Rev. Les Isaac Responds To The Sermon That “Brought Down The Government”

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‘THERE ARE BETTER PREACHERS THAN ME, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN’: PASTOR WHOSE SERMON INSPIRED SAJID JAVID TO QUIT AS HEALTH SECRETARY HUMBLED BY IMPACT OF HIS WORDS

The Reverend Les Isaac – the pastor whose sermon last week inspired health secretary Sajid Javid to quit the government – has spoken out about the importance of integrity and humility.

“There are better preachers than me, but God had a plan,” he said.

Rev Les, the founder of Street Pastors, was humbled to hear that Mr. Javid had resigned after hearing him deliver a sermon on integrity at the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in Westminster.

Over the weekend, Javid commented in a BBC interview,

It might sound a bit strange, but I was listening to the sermon by this amazing man, Rev Les Isaac – you know, he started Street Pastors.

I was listening to him talking about the importance of integrity in public life and, just focusing on that, I made up my mind. I went straight back to my office and drafted the resignation letter and went to see the Prime Minister later in the day.

In an interview this week with former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP, Rev Isaac said the response of Mr. Javid should be an encouragement to all pastors. 

He said:

It’s important for all of us as ministers and men and women who preach publicly that our words are not just good homilies or sermons, but God’s authority, power, and spirit at work through us. It makes me think more about the need to hear God’s voice and be a channel and conduit so that God can speak to men and women.

Rev Isaac revealed he was invited to speak at the breakfast three years ago, but it was postponed until now due to the pandemic. 

“Whether you’re in the politics in the church or a police officer or a teacher, society expects you to be a man or woman of integrity. What’s on the tin has to be played out in private as well as in public. People say you have a private life, but it doesn’t affect your public life, but when we serve the public, what we do or say, people will copy and emulate. It’s important we get it right in terms of integrity. 

Jesus had power and authority, but he laid it down and washed feet and served.

Rev Les was speaking to Tim Farron MP for A Mucky Business – a podcast where Christian politicians and public figures share their journey and discuss balancing their careers and the personal faith. The episode launches today and is available at https://pod.link/1548503241

Written by: Esther Jolliffe

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