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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: The Visitation
By Christine Pellew
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After the pastor had been preaching 20 minutes ,the young man stood up, and walked up to the platform. The Pastor was shocked and ready to summon ushers to remove this man, but for some reason was unable to say anything. “What is it that you want” the pastor said, “we are in the middle of a sermon and on TV.”
“I have come to tell you one thing,” replied the young man. “You have not spoken from God’s word for many sermons. You still have time to change from this false message and return to God.” This he addressed to the open mouth Pastor. Then he turned to the congregation.
“You have wanted your ears tickled with strange doctrine. You have not wanted to hear of your need to repent from sin, and of the precious Blood of Christ who will cleanse you. You still have time. Repent.” The man walked out of the church and went on his way.
The young man entered a small church, the following week. The people attending were very few in number. After the opening hymns the young man was greeted publicly by all who were there. It was easy to see they were glad to have him join them. After the service the young man stood up and asked the pastor if he may speak. ” You have chosen to follow God. Hold fast to what you have, the time is at hand“. He then walked out of the church. The people stood around and wondered who he was. They were unsure what had happened but they felt uplifted in a weary world.
After one month had passed the young man had been to many churches. While some churches eagerly awaited his presence, most had ushers guard the doors. The man was to be turned into the police, for disrupting services.
For one month, he had alluded every usher that had tried to seize him. No pastor was capable of stopping him. So the word carried swiftly to other churches, and doors were locked against this young man.
After exactly one month had passed, the young man approached a church. The ushers ran out and restrained him. The police came and took the young man away locked in handcuffs.
The ministers who had suffered at the young mans words, demanded to see him. He had ruined their service’s as they were being televised. Now each of their ministry finances were suffering.
There were three ministers who also wanted to visit the young man who came to their church. His words had gladdened the weary hearts of all who had heard them.
The indignant ministers stayed in a group together, their hatred uniting them for the first time in many years. They looked at the three other ministers with disdain in their eyes. How dare they be brought publicly low, and these three commended. Their only satisfaction was that those three ministers were not on TV.
“I have no way of explaining to you what is going on, but the cell is unlocked. He is gone. He left a note to some churches. Here is a copy for each or you,” said the police officer.
The indignant ministers grabbed the sheets and studied them. They were muttering about the incompetent police. “How could he just disappear, I think you didn’t take our grievances seriously. This man may have cost us our livelihood!”
The three quiet Pastors asked for their copy of the paper. Thank you for this sheet, it means a lot.” As they left, the Chief looked at the sheet, and shook his head.
Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, and the Sardis churches have not taken to heart the letters that you wrote to them.
The Laodicea Church has remained warm, but rapidly cooling.
I am sorry to report that the above mentioned churches locked me out of their services. Though they did come to visit me in jail after having me arrested.
The Smyrna Church, is thriving in times of great persecution. Your letter has greatly encouraged them. They eagerly await your return. I was warmly welcomed there.
The Philadelphia Church, holds to your letter with excitement. They and Smyrna wait for your return. I was welcomed most warmly. After being locked in Jail, they came to visit me with good intentions.
This news, My Lord Jesus, I am happy to report.
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