Blockage 1 in Wales : Backbiting!
Writes Rev Dr David P Griffiths: Since moving back to Wales having lived in Cheshire and Scotland, one thing that is very noticeable and major stronghold is the fact that those who hear from God and act accordingly come under major persecution in Wales where tradition has to rule and rule strong.
Jezebel groups abound in the principality and for those intent on restoring the 1900's Welsh Revival are in for a torrid time. Proverbs 25 sums it all up.......
Proverbs 25:8-28 King James Version (KJV)
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
My wife Lindsay and I have battled with great adversity in Wales not from the community at large, not in the political arena where we are active but in what is known as "Church" which right across the board is a mixture of paganism, legalism and staying away from original visions.
Not paying the price is common, and for those who place this "Church" under conviction a torrid time is likely, backbiting leading to legalism in an over[regulated society intent on pulling down visionaries.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
In the 1500's Wales was brought into the Union as a failing nation, and it has to be said - a nation failing today in that instead of embracing high level of education, high levels of productivity we witness many idle hands on benefits not putting into the Nation - but taking out - with those working hard pulled down by the work shy crowd who spectate rather than participate!
It is my view that Paul might well have been writing to the Church in Wales rather than Corinth for this part of scripture sums up the situation perfectly!
2 Corinthians 12:19-21 King James Version (KJV)
19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.