Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer was the founder of Dallas Theological Seminary and a gifted evangelist. He never passed up the opportunity to share the simple good news of the gospel with lost people as the following story illustrates. Chafer writes:
One day I was passing a little house at the intersection of a highway, in which a flagman for the railroad was sitting. I looked through the window and saw him reading what we would commonly call a family Bible. And though it said on the door: "No Admittance," I boldly went through the door.
I said to the flagman, "When I looked through the window and saw you reading that Book, I just had to come in and pass a word of greeting to you."
"Oh," he said, "I read that Book a great deal."
"But," I replied, "Are you saved?"
"No, I'm not."
"Well, why aren't' you saved?"
"I never could be good enough to be saved."
"Friend," I said "if God would make an exception in your case, and give you salvation outright as a gift, would you receive it?"
"I don't know what kind of fool you think I am that I wouldn't take a gift like that."
So I said to him, "Pick up that Book and turn to John 10:28."
It took him a good while to find it, and he read, "I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish..."
"Now take Romans 6:23."
And he found that and read, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." He laid down the Book down and said to me, "Stranger, I don't who you are, but you've done more for me today than any other man."
"What have I done for you? I've got you in a trap. You told me that if it was a gift, you'd accept it. Now," I said, "what are you going to do about that?"
"Well," he replied, "I will accept it right now."
And he did. We had a word of prayer, and I went on my way.
That's' the simplicity of the gospel, dear friends. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Now, what are you going to do about that?