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And then the atheists came to church
by Jack Vorster
1/31/2013 / Christian Living
The subject of religion came up at a private social gathering and a fierce debate ensued. There appeared to be total consensus concerning the Christian faith. It became evident that all those present were of atheistic persuasion.
One of the most exuberant individuals at this gathering came up with a proposal. "Hey, why don't we all pay a visit to that popular so-called charismatic church up the road and frighten the daylights out of them by our mere presence in their midst."
Another individual agreed and added, "Why not make it a big contingent to make it worth our while. Let's spread the word until we have about 200 converging on that church. Do we all agree that it should be a peaceful attendance just to see all those church members squeal in their seats?"
They all agreed.
And so the word spread, not only to the atheist fraternity, but also to the ears of the leadership of the church under "siege". The latter called a meeting to weigh up the situation. "What do we do?" one of the Pastors asked. Another answered, "Well, we don't know the purpose of their attendance, but could it be for any other reason but to disrupt our service?"
A senior Pastor came up with, "Brothers, should we not regard this as an opportunity to witness to these people? Perhaps it is a test from the Lord to see how we would handle the situation. Perhaps we should just conduct the service as usual and see what transpires."
"I don't think so" another Pastor exclaimed. "They might have concealed weapons and we might have a massacre on our hands. If we allow them in, then we should at least have a police presence in and around the church building."
To this the senior Pastor replied, "What if we did not know about this unusual visit at all? Brothers, every Sunday many people respond to the altar call in this church. Who says that many of them will not also give their lives to Christ?"
And so the meeting went on until a unanimous decision was reached. It was decided to cancel that Sunday's two morning services rather than put the lives of the congregation at risk.
The above is not a true story, but it could well be in the offing. Is this the way the leadership of any Christian church would respond? The Church is supposed to go out to the lost and proclaim the Good News, but in this case the lost is coming to the Church - en masse, albeit under false pretences. Some churches might react differently and grasp the opportunity. After all, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Heb 4:12)
Perhaps this is a challenge to atheists - a peaceful visit to a Bible-preaching church. After all, they have souls not knowing which way to go. This way they can make up their minds once and for all.
Spread the word.
Now retired, Jack Vorster has a background in marketing in the field of newspaper advertising. As a result of a life-changing experience he turned his attention to the study of the human make-up and the realities connected to human behaviour based on the Word of God.
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