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The Titanic Evangelist

April 15th, 2014 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in HIStory | SUDDEN DEATH!

JOHN HARPER was an evangelist on the Titanic. On the anniversary of this tragedy, after 1,517 people perished in a watery grave, I want to remember a man of God who provided  hope for those who had little aboard the Titanic.

Here’s an excerpt from the Baptist Press on this great man:

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Harper successfully led his daughter to a lifeboat. Being a widower he may have been allowed to join her but instead forsook his own rescue, choosing to provide the masses with one more chance to know Christ.

Der Untergang der TitanicHarper ran person to person, passionately telling others about Christ. As the water began to submerge the “unsinkable” ship, Harper was heard john harpershouting, “Women, children, and the unsaved into the lifeboats.” Rebuffed by a certain man at the offer of salvation Harper gave him his own life vest, saying, “You need this more than I do.” Up until the last moment on the ship Harper pleaded with people to give their lives to Jesus.

Four years after the tragedy at a Titanic survivor’s meeting in Ontario, Canada, one survivor recounted his interaction with Harper in the middle of the icy waters of the Atlantic. He testified he was clinging to ship debris when Harper swam up to him, twice challenging him with a biblical invitation to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” He rejected the offer once. Yet given the second chance and with miles of water beneath his feet, the man gave his life to Christ. Then as Harper succumbed to his watery grave, this new believer was rescued by a returning lifeboat. As he concluded his remarks at the Ontario meeting of survivors he simply stated, “I am the last convert of John Harper.” Read the whole article here.

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  • Steve L. says:

    ‘Back in England, friends and loved ones awaited the news of the fate of the passengers. Names were placed on two lists: “Known to Be Saved,” and “Known to Be Lost.”

    Harper’s name was placed on the former list. In Heaven.’

    Absolutely chilling to read the above account! Jesus’ words in Mark 16:15 weren’t a suggestion; they were a command! Living for Christ in every area of life is critical, but I feel the area of evangelism is a cut above the rest! “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few!” May the Lord grant us more like John Harper!!

  • RyanShirtz says:

    Why so serious?

  • Steve L. says:

    Jim:
    Haven’t you ANYTHING better to do than what you do?

  • Eric Stefan says:

    Wow, what a truly awesome God we serve!!!

    God, using His servants in the icy waters, John Harper realizing he was saved in the way that really counts and seeking to save others. What a great testimony!

  • Steve L. says:

    Nohm wrote:
    ‘Jim can do this, AND do something “better”.’

    Better, haven’t’ seen it! And from my vantage point, his identity seems to be comprised of a mind set that doesn’t do the speaker (him) nor the hearer any good whatsoever!

    • Nohm says:

      Hi Steve L.,

      You wrote: “Better, haven’t’ seen it!

      That’s your subjective opinion, based on an incredibly limited knowledge of Jim. So, there’s that.

      And from my vantage point,

      Which is… what, exactly?

      his identity seems to be comprised of a mind set

      Which is… ? And you base this on… ?

      that doesn’t do the speaker (him) nor the hearer any good whatsoever!

      Sure, opinions differ on this. For example, I think that my style is the best, so I use it. *Shrug*

  • If Christians are discouraged by what Jim does, that’s just gravy. Like Jim, I’m here because Steve is dishonest both with us and himself.

  • Steve L. says:

    Dear Nohm:

    Let’s get one thing straight! All you guys (especially Jim) are as negative as life allows! You, with Satan’s help, have submersed yourself into a negative lifestyle pattern and it’s so easy to recognize. All of you have a chip on your shoulder; you’ve got something to prove. A haughty spirit and lofty eyes. The whole world is out to get you, and you feel that success is simply an impossibility. This includes the success of overcoming this negative mind set that ultimately turns into a negative lifestyle. Want proof? You keep coming back to this web site peddling your foolishness. Sure, you’re welcome here anytime but understand this is how I view you and will continue to do so until you can give me a reason to do otherwise!
    Now, am I going to get flamed for writing the above when, as a Christian, I’m supposed to be “positive” all the time?

    • perdita says:

      The whole world is out to get you, and you feel that success is simply an impossibility.

      Who are you talking about? Us in general? If so, can you give some examples to show that I think the whole world is out to get me and that I feel success is an impossibility? (Where on earth did you even get that?)

      All you guys (especially Jim) are as negative as life allows!

      If being negative means unwilling to accept a comfortable lie (Jesus came to save us and we can have eternal life through/with him, etc.) because it’s well, untrue – then, yeah consider me negative. However, I don’t think accepting reality is at all negative.

      This includes the success of overcoming this negative mind set that ultimately turns into a negative lifestyle.

      Please tell me what you think my negative lifestyle entails. Please be specific.

      You keep coming back to this web site peddling your foolishness… this is how I view you…

      Yeah, but we’re all having fun, right?

    • Nohm says:

      Hi Steve L.,

      You wrote: “Let’s get one thing straight!

      I’d like to.

      All you guys (especially Jim) are as negative as life allows!

      That seems like an exaggerated use of hyperbole, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and ask you to please show where I have been “as negative as life allows”.

      If you’ve got nothing, please retract.

      You, with Satan’s help,

      Hrm. So you say. You don’t demonstrate, but you say this.

      have submersed yourself into a negative lifestyle pattern

      Please give an example where I have “submersed [myself] into a negative lifestyle pattern”.

      Or, admit that you know absolutely nothing about my lifestyle, and retract your bluster.

      and it’s so easy to recognize.

      Oh? Do tell.

      Please explain how you’re able to “recognize” this.

      All of you have a chip on your shoulder; you’ve got something to prove.

      Please support, or retract. This post from you is all sorts of failed mind-reading. Any particular reason why you engage in failed mind-reading this much?

      A haughty spirit and lofty eyes.

      So you say. Again, you don’t demonstrate, but you certainly say it.

      The whole world is out to get you,

      Uh, no. I definitely do not believe that the whole world is out to get me. I am not a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

      Projection, maybe? Not sure.

      and you feel that success is simply an impossibility.

      Where do you get this silliness from? Success is definitely not an impossibility for me.

      Projection again? I don’t know.

      This includes the success of overcoming this negative mind set that ultimately turns into a negative lifestyle.

      Seriously, now you’re starting to sound like a Scientologist. I’m waiting for you to invite me into an auditing session.

      As I mentioned before, all of this “negative mind set” and “negative lifestyle” claims of yours are unfounded and should be retracted.

      Want proof?

      Like you would not believe.

      You keep coming back to this web site peddling your foolishness.

      Even if I accepted this for the sake of discussion, I don’t see how this is “proof” of your previous specious claims.

      Please explain.

      Sure, you’re welcome here anytime but understand this is how I view you

      Lovely. And as soon as you own this blog and you’re in charge, then I’ll consider that as important.

      and will continue to do so until you can give me a reason to do otherwise!

      That isn’t my “agenda”. As I’ve stated, I come here because I enjoy talking with people who think very differently than I do. Also, this is one of the very few religious blogs that allows me to post my comments as much as they are, and I appreciate Steve S. for that.

      Now, am I going to get flamed for writing the above when, as a Christian, I’m supposed to be “positive” all the time?

      No, you’re going to get flamed because you engaged in a whole bunch of failed mind-reading and made specious claims with no support.

  • rufustfirefly says:

    Steve; if you could choose between physically saving those passengers, or sharing the gospel, but they’d die, which would you choose?



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