乾淨的能力

乾淨的能力

鍾馬田

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我記得一位女士,她曾經是個招魂的人,甚至是個女巫,某個招魂社團付錢僱用的女巫。她每個星期天晚上都去參加一個招魂聚會,擔任女巫,收取3基尼(英國舊金幣)。這還是在(二十世紀)30年代,那對一個中下階層的婦女而言是相當大的數目。

有一個星期天,她病了,不能赴約。她坐在自己的屋子裏,看見人們路過,要去我當時在南威爾斯牧養的教會。她突然覺得想要知道那些人有些什麼,所以就決定參加當晚的崇拜聚會。她真那麼做了。而且從此一直來聚會,直到離世。她成了非常棒的基督徒。

我有一天問她:她第一次來教會時有何感覺。她如此告訴我:「我進到教堂,坐在人群中的那一刻,感到有一股能力。跟我們過去在招魂聚會中一樣,我感覺到一股能力。但有一個很大的不同。我感覺到你們教堂裏的那股能力是乾淨的能力。」

Clean Power
Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

I remember a woman who was a spiritist, and even a medium, a paid medium employed by a spiritist society. She used to go every Sunday evening to a spiritist meeting and was paid three guineas for acting as a medium. This was during the thirties, and that was quite a large sum of money for a lower-middle-class woman.

She was ill one Sunday and could not go to keep her appointment. She was sitting in her house, and she saw people passing by on their way to the church where I happened to be ministering in South Wales. Something made her feel a desire to know what those people had, and so she decided to go to the service, and did so. She came ever afterward until she died and had become a very fine Christian.

One day I asked her what she had felt on that first visit, and this is what she said to me. She said, “The moment I entered your chapel and sat down on a seat among the people, I was conscious of a power. I was conscious of the same sort of power as I was accustomed to in our spiritist meetings, but there was one big difference. I had a feeling that the power in your chapel was a clean power.”
–Elizabeth Catherwood and Christopher Catherwood, eds., The Christ-Centered Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Classic Sermons for the Church Today (Crossway, 2014), 34

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