UK Commuters Run Off Train ‘Panicked’ as Passenger Reads Bible, Preaches ‘Death Is Not the End’

(BBC) Passengers forced open the doors on a busy rush-hour train and climbed on to tracks after becoming “panicked” in the carriage.

It happened outside Wimbledon station in southwest London at 8:30 BST as a man apparently began reading lines aloud from the Bible.

Commuters became scared when the man also began saying “death is not the end,” a passenger said.

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  • Robin Egg

    Just like Smith Wigglesworth!! The power of the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. He had a similar experience on a train where people were convicted os sfn and in fear for their lives!! May be a fresh movement which is certainly needed especially in Europe and US!! Praise God!!

    • InTheChurch

      I was thinking the same thing. They run because their conviction. You can run but you can’t hide.

      • Cady555

        Yeah. Did the 22,000 people listening to country music flee the concert in Las Vegas – including many christians – because they were convicted of sin? Nope. The ran because someone was killing people.

        The people in Britain ran because the religious nutcase preaching about doomsday had backpack, and they didn’t feel like waiting around to find out if he planned to blow everyone up after he was done preaching.

  • Lexical Cannibal

    Yeah, no, I’m sure that guy meant well, but when one of the strangers I’m trapped in a big metal tube with starts reading from his bible out loud and talking about death, apropos of nothing, my assumption is that I’m about to be a participant in the next big spree shooting. Like, read the room, guy, jeez.

  • Quince

    With all the mass shootings, this guy picks mass transit to announce “everybody’s going to die”?

    What did he think would happen? How dense could he be?

    Did he think everybody would look at him and think “I need what he has. Then I too can cause pointless mass panic.”?

    • YoikesAndAway

      He actually said “death is not the end” not everybody is going to die. Big difference.

      • Quince

        No. It is not that different. Evidence the fact that people pried open doors and jumped onto train tracks – risked their lives – to get away. They took his statements as a threat that he would take it upon himself to cause the deaths he was ranting about.

        Announcing “Death is not the end” in a public space that people cannot easily leave is demented.

        Which brings me back to my question. Does he actually think that people will want to check out christianity based in his words and behavior? Will one single person on that train or who hears about it afterward think “Wow. Christianity must be true.” or “Being a christian makes you a better person. I want to be like him”?

        Christians need to speak up and tell other christians when their behavior puts the gospel in a bad light.

        • InTheChurch

          Quince, just a personal and easy question, answer with yes or no. Are you a Christian? Not judging but just wanting to know.

        • YoikesAndAway

          People need to clear out the earwax and check their triggers before jumping from a train. We don’t even know what context this was spoken, what else was spoken, and if you cannot tell the difference between death is not the end, from everyone is going to die I suggest you pay better attention to FACTS of the story.

          • Robin Egg

            This is a quotefrom another newssite:

            An eyewitness to the incident told The Guardian newspaper
            the “well-spoken and calm” preacher started reading from the old
            testament and told the carriage: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to talk
            to you about something and that something is the word of the Lord,
            Jesus Christ. He’s here to heal your sins. The Bible tells you that
            homosexuality is a sin and sex before marriage is a sin. You need to
            repent.”

          • Quince

            Sure. Whenever there is a report of a terrorist in your immediate vacinity, every one should take a few minutes to relax. Maybe do some deep breathing exercises.

            It looks like one of the recent London bombings happened on this line. People were jumpier than average. They over reacted,

            I always read about stuff like this from more than one site. Usually someone has a complete story. One site said he was “calm” and “acting erratic” in the same article. He was talking about doomsday.

            The most important thing is don’t preach at a captive audience and don’t rattle in about god’s judgment on a train that already had one terrorist attack or the day after a mass shooting.

      • dansLaRue

        Death is Not the End…great song by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

  • YoikesAndAway

    It would have been more informative if we knew all of what he read aloud. Not knowing makes it impossible to know if he was the nut or the others were.

  • InTheChurch

    When your spirit is poked, your body and mind can’t handle it. Run all you want, your spirit is still there. Time to address your spirit person.

  • Lexical Cannibal

    My last version of this comment was deleted for no discernible reason. I meant it as a genuine concern, though, so let’s try again.

    I’m sure that guy meant well, but when one of the strangers I’m trapped in a big metal tube with starts reading from his bible out loud and talking about death, apropos of nothing, my assumption is that I’m about to be a participant in the next big spree shooting. Like, read the room, guy, jeez. Context matters; on the street is one thing, I can walk away, run away, dance away, or moonwalk away at my leisure, but a train is too good a setting for a massacre in this day and age (high speed relative to the ground, low, personal mobility, few places to hide, general inability to escape immediate setting, among others) for me to be comfortable with somebody opening their favorite religious text and preaching to a group of non-consenting strangers about what comes after the big lie down.

    Preach your preach, if that’s your thing, but cornering people is a bad idea even if you’re not living in the age of 500+ casualty shooting sprees.

  • Japheth Limpid

    Let’s rightly divide the word of truth.

    ‘Death is not the end’ is true for believers (go to heaven) and those whom have heard of the LORD but choose to reject it (hell)

    But there is no ‘imputed sin’ for those whom have never had chance to receive God’s word. They suffer the consequences of inherited sin (death) but not an afterlife judgment. Their fate is annihilation.

    Romans 5:13 [For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.]
    John 9:41 [Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.]

    Ecclesiastes 9
    [4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

    5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

    6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.]

  • TimothyJ

    Yes the Word of God is both frightening and offensive to the world.