“Was I Going to Be Arrested?”
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
One of our listeners – pastor and creationist Phil Spry – told us a remarkable story that I’m going to share with you in his own words.
Shortly after the old USSR dissolved I was in Moscow teaching Creation Science seminars in Russian high schools. At one school the missionary who set up the meeting of about seven students had to go to the school office to get a screen for my overhead projector. He came back with the school principal, who wanted to know what we were doing in that 800-seat auditorium with just seven kids. My translator told him, “This American has come here to tell the students how God created the world.” He got very agitated and told us to stop. He quickly exited the room through a side door. I thought I was going to be arrested.
The principal went down the hall to the first classroom, opened the door and said to the teacher, “Bring all of your students and come with me.” He then went to every classroom in the building and did the same thing. It took about thirty minutes but I had every student, teacher, administrator, custodian, counselor and cook were in the auditorium. He then came to me and in animated Russian spoke to my translator. “For seventy years our country has lost the knowledge of God. Please; tell my students how God created the world.” Then he gave me the rest of the day with about a thousand people.
Creationists, do not lose heart! That day I shared the message of Genesis chapter 1, but more importantly, of John chapter 3!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for opening doors for this man so that the gospel could be proclaimed. I pray that You will also open doors for me so I can share the gospel and biblical creation with many who now believe in evolution. Amen.
Author: Steven J. Schwartz
Ref: Correspondence with creationist, church planter, author and pastor Phil Spry.
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