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Pastor tells comrades to let the Man up above be their guide

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AMTamara Bailey

Mandeville, Manchester:

As thousands gathered in the town of Mandeville last Sunday (February 14) for the People's National Party mass rally, pastor of Three Baptist Church in Greenvale, Pastor Deveton Smith encouraged those present to rely first on the Creator, allowing Him to be their only guide.

"Guide me now though great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land,

I am weak but though art mighty, hold me with thy powerful hand ...

Open now the crystal fountain where the healing stream thus flows,

Let the fiery cloudy pillow lead me on my journey through,

Strong deliverer be though still my strength and shield."

Quoting from a hymn, he explained, "This song has brought and will continue to bring comfort to thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, with a reminder that God will continue to provide for those who are in need and so this evening, as we gather here, we recognise that we cannot do nothing without God."

Smith suggested that though the time of the election is fast approaching, and voters will seek to put in office whom they so choose, the omniscient Leader should never be forgotten.

"Isaiah 9:6 declares, 'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father and the prince of peace ...'."

In light of the lives that have been lost during the campaigning season, Smith sought to bring comfort through his words.

"He is the light that shall shine upon everyone who walks through the shadow of death. He is both almighty God, all powerful and counsellor of all. This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom."

With a firm voice and the hope that listeners will take heed to his words, he ended: "He is exceptional, He is distinguished, He gives the right advice, He is God himself - He is the government, one of justice and peace."

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