we are”, as we read in Hebrews 4:15. Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus Christ in His human body remained fully divine, being able to read men’s hearts, forgiving sins, receiving worship, healing the sick His own authority and even raising the dead, all acts which only God can perform. 

Pastor Simpson also explained to the Muslim that the glorious truth of the Trinity, God being three distinct Persons within the one Godhead, is a deep mystery, and it is not for mere men to subject the nature of the Almighty to their own feeble and corrupted human understanding. 

The Muslim also claimed that the Bible foretells the coming of Mohammed in Deuteronomy 17, where God says to Moses, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him”

(Deuteronomy 18:18–19). This passage of course refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, as is confirmed by the apostle Peter in Acts 3:22-23.

The preacher also pointed the Muslim to John 20:28, where Thomas says to Jesus, “My Lord and my God”, and the Lord received this address and did not reject it. Sadly, the Muslim did not appear convinced by any argument put forward to him, but he did take a tract on the Lord’s death and resurrection. May the Lord graciously remove the veil from his eyes, and indeed from the eyes of many others who heard the precious message of salvation in Slough upon this day.