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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Principalities, powers and bombs
By Josiah Kane
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“I witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger. All you petty traitors to our cause will die.” The explosive on his waist burst apart in an inferno of hellish energy. Men and women screamed. People were torn apart, and even those at the edge of the crowd lost limbs or eyes. All that remained of one brave evangelist and five potential converts was a pile of dust. The newspaper reporter had been stabbed prior to the attack, but the bomber was far too busy to check that his camera was off. It wasn’t
“A suicide bomber with half a litre of nitroglycerine, the volatile component in dynamite, killed two hundred people. Our ambassador to Urgenistan was observing the event, and is now badly injured in a military hospital. It is unlikely that he will live. The Government has requested international sanctions against this country that exhibits such putrid behaviour. Attempts to change the mindset of the four point one million citizens are being made by an organization of Christian evangelists, many of whose workers are being gunned down. The Armenian government has issued a warning to stay away from this country unless you vitally must … Sorry; we have a situation here. Five men have walked into the studio, each with a package. Security cannot stop them. We have a real problem. The free world must fight.” Boom. And then there was static on every television screen watching the news on the Armenian Christian Radio, as the transmitter exploded and the building caved in.
“Yes Jesus Christ is the Lord of all,” insisted Pastor Andrew. “Our brother evangelist Peter was mercilessly slain, but we hold faith. Believe it or not, we will now have eight new missionary evangelists, all of whom have seen the plight of your friends and your families, wishing to help. But just to be safe, they will not hold any open-air meetings. Instead we shall work together to bring people one at a time to a nearby place where they can talk. Please, we need your help. None of us could possibly connect with these people, but you can.”
Pairs of evangelists shepherded any of their neighbours who were willing into a meeting hall. They then argued against their demonic faith, and ten out of the first twenty-seven were converted. Pamphlets, neighbourly acts, Christian DVDs, and straight talking brought them out of the mosque and into the body of Christ.
Number twenty-eight smuggled semtex in to obliterate the budding congregation, and destroyed the building as well as mortally wounding the original minister. However the others leaped backwards in the burning wind and were not seriously harmed. As Andrew lay bleeding in the fiery structure he had painstakingly constructed thirteen years before, he was adamant that his fellow citizens should leave for home at once. He then told the local members to remain as lights in the darkness, which everyone thought funny in the blazing room. Then he begged them not to mourn him too hard, this time quoting John 12:24*. He smiled, knowing that where he would go would be much cooler than that blaze he was in. Finally he prayed for his brethren he would leave behind. Then his soul was taken away to be with Jesus.
“I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 NIV
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