PREACHING IN MANCHESTER 18TH AUG 2012
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But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Whilst out today (Saturday 18th August) John, Amélia and Miguel encountered various reactions to the preaching of the Gospel.
At one point a man approached John screaming, he carried on and came right up in John’s face. This didn’t phase John at all who carried on preaching regardless. The man then continued on his way, however a short while later he returned and began to preach “Darwinism” and to denounce the Bible as John was reading from the scriptures and preaching. Eventually he left. These two incidents had drawn the attention of passersby who began to request tracts from Amélia. It serves to prove the Scripture that says:
Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. (Psalm 76:10)
On a separate occasion a young man began to mock and make obscene gestures towards the team. He and his friends thought that this was a “cool” idea. We pray that they repent and find Christ before lose their “coolness” in the Eternal Flames!
NB video footage of both these incidents can be found on this blog on the page “The perils of preaching”
An elderly gentleman was speaking with Amélia. He identified himself as a Christian. Amélia knew that his denomination had been involved in ecumenical activities in the past which she tried to explain to him. We pray that he will investigate and see for himself.
As Miguel preached two Irish women approached him to ask if they could use his bull horn to find a friend they where trying to locate. We do not usually allow people to use the bull horn as too often they simply want to swear and cuss, however, on this occasion Miguel sensed that they were genuine–which turned out to be the case. He took the opportunity to witness to them concerning the Gospel and the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. Many Irish people are open to hear about the Bible and the conservative Evangelical position as a direct result of the great disillusionment that Irish Catholics have with the Vatican over the scandals that have erupted in Ireland over the scale of the Paedophile priest incidents. The Catholic Church, in Ireland, had covered up these abuses and did not cooperate fully with the Police Investigation into the matter. This caused a gigantic rift between the Irish Government and the Vatican.
John had noticed a number of Brazilians who where obviously involved with the soon coming Paralympic Games. John and Amélia were able to speak with a group of them. Apparently they are in Manchester training for the Paralympic Games in London. The group were members of the Brazilian Paralympic Volleyball team. Though they were unable to spend enough time with the team in order to witness the Gospel to them tracts were accepted.
Glory to God!
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