Wednesday: I went out in a down state of mind because of work stuff but was encouraged by Jim. We both preached a gospel message. Michael, a christian, stopped and gave us his support and interacted with hecklers and was encouraged by the work of the gospel.
We had few good hecklers and a small crowd. One heckler claimed he was an ex-christian yet 'had moved away from that' and now agnostic and apathetic. He was keen to listen the whole time and interacted with Jim quite a bit and praise be to God for opening the hearts of the lost. Another heckler was a 'christian' who tried to rebuke Jim for his intolerance of other religions. We respect people of other religions who can often be kind and earnest in their seeking but no other religious figure claimed to be able to take away sin, no other religion promises absolute certainty about whether you will go to heaven and (Acts 4:11-12) This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
It is false love to 'tolerate' other religions and withhold the life-saving cure of Jesus Christ and leave them callously to perish in eternal torment. And what does scripture say, "For God so loved the world....." how??? "by sending his one and only begotten son....." why? "that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." If God can love the world by sending his son, and Christ commands us to preach the gospel to all the world, shall we not also imitate our Lord and point them to the beautiful saviour and awesome love of our God? This does not make us better than anyone else, we too are sinners saved by God's grace alone, but it does mean Jesus is a better saviour and God alone. After Jim finished preaching, we spoke to Michael, the christian. We were uplifted to have him excited about the preaching of the gospel. I preached next. Michael stayed to support. I preached on God's good gifts to us: life first then other blessings. During this David and a friend stopped to listen. I engaged David and we spoke at length about righteousness, sin, judgement and salvation offered in Christ alone. David listened and his friend protested. As the protests continued, I ran out of time for the afternoon. Michael and Jim stayed to speak with them after I left.
Thanks be to God again for this opportunity and may the harvest be fit for a King. How great is our God and how great his message of love to the lost.