Sunday, November 9, 2008

Priestly Advice

A few weeks ago we went fishing at a local carnival hosted by a large local church. I saw Jim at the “throw something into a dish and win a fish” stand. We spoke a short time and I could see he was searching. I took him through the Law, compared it to a civil court and could see he was concerned when he admitted he would be guilty. He was more concerned when he figured out he would spend eternity in Hell. However, he said he would think about it so I left him a GP booklet and the Gospel of John.

Shortly after this happened, the priest came out and asked us to leave. As he was telling Diana that we needed to stop witnessing, I snapped this picture. He said that preaching Law, Grace, Sin, Hell and Salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ is not something they wanted preached at this church because it was not in compliance with their ‘Sola Scriptura’ doctrine. He even used the scripture James 3:15 "This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish".

This did not put a damper on things...we just went across the street to the beach to fish. It also did not stop the Word which had already penetrated Jim's heart....

UPDATE: This weekend we were fishing at the Florida Fairgrounds in Cocoa and discovered the same “carnie” folks were there. I saw Jim and asked if he remembered our talk and how things were going. He told me, “Just great and getting better” and he smiled. Jim said after we had our first conversation a couple of weeks ago, he left that carnival with a buddy, and saw a church on the way home. They stopped and Jim said he turned his life over to Jesus Christ. AMEN!

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