Ryan and I were a team of two today. It was a real privilege to proclaim the gospel to many lost soul's at Surfer's Paradise for the glory of God.
When we arrived, two young men opposite where we parked our car were doing some advertising for a night club. We went over and handed out gospel tracts to them. Ryan began sharing the gospel with them. One of the guys professed to be an Atheist and said that if someone is smart then they believe in science and in evolution. While Ryan was patiently sharing the gospel and answering the many objections that the young man had, his main argument was that he needed proof. He asked, "How can anyone believe in something they can't see?" Ryan answered that even though we did not see World War 2 occurring, we would be right in believing that it occurred, due to the evidence that supports its reality. Similarly, we have not seen Jesus, but there is good evidence backing up the things that He did.
The other young man had been raised in a Christian environment but had given it up when he had grown older. He said that the main reason was that he simply wanted to be himself and have fun and that he could never live up to all the rules of Christianity anyway. As Ryan reasoned with him and shared the gospel, he raised a number of objections which he felt quite strongly about. One was that (according to him) there is no way that God could save someone who sinned all their life and got saved on their deathbed. He said that a person who does many good things for God all their life should definitely get into heaven regardless of whether they believe the gospel. He also objected that we all really believe in the same God anyway. Ryan answered these questions succinctly and effectively, keeping the focus on the gospel. The second young man softened after a while. He even admitted that he was convinced that evolution is absurd, even though he had a degree in Zoology (much to his friend's displeasure it seemed).
We then left the two blokes and handed out lots of gospel tracts as we walked to our usual preaching spot.
When we arrived we spent some time praying. I then set the camera up and Ryan began preaching. Ryan soon had a crowd when some guys who were drinking and chilling on the beach together came over to listen. Ryan interacted with them for quite a while, answering their objections and proclaiming the gospel to them.
At the end of his preaching, Ryan encouraged people to pick up a bible and read it for themselves. He then thanked those listening and got down. Then when I was about to get up to preach, a policewoman and two Policemen came over and told us to move along. Apparently some people were offended at the message we were preaching. Seeing as though that is not a real law they can get us on, Ryan asked, "So if we can get moved along because someone was offended at us, can I not say: 'I am offended at all the scantily clothed women around here, so will you move them along as well?'" One of the officers replied, "Don't come to the Gold Coast if you don't want to see them." By the same token, could I not say: 'if someone doesn't want to hear preaching, they shouldn't come to the Gold Coast'? The officers saw their double standard and didn't want to continue chatting about it. One of the police officers asked, "Why do you do this, seeing as you're so young? If I was your age, I would be partying." We briefly explained our motivations and gave them gospel tracts.
Praise God for the Gospel which is 'the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes' (Romans 1:16).
Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
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