We're Telling Our Story on our 25th.!
After 25 years -
we have learnt what Paul was really talking about!
2 Corinthians 11:21-30 (King James Version)
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I.
Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
After 25 Years – Written by Rev Dr David P. Griffiths PhD DD;
Material by Dr. E.M. Lindsay Griffiths PhD D Min is clearly intimated
Part 1: Introduction
The MacLeod Family
Barn Church Culloden
Part 2: Our Wedding Day
Parents and Substitute Mum
Bride and Bridesmaids
Order of Service & Reception
Part 3: Our Return from Israel and
Life in the Highlands
Regional Sales Manager
Clever Girl with Certificate
The Inverness Corruption & Embezzlement Story
Part 4: The Move to Cheshire
The Queens School
Lindsay’s story of witness
David’s refusal of degree
Battles again with property
Part Five: The Move to North Wales
Battles again with property
& Paul’s Shipwreck
Part Six: Our Ministry Story of the
Last Twelve Years
i) International Mission
inc Sheila, Marjory & Margaret
ii) Humanitarian Aid
iii) National Missions
iv) Local Church Activity inc. 95 Theses of ‘09
v) The Charlatans
Part Seven: The Worldwide Rejection
Of the Landmarks
The True Scriptures
Part Eight: The Constitutional Acts of Great Britain
and the Christian Party
1534 Act of Supremacy
Act Establishing the Coronation Oath 1689
Clwyd West Count Speech, General Election 2010
Part Nine: Our Future
Apostles and Prophet
Offering towards the next 25 years of ministry
Lindsay’s mum who joined us at many of our
local Church meetings wearing her Wedding Outfit
Part 1: Introduction
Even from the very beginning of our marriage we knew to hear from God, act and obey. We knew not to discuss things but to hear from our Precious Saviour and Obey! We experienced what the Apostle Paul experienced in modern terms as a result!
With David it began at Ein Gedi Kibbutz, with Lindsay in South Africa!
Writes David: I Samuel 24 gives the story of David at Ein Gedi and here I was in my bedroom in Israel when a clear audible voice was heard. I know now that this was God. The voice was preparing me for a baptism of fire to come up with a marriage partner to take on exactly what Elijah was taking on when he heard God’s audible voice.
1 Kings 19:13-15 (King James Version)
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
I know now that this was what it was all about. I was told by the audible voice that when I got home I was to be offered an employment position in a far off place and I was to take it.
On my return home news had come forth that the company I was working for DRG J. Arthur Dixon was looking for a Sales Representative to replace Finlay Macleod in Inverness. They offered the position to me and of course I took it.
Finlay Macleod, his wife Sadie and his daughter Fiona became dear friends. They were Brethren people and knew what hospitality was all about. It was truly God and I was to tour the Highland and Islands in the coming years.
The MacLeod Family
at Camperdown House, Dundee after the wedding
I loved working in the Highlands and I knew how important it was to be part of a local Church and so I attended my most local one – the Barn Church (Church of Scotland) Culloden.
I remember not being talked to for some time but I persisted going through the typical Presbyterian tradition which had been formulated amongst the generations after John Knox. Reports on line give reference to a more traditional Highland welcome today but over 25 years ago there was an atmosphere of deadness clearly akin to the clear Masonic hold on the congregation we later were to find out about.
When you have heard from God there is a passion in you and a perspective that is of the heavenly Kingdom. What was to surprise Lindsay and me was the vast majority we were to find in U.K. Church still had an earthly kingdom thinking, this of course being Satan as Matthew 16 points out.
Meeting Lindsay was soon to come after moving to the Highlands. For the great battles ahead God knew that he had to bring me a passionate, honest and open Scot so as to fulfil purposes He had planned for us. At this stage I had no idea of the huge corruptions both in British “Church” and in British society.
We met for the first time on Dunkeld Bridge in Perthshire, significant as we look back as this town was once the Ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, a seat of masonry and the Skull and Bones society, the symbols of both being in the nearby Cathedral. How God was preparing us to expose the evil that is and has dominated British “Church” for centuries.
We were being brought together prophetically to restore the landmark of the Early Church life, not the Alexandrian counterfeit but the real Early Church and its scriptures that emanated from Antioch.
A time of courtship followed walking the hills of Perthshire, a half way house as I was living at Inverness and Lindsay at Dundee. At that time we had a passion to bring Christians together not realising that most of what is perceived as “Church” is of Baal and we would have desired to have known A.W. Tozer who recognised the difference between Christendom and Church. God was leading us to understand real “Church”.
As A.W. Tozer pointed out in his book The Christ Centred Church:
There is a fundamental difference between Christendom and the Church. What the present ecumenical push is trying to do is to solidify Christendom, to bring us all – anyone who is on the Christian side of things at all, including the western world and all Christians of any sort – together into one vast body. That is Christendom. But in the Scriptures there is a difference between Christendom and the Church. The Bible teaches that Christendom shall be apostate and shall give up her faith and wallow in her own self-righteousness, and shall deny the power and be totally unprepared for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. “When the son of man cometh, will he find faith in the earth?” This is referring to Christendom. But the Church is another thing.
Writes Lindsay: When I went to South Africa I knew my life had to change, but I did not know just how sudden and dramatic the change would be. How could I? I was brought up in an idyllic world – a very happy home with ‘everything going for me’, as the world would put it.
Now, in my 30’s, a successful career woman with own home, lively social scene and many friends, you would think I had everything. But there was something missing – I knew that feeling of emptiness. My life had to change.
Was it excitement I craved? I thought so. Was it a new life in South Africa? I hoped so. I set out to find my dream, arriving in Johannesburg in July, 1983.
I found a huge, and hugely beautiful land, and a warm welcome from the Somerville family, friends of my parents. I was drawn to the land, its beauty, and its people. I began to find reality!
Those three weeks were indeed life-changing. The final phase came when I journeyed with the twins through a vast area of semi-desert on the road from Johannesburg to Cape Town. This is called the Karoo – home to ostriches, isolated cattle-ranches, and the famous Kimberley diamond mine. We broke our long journey at a farm owned by family friends. That is when I felt drawn by His loving kindness as never before. There is a strange power in desert places – it’s all over the Bible. Moses, John the Baptist, and so many others, met with God in the desert. Here I found such warm acceptance in this family – true believers who showed forth the love of God to all who met them, irrespective of class or colour.
Next morning, as we left the farm, I knew that these shining saints had something I wanted – something I had been finding more and more since coming to South Africa. These, as I was about to find out, were true worshippers of the living God. There seemed to have been so much dead religion and hypocrisy in Britain – or was this simply God’s time for me?
I parted from my friends when we arrived in Cape Town; I was travelling alone for the next week or so. My plan was to travel to Durban by coach along the beautiful Garden Route; then to take the famous rail route back to my friends in Johannesburg. Meanwhile, I had 48 hours to explore Cape Town...
Next day I found myself on a guided walk around the oldest part of beautiful Cape Town: the Malay Quarter. Soon, the group stopped outside an old white Dutch Reformed church. Out of curiosity, I turned to the lady next to me and asked her about this. Strangely, she was a local Afrikaner – why did she come on a tourist walk when she lived there? I was soon to find out God’s amazing plan for my new life. Nothing is too much trouble for Him – before we were born, He knew us and loved us – we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, the image of the Creator.
As we drove back to her house for tea, Hestha challenged me: “Why did you ask me about that church? Are you a Christian?” I found myself compelled to tell the truth “No.” Over tea, Hestha revealed God’s plan for me. That day, He had told her to go on that tourist walk. She did not want to go, but obeyed because He said “I have someone I want you to speak to on that walk.” She had no idea who it was...until I asked her about that church. Then she knew!
The darkness that had invaded my heart and soul was driven away forever that night. I repented of my sins and hardness of heart and asked Jesus to be Lord of my life. I cried and cried – then felt an indescribable joy! Once I had made that commitment, Hestha had 24 hours to teach me all she could.
First, she taught me from the Word of God – then she told me about the true creation from the book of Genesis, explaining as we read the Holy Bible together that it was vital to believe the truth of how God made the universe.
When she collected me from the hotel next morning, Sunday, it was indeed a new day. We went to feed some deer and antelope in a park at the foot of Table Mountain. It was so wonderful – I was a new creation, and I saw the world around me with fresh eyes. The grass was so green, the sky so blue – gone was the weariness, the emptiness, the cynicism – everything was fresh and bright.
Next came the first of many challenges in my new life. “You have to tell others,” said Hestha. She took me to a Presbyterian Church service (familiar to me, as she realised) and said “Now tell the minister that you have been born again.” I did – and felt a huge relief. That afternoon, a group of us went to the local children’s hospital with Bible story books and leaflets. We were allowed to talk to the children about Jesus – glorious experience. How I long for that freedom to preach the gospel to return to this nation of Britain once more!
Hestha also wanted me to discern good from evil. She took me to a nearby house which was for sale. Inside, we found ourselves with two estate agents, a man and a woman. Evil exuded from them both – yet both were hideously beautiful. The man was almost interrogating me and I felt the hypnotic effect. A baby Christian has so much to learn – but I did know that I had been in the presence of great evil. Hestha was teaching me even then.
Next morning it was time to leave Cape Town – but not before she had given me the Bible and some wonderful book by Andrew Murray and others to study. She also put me in touch with other believers in Port Elizabeth, whom I contacted on my journey along the Garden Route.
I am so grateful to Hestha, my spiritual mother; and still amazed that God took so much trouble over me, bringing me half way across the world to save my life. He has continued to guide me unfailingly ever since – especially in the amazing courtship and marriage that followed two years later, and which we are celebrating today.
It was in January 1985 that I first had a letter from David Griffiths. Who could resist such a communication? Who was this mysteriously provocative person who “worked in publishing” and “had size 14 feet”? Without further ado (well, not much!) we arranged to meet on the historic Dunkeld Bridge, in the heart of Highland Perthshire. After coming close to making the terrible mistake of accosting an eccentric tramp-like man surrounded by shopping bags, I finally met with the love of my life, specially arranged by divine appointment!
Seriously – both of us were successful career people, both in our 30s, with own homes, own cars, apparently everything going for us! Yet, the joys of marital bliss had hitherto eluded us. Were we too unusual, too high-powered – or had we just not met the fullness of our destiny? My mother, bless her heart, was a very sweet Christian lady who always said “There’s someone just round the corner for you, dear – just wait.” Sadly, with the cynicism of someone brought up in the 60s, I did not believe her.
Now I know the truth: God always knows best; after all He created us, He knows us better than we know ourselves. He isthe divine match-maker; He never fails. That day, we met on Dunkeld Bridge; walked the hills of Perthshire; sat on the rocks of the River Tay at Killin; and talked and talked till 2.00 the next morning! We were like long-lost friends – the trouble was, my parents thought I was really lost, and sent the police to look for us!
So, our courtship continued over the summer. We walked the hills around Aviemore, and the wooded banks of Loch an Eilean – the Loch of the island, famous for its castle, once the home of the evil Wolfe of Badenoch. “It was there as we wandered by yon shady banks...” to quote the famous Scottish song. We had long realised – in fact, at the end of our first day together, as described above – that we were to be married. At the same time, we made a clear decision to “play it God’s way.” This included the obvious pledge “true love waits.” Perhaps less obvious, but no less essential in the eyes of God, was the need for complete openness between us – no hidden agendas and no secrets were permitted. We were also taught that true Christian marriage is a covenant between us and God. This is such a liberating, but unfortunately rarely understood, truth! As we were later to find, without such a covenant, the pressures on a marriage are so great that there is little chance for it to survive.
Soon came our wedding day – unforgettable in so many ways! It was, after all, rather unusual, not least in its timing. I was still teaching in Dundee High School; it was the middle of term; but the Headmaster looked upon me with favour and actually gave me the Friday off (the day before the wedding)! Saturday 23 November dawned sunny, frosty and icy cold.
The actual marriage was in the local evangelical Methodist Church – I had resisted David’s call for “Fight the Good Fight” to be on the hymn list. I am not so sure I would resist it today! The reception was at Camperdown House, a splendid 18. century home, once owned by Admiral Duncan. A young piper and distant relative of mine, Dougal Rattray, played us into the house. In the huge lounge there was a roaring fire and equally roaring voices singing round the piano!
The “flip side” to all this jollity was our brief honeymoon in a freezing cold hotel room in North Berwick. We were very tempted to spend the night out in the corridor, where the heating was much more effective, and where we would not have been wearing several layers of winter woollies and general “passion killers”!!!
I forgot to mention that during our courtship, David and I had been separated by approximately two hundred miles. He was living in Inverness, I in Dundee. Where was our marital home to be? In the end, we were very pragmatic about this – David was earning a higher salary than I was at this point, so it was decided that I would move to Inverness.
I have to say that even then, I had some misgivings about living in such an outlandish place. Had we known the battles which we would have to face up there, we would never have moved at all – but God knows, and in His wisdom He only tells us what we can cope with at the time!
Meanwhile, the delights of our real honeymoon, in Israel, beckoned. What a joy that was – even if we had to share it with a coach-load of 55 other people!
A view of the Sea of Galilee taken whilst on honeymoon
Part 2: Our Wedding Day
Writes David: Whilst we knew how important it was to hear from God and act both Lindsay and I were thoroughly naive when it comes to the subject of bringing Christians together. We thought that people who went to what is perceived as Church would be nice people, people who could be brought together. How wrong we were, A.W. Tozer not being known by us at this stage.
What we did know was that God had brought us together. What we did not know that as the corruption was revealed to us we would fall foul of it. We were to lose practically everything we had, something on this day we were not to know.
Lindsay’s mum could not come to the wedding due to influenza and so Lindsay’s Auntie Betty stood in for her. My mum and dad came up from North Wales to meet Lindsay and her family for the first time.
What we have noticed over the years is the number of people who have tried to rationalise our actions, an activity foolish in itself for we were learning to hear from God and act but were about to face what Paul faced when he heard from God. Throughout it all after these 25 years we have learnt to be over-comers, what we trust Lindsay’s dad and my dad would have been pleased with.
1 John 5:4-7 (King James Version)
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Invitations had been sent out to a wedding that was to have Janice White, Rachel Griffiths (now MacKenzie) and Anne Barton (now Forshaw) but Paul Griffiths, our Best Man seems to have had difficulty over the years in understanding our activities even to the point of reporting us to Social Services and the Police, which is why we have not deemed it appropriate to invite him to our 25th. do, this action being out of kindness and wariness rather than unforgiveness.
Our wedding night ended up at Dundee Tip removing all the junk that had been placed on our car, and then easterly gales developed as we drove to North Berwick for our wedding night. Our room overlooked the Bass Rock, a room without double glazing, the curtains shaked, the wind came in and we were “freezing” going to bed in our pullovers!
Our married adventure had begun. Later in December we visited Israel together where we started to realise the extent of sacrifice that was required to be a true obedience manifester of Christ Jesus to this World.
Galatians 2:20 (King James Version)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Part 3: Our Return from Israel and Life in the Highlands
Returning we still had a heart to bring “Christians” together on our return from Israel, still not realising the differential between “Christendom” and the “Church”. We were foolish and naive and God used us to a limited degree whilst in the system.
Lindsay had come up to Inverness where we moved into a fabulous large house high above the Beauly Firth with a fabulous view. From our lounge we could view dolphins jumping near the Kessock Bridge. Everything was going for us.
Lindsay was a very successful Classics Teacher having gained her degree in Scotland’s best known University but all this was about to be lost. Why? What could possibly go wrong? We can only return you to Paul’s experiences related in his second letter to the Corinthians intimated at the beginning of this booklet. The Apostle Paul was also well educated under one of the best teachers of the day Gamaliel. He too had heard from God having a conversion experience in a dramatic way. Within the culture of the day dramatic sufferings followed and within modern culture we were to experience the same but like Paul there came a realisation – without a battle there cannot come a victory. We had begun a victory road with plenty of overcoming opportunities to make us into the couple Lindsay and I are today!
Coming together made us into stronger Christians. The Youth Church we ran at Culloden grew with souls saved but at that time young people could not take communion. It seemed within the system of the day that one had to be eighteen before being able to partake of the Table. We realised the restriction and moved onto Celt Street Gospel Hall, Inverness, a Brethren Assembly with lovely people yet with some tares which we were to find out to our cost. We remember Bob Forsythe, Willie Wood, Iain Marr fondly and their sincerity. We will not forget the great prayers of Finlay MacLeod at the Table of the Lord and we loved the people there but we have to say something was missing!
I remember at a Bible Study asking Bob Forsythe if Jesus had the Holy Spirit before his baptism, so why then did the Holy Spirit fall upon him? We know now what John the Baptist had said:
Matthew 3:11 (King James Version)
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
We saw the Brethren people had something very special but not the baptism of fire and boy when Lindsay and I received this it was as if all hell let loose! Friends were lost, the World got nervous, I lost my job in Sales despite of great figures because where the person baptised in the Holy Ghost will be will always bring division between those of the Spirit and those with the World’s thinking. A great price was going to be paid for this experience and this included the loss of all we had materially and in amongst it all the loss of a precious wee baby we christened David Christopher.
Lindsay in amongst all of this began teaching at the famous Gordonstoun School near Elgin and I worked hard on a business plan for a retail craft shop in Inverness City Centre. The shop was an enormous success selling gold and silver jewellery, pottery, up market souvenirs and a country fashion shop was included in the operation. It was very hard work and the income was great, and it was clear that we had to increase staff levels and get a Manager in. As God had given us a vision into ultimately having a Christian Hotel and Conference Centre in the Highlands all profits were to go into this. As we had a God given vision we thought it appropriate to employ only Christians or who we perceived at the time to be Christians.
Lindsay left Gordonstoun in amongst all this busyness and in effect as we were only employing who we perceived as Christians full time Christian Ministry had begun.
Our shop was busy even at midnight some nights in the light summer months and so we employed a Manager, a Brethren Assembly preacher who we simply trusted on the back of his apparent calling. All seemed to be going well but Lindsay and I started moving in spiritual gifts, and our ability to see what was going on behind the scenes increased.
A realisation of naivety on our part was beginning to register as we discerned that within Christendom was a corruption far greater than what we had witnessed in the World. A word of knowledge came to Lindsay about the Brethren man we had employed. It would seem however that he was a cessationist believing these gifts had ceased 2000 years ago but Lindsay and I had been baptised in fire, the same fire the Apostle Paul had experienced. You see – God is not in the withdrawal business. We had become bold and determined moving out of the acceptance of Christendom to exposing it as works of Satan – but we still had not realised the extent of its take-over including as we were to find out the Pentecostal Churches too!
1 Corinthians 12:7-9 (King James Version)
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Lindsay had said to me that Alf, our Manager was committing adultery with a female employee in our shop. This female employee was a Church of Scotland tongue speaking lady and the Lord had revealed to Lindsay that Alf was having extra marital sex with her.
Before opening the shop each day we had devotions together. It was my role to reveal this word of knowledge to the two offenders and Lindsay was to get further knowledge too as to a place stock had been taken to from our shop illegally.
I remember the tension in devotions as I read out Psalm 23 – our rhema of the day. I approached the female employee and stated she was having sex with Alf. An emphatic denial for about 20 minutes occurred but we had been baptised in fire.
We were just beginning to move into areas where there was no fear. I emphatically stood on Lindsay’s word of knowledge not backing down one inch, the lady finally admitting her sin. I gave advice that her husband needed to be told but she said she would do this when he got born again. Get this right – the born again tongue speaking Christian was the one in sexual sin, the apparent non Christian husband had been faithful.
We were learning about Christendom and the Church. The Church is pure, one in Christ Jesus – what is known as “Church” is not Church at all. We were discovering Tozer’s Christendom!
I approached Alf who immediately denied sexual sin that had already been admitted. He handed over the keys to the shop and we discovered about half a million pounds worth of stock retail value missing. Lindsay had a vision of a bar in Dublin where our goods had ended up called “Duffys” in Dublin.
We called in the Police. A Born Again Baptist Police Sergeant came in and called us naive. He had been right but we were learning the extent of corruption in Christendom. He said that Alf had been on Church Ministry fiddles for eighteen years. The good Brethren folk had believed he had repented. One member expressed guilt of letting him at their Table. It was clear who the offender was but we were told that there was a no prosecution list linked to Ireland and we could not prosecute. We began to learn of the corruption in affairs of state. Now reader – do you now understand what God was taking us too – a prophetic stand against forces of darkness who had taken away the integrity of what is known as “Church” and in the nation too!
In amongst this incredible things were happening to us that normally do not happen to anyone. Remember the Apostle Paul’s list. We had a list in modern terms akin to his after discovering that our business had been embezzled. The Apostle Paul gave his list and so we give ours!
1) Alan Nelson of Scott Oswald Accountants gave advice which he said worked for all of his clients and was amazed to see that somehow it did not work for us.
2) Not only had we been embezzled but the second busiest Tourist Information Office situated directly opposite our shop moved! We had had loads of tourist customers from here.
3) A fire in a nearby hotel stopped access to our shop for some weeks.
4) A disco opened nearby resulting in gangs walking the streets at night rather than tourists. If it was only just one of these things we would have coped but it was coming in at every direction. We learnt to know who was standing with us. Jock and Eva MacAskill were on that list but it is amazing that when things go bad the people of Christendom will run rather than help.
5) In amongst all this turmoil we had tried to replace our house that had to be sold. James and Sally Wolfe-Murray took us into their House of Daviot which was haunted. Our young son Matthew saw a monkey like ghost and continually slept in our bed. We were in spiritual battle with only a few to talk to outside of God who was maturing and perfecting us through all this suffering.
6) We bought land to build a house near Kiltarlity, Ross-shire but a neighbour objected to where we wanted to put it so money was lost.
7) We bought a house in Kiltarlity but as our money was one day late in the Scottish system we were sued and lost that house. This is a rare occurrence in Scotland but it happened to us!
8) We had become involved with a Pastor with a UPC background during this time not knowing how that organisation places one under logos oppression and we thank God we got out!
9) I was declared bankrupt after leaving Inverness to go to Cheshire. Such was the oppression we had to get out in the end with God saying he will one day send us back to Inverness to minister in the Lord’s victory there. We believe that day is not far away when we tell this testimony in this city. We believe others will come who will be able to associate with all of this.
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