THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE- EVEN IF SOMEOME CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD
As I get ready for my final departure- what I would like to do is tell a couple of the ‘best of the best’ type stories on my way out.
Many years ago- in the early 80’s- I was going to a Fundamental Baptist church- I was the youth leader and filled in for the preacher at times.
Good church- great people.
But- this style of Christianity looks down upon what the bible refers to as the Charisms- or the gifts of the Spirit.
Now- as a teacher for many years- one who tries to ground himself in the historic church.
The main teaching- by most of the churches- is the gifts do indeed still operate today.
But- you have lots of ‘silliness’ in some of the expressions of them- and of course- you have out and out charlatans too.
So- during this time- I was a young believer- just got kicked out of the Navy [maybe will tell that one next?] and was painting houses for a contractor [right before I got hired at the Fire Dept.].
One day we were painting this dentists house- Charles Clements- and I’ll never forget.
I was downstairs in a room- and I thought I heard a bloodcurdling scream!
I went to the spot where I thought the scream came from- and sure enough- the mother of the kids had pulled her young boy out form the bottom of the pool- he drowned to death.
My job foremen- Randy Maltby- started doing CPR- well- he actually just tried to do mouth to mouth- and water was coming out of the boy.
Now- I worked 25 years at the Fire Dept.- I have seen lots of dead folk- this kid was dead.
But- at this time- I did not have the experience and simply asked the mom ‘do you want me to pray’?
She was hysterical- and screamed YES!!
I will never forget the prayer- I was very calm- and simply started praying for God to raise the boy from the dead- for God to put the boy’s spirit back in him.
As I prayed- I heard the boy cough- and in a short time he was awake.
Now- the ambulance came and took him to the ER.
About a week later the news paper came to interview me and the other carpenters- they did a front page story about the boy.
It read ‘CHILD SAYS HE SAW THE LORD’.
The boy was around 3-5 years old- but he made- what the doctors called- a miraculous recovery.
He recounted the story to them.
He said when he as at the bottom of the pool- Jesus came to him and told him he was going to bring him back to life.
The paper [Kingsville Record- early 80’s- maybe you can find it on line?] ran a full story on it- they did say ‘Chiarello was in the room- praying’.
As you can imagine- this was somewhat of a shock for the Baptist Church I was going to.
And the story was the talk of the town.
To be honest- I didn’t see what all the fuss was about- I thought everyone believed God could do stuff like this.
But as the years went by- I realized lots of people- some more Charismatic types- they talk a lot about this stuff- but in actuality- it rarely happens.
In Luke chapter 16 Jesus tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
The rich man had it made- all the stuff you ever could want- a ‘more than enough’ mentality for sure!
The poor man was begging every day at the gate- the dogs came and licked his sores.
One day the rich man dies- goes to hell.
Lazarus dies- goes to heaven.
The rich man sees Lazarus with Abraham- and asks father Abraham to send Lazarus with some water- the rich man is hot!
Abraham says he cant- there is this gulf- and you can’t pass over.
The rich man says ‘well- at least let Lazarus go back to my brothers who are still alive- maybe he can warn them’.
Jesus says ‘they have Moses and the Prophets [their writings] let them get warned by that’.
The rich man says ‘no- but if one comes back from the dead- they will listen’.
Jesus says ‘if they won’t be convinced by the Old Testament writings- then neither will they believe if one rose from the dead’.
The boy in the above story is Andrew Clements- his dad is a famous dentist here in South Texas- he runs an ad every week in the paper.
Some might think ‘gee John- how do we know your not making this stuff up’.
Look- I take no money- have nothing to sell- and to be honest- at this point- have no reputation to defend.
Why the heck would I make this stuff up?
Yeah- some of you will believe- but some wont- even if one Rose from the Dead.
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