So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6

FRONT PAGE - here you will find the last 20 postings about recent conversations. Please pray for these people!
10/8/10       Juan         82
An older man (Juan) at the park refused to take the million dollar bill gospel tract I offered him and treated me with suspicion and indifference at first, so I put aside sharing my faith and just talked with him to practice speaking Spanish. I learned a lot about his past, having moved from Mexico fifty years ago to work on a ranch in Texas and ending up in Chicago. Eventually, he did begin to trust me so I began to ask about spiritual things. Juan drifted away from his Catholic background into alcohol and, having never married, wasn't ashamed to say he had used the services of prostitutes his whole life. He feels that paying them makes it okay. Fifteen years ago he had hit bottom with his alcohol use and became suicidal. He went to a Catholic church and was counseled by a priest there who blessed him and annointed him with oil. This was so meaningful to Juan that he was able to turn away from alcohol (not completely) and now says he believes in God (though he knew nothing of Jesus). He thinks God would judge him to be a good person compared to others and really had no further interest in spiritual things. I shared the gospel as best as I could, but he seemed to only hear what he wanted. Did the priest help him with hope right when he needed it, or hurt him with false assurance of salvation that has inoculated him against the Gospel?

1 comment:

humanstructions said...

It was only last Sunday that I considered the thought that one could become inoculated against the Gospel. I don't know the entire content of the conversation Juan had with the priest but it doesn't sound like it was any more than a temporary fix. I don't understand 'turn away from alcohol (not completely)'. In answer to your question, I think the priest may have hurt him with the false assurance of salvation that has 'inoculated' him against the Gospel. It sounds so foolish to me now when I hear people saying things like 'paying protitutes makes it alright' or 'God will judge me good compared to others'. There was a time, not too long ago, when I would say, Hey whatever floats your boat ... you're entitled to your opinion but it sounds so crazy to hear people talk like that now.