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Pastor L.G. Broughton tells how he was invited to preach in one of the
leading churches of a large city. He went into the pulpit with a special
sense of God's presence. When he finished his evangelistic sermon, the
Holy Spirit impressed upon him that there were some in the congregation
who should be urged to make a decision for Christ that very day. He was
not completely familiar with the way the church ended its order of
worship, but he felt led of the Spirit to warn the lost of the danger of
putting off accepting the Lord as Saviour. Suddenly a strong, able bodied
man got up and walked to the from of the auditorium. Tears streamed down
his face for he was under deep conviction of sin. Then one after another
responded. Broughton said, "Four- teen confessed Christ that morning. But
as we were about to leave, the wife of one of the church officers
remarked, " I greatly enjoyed the sermon, but I don't think a visiting
preacher should change the regular order of service just to have a few
people come forward." The preacher felt rebuked by that remark, but when
the first man who had responded met accidental death before the day had
ended, Broughton was convinced that he had been divinely directed. He
realized then why he had felt the special need of "preaching to a
decision." We may be speaking to someone who will never hear the gospel
invitation again. -Henry Bosch-

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