Some time ago an 18-year-old girl from Washington state attended a worship service. For the first time in her life she heard a gospel sermon. The following Tuesday the pastor of the church received a letter from her. It read:
Last Sunday I attended your church, and I heard you preach. In your sermon you said that all men have sinned and rebelled against God. Because of their rebellion and disobedience they all face eternal damnation and separation from God.
But then you also said God loved men and sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to redeem men from their sins and that all those who believe in him would go to heaven and live with God eternally.
My parents recently died in rapid succession. I know they did not believe in Jesus Christ, whom you call the Savior of the world. If what you preach is true, they are damned.
You compel me to believe that either the message is true, or that you yourself dont believe this message, or that you dont care. We live only three blocks from your church, and no one ever told us. You hypocrites!
Could your pastor or your church ever receive such a letter from a neighbor who lives nearby? Its not likely if youre seriously praying for them. Churches that pray earnestly and specifically for neighbors always seem to find a way to touch their lives.