January 15, 1940 – October 3, 2015
We announce with great joy the going home of Josef Fink to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and his Heavenly Father. Because he was convinced that the Lord means what he says in his Holy Word, the Bible, he was eager to point people to the cross of Jesus Christ, the only means of salvation.
The Painful Truth
I know that if a man stands squarely on the teaching of Christ and the apostles and declares it without fear, he will be called narrow, harsh, and cruel. But I have no desire to be any broader than Jesus Christ was. Is it cruel to tell men the truth? The kindest thing that one can do is to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and show men the full measure of their danger.
Suppose I was walking down railroad tracts knowing that far behind me there was a train coming loaded with happy travellers. I come to a place where I had supposed that there was a bridge across the chasm but to my horror, I find that the bridge is out. I say to myself, “I must go back at once, as far as possible up the tracks and stop that oncoming train.”
My awful warning that the bridge is out and that the passengers are in peril of a frightful disaster spoils the merriment of the evening. Would that be cruel? Would it not be the kindest thing that I could do?
Suppose when I found the bridge out, I had said “These people are so happy, I cannot bear to disturb their lightheartedness and pleasure. That would be too cruel. I will sit down here and wait until the train comes.” Then I sit down while the train comes rushing on and leaps unwarned into that awful abyss. Soon I would hear the despairing shrieks and groans of the wounded and mangled as they crawl out from among the bodies of the dead. Would that be kind? Would it not be the cruelest thing that I could do? If I acted that way, I would be arrested for manslaughter.
I have been down the tracks of life. I thought that there was a bridge across the chasm but I have found that the bridge is out. Many of you who are now full of laughter are rushing on unaware of the awful fate that awaits you. I have come back up the track to warn you. I may destroy your present merriment, but by God’s grace, I will save you from the awful doom. Is that cruel?
I would much rather be called cruel for being kind than be called kind for being cruel. The cruelest man on earth is the man who believes the stern things we are told in the Word of God about the future penalties of sin but avoids declaring them because they are unpopular.
Josef fulfilled his dream and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1984 from Austria. Josef leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Marianne; son: Burkhard (Karin) Fink of Enderby; daughter: Heidrun (Marvin) Gros of Armstrong; four grandchildren: Alexandra and Natasha Gros, and Rudi and Lukas Fink; siblings: Armin (Herta) Fink, Imelda (Rudi) Loacker, Walter (Ruth) Fink, Tone Fink; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Alternatives Chapel (2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong, BC). Those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in Josef’s name may do so to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries (phone: 866-269-0109, mailing: P.O. Box 1020, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V9). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Cremation Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services® Armstrong: 250-546-7237 Vernon: 250-558-0866