Recently Pastor Brian McDaniel traveled to Tanzania, Africa to participate in a Pastor’s Conference. Brian paired himself up with a Pastor friend and a translator and began going to the local open air coffee shop located on the corner square to share the gospel with whoever would listen. He would daily go there to preach and noticed that when he would arrive that the local men would all get on their cell phones. Ten minutes later a bunch of men from the Mosque in white robes would show up. They would come and sit in the front middle of all of the other men there gathered around to listen.
Often these men would ask questions about the gospel. Brian would give the answer and everyone would clap. One day as Pastor Brian was preaching on this corner square a fight broke out. One Muslim had been applauding an answer given by Brian to a question about the gospel and another Muslim hit the man applauding. Thankfully the fight broke up quickly.
One day the group went to a smaller village off of the river. When they arrived all the natives were waiting on the side.
One of the last days there Pastor Brian went to the square, saw everyone get on their cell phones, saw the Emoms in their white robes show up and sit down along with one of the main leaders at the Mosque. All eyes were on him as he sat down, center front.
He had a question, are you saying today that our good works do not get us heaven?
Brian responded with this illustration; Let’s say I came and I stole this man’s watch (pointing to one of the men gathered there) and everyone here saw me steel it. I ran to another village and I felt bad for steeling the watch so for one year I did all kinds of good works. I fed the hungry, I visited the sick, I helped the orphans and widows, I volunteered my work and all kinds of amazing good works for one year. After the one year I decided to walk back to your village. You see me and I get arrested because I stole the watch. I stand before the judge and I tell the judge about all the amazing good works that I did in the neighboring village for an entire year. Do you think the judge dropped the charges for steeling the watch? No, because all of the good works did not remove the fact that I stole the watch. The bible says that the wages of even one sin is death but that the free gift of God in Christ Jesus is eternal life.
The leader bowed his head and walked out.
Praise God for His protection and grace. Pray the seeds that were planted grow and bear much fruit.