The Beautiful Gate SHUT by Pharisees
by Evangelist Johnny "the Baptist" Campbell
Please open your Bibles to Acts 3:1-11
Now when I call this man a beggar I do not mean he's what we have running all over the country raising money, nowadays beggars is called missionaries.
See I have lived long enough to see the Church go through fads like it used to be Church Busses oh if you did not have fifty busses you would never make the Sword, now that's faded out then it was mega Churches if you did not have twenty thousand in Sunday School and a Bible College you was a failure in the eyes of the movers and shakers.
So now we have another fad its missionaries, we are told that's the magic pill to get GOD'S blessing on your Church. I know Churches that has more missionaries than members AMEN.
I know Churches their Pastors work a job so that Church can support some lazy out fit who has never worked a job, and runs to campmeeting after campmeeting begging give me a dollar and I will preach JESUS, excuse me while I puke.
Well lets get to the message this man was over forty yrs old Acts 4:22,also this born was born deformed Acts 3:2.
Now there was three Places they carried beggars to receive handouts.
Now out of the three, the favorite Place to beg was the Temple (like our Churches easy picking) Folks going into the temple to Pray three times a day Ps 55:17
Now Peter arrive at this gate at 3pm and seeing this beautiful polished bronze gate that Josephus says it took twenty men to open and close.
This story breaks my heart because he is sitting right where good Church (temple) going folks come to worship and sing praises to Jehovah. While they are doing all this a man is sitting right outside and nobody helps him to get inside the gate. Everyday he sits and listens to them pray and sing praises to the GOD of Israel while he sits just right out side the gate. What these worshipers are really saying is "stay outta here THE GATE IS SHUT TO THE LIKES OF YOU."
My thought tonight is not about him being healed and going inside the gate , but its how in verse 2 and 10 Acts uses the word Gate but in Revelation 21:12-15 its plural Gates.
So lets look at the Parallel between Acts 3 and Revelation 21
I am so glad somebody saw me in my helpless condition and said Johnny you wanna get on the inside of the gate of that city.
Sept 22,1968 I entered the gate, lots of people in Houston, Texas passed me by and said there's no hope for him, on Sundays I could hear the Church chimes ringing and folks singing inside but the gate was shut to the likes of me.
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