Posted Date: June 6, 2007 - Wednesday - 1:36 AM
During an impassioned sermon on death and facing judgment, the visiting evangelist said forcefully, "Every member of this church is going to die and face judgment." Early on in the sermon he noticed a gentleman smiling on the front row.
The minister kept pushing his theme: "Every member of this church is going to die." The guy smiled even more while everyone else in the congregation had a very somber look. In an effort to get through to the guy, the preacher repeated it several more times forcefully, "EACH MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO DIE."
Each time the phrase was repeated, the man smiled more. This really got the preacher wound up and he preached even harder. The man still smiled. The preacher finally walked down off the platform to stand just in front of the smiling man and shouted, "I SAID, EACH MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO DIE!"
At the end of the service the man was smiling from ear to ear. While everyone else was looking pretty grim from the prospect of entering eternity, the man seemed quite happy. After the service the preacher jumped down off the platform and worked through the crowd to find the man. Pulling him aside, the preacher said, "I don't get it. Every time I said, 'Every member of this church is going to die,' you were laughing. I want to know why you did that?"
The man looked the preacher square in the eye and said confidently, "I'm not a member of this church." -James Merritt
"A merry heart doeth good . . ." -Proverbs 17:22