I heard about this meeting, which was presided over by a famous and well respected Pastor. It was called to acquaint him with the new converts in his church, one of which was a business man in the locality! Immediately he (the businessman) saw the other converts, he became very uncomfortable, and confronted the Pastor as follows:
Businessman: Pastor, I find it difficult to believe that you called this meeting, and allowed this sort of people to be in attendance. What is the Christian world turning into?
Pastor: How do you mean sir?
Businessman: Pastor, can’t you see that unlike me, these guys are notorious sinners; thieves, looters, murderers, adulterers, kidnappers, ritualists, gun runners, militants, etc.? And if I may ask, why are they so quiet? Is it because they are ashamed of their legendary sins?
Pastor: Excuse me sir, who they were, is no more important, who they are now, is. For your information, they are now children of the most high God, whose sins he has forgiven. And as to why they are quiet, well they are in shock, because they never expected someone like you to be in a gathering like this!
N.B. My take on the joke is embedded in Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV). That is:
“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast’’.
*Attention please: This joke is only meant to brighten your day; it has nothing to do with religion. Thank you.
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies