ON THE STREETS 2nd MARCH 2013
Whenever we preach the Gospel we must always have this one thing in mind, that this may be the only opportunity that every person who passes by might have to hear the message. No one knows the day or the hour of their demise, for some of them it may be their last day in this world.
We preach Christ and His atoning death, the shedding of His blood, his pain and sufferings which serve as the only means by which the Father can be reconciled to people. We preach against any notion that God is interested in a person´s religion beit Christianity, Islam, Buddhism whatever because God is not looking at the person’s religion He is looking at them!
No amount of religion can reconcile a person to God. In fact religion is a vain thing when it comes to making people righteous in His sight.
Today John preached on the subject of God knowing men as if they were trees. A tree is known by its fruit. An Apple tree is known because it has apples growing on it, as are cherry trees know by the cherries growing on it and orange trees by the oranges growing on it. So it is with people we are known by the fruit that our lives bare A good tree only produces good fruit whereas a corrupt tree will only bare corrupt fruit. The fruit of the Church of Rome has been child abuse, perversion, greed, violence and spiritual pride. The whole leadership is corrupt from the top down! Hence this is a rotten tree that is only fit to be hewn down and burned in the fire.
Yet so it is with many other churches that offer promises of wealth and worldly success! They are as the church in Laodicea–rich and increased with goods and having need of nothing, when in reality they wretched, naked and blind and in need of everything. It is not to churches that people need to look, nor is it to priests, Bishops, so-called apostles and prophets–they must come to Jesus Christ and approach Him alone for forgiveness and salvation.
Miguel also preached very much in this vein. It caused quite a stir leading one irate lady to slap the leaflets out of Amélia´s hands and another to call Amélia the ugliest person she´d ever met. Still others stopped to listen and many more took the leaflets, some even approaching to ask for leaflets.
Even the Police came over to attempt to dissuade Miguel from preaching the message of the judgement to come and the fires that await all those who were not saved by Christ.
Many have a problem with this type of message, yet it is this message that countless preachers have proclaimed throughout the history of the Church. It is not a comfortable message for the hearer. we do not believe that we are to make people feel good about themselves, just the opposite! We want people to feel convicted of sin and so aware of the lost state that they are in that they will call upon the name of the only one who is able to save them and provide forgiveness of sins–the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Tell them about how much God loves them!” is the main comment we hear from our critics from the churches! “People need to hear good things, not be faced with a message of doom and condemnation!” True Jesus did say that He had not come into this world to condemn anyone–WHY? Because they are condemned already! As the scripture clearly states,
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
Men’s deeds are evil which makes God angry therefore it is written:
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the
Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.