This Saturday night we got a sitter so my wife could join me out on Mill Ave for evangelism. She and Catherine talked with a Christian man from Hungary for a while, and passed out some tracts. It was nice to have her out there with me.
I spoke with a couple of believers named Jordan and Jessica from Michigan, who seemed interested in what we were doing, so I gave them an invitation to the WOTM class we're having this Saturday.
I did some Open Air Trivia, and one woman got 3 questions right, while another guy named Aaron stepped up for the Good Person Test. He failed the test, as we all do when held to God's standard, and he seemed convicted. He was pretty quiet, so it was hard to tell what he was thinking. I gave him a "Are You Good Enough to Get into Heaven?" tract, and he hung around for a bit reading that.
Tom had a group of obnoxious teenagers - Mark and Taylor and about 5 others hanging around. Another young guy was video taping and said he would send Tom a copy. It turns out that they were all Mormons, except the one who was video taping.
A group of drunk women stopped by for the Good Person Test. It almost seemed that they all had heard this before, except one of them, and her friends wanted to subject her to it to see what kind of reaction they would get. I don't think any of them took it very seriously, but we went through it anyway.
We didn't get through the whole test, as she decided that I was judging her. I explained that I was doing no such thing, and asked her how. She said that I had called her a liar, a thief and blasphemer, but I had not. I pointed out that I simply asked some questions and that she had admitted those things herself. Well, she still wasn't happy about that, told me how she goes to church every Sunday and that she would be found innocent because God forgives everyone.
Now, that makes no sense at all, if you think about it. If you say that "God forgives", then you would have to be guilty, otherwise, there is no need for forgiveness. Innocent people do not need to be forgiven. Anyway, she wouldn't listen any more, and left with all her friends.
I've heard it said that just because a mouse gets into a cookie jar, it doesn't make him a cookie. Well, there goes another false convert, thinking that going to church on Sunday gives the right to live it up the rest of the week as the heathens do, trampling the Son of God underfoot (Heb 10:29), never esteeming the sacrifice made to save us from our wretchedness.
These are the saddest encounters that we have. People who think that they are safe, when their actions clearly show that they are not. And they are normally not willing to discuss the issue, either. Atheists, pagans, agnostics and just plain unbelievers are all much more open to discussion. But the false convert, sitting in church every Sunday listening to the "love-only" gospel, never hearing that God is holy, righteous and just, that His wrath abides upon the sinner, that we must turn from our sins in repentance and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and that we will then be made a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). There are pastors who should be ashamed of themselves for not preaching the full Gospel.
We stopped at Subway afterwards, and spoke with an employee named David. He said he was a Christian involved in evangelism outreach through Phoenix International Christian Church. I haven't heard of it and haven't had the opportunity to look into the place yet.
Tom is having a class this weekend, which will be your last opportunity to attend if Harold Camping is right in his prediction of the end times (1 John 4:1). He claims that the end times will begin on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm. We should have finished the class by then and will probably be eating some dinner getting ready to head out to Mill Ave.
Assuming this is a false prophecy, which is pretty safe to say since the Bible tells us that no one knows the day or the hour (Matt 24:36, Mark 13:32), and the fact that this same guy predicted the end in 1994 as well, we'll be out sharing the Gospel with the lost. Hope to see ya out there!
Soli Deo Gloria