His Last Convert

December 12, 2013

One of the stories not published in secular coverage, of the sinking of the Titanic, is the story of a preacher whose name was John Harper. A pastor told the story of John Harper to his congregation at a large church.  This is what he said:

“When the Titanic was sinking, one of those foundering in the ocean was a soul-winning preacher by the name of John Harper. Grasping a piece of floating wood, he paddled around in the inky darkness from one sinking survivor to another asking, “Are you saved?” When the answer was, “No, I know my soul is lost!” He stopped long enough to explain the way of salvation and lead them in a sinner’s prayer, and then paddled on to the next one. On and on during the dreadful hours after the great ship had sank, John Harper swam from one to another with his message of salvation. And then, eventually, completely exhausted, and unable to hold on to his plank of wood, he himself sank beneath the dark icy waters.”

That pastor, who told this story to his congregation, closed his sermon with these words, “I was John Harper’s last convert!”

My friend, so much stress is placed these days on the heroic efforts to save human life; but human life will still be short-lived compared to eternity. We must remember, the souls of men, women, and their children will live for eternity with or without Christ.

James 4:14 – ….For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

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