The Baptist press makes this clear by saying that, "Harper ran person to person, passionately telling others about Christ. As the water began to submerge the "unsinkable" ship, Harper was heard shouting, "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.
Mr. Harper's preaching style was suited for an evangelist as testified by the words of another local pastor. "He was a great open-air preacher and could always command large and appreciative audiences. ... He could deal with all kinds of interrupters, his great and intelligent grasp of Bible truths enabling him to successfully combat all assailants."
While studying his life late last night and today it made me think of two words: 1. Hero and 2. Coward.
Revelation 21:8 says, "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The dictionary online defines "Coward" as:
Wikipedia says that, "Cowards are usually seen to have avoided or refused to engage in a confrontation or struggle which has been deemed good or righteous...
In direct opposition to the "coward" is the "hero".
In honor of his life, a group of us will hit the streets tonight saying the same thing he did. (Worth your time to read both: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=37601 and http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/docs/titanic4.htm)