HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. Exodus 1:12
It was a very unequal struggle on which Pharaoh had entered; for he opposed not the Hebrews, but Jehovah. It is thus that the great ones of this world have ever spoken and acted.
- “Let us build a tower;”
- “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
- “Against Thy holy child Jesus, both Herod and Pontius Pilate were gathered together.”
In every case, He that sits in the heavens has laughed at the boast of human pride. His cause and His people’s are one. Yet times of affliction have always been on times of multiplication.
In the history of the Church. When has she made her greatest number of adherents? When her pulpits have been filled with eloquent preachers, and her aisles crowded with fashion and wealth? No; but when she has been driven to the dens and caves of the earth, and her sons have been proscribed outcasts. The real triumphs of the early Church were in the first centuries of opprobrium and persecution; her decline began when Constantine made Christianity the religion of the State.
Many will agree with me that the prohibition Act enacted by the colonial masters and Great Britain began a movement that is unstoppable. The church (I am speaking of the Spiritual Baptist Faith) multiplied and stayed together to this present day. They thought that the church would die and they would not hear about it anymore. They were wrong, for it was the beginning of a movement that blessed and made us ready for this age we are in.
In the history of each earnest soul. It is rarely the case that we make much spiritual headway when winds and currents favour us. We do best when all is against us. We grow quickest in the dark. In times of persecution, we realize the security, and comfort, and joy, which are in Christ Jesus our Lord; and as God goes the round of the world, it is in chambers of pain, sickness, and bereavement, that He beholds the multiplication of the choice graces of holy character and temper. The affliction, which is for the moment, is working out an exceeding weight of glory.
I pray that God will find the hearts of men and women to take the torch to the end of the earth saying that “Jesus is still Lord”.