Don’t hinder the work of God

Thomas Watson

It reproves those who fight against God’s glory. ‘Lest ye be found to fight against God’ (Acts 5:39). Such as oppose that whereby God’s glory is promoted fight against God’s glory. His glory is much promoted by the preaching of the word, which is his engine whereby he converts souls. Now, such as would hinder the preaching of the word fight against God’s glory. ‘Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, that they might be saved’ (1 Thess. 2:16). Diocletian, who raised the tenth persecution against the Christians, prohibited church meetings, and would have the temples of the Christians to be razed down. Such as hinder preaching, as the Philistines that stopped the wells, stop the well of the water of life. They take away the physicians that should heal sin-sick souls. Ministers are lights (Matt. 5:14) and who but thieves hate the light? They directly strike at God’s glory; and what an account will they have to give to God, when he shall charge the blood of men’s souls upon them! ‘Ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered’ (Luke 11:52). If there be either justice in heaven, or fire in hell, they shall not go unpunished.

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