The frailty of the human condition prompted the Senior Pastor of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Pastor Georges Ntemi to analogize the life of Christians to the Gates of Jerusalem. For the past five weeks, the blessed man of God has preached with a focus on the Sheep, Fish, Old. and Valley Gates. On Sunday, he analogized “Rebuilding the Life of the Christian” with the lenses of the Refuse or Dung Gate.
Pastor Georges started with a statement on the profound importance of the security, gates provide in gated communities. “In ancient Israel, when the gates were destroyed, it allowed thieves, looters, trouble-makers, and destroyers to enter Jerusalem to create havoc and unrest. When the gates of your life are destroyed, negative things will come into your life to create problems for you,” surmised the blessed man of God.
Reviewing his sermon on the gates, Pastor Georges noted that the Fish Gate is symbolic of the sacrifice Christ made for humanity through his crucifixion and death on the cross to save us from sins while the Fish Gate is significant in the spread of the gospel to win souls for Christ. The Old Gate, said Pastor Georges, is symbolic of wisdom because the old life has been regenerated through the blood of the Lamb.
“After being saved through his scourge, lashes, mutilation, and perforation, you have to go through the Old Gate as a renewed human being, for the old things must give way to the new in Christ. This comes with wisdom, so as Christians, we must not shy away from Christ, our savior,” said the blessed man of God.
After one has gained wisdom through the Old Gate, one must go through the Valley Gate where the subjection of the flesh comes with new realizations in the sanctity and glory of Christ. In the Valley Gate, one must persevere through the pitfalls, problems, and uncertainty of life. “In the valley, you will know that the Lord, the only one who can save you, never fails. You will know that He is your only hope in the wilderness; you will know that He is God Almighty, and there is nothing greater,” asserted the apostle of God.
The Dung Gate is a gate of pragmatism where the new experience after going through the hierarchy of gates is put into practice. In the words of the senior pastor, the Dung Gate, in ancient Israel was where trash engineers passed with the city’s decaying trash to dispose of it elsewhere (the valley of Hinnom) to prevent the city from putrid smell.
“What you are willing to let go determines where God wants to take you. After going through the Valley Gate, you need the Dung Gate to destroy the bad things in your life. The Dung Gate is the barrier; if you cross it; then, you can’t fellowship with God,” said Pastor Georges.
The senior pastor read Nehemiah 3:16, “After him, Nehemiah, the son of Azbuk, a prince of half of the District of Bethzur, did repair work from in front of the Burial Places of David as far as the pool that had been built and as far as the House of the Mighty Ones.”
According to the man of God, Azbuk in Hebrew means Elohim is the King, and Bethzur means the house of vine. “The Dung Gate is equally important in the life of believers. It is symbolic of the things you have to cast away in your life.”
In 1 Corinthians 5: 8-13, the Bible reads, “So, then, let us keep the festival, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of badness and wickedness but with unleavened bread of sincerity and truthfulness. . . . For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Do you not judge those inside while God judges those inside? ‘Remove the wicked person from among yourselves?’”
Paul’s mention of sincerity inspired Pastor Georges to delve into the origin of the word. He noted that the root word is wax because in ancient Israel, during the days when the people took great interest in buying statutes and keeping them for their posterity, in order to circumvent charlatans from selling fake statutes and getting away with it, anytime anyone had a statute to sell, it was placed in the scorching rays of the sun, and if the statute didn’t melt, then it was perceived as real, and the seller was deemed a sincere man or woman.
The rectitude of Christians was of so much concern to the blessed man of God that he wondered how Church members feign cataracts in their eyes and pay no heed to atrocious misdeeds committed by those close to them but quickly condemn misdeeds of lesser degrees committed by people outside the realm of the Church.
“Beware of people who praise you every day, but as soon as there is a problem, they say, ‘you are on your own.’ What business of ours is it to be judging others. Be wary of the yeast of the Pharisees; they set the rules but refuse to abide by them while keeping everyone else in bondage,” noted Pastor Georges in a tone and mood that accentuated the seriousness of his message.
He emphasized that there is tremendous blessing in sharing fellowship with others, coupling it with the need of not rationalizing urging of the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit is a sweet fellowship. If you cannot listen to the Holy Spirit, then what have you become? God abhors proud spirits. He uses broken people because He knows they will listen and not be involved in any futile rationalizations,” said the apostle of God.
It was with such a broken spirit that David penned Psalm 51 because he sent Uriah to the battlefront to be killed so that he could have his wife, Bathsheba. In Psalm 51: 15-17, David states, “O Jehovah open my lips so that my mouth may declare your praise. For you do not want a sacrifice—otherwise I would give it; You do not find life in the whole burnt offering.
“The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit; a heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject.”
And Isaiah condemns people in chapter 29: 13 who pay lip service to the Lord, but their hearts are removed from the fear of Him because they listen to the teachings of Pharisees at the expense of the Lord.
After admonishing the congregation to desist from vengeance when they are wronged, the apostle of God said, “When you are offended, what do you do? Do you seek to revenge or you say, ‘I will leave for the Lord in whom I have my hope and redemption.’
“When you are offended, know that the Lord says vengeance is His, so if you leave everything in His hands, He will put a shield of armor around you, and whoever curses you, the curse will reverse to that person because you are protected. Bless those the blessed man of God.who wrong you or curse you!” advised the blessed man of God.
He ended his sermon on a cautionary note to heads of households: “God loves discipline, so discipline yourselves first, if you want to raise disciplined children and family. Heads of households have been designed as high priests of God in their families, so their lives must be a reflection of exemplary demeanor. That way, when we are about to depart from this world, we can happily say ‘we lived up to the responsibilities God placed on our shoulders and we excelled,’” asserted the apostle of God to a spontaneous applause.
In the Church’s Bible trivia held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, Ms. Michelle Tchatat was crowned champion of November. She dethroned Samuel O. Doku,
who won the October contest. Ms. Tchatat defeated Mr. Elton Kamwa in the final. For her, it was a sweet revenge, because she was outpaced by Doku in the final last month.
In another development, the Church is hosting a Thanksgiving concert tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Come and witness the golden voices of the Voice of Cherubim, Mama Odile Ngaska, and guest singer, Grace Decca.