On the Streets 6th April 2013
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 2:5)
When we present the Gospel to the people on the streets we do not, as many do, invite them to come to us. Nor do we invite them to participate in our meetings for corporate worship, nor do we invite them to barbecues concerts or church.
For the simple reason as laid out in the above scripture!
People will not come to God through us, nor through churches not even through Christianity. The ONLY way people will come to God is through Jesus Christ Himself.
Probably the most iconic of images is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It has inspired painters and sculptors for centuries. In fact some of the greatest works of art ever produced have been of Christ on the Cross, from Illuminated manuscripts by monks to great artists of the last century!
Church buildings across the globe are filled with crucifixes, some of which depict some gruesome depictions of a blood spattered Christ all twisted and contorted. Yet one thing remains, which many overlook, the central message of the Gospel is not that Jesus was crucified. The Gospel is a message of hope and the one thing that gives us hope is the fact that on the third day He rose from the grave!
John, Amélia and Miguel took the message to the streets today. Both Miguel and John preached. Miguel spoke of the way the those people in Government were confirming the Bible as they seek to overthrow thousands of years of understanding by the move to redefine Marriage.
The Psalmist wrote:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalm 2:1-3)
So it is, governments seek to break the bands and chords of every last vestige of influence that God and His Christ have had upon society. When a people forget God, deny Him and reject Him it is written:
The heathen are sunk down in the pit [that] they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:15:17)
In another place it says:
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and [there be] none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:22-23)
For this reason the Apostles went everywhere teaching all men to repent.
John preached concerning the false notion that people should become Christians and start going to church! It is NOT Christianity they need, it is CHRIST that they need!
A number of people took the leaflets and some even engaged in conversation. Amélia met several Portuguese ladies, and she brought a Philipino man over to John for John to share with him. He was a follower of the teaching of Eli Soriano. Soriano teaches a false Gospel and rejects the notion that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all one God. It is not easy to overcome deception as most followers of false teachers tend to hold on for dear life to false teachings of men.
Amelia also brought a young man over to John who was arguing against the historicity of the Bible. John spoke at length with him concerning the tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts that prove the Bible has never been corrupted, also the thousands of artifacts that are held in the worlds great museums which also confirm the things written in the Bible. then John cut to the chase and began to speak with him concerning Jesus Christ and man’s need for redemption. Upon this he left.