It was Saturday, and I knew that we once again had the wonderful privilege of preaching the gospel in the middle of Brisbane city. We had three new people join us for the outreach - Witali, Jason and Marcus. It was great to have them along with us as Josh and Peter were still away in the UK. After some prayer, Bible reading and fellowship, we made our way to Queen Street Mall at 9pm and starting setting up the Bible table.
Alex (our regular agnostic heckler) was in again tonight spreading his message of love and...err, I mean, hatred towards God. Alistair was the first preacher up and God drew in a small crowd to hear the preaching of the gospel. During this time, Alex was engaged in a conversation with someone so he did not heckle. However someone who heckled on the New Year's Eve outreach was in again, holding a Bible that he had received the previous week. Apparently, he had been doing some reading of it and wanted to ask Ali a few questions about it. Andrew suggested Ali just have a one2one conversation with him because he knew his questions would be complex and would steer the preaching off the gospel.
So David Strachan got up to preach and almost immediately Alex started heckling him. Since he is a newer preacher and doesn't know how to handle hecklers just yet, he tagged me in to deal with Alex. Alex seemed like he was a broken record, spouting the same line over and over again, "There is no God! There is no God!". So I provided some good proof for God, but like always, Alex just dismisses it offhand. If seems as though when anything that proves God is provided for him, he rejects it because it simply does not agree with his presuppositions. Paul was right when He said: "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22).
After discussing the existence of God for a little bit, I ran Alex through the good person test. By this time a rather large crowd had gathered who were interested in the discussion taking place. Alex knew that he had broken almost all the commandments of God and admitted that he loves to sin. But as soon as I explained the consequences of his actions, he would repeat his famous line, "There is no God! There is no God!" He didn't like the conviction of sin it seems. When I asked him what evidence he has that there is no afterlife, he said, "Have you ever had a thought outside your brain?" That was his whole argumentation. If you're like me, you would scratch your head and say, "That doesn't prove anything, Alex".
After this, I preached about how one can be saved from the wages of their sin, and that is through Jesus Christ alone. Through Jesus' death can we be forgiven because He can pay the fine that we deserve for our sins, but only for those that repent and trust that Christ's death is the only reason why they will be saved. During this time, Witali had a couple ask him what message was being preached, for they did not speak English well. Witali found out that they were German and Witali is from Germany, and so He was able to witness to them in their native language.
Once I had finished preaching, I tagged Ralph in who finished the preaching off for the night. At this stage there were also many one2ones happening with many people interested in learning more.
Praise God that the gospel message went out to many people and please pray that God will convert those that heard the gospel or received tracts. Also remember to keep Alex in your prayers that his hatred towards God will one day be transformed into a love for Him.
Soli Deo Gloria.