It was very hot and humid on the streets of Mill Ave this week. Still, a few of us went out to reach the lost. Robert had been out evangelizing with us a couple of years ago, and remembered going to Jack in the Box with Richard and David. He’s been traveling around some and is back, so we’ll probably see him out more often.
Tom started doing Open Air, taking someone through the Good Person Test, and a couple came over to talk with me. They said they were Christian, and didn’t agree with the way we were presenting the Gospel.
Their names were Raquel and Kirk, and they thought we were making people feel bad. I guess they had never hung around long enough to see that many people are glad to hear the full Gospel given, and how they say that it’s never made sense like this before. Raquel felt that there was nothing to “draw people” to Jesus, but I thought that was the work of the Holy Spirit anyway, and not some promise of prosperity.
She said that the Bible promises blessings to all believers and I asked her if she felt that she was somehow better than a nearby homeless person. She stated that she was not, but could not explain why she was blessed so much more than that guy. Dan asked them about Paul’s “wonderful life full of blessings”, when he was shipwrecked, beaten and imprisoned numerous times.
I asked if she could give her prosperity and blessings talk to the people in the Twin Towers on 09/10/01, knowing what would happen within 24 hours. She said that she couldn’t possibly know what would happen the next day and thus evaded the question.
Kirk, who was pretty quiet, seemed that he was starting to comprehend that our reward is not in this life, but the next. The Bible promises believers trials, tribulation and persecution, but that is not preached so often in many churches today. We only get half the Gospel, only about God’s love, but God is also holy, righteous and just. He is filled with wrath over the sins and rebellion on this earth, and when Jesus Christ returns, it will be in judgment. We need to make sure that we’re ready.
Later on, the drummers showed up, so we moved down a block to do some more open air preaching and distributing tracts, before heading home. Keep praying for more workers (Luke 10:2).
Soli Deo Gloria