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Sheffield Team

Thursday, 20 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 28 November 2008, 3:33 PM by David Gee. Permalink

 

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Thursday 20/11/08

 

Again we went out as a team on Thursday night, this month has been a difficult one for me to get out on a Friday. Thankfully we had a full complement of people with myself, Sucraj, Jim, Peter, Jemma and Carl; it is so encouraging to see people willing to go out of their comfort zones and into the cold to give others the gospel.

After praying together we set to handing tracts to as many people as possible and get into conversation with people. While there is not the amount of people we normally would see on a Friday there was a steady stream of people coming through and a group of security guards that heard the gospel many times over by the end of the night.

 

Sucraj was the first preacher up for the night and from the base of the war memorial proclaimed the gospel of the ever living God. The only hecklers that he had were railing at the fact that he a man of Indian descent was standing on an English memorial site. This sort of prejudice and racism is abominable but it was warming to see Sucraj respond with grace and patience to these men. Sucraj preached well on the topic of the unsatisfied longing of the human soul that only is satisfied when in relationship with our maker. Calling people to come through Jesus Sucraj urged the people passing to come and drinking from the waters of eternal life.

 

After Sucraj finished I jumped up and began to preach regarding the freedom and peace that people had fought and died for over the years. This is a peace and freedom that has proved fragile and full of problems. Ultimately peace is only truly achieved when we are in harmony with one another and that is only possible when we are at peace with our maker. Freedom is what most people claim to want but I pointed out to those present that what most call freedom is really only freedom to serve their master - sin. During this Pipes came along and wanted to interact with us and asked what we thought of the Buhddist faith. I responded that it is very difficult to trust in someone who had walked out on his family responsibilities just so that he could pursue a philosophical goal. Among other things that Pipes objected to in the preaching was the thought that there is a set of rules we were preaching, I quickly pointed to the fact that all Christians have sinned and works are not our basis for hope before God. It would have been good to talk further with Pipes but he had to go due to the cold so Sucraj went with him to a nearby place to warm up and talk further and they had a great conversation.

 

Jim was next up to preach and while the tracts were going out in a steady stream it was good to also hear the gospel sounding forth. The life of soldier Billy McFadzean was his beginning point (link: http://diacrino.blogspot.com/2008/11/he-laid-down-his-life.html), this young man laid down his life for the sake of his friends before the battle of the Somme. Likewise Jesus laid down His life in sacrificial atonement so that those He called friends could live, Jim called people to carefully consider Christ and put their trust in Him. In his usual solid way Jim urged people to abandon sin, love Jesus and follow after Him, after preaching solidly for some time he stepped down.

At this point I had the privilege of speaking at length with a lady who had once believed in Jesus but said she no longer did. We spoke for some time and I was able to urge her many times to trust in Jesus as He is her only hope. I pointed to the law which condemns us all for our sin and pointed to the futility of good works because they are polluted by our sin and are a useless bribe to a holy God. She leave with a sober expression and I pray under conviction which will lead to salvation.

We joined together at the end of the night to pray to God and praise Him for His great works through us His all too weak ministers.

 

SDG!

 


Gold Coast Team

Saturday, 22 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 28 November 2008, 3:19 PM by Josh Williamson. Permalink

Saturday, 22 November, 2008

New time, new day, but same old gospel. Today was the first day that we went out and witnessed on the Gold Coast on a Saturday afternoon.

It was good to have a six man team join us today, and it was really good to have a friend from the United States of America come out witnessing with the team. Terry Berg is in country for a couple of weeks with work, but he made time to come out and hit the streets with us. For that we are very grateful, it was good to labour alongside this brother who has such a passion for the lost.

Where we normally preach was shut down today due to the fact that Schoolies was beginning. Each year all year 12 graduates converge on the Gold Coast for a week of sex, booze and drugs. Since, it was the first day it was overly busy.

After arriving I approached two members of the Gold Coast police and asked them where we could preach since our normal area was sealed off, they were very kind, and pointed us in the direction of a location which they believed to be ideal for open air evangelism.

So we headed down to where we were to preach and found it to be very quiet with few people standing around. Ryan preached for a few minutes, and while he was preaching I spotted another location which would probably be better. The new area was located opposite to the Schoolies registration line, which meant that all the Schoolies had to line up where we were preaching, if they wished to get into the parties.

Once set up I preached first, and since this was a high walk through traffic area no one stopped, but those in the lines got to hear a gospel message. I spoke about how Schoolies is all about living it up in sin, but then reminded those who heard that God will call them to give an account for the actions they do in the coming week.

After I finished preaching, Terry Berg got up and preached on “What is Love” , a handful of people stopped but it was a very quiet crowd. He spoke for some time about love being God sending Christ Jesus to die in the place of sinners. It was a good message, and I enjoyed listening to it. No doubt, I will still some of his lines, or perhaps even the whole sermon.

After Terry preached we spent some time handing out tracts and witnessing one to one. Ryan was machine in this time, he would run from person to person, and nearly with everyone he gave tracts to, he ended up in a one to one.

At about 2pm,  David open air preached, and did a good job. I really think he should focus a lot more on open air preaching, because the more he does it the more he will develop. Then, it was time for Ben Smith to break the sound barrier, his first time open air preaching. He started off a little slow, but then he kicked into preacher mode, and he did a great job for a first time preacher.

It was now time for Ryan to preach again, as the trend with all other preachers for the day, a crowd did not form, but a few people got to hear the gospel. While Ryan was preaching they closed down the registration line in front of us, and moved it around to the beach. This was still in range of our voices, so once Ryan finished preaching I got up and began to speak.

I spoke on the reality of death and dying, and how each year people will die at schoolies. Not long into my preaching a security guard came over and ordered me to move, I told him that I was busy and would speak to him when I finished preaching, he didn’t like that, so he told me he would get the police, which is something I encouraged him to do since the police had already been past once and had no issues with our preaching.

God was good to us, and He drew a small crowd in. A couple of men who stood to listen are Muslims, and they thanked me for my preaching and said they wanted to learn more. They left with a couple of Arabic tracts and also a tract looking at who Jesus Christ is.

After this we had a quick time of prayer then made our way home.

God be praised for His great grace! 

 


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 22 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 28 November 2008, 3:19 PM by Josh Williamson. Permalink


Saturday, 22 November, 2008

My body was aching as I made my way into Brisbane city, I had already preached twice today on the Gold Coast, and I wasn’t sure if my voice would last long with preaching in Brisbane. The team followed its normal routine of prayer and Bible reading, then we made our way into the Queen Street Mall.

Once in the mall we were met by “Long John” Alex the Pirate. For some strange reason this week he was dressed up as pirate and he was also handing out atheist “tracts” called “The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”. But Alex wasn’t just dressed like a pirate, he also spoke like a pirate. This turn of events made it hard for us to preach, as it is extremely difficult to proclaim the Word of God while laughing at a fully grown man running around dressed as a pirate.

Andrew Hsu preached first, and while he preached I spoke to Josh the Atheist who was apart of the “pirate crew”. We had a brief yarn about spiritual matters, and also about the atheist pirates.

During the preaching Alex would run around to different people saying “Argg!” then offer them an atheist tract, a few people took the tracts, but we made sure to be right behind offering a biblical tract. Some of the atheists found it funny and stated that Christianity couldn’t be taken seriously, but they stopped saying those things when we pointed out that Alex was dressed as a pirate.

After Andrew finished preaching Ralph had a go, and he presented a good apologetic, then Ryan took over and tried to engage Alex but much to everyone’s surprise Alex refused to engage in public discussion, so of the team suggested that the reason for this is that each week Alex’s arguments get smacked for six. So I guess if you can’t beat the preachers, then Alex has to become a pirate to look good.

Towards the end of the night, I began to preach but I soon found my voice was going quickly. I spent about 10 minutes expounding on the law, and pointing out our need of a Saviour, then before going into a grace message, I tagged Ralph in as my voice was nearly gone.

Ralph finished off the night by preaching a good gospel message. A few people stopped to talk, and a fair few took tracts. Overall it was a good night, even though it was a pirate night.

Soli Deo Gloria!


London Team

Friday, 14 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 November 2008, 5:07 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

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We were back in our regular spot along the railing. Many of the artists were plying their trade, as was our antagonist friend, who really, really, does not like us. My earnest hope is that the Lord would soften his heart so do please pray for him.

After standing up to preach it was a good while before a sizeable crowd took shape. However, when it did it was very good in that it stayed for a quite some time. There were a number of hecklers, in particular a young man named Jack. He had many questions and objections and they ranged from things like “Why does God allow suffering in the world?” to ridiculous claims like “It’s been proven that there is no God!” Death and suffering is a result of man’s fall. This world is cursed because of sin and that is how it is. I understand the pain a person goes through when they lose a loved one. Yet I can never lay the blame at God. He is not the author of sin, man is. As to the claim that it has been proven that there is no God, well, I for one would LOVE to see the evidence that supports this claim.

You may be wondering why there are no photos with this report. My bother did have his camera with him; however, he was too busy talking with people to take any pictures. That sure is a blessing! We were all too busy to do so and it really is wonderful to know that the Lord is using us in this way.

Looking back on the evening one thing for me was very clear. When the Word of God is preached, when His holy law is proclaimed, people are convicted of their sin and they are made to examine themselves. This was made so clear to me and I can’t stress the importance of preaching sin, righteousness and judgment in accordance with preaching the love and grace of our great God. Towards the end of his life John Newton said these words: “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour." We must labour to make this known to people so that they can fully appreciate and appropriate the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Sheffield Team

Friday, 14 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 November 2008, 12:56 AM by David Gee. Permalink

 

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I was away from my usual area this Friday and found myself alone in Chester. This very beautiful city has one overwhelming problem that spoils the beauty of its streets and buildings. Most of the town inhabitants are currently headed to hell and determined to party hard until they get there if Friday was anything to go off.

 

After a fruitful day’s learning at a conference I headed out to the center of town and in the small streets next to a large Christmas tree I took my stand and proclaimed the truths of time and eternity to all who would listen. Not many people would engage and those who did heckle didn’t want to stay and talk, despite this I had a steady stream of people passing and of them a handful stayed to listen for much of the time.

 

I spoke with people regarding the love of God that is most clearly seen and understood in Jesus Christ. This is not the promiscuous love many think it is – love without boundaries that condones all sin and sweeps it under the carpet corruptly. Nor is this the love of the generous but soft-headed grandfather in the sky that so many idolise. Rather it is the love that protects the weak and defenceless and the orphan and outcast. God’s love is in many ways the greatest enemy of the sinner! When we lie or steal or tread down others in our ambition for selfish gain, this love of God kindles the wrath of God against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. The very person who claims that God is all loving is also the one in greatest peril from it! I fear that there will be many who will appeal to this on the day of Judgement only to hear the fearful reply: “I never knew you, depart from me you worker of iniquity!”.

 

As one who is equally guilty before God but forgiven through Jesus’ death and resurrection I urged, pleaded and encouraged the people of Chester to trust in Jesus and nothing else.

 

I had a couple of good conversations with some of the local street people, who welcomed the conversation and the preaching also. As opposed to the rich revelers who wandered past and scoffed. As has so often been the case, it seems that regarding eternity there is more realism and clear thinking among those who have little or nothing in this world.

 

After handing out as many tracts as I could I headed for my room praising God for His generosity in allowing me to speak with the lost of another city.

 


Gold Coast Team

Sunday, 16 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 November 2008, 12:55 AM by Dave Strachan. Permalink
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Ryan picked me up from Church and we drove to the Gold Coast, picking up Josh Williamson on the way. It was great to relax and chat with each other as we drove together.

 

 

As we approached our destination, storm clouds began to dominate the sky. We soon arrived at our usual place for bible reading and prayer and were joined by Tim and the guys from Helensvale Baptist church. The lifeguard on his megaphone sounded-out a warning for everyone swimming to get out of the water as dangerous weather conditions were imminent. As we finished our time of fellowship, we walked over to our usual preaching site in the hope of preaching for as long as the weather would hold off, but it started raining. I put my camera away and we walked over to the mall together undercover. I was personally disappointed, as I really enjoy watching the Word of God being preached out loud to a crowd of lost people.

 

 

Anyway, Josh directed us to take cover from the rain in the mall where we handed out gospel tracts and engaged in one-to-one gospel conversations.

 

 

I talked with some young people from Switzerland. While sharing the gospel with them, two of them (a guy and a girl) laughed/giggled. For some reason the gospel seemed embarrassing to them. I kept on sharing the gospel with them and stressed that the gospel is the most important message in the world (all we can do is be faithful and leave the results to God). Another young lady who was listening said that she was a protestant.

 

 

I talked with two young men on holidays from Ireland who had a Roman Catholic background (in general, one of my first questions upfront is asking if a person has any religious background at all). While sharing the gospel with them, I initially stressed the judgment of God and ironically at that exact point in time a lightning bolt seemed to hit pretty much right near us. We had a bit of a laugh for a while, but then I said something to the effect that being struck by lightning is nothing compared with facing a just and holy God in judgment.

 

 

I talked with an older-middle aged man from China who said that he has some sort of Buddhism background. He seemed to be giving careful attention to the gospel as I shared it with him. I spent quite a while with him as he really seemed interested, and I got to share really thoroughly with him.

 

 

I also shared the gospel fairly thoroughly with an older-middle aged guy who said he went to a church which was part of some sort of orthodox tradition. He told me that he didn’t think it was right that we were telling people of other religions that they need to become Christians. I said that if we are to be faithful in following Jesus then we must follow his example in doing so (John 14:6). Those who are without Christ are without hope and so it is love that compels us to point people to the one who is our only hope, so that we might be truly saved.

 

 

After some time, we regrouped, and after Ryan had purchased some pizza we headed back to our car. As we drove back home along the highway rain conditions were heavy and there were a number of accidents on the road.


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 15 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 November 2008, 12:46 AM by Josh Williamson. Permalink



Saturday, 15 November, 2008

Another day, and yet another chance to make known the glorious gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Many people look forward to the weekend, as it means time off work, and a chance to go out and party, whereas I spend all week looking forward to the weekend, as I get a chance to preach the gospel.

It was the same routine as normal tonight we met in King George Square, we had some time of fellowship, Bible reading and corporate team prayer. For those of you who read this who are currently serving in an evangelism team or lead an evangelism team, seek to make a time of team prayer, as it is vital to any evangelistic outreach.

The weather this week unlike last week was fine, and hot. The preaching started off with Ralph standing to declare the Scriptures, within seconds of him beginning a few regular hecklers started in. Alex was there shouting out as per usual “There is no god!” Riley was chipping in with his two cents worth. While this happened all around members of the team were engaged in one to one conversations and handing out tracts.

Ralph spoke for about thirty minutes, then it was my turn to preach. I started off by talking about the reality of death, and then spoke about how I as a preacher can often times talk about death, while not actually thinking about it, or believing that it will impact me. A few people began to listen, I stressed to them that no matter who you are, or where you are from, or even what you do for a living, death will one day impact each and everyone of us. Then I told the crowd about how only a few hours earlier I was informed of the death of a dear friend of mine, a fellow evangelist. At this stage even those who regularly heckle fell silent.
 
This then launched me into the Scripture, and I expounded how our life is so short, and how none of us knows the day nor the hour that we will die. But, when thinking about death we need to also think about another question, what happens after I die?

By now God was being good to us (as He always is) and a crowd was building, all we needed now was a good heckler. God also provided that. A young man at the back of the crowd stood out, he made a few comments so I called him out. This young man identified himself as Teddy, so I began to dialogue with him in regards to the gospel of Christ. He was a very open man, and he seemed to be interested in what I was saying. At times he would fire up and hurl abuse at me, but then he would calm down and listen. God used Teddy to draw in a fairly large crowd.

For about thirty minutes I dealt with Teddy and preached the gospel to the crowd. The awesome thing about this crowd is that it was stationary, that is, it didn’t move. Those who were there from the beginning were there at the end.

As I drew to the close of my message a flock of hecklers opened fire, one young man an Asian began to scream “I am a $#$# Christian! And what you are saying is wrong, GOD IS A BLACK WOMAN!” Immediately I recognized the teaching from the heretical book “The Shack” so I called him out on his heresy but he was raging to much to even talk.

At this stage the crowd was still there, so I tagged in Kevin Bessent to preach the gospel to them once again. During Kevin’s preaching many great conversations happened. After Kevin finished preaching Ryan got up and once again shared the good news of the gospel.

Overall it was a great night, and many people got to hear the Gospel!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Full report with pictures: http://www.operation513.com

Do you live in Australia or the United Kingdom? Are you interested in street evangelism? If so then contact Operation 513 to find out how you can join our street teams in either, Brisbane, Gold Coast, London or Sheffield. Also, find out how you can be apart of special outreaches that are held throughout the year. Together we can reach this world for Christ.


London Team

Friday, 7 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 15 November 2008, 3:02 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

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Last Friday the team was back to sharing the gospel up at Leicester Square. Unfortunately I was unable to join them for the evening, which was a real shame. Faithful Carl took charge of the team and was joined by my brother James and Wesley, who had joined us for the first time the week before.

The evening was spent handing out tracts and talking with people one-to-one. Carl also had the opportunity to preach twice and both times drew in a crowd who listened intently as he shared with them the gospel.

I am especially pleased that Wesley came along for the second time. Street evangelism is fairly new to him but there’s no quicker way to learn than to get stuck in. We have a great team now and although some of us cannot make it every Friday, the important thing is that we aiming to have a continued presence in Leicester Square every Friday night.

On Saturday morning I headed to Tooting Broadway to meet up with Carl. On the way there a friend from church (also named Carl) rang and said he would come along to join us. It was a great encouragement. Once we arrived another friend from my church, Chin Cong, stopped to join us, since he had seen us as he had been passing by. I asked Carl if he would like to preach, however he insisted I should preach since he had preached the night before. Within minutes of standing up the heavens opened and down came the rain. Seeing that I was preaching the gospel with the rain pouring down a very kind lady (who I am convinced must be a Christian) came and stood next to me with a large umbrella to shield me from the rain. It really was most kind of her. Unfortunately we never got the time to chat as she left as soon as I stepped down. I thanked her for kindness as we said goodbye.

While it was raining we stood at the entrance to the tube station and handed out tracts to those who passed. We also had the opportunity to speak with a few people as well. After the rain eased up I decided to take the opportunity to preach once more. But alas, after a few minutes of preaching, down came the rain again. I preached a much shorter message this time but stressed to those who could hear the importance of surrendering our lives to Christ. I did not see it as a waste of time, as I know that there were people who would have heard the gospel that very wet and rainy afternoon.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Gold Coast Team

Sunday, 9 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 15 November 2008, 2:37 PM by Josh Williamson. Permalink

Sunday, 9 November 2008

It was cloudy and overcast, it appeared that the rain from last night was still hanging around, but never-the-less, we headed down to the Gold Coast for a day of outreach.

Today was my first day back on the job as Gold Coast team leader, this is due to Josh Mitchell resigning from the position to spend time with family. Again, we wish to thank Josh Mitchell for his hard work and faithful service, we  love you brother, and look forward to working with you again in the fields that are white for harvest.

We had a four man team today, which was made up of Andre, Kyosti, Peter and myself.

After arriving and finding a park, we spent some time in prayer and bible reading, then at 2pm we began to witness for the Lord. Andre was the first preacher up for the afternoon, he preached on how we can trust the Bible, and how Jesus was prophesied many years before His coming to earth. Due to the weather only a few people stopped, which was good considering that not many people were on the Gold Coast.

Andre preached for about thirty minutes, and during this time he did a good presentation of the gospel, and then he pleaded with people to come unto repentance.

Upon finishing his message, we spent some time just handing out tracts and talking to people, it was also during this time that a Christian approached and stated that the preaching was too scary and it made people fear God. Which, personally I thought was good, as the Bible tells us time and time again to Fear God.

After, about thirty minutes of tract work, and one to one I got up and began to preach about how God has put all of creation in place and it obeys, yet as humans we constantly rebel against Him. I also spoke about how many people actually die at the beaches due to drowning, and cautioned the swimmers to be careful unless they do die and meet their Creator.

A handful of people stopped and listened, but there were no hecklers, which was extremely odd for the Gold Coast, we just blamed it on the weather and continued to preach the gospel.

At about 3:30pm I finished preaching, and then we once again began to witness one to one and hand out tracts. While handing out tracts I was able to get into a good conversation with a man who was brought up in a Christian home, but now rejected it all, because his brother who is an Anglican bishop has a wife and a couple of girlfriends. It was hard to connect with him as he was just solid in attacking Christianity, then he said these words “I grew up in the Boys Brigade and was a Brigade officer, and many of those people in church are hypocrites.” I had my opening as I also was involved with the Boys Brigade, so the conversation changed to a couple of former Brigade members talking to each other. This then led to an opportunity in which I was able to present the gospel.
While the day was slow on the Gold Coast it was a good time of witnessing.


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 8 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 15 November 2008, 2:37 PM by Josh Williamson. Permalink

Saturday, 8 November, 2008

As I sat in my study this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice the fact that way out across the western skyline there was a band of long dark storm clouds, this is never an encouraging sign when you do street evangelism. So I quickly logged onto the internet and checked out the weather, and all this did was confirm my thoughts, we were in for a wet night in Brisbane city.

Since rain was inbound, I thought it wise to go check the back of my car to see if we had umbrellas and a tarp to cover our stuff. Wet weather evangelism, never fun, but the gospel will still go forth.
As I arrived in Brisbane the heavens began to open up and some light rain began to fall, while it wasn’t enough to stop anything, it was enough to be annoying. So we took shelter under the local buss stop, and it was there that we held our time of Bible reading and team prayer.

As 9pm rolled around we headed up the Queen Street Mall, which was now being hammered hard by rain, but we set up anyway, and decided that we would preach under umbrellas, which is quite hard as you can’t hear anything a heckler says.

People generally stop when a preacher is preaching in the rain, as they want to know why some bloke is standing in the wet talking, and since both sides of the mall are undercover people can stand in the dry to listen.
Andrew Hsu was the first preacher up for the night, he preached a long but solid message, expounding on the holiness of God and His demands. During the time a couple of hecklers yelled out, but due to the rain it was near on impossible to make out what they actually said.

While, Andrew was preaching there were may tracts being handed out, and also many one to one conversations occurring. People seemed to want to know about why the preacher was standing in the rain and what he was saying.

After Hsusy finished preaching, we spent some time just doing one to one and tract work. This was a beneficial time as many people were interested in talking. After doing this for some time, we put Ryan up to continue the preaching for the night.

Then, while Ryan was preaching in the pouring rain something strange began to happen… hecklers began to emerge from the safety of the dry and started to heckle. “THERE IS NO GOD!” Yelled Alex the agnostic,    “JESUS COPIED HORUS!” He yelled again. Riley was also in the mix, but was a little bit more subdued that Alex, “Evolution is a fact, you are brainwashed” he chimed into the discussion. Ryan held his ground and proceeded to dismantle the arguments as presented by the atheists.

This week we had to focus more on attacking in the intellect, and show that Christianity is not just based on emotions. The reason for this was because two weeks ago, two Pentecostals came to where were preaching, and began to tell all the atheists about a miracle that God had just done. One of them claimed to have been bushwalking, and while bushwalking a black snake came out of the scrub and bit him on the leg. Both of them claimed to have seen this snake, and as evidence of the bite, they showed us the marks on his leg. My advice was to go to the hospital, but they refused as they were claiming their healing by “faith”. They went from person to person and told this tale of the snake and the healing. All the atheists came up to ask afterwards and asked if they were serious or not, all I could do was point out they weren’t with us, and that I had advised them to seek medical attention.

This display of “miraculous” healing is something that set back the Christian cause, as it makes us all look like a bunch of kooks, now don’t get me wrong, I believe that God heals, but, to run around saying “This proves God exists” is rather silly, as you don’t see any biblical precedent for it.

Anyway, this week they both returned, and one of them (not the one who claimed to have been bitten) came up to me, and said that they had been to the doctors and they told him about the snake bite, upon examination the   doctor said that the mark was from a leech not a snake bite, and that the “symptoms” he experienced were nothing more than psychological. Well, didn’t the atheists have a laugh at this, and I must admit I found it rather amusing as well. So, I questioned them about it, and asked them to explain how come they both claimed to have seen the snake latch onto him. The reply they gave was “See our eyes can fool us!” Instead of just admitting to lying about the incident they proceeded to justify their sin, and last time I checked a leech and a snake look completely different.

The reason I include this in the weekly report is because one of them decided to get into a screaming match at Alex, and at one point began to try and cast out demons from him. Now, if an atheist or someone from any other religion said or did something wrong, I would go after them, and it is no different when a professing Christian does it also. So I broke them up, apologized to the atheists and pointed out that he is not with us. Which they accepted. Then, I turned my attention to the professing Christian and spoke to him from Romans 2. The sad thing is he refused to listen and even said “Don’t reason with me from the Scripture!” He was basing his argument on “the spirit rising up” within him. The problem is, what he was doing and the conduct he was showing was not something a spirit filled Christian would do. He refused the rebuke and left raging.

So once again, I wish to extend an apology to Alex, Riley and any other atheist who had the misfortune to have to deal with this man. Let me stress that what he portrayed is not biblical Christianity.

The rest of the night was spent handing out tracts and talking to people, all in all it was a good night, with many people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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