There was a young man standing there in a way that you could feel sorry for him, looking at him I became concerned for the young man. I felt that he ought to speak to him, but he feared that he might show more zeal than knowledge. I felt the man might be offended if I went to him in that way. Did I have the wrong idea? If anyone is offended because you try to do right, let them go, if anyone is offended because you ask them to be a Christian, let them go to Hell. You've done your duty. He thought it over and made up his mind to speak that very night. The young man did not come that night, so on the next day I drove out to see him. I found the young man again and said you were standing there before the chapel with doubt in your mind just open yourself up, be a Christian, yes, "I want you to be a Christian."
The man looked angry at me, I do not want you to come with that to me, I as just there wondering why people did bother with it. So go away and do not come back. I looked him and a tear welded in my eyes for a soul lost and returned to the chapel. Time passes and many years went by when one day I was at a meeting in a small sea side resort when a man came down the aisle. He looked at me; you do not recognise me he asked then? I am the man who cursed you when you drove out to my home and asked me to be a Christian. I want to be a Christian now."
"What has changed you?" I asked. "I'll tell you," said the man. "I never heard a sermon that touched me, nor a song. It was your tears, the tears that were in your eyes as I cursed you and you turned away. I've never been able to forget them. I've never had a day's peace since that moment." Oh, if you knew the power of tears for the sinner. If you only felt enough concern to weep over those who are in danger of being lost, the sight of such tears would win many souls for Christ.
One morning when I was over in London a young woman came to my door and knocked and said that a man wanted to see me. I found that he was a Church member - a ruling elder. He told me that he had not been living right. "How can I get right?" he asked. I told him that his confession must be as public as his sin had been great. I told him that he would have to stand up and tell the people that he hadn't been living right and promise that with God's help he would do better. He said, "Oh, I can't do that." "All right," I said, "but if you aren't willing to do what you must do to get right, what did you come to me for?"
He finally said he would do it, and he did. Then he asked me to pray for him and I did. Then he asked me to pray for his son John, the boy was at university in Birmingham mid North West England. He didn't go with his class that day. Late that night there was a knock at the door and when they opened it, John was there. He had walked sixteen or seventeen miles to get home and he was almost frozen. They called his mother and they got him warm. Today he is preaching the gospel to those who are in need of the words of the Gospel. God shot the arrow of conviction over fifteen miles that day in answer to our prayers.
If the Church people get right, the whole world will get right. The world is challenging the Church instead of the Church challenging the world. If it was as easy to get the Church on its knees as it is to get the unsaved world into the kingdom, we wouldn't have any more trouble about religion. And God can't save you unless you're willing. He won't coerce you to it. I have never seen a minister who preached doctrines and creeds and evolution and all such things who had any real concern for the souls of his people. Jesus Christ is in a hurry to save this world and there never was an age when people were as hungry for the truth as they are today.
The angels don't care anything about a railroad in Scotland. What do they care about political principles? What do they care about a forty story skyscraper or reclaiming the deserts or moors? What do they care about pictures, art or science? The only thing they're interested in is the salvation of man. If you want to make the bells of Heaven ring, get down on your knees. Tell a sinner about Jesus Christ if you want to hear the Heavenly bells. Nothing will swing open the prison doors and bring men out of sin like prayer.
I always think when I see a man or a woman or boy or girl, what plan has God for them and what wonder will it be. He has a plan for each of us. He will use each of us to His glory if we will only let Him. We can defeat His plan if we want. But at the end we finally will see his work and we find that God honours this spirit in deep concern for the unsaved. This concern comes from a clear realization of man's relation. I never knew a higher critical preacher to save them from Hell. Such preaching is not of God and He will not bless it. It is of the devil. If you haven't got in your heart an agonized concern for the unsaved go right down there in front and fall in the sawdust and ask God to forgive you.
Nothing makes such joy in Heaven as the salvation of a soul. The angels don't care a rap about your wealth; they don't care about your social position, they don't care about your culture. It's the salvation of sinners that the angels care about.