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JAN
2009

A story of painful disobedience


Onething08, a youth conference organized by IHOP (International House of Prayer), recently came to a close in Kansas City, MO.  During the final session in the four day conference, one of the speakers, Stuart Greaves, was encouraged by Lou Engle to share a troubling story.  Unfortunately, this is an example of one of the possible outcomes when we don't obey God's Spirit when it prompts us to do something.

The Story

Stuart has a good friend that owns an apartment complex.  His friend was leaving town and asked Stuart to take some time off work to watch his complex, so he agreed.  While he was working at the complex, a man of middle eastern decent approached him and asked him for help with a washer and dryer.

"Sure, I can help you with that," Stuart said.

While assisting the man with the washer and dryer, he felt a stirring in his spirit and sensed that he needed to share the gospel with him.  However, he remembered of a book he recently read that said all you need to do is be consistently friendly to Muslims and they will eventually ask you questions about your faith.  In the current day, he now strongly dislikes the book.  He let it get the best of him and he passed on sharing the gospel with the man on that day.

Later, while reading scripture, he came across a passage in Acts that greatly convicted him, where Paul says that he is innocent of the blood of all men because he has not hesitated to share the entire will of God with them.

Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  (Acts 20:26-27)

This scripture is saying that if we are hesitant to share the gospel with someone that does not know it, then we are responsible for their blood on our day of judgment.

Even after this passage convicted him, he watched a Bible video on Acts sometime later.  The same passage came up and it convicted him yet again.

He later found out that after his friend had returned to his apartment complex, it was swarmed with many police.

"There was a terrorist staying in my complex," his friend told him.

It turns out, the terrorist was the man that Stuart did not share the gospel with on that day.  He went to a nearby gun shop and purchased a gun, taking it to the Empire State Building.  He shot and killed six people that day before turning the gun on himself.

Stuart said that he will never forget that man's face.

Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.