The son of a Methodist Pastor thought the way to Heaven was through living a decent life. Read about what happened next.
As I preached I noticed a number of people stop to listen. One lady came out of a shop, then quickly returned into the store in order to get a notepad and pen. It turns out that she was a new Christian who wanted to learn more about the Bible so she took notes on my open-air message.
The most startling and heartbreaking thing for me, was to hear the youngest girl, who would have been about 6 years old say several times, “I don’t believe in God.” She was adamant that God did not exist
One said he had not religious upbringing, the other two said they went to church. It was then that one of them said, “I am a youth leader at my home church.” He then told me about the large Pentecostal church where he was a leader. Well, this information made me change my tactics…
Summer has well and truly arrived here in Queensland, Australia. The sun was high in the sky and the mercury was rapidly rising. For those who want to go to the beach for a swim, then this was perfect weather. But for evangelism, the heat actually limited the number of conversations we were able to have.
When I was first training for the ministry, I remember being told by an older pastor that I needed to be careful with habits and patterns of study which I established, as those methods would stay with me for the rest of my life. Of course, I was young and knew better (what a fool!), but over the years I have seen the truth in the older gentleman’s statement.
Despite things being slow the gospel still marched on. Please pray the Lord Jesus would rescue many.
This is when things got really weird. The man said that he couldn’t believe what we were saying, as Jesus had visited him in a dream and took him to Heaven. While in Heaven, this man claims Jesus revealed all the truth to him, and that ‘truth’ was that the Bible cannot be trusted. He also said that Muhammad had also visited him. I asked the man to explain further; he replied by saying, “Jesus and Muhammad have visited me!”
I set up the flip-chart near the table and used that to engage in conversation. Sometimes we would have two or three people stop to talk, then at other times we had a crowd of thirteen teenagers all crammed around the flip-chart to listen to the gospel presentation.