Date: 16.03.08 Sunday
Time: 1:30 - 4:00PM
Blog Report: Operation 513 Gold Coast City Team
"The wicked heart of man is as black as ink.. man cannot change his own nature, as a leopard cannot change his spots.. he needs Christ"
Young man is mocked and jeered at by 6-7 young ladies his age
Zach is a young man who was with a crowd of young ladies, took upon himself to take the good person test and was subsequently laugh to scorn by these girls. I was dismayed at such a pathetic attitude of young girls their age, but then I was reminded by the bible verse that the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. It's no surprise a human creature would ridicule someone, when it makes them look better.
It is the contrast of me against you, I am accomplished and you are not there yet.
This young man was humble enough to hear the law, and we looked at what Christ did at Calvary. He didn't want to take a tract, as his pride was high from these ladies mocks.. but then God can humble the proudest sinner.
While I was sharing with our young friend Zach, another heckler interjected and wanted to take me for an intellectual ride.. after thanking Zach for graciously giving me some of his time, I turned to our new friend.
the Atheist raises his head
The questioning came thick and fast, although they did give me the grace to respond, which is not something I get often from atheist's. I think the reason for this is that the position "There is no God", is not an intellectual position, but rather it is an offensive position.
"Atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, "I am omniscient that there is no omniscient being."
.. rather what atheists are naturally prone to do, is to attack any Theistic or Deistic positions, and try to show that they are invalid instead.. but that simply does not in and of itself.. disprove the existence of God.
By the grace of God, by the end of our encounter, these two were concerned about their fate after death, and promised to consider it my presentation and they accepted gospel tracts.
Please pray for them.
Our old acquaintance Ash returns
Keith was given the preaching stage, and Ryan joined him, as preacher, while I moved to support the team. Very shortly Ash our old acquaintance arrived.
For those of you praying, he still loves his sin, and is making excuses for it.
With all my heart I believe that the church he attends, is inoculating him against the gospel.. and the probably do not even realise the danger they are subjecting this young man to, by their ignorance of scripture.
Ash tried to tell me that violent video games were ok, because they were not in the bible. He was also tried to distract the issue, by saying that he was angry at people who commit paedophilia against little children, and wanted to bash them.
I explained that in Genesis 6, God destroyed the world because they imaginations of men's hearts were wicked continually, and that he was immediately open to the wrath of God, because of His wilful desire to enjoy imagining killing people, and destroying the flesh of imaginary creatures on a computer screen.
Ash disagreed with me, and so I can only pray God will grant him repentance that he might recover himself out of the snare of the devil. Ash took the good test again, and as we persevered through the law, he found he was again guilty of all ten commandments. His heart is hard, but God's word is able to break the hardest rock in pieces. I trust God will not allow this young man on judgment day, to escape the wrath of His holy nature, if he attempts to tell God, he should be let into heaven. Please continue to pray for Ash. God may yet grant him repentance..
We worked through a number of issues, but ultimately he does not want to repent yet.
Are you in a band?... and what do you think of man-on-man action..??
I got up and Ash headed to Ryan who was preaching, and asked him what he thought of violent video games.. I guess it must have been playing on his conscience :)
Taking Chris Robson to hand out tracts on the street, I was interrupted by a nice young lady.. who wanted to know if I was in a band? Never been asked this before.. apparently I look like someone important! hehe
The young lady was joined by three others her age, and one threw this outrageous statement at me: "what do you think of man-on-man action? because I think it's beautiful". By the grace of God, I said the question was ok to ask.. since her friends were especially shocked that she would say something like this to a preacher.
conversation quickly turned to, "how do we know what is wrong/right"..
arriving at God as being the only possible determiner of morality,
which led to the law.. the girls after some work, seemed to be really
concerned about their eternal fate.
God knows only what was in their hearts. One seemed to want to leave options open to sin in future.. but God is the determiner of men's salvation, not men's hearts ;)
Old man reached by Kyosti.. who I couldn't get to for over a year!
There is this old man, that I have been trying to give tracts to every now and again, and he simply wasn't interested. God let Kyosti get a tract to him, and he had a decent chat about salvation! I was so chuffed. God answers prayers.. though sometimes it takes a long time to see them happen! :)
May God save the old fellow, and use him mightily for His glory!
Ryan Hemelaar, our faithful web developer, had the privilege of preaching, while the rain clouds started to roll in. He did a good job, and faithfully preached the gospel, even though people seemed to have left the beach and reached the dryness of the mall.
Thankyou to all the labourers who came out to serve on the Gold Coast Operation 513 Field Team, may God bless you for your faithfulness to Him and His word:
Author's final thoughts:
Could I possibly communicate to you, how many times the Sovereign King of Creation, the majestic Jesus of Nazareth, has impressed me, as I reflect upon His holy invasion into my human experience. Probably I wouldn't have time.
I am increasingly impressed by the providence of God, in keeping the work of evangelism alive.. even now, in this Atheistic and Roman Catholic dominated part of the world.
As a repentant believer in Jesus the Saviour, I have joyfully observed the work that Jesus is doing by His Holy Spirit, in this dark, gloomy, hateful world. I have seen Him bringing people to tears by conviction of sin, and the knowledge that he suffered terribly, dying in their place.
Till next time, have a brilliant week, and seek the face and pleasure of the King Jesus!
Ps. If you want a bit of an idea, how we preach down the Gold Coast, here is a recording (thanks to Ryan Hemelaar), from our worldwide broadcast on Sunday nights.