Alexander Cumming on the voice of our sufferings for Christ

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Believers in Macedonia and Achaia were fired with new ardour in witnessing the complicated tribulation of the Thessalonians, and observing the joy in the Holy Ghost which brightened their sorrows; and, though this afflicted church does not appear to have sent forth many champions of the cross, like that of Judea, it accomplished much good by the spectacle of its magnanimous courage under persecution, so that Paul observes, that wherever he steered his course to plant the tree of life, or revive the drooping churches, the intelligence of their holy walk and conversation preceded him, communicating an invigorating impulse wherever it travelled. It was not the sound of their words but the sound of their works, of “their faith to God-ward” that rung over the habitable globe.

A similar sound has emanated from the Free Church, and been reverberated over the Christian world. Whatever vicissitudes of fiery persecution may befall us, even though our preachers were to be imprisoned, and our ministers silenced — the holy sound of our faithful doings for Christ cannot be hushed, if we provoke not the Spirit to leave us to defection and decay; yea, though the sound of our words were completely put down, the sound of our unshrinking steadfastness might become the louder; the voice of our verbal appeals and solemn messages, if made to cease altogether, might be more than compensated by the voice of our undaunted suffering, and the cry of our martyred blood.

For the reference, see Alexander Cumming on the voice of our sufferings for Christ.
 
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