Rush-hour train passengers forced open the doors and fled the carriage onto tracks in a packed train after a man began reading lines from the Bible.
The man “panicked” passengers on the train when he began reading phrases such as “death is not the end.”
With the recent Parson’s Green Tube carriage explosion in London, it is understandable that passengers would be nervous about any potential talk about “death is not the end” on a train. Many passengers forced open the doors and jumped onto the track, not wanting to know “the end” of the message coming from a well-meaning evangelist.
Obviously, the man wanted to talk to passengers about eternity, but the fear of dying before getting to eternity did not go down well with passengers on the train at Wimbledon.
Police said the rail power lines were cut as passengers “self-evacuated” the Waterloo-bound train as causing huge disruption to South Western Railway (SWR) services to and from London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station.
Some services were cancelled or delayed by more than an hour, with disruption continuing until the afternoon.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Passengers self-evacuated off a train and onto the tracks at Wimbledon after a passenger incident.
“British Transport Police are investigating and there were no injuries to passengers or staff. This has caused significant delays to services in and out of Waterloo that will continue for the rest of the morning.”
Meanwhile, some commentators ask how the eternity message can be communicated without talking about “dying?”
Pastor Kingsley Ewujo, from South East London, said: “How we talk to others about eternity and what we say and don’t say can strengthen or damage our relationships with our target audience. Thankfully the Bible records some keys that can help us understand others and be understood – which is the essence of good communication.”
Pastor Ewujo continued by making reference to Ephesians 4:29, which says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” He said talking about “death is not the end” on a packed rush hour train, especially given recent Parson’s Green terrorist incident is not “good for building up,” and does not “fit the occasion.”
London based Pastor Theophilus Adisa disagrees; he said let’s “call a spade a spade.” He explained that we must not lose the message while trying to be politically correct. He referred to two more Bible passages (Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:36), he warns that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” and that we must give an account of “every idle word” we speak.
Pastor Adisa said, “You cannot beat about the bush, you have to say it as it is; ‘death is not the end,’ full stop.”