Sabbatarians in Gabon

Excerpts of a testimony from a Central African pastor:

"I was a pastor of Eglise du Gabon until in 1998 God opened my eyes to the amazing truth [of the seventh-day Sabbath]. At first I was not comfortable with what I saw as false teaching but I was compelled to keep on listening and judge with the Scripture. I tuned in each weekend and the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see the truth. God brought a great change in my life and I made up my mind to follow the true Gospel. I shared my testimony with my wife and she accepted the message.

We became Sabbatarians at heart pending when God would permit me to present the truth to the whole church. During our national convention my wife encouraged me to present the message without fear and allow the will of God to be done. At the end of the convention several members besieged my house and demanded my resignation and excommunication. The church Council gave me two weeks to vacate the premises. God made it possible for us to leave unhurt, and thirty-three people came out with me. We now meet for worship and fellowship on the Sabbaths and weekdays.

I now share a room with a brother in his house. My children no longer go to school and my wife had to return to her village as I can no longer afford accommodation. What a great price to pay for the truth.

Our nation is in great spiritual darkness and only the true Gospel can set her free. There is freedom of worship but Bible based Christianity is lacking. There is a mixture of paganism and Christianity. Demons, alcoholism, sex, gambling and ancestral worship imprison many. Young girls and women have children outside wedlock. I believe God led me to the truth for a purpose, and am ready"

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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Volume 4 Issue 4, July/August 2000. Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.

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