On the corner of Bligh St and Hunter St in downtown Sydney, Australia stands a long forgotten memorial to Richard Johnson with the following inscription:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN SERVICE
HELD IN AUSTRALIA
FEBRUARY 3rd 1788
RICHARD JOHNSON B.A.
BEING THE PREACHER
Richard Johnson had been hand-picked by the leading evangelicals John Newton (author of ‘Amazing Grace’) and William Wilberforce ( abolishment of slavery) as a suitable Bible believing, born again Christian to plant and propagate the gospel in Sydney, in fact Wilberforce had recommended him as such to the British Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger (they were very close friends).
Richard Johnson stood alone with his King James Bible in hand before a mixed congregation of godless soldiers, criminals and Irish Catholic rebels, the text of his sermon was from
**Psalm 116: **
12 ***What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? ***
13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
“I do not address you as Churchman or Dissenters, Roman Catholics or Protestants, as Jews or Gentiles…But I speak to you as mortals and yet immortals…
The gospel…proposes a free and gracious pardon to the guilty, cleansing to the polluted…happiness to the miserable”
Johnson faithfully preached Christ and Him crucified for 12 years in the State of New South Wales.
Over the years the two main downtown streets George (named after King George III the reigning monarch at that time) and Pitt (named after the British Prime Minister) have seen faithful men of the cross standing on these streets preaching Christ and Him crucified to the people of Sydney.
During WYD 2008 the State Government led by Roman Catholic politicians instituted unconstitutional laws to prevent anyone protesting against the popes visit including preventing the preaching of the gospel by Street Preachers. In answer to prayer, God used the ungodly homosexual coalition to challenge the State Government in the Federal Courts which overturned these laws.
It was sad to see the Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd (who claims to be an evangelical Christian) and the Premier of NSW Morris Iemma (Roman Catholic) giving homage to and calling the pope ‘Holy Father’. It was also sad to see so called Christians Guy Sebastian and Darlene Zschech of Hillsong Church performing for the pope.
We are certainly living in the end-times of total apostacy.
However, a small remnant of Independent Fundamental King James Bible believing Baptists distributed over 4,000 gospel tracts and preached the gospel to thousands of pilgrims, and if only ONE soul got saved it would have been worth it all.
We are now bracing ourselves for God’s judgment to fall upon Sydney for allowing our great City and nation to be invaded by the Church of Rome.
Shame on you Sydney and you apostate ‘Christians’ for allowing this to happen. A city and nation that was founded on Biblical Christianity and not Roman Catholicism.
Street Preacher from Sydney