Street sinners must repent

What is being accomplished by Potter’s Hands vis-à-vis the drug/prostitution problem downtown? Chris Salomons thinks it’s a great victory when a streetwalker condescends to talk to him about her tiresome occupation! Why such hollow victories reported by the author of Street Tales? Does Potter’s Hands have a gospel of deliverance to go along with its deeds of help?

Re: The Street Tales article of Oct. 20:

What is being accomplished by Potter’s Hands vis-à-vis the drug/prostitution problem downtown?

Chris Salomons thinks it’s a great victory when a streetwalker condescends to talk to him about her tiresome occupation!

Why such hollow victories reported by the author of Street Tales? Does Potter’s Hands have a gospel of deliverance to go along with its deeds of help?

True, Salomons, you do not pound your beliefs into people. But what is your alternative?

“Just let her know that she was an OK person.” That was the message you had for the streetwalker you spoke of.

This message will do little lasting good.

Sinners need to be told they are not OK. That is a negative, offensive message. But it is the truth.

And it is a message that may lead to repentance, which turn from sin is necessary to being delivered from sin and hell. I’m not talking about hell on earth (though prostitution must be hellish), but the hell of everlasting misery that is consequent to death.

Is Potter’s Hands a Christian ministry or not? Does the gospel of salvation from sin even exist over there?

Saving sinners from hunger and loneliness is a good work. But it is not the gospel.

Do not leave out the most important message: the death of Christ for sin, which saves the sinner from hell through a confidence in it.

Streetwalkers don’t just “need a chance to talk” (the title of Salomons’ article). They need to be told to repent.

Mark Gaboury

Red Deer

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