The Temple Gate Affair
Moody's "Today in the Word" draws the following interesting analogy "Imagine walking into a church, ahead of you is a cross, to one side is a piano, and to the other side, a small organ.
It looks pretty much like any other church you've been in. Suddenly you notice small voodoo dolls along window ledges--above them, crystals hang. Instead of hymnals, you find Tarot cards in the pew racks. A cold chill runs down your spine.
Sadly, if people from Ezekiel's day could have traveled in time and space, they probably would have felt right at home in this "church." They go on to make this application "Idolatry is a problem of every human heart--sophisticated idols are still idols.
One way to detect an idol is to ask, "What do I think I must have in order for life to be good?" For example, a successful career, a stable family, or a nice home. Or consider a specific element of your life, and ask, "If this item were taken away would I still believe that abundant life was possible?"
Now take your answers to the only One who can release us from idols–Jesus Christ!"
I WANT TO BRING YOU A MESSAGE THIS MORNING ENTITLED THE TEMPLE GATE AFFAIR. I CALL IT THE TEMPLE GATE AFFAIR BECAUSE IT TOOK PLACE AT THE GATEWAY OF THE TEMPLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. TURN TO EZEKIEL 8:3- 16
AND WHEN I USE THE WORD TEMPLE GATE IT OBVIOUSLY AND CERTAINLY CALLS TO MIND THE GREAT SCANDAL IN OUR NATION IN THE LAST DECADE CALLED WATER GATE.
ANY WORD THAT ENDS WITH GATE HAS COME TO REFER TO SOMETHING THAT BEGINS SECRETLY BUT GROWS OPENLY. THAT BEGINS QUIETLY BUT ENDS NOISELY. THAT MAY BEGIN SMALL BUT MAY END VERY LARGE.
WELL IN THE TEMPLE GATE AFFAIR YOU FIND A COM ...
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