Archive for October 29th, 2009

Do we live like we believe it?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Charlie Peace was a criminal in the 1800’s in England.  He was a thief and a murderer, but eventually the law caught up with him, and he was condemned to death.

On his last morning in Armley Jail, Leeds, England, he was taken on the death-walk from the prison cell to the gallows. Before him went the prison chaplain, routinely and unemotionally reading some Bible verses.

The criminal touched the preacher and asked what he was reading. “The Consolations of Religion,” was the reply.

Charlie Peace was shocked at the way he so professionally read about hell. Could a man be so unmoved under the very shadow of the scaffold as to lead a fellow-human there and yet, dry-eyed, read of a pit that has no bottom into which this fellow must fall? Could this preacher believe the words that there is an eternal fire that never consumes its victims, and yet slide over the phrase with a tremor? Is a man human at all who can say with no tears, “You will be eternally dying and yet never know the relief that death brings”?

All this was too much for Charlie Peace. So he aid to the preacher:

“Sir,if I believed what you and the church of God say that you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!”

It’s time for us to attempt extraordinary things for the sake of reaching the lost, to give them opportunity to turn from death to life.  Tens of thousands of Mainers are passing from this life to the next with little chance of hearing the Gospel, because sound, Bible-believing churches have retreated from rural areas.  Please pray for our work as we try to do our little part in reversing that trend.

Street Preacher confronted by Police

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A street preacher in England was told by police that it is a crime to say that homosexuality is a sin.  It’s interesting that Obama has just signed into law a bill which ads homosexuality to protected classes for “hate crimes” here in the USA — the Democrats slipped it into the Defense spending bill this week! [yes, you read that right … they put it into the Defense spending bill.  They used the lives of our sons and daughters in the military as leverage to pass their pet legislation]

Why to 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 bans asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”

Psalm 2: 1-5

No matter how much they legislate their immorality, no matter how much they try to revise history, no matter how much money they get, no matter how much they pour out their ideology in schools and on television, no matter how hard they try to convince us or to beat us into submission, no matter how many people they fine or send to jail for disagreeing with them, the fact is that the Bible still says that homosexuality is a sin. Sin. It always has, and it always will. It is outside of their power to change that.