A Fisherman Misled!
(25 Pack)

Robert Surgenor

The crew of the "Crystal Sea" were guided to a frozen harbour, rather than a place of safety, when unintentionally given incorrect information. However, Satan intentionally misleads the whole world by his lies with the one aim of damning souls. 


She was thirty eight foot long, painted blue and white and could hold twenty tons of fish. The three year old Crystal Sea was a seiner fishing vessel skippered by Sandy Feltham. Feltham had named her from an old-time hymn which pictures the saints in heaven "gathered by the crystal sea," a scene of calmness and delight. Little did Feltham know that his strangely-named boat would be the stage of the most terrifying experience of his life! It was March when the Crystal Sea put out to sea from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. While at Harbour Grace her wooden hull was partially coated with fiberglass. With crewmembers, Stan Diamond and Cal Oldford, Feltham sailed up the east coast towards Bonavista Bay to fish for herring. The sea was calm and a balmy south wind blew softly. It was a lovely day, even though there was some local bay ice and some harbours were frozen. Sandy assured his crew that in twelve hours they would be in Bonavista. Eight hours later, a north-west wind began to blow and the temperature dropped rapidly. Off the shore of Catalina, Feltham and his little crew experienced ninety mph winds as twenty-foot waves hit the port bow of their little ship. They sailed north toward Gull Island and Cape Bonavista. By Spiller's Cove, the severe tossing of the Crystal Sea caused the ship's stove to turn upside down, spewing fiery oil into the galley. A sleeping bag was used to smother the flames. The name "Spiller's Cove" almost seemed like a somber prediction! In desperation, Feltham radioed the Canadian Coast Guard in St. John's to check on ice conditions in Bonavista Harbour, which now lay three miles distant. The Coast Guard told him to stand by while they checked. "I'M GOING DOWN! DOWN! DOWN!" It seemed like an eternity, but fifteen minutes later the Coast Guard replied - "The harbour is completely free of ice." If only the Crystal Sea could endure for three more miles, they might be saved! By this time, spray was freezing on the Crystal Sea, making it top-heavy. The diesel engine was at full throttle, but the little vessel tossed like a cork on the angry North Atlantic Ocean. Stan Diamond was in the chain locker sick; Feltham was desperate. Being a Christian however, he told his companions, "If this boat goes down, my soul goes up!" Cal Oldford, not a Christian, and worried about his soul, cried out, "I'm not going up, I'm going down! down! DOWN!" Ninety minutes later, at midnight, they miraculously reached their destination! Jutting out from the harbour was a breakwater. Fifteen-foot-thick slob-ice pushed the Crystal Sea towards the rocks before the harbour entrance. To the horror of the crew, Bonavista Harbour was frozen solid! They had been completely misled by the Canadian Coast Guard! - not intentionally, but nevertheless, MISLED! Stranded in the slob-ice five hundred feet from the breakwater, Feltham launched a distress rocket flare. The flare burst bright red at 1,000 feet, but the folks of Bonavista thought it was a prank. The Crystal Sea was being pounded by ice pans (large chunks of ice) as she heaved up and down on the huge waves and the gail winds. She had no harbour of refuge into which to sail! Finally, brave men from Bonavista, risking their lives, crawled to the head of the breakwater. After many attempts, they managed to throw a rope to the Crystal Sea to prevent her from being dashed to pieces on the rocks. When the storm began to subside, they used a twenty-foot ladder to rescue the Crystal Sea's almost-doomed crew. The time was 4:00 A.M. The boat had lost its expensive fiberglass coating, but three precious souls were safe! SATANIC DECEPTION While sailing on the Crystal Sea with Feltham as he seined for herring in Bonavista Bay, I thought of the lesson that his terrifying experience teaches. The Lord speaks of "Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12v9). His first victim was Eve, and he caused her to doubt the truth of God's spoken word (Genesis 3v1). God warns that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3v13). Using various pulpits today, Satan has men preaching "another gospel," thus blinding the minds of the hearers (2 Corinthians 4v4;11v4). Some of his lies are: (1) "Mankind is intrinsically good." God says, "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3v23). (2) "There is no hell!" God replies, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9v17). (3) "God is too loving to punish by fire forever." Christ reveals, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire" (Matthew 25v41). (4) "No one can presently know that they will be in heaven." God disagrees stating, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (1 John 5v13). (5) "One can only hope to go to heaven by doing his best." What an enormous lie! God contradicts this, revealing, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2v8,9). (6) "Joining church is the way to heaven." That may help fill the collection plate, but it will never redeem your soul! "Jesus saith ... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14v6). Oh, friend, don't be deceived! God has made a statement so great, so wonderful, that I think you would profit greatly by reading it. Carefully notice what it says. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3v16) 


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