Previously I wrote a little about the revival in Nagaland which started in the 1950’s. In any move or work of God we should be aware of potential opposition. Ephesians 6:10-12 tells us,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Certainly those involved in the Nagaland revival found that opposition was manifest not only from outside the church but from within. I shall use rev. Angami’s own words to express some of what was experienced.
“As the revival fire spread there was great opposition from people who had not experienced the touch of the Holy Spirit. Some church leaders were excommunicated because they came under the sway of the Holy Spirit and became part of the revival. Many members of the congregation because of their ardent support for the revival movement were persecuted and threatened in many ways and asked to withdraw their support for the fast spreading Holy Spirit revival.
Rev Angami goes on to tell of believers who constructed their own building after rejection by other churches,
One night when the service was continuing, some people who were against the revival came and set fire on the church building…right after they [the believers inside the church] came out, the roof of the church burned and crushed down. In many places church buildings were dismantled and burnt. Believers were severely persecuted. In 1962 I went to Mungchun village with six other people. We had a prayer meeting in a private house as we were not welcome in the church. After the night service, we, the visitors, as we came out of the meeting, were led away by a group of young men and were beaten and dragged out of the village. we were ordered never to visit the village again. they left us in the jungle and went back to their village.
One final quote perhaps sums up the work of God in all of this,
Instructions were issued (both in written and verbal) that Christian revival preachers should not be given pulpit. However, the revival fire continue to spread even to this day. (My emphasis added.)