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Can't Overthrow What God's Hand has Bestowed

Acts 5:38-39

"38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."


Last week we held a conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Fundamentalist Conference featured four different pastors, including me, and the main focus was on the fundamentals of the faith. This event was not about sodomites or reprobates (although we definitely need more conferences focusing on these topics)

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But, in spite of that, we received an onslaught of harassment from reprobates in the Cincinnati area seeking to shut our meeting down. A considerable effort was made to overthrow the event and stop our "hate meeting." Unfortunately, the wicked individuals succeeding in shutting down our venues multiple times. This became a source of irritation for me and my assistant due to the fact that we invested hours in setting up livestream equipment, cameras, and conference materials for the meeting. Each time a venue was canceled by the hotel, the workers of iniquity would celebrate and boast that, "God was not going to allow this event to happen."


I obviously knew this wasn't the case. I knew God was on our side (or rather we were on His). Their mockery only fueled my determination as well as my imprecatory prayers. Needless to say, for the next three days, "every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon." We booked venues, preached, went soul winning, got shut down again and repeated the process until the last day.


In the end, the conference was a huge success! Every Pastor preached, we saw 65 people saved, and filled Cincinnati with our doctrine. The workers of iniquity could not stop us, and in fact, later posted a video stating that they were wrong. The question is why? Why couldn't they stop the conference? Why couldn't they overthrow it and prevent these "hate preachers" from spreading their message? Why couldn't they impede the work and stop the soul winning that was done? It is simply because if the work is of God, "...ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." They fought against God and lost.


You can't overthrow what God's hand has bestowed.



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