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Welcome from Pastor George W. Washington

Pastor George Washington

Pastor George Washington

There is an old hymn that says “Down thru the years, God’s been good to me.” This is a song that we at Metropolitan can sing loudly, because God has really been good to us.

Since November 11, 1922, we have held the vision of being a Bible-believing church. Our purpose was and still is to preach and teach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to point men, women, boys, and girls to the cross where Christ shed His blood for the sins of mankind; teaching them that faith, without works, in God’s only Son is the only way of salvation and eternal life.

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Prepare to Meet God

And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.

Amos 4:6-13 KJV

It was an awful act when God Almighty challenged a crippled nation to a final combat.  “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” This was a declaration of war. All negotiations had failed, a rupture had come.  Now, after the manner of men, God challenges them to battle. It is quite apparent that in their past this would be a hopeless struggle.

CHALLENGE GIVEN.  Because Jehovah had been trying to subdue them in other more merciful ways; and when the last of these failed, behold a challenge came.  God gives His reasons before He utters this ultimatum. “I have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, yet ye have not returned unto me” (verse 6).  “I caused it to rain in one city and not another, yet ye not returned unto me” (verse 8).  “I have sent among you pestilence.  Yet have ye not returned unto me” (verse 10).

“I have overthrown some of you, like Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning.  Yet ye have not returned unto me” (verse 11).  The purpose of all these chastenings was to bring them to himself, but they would not. “I have called, and ye refused.”  Now then “Prepare to meet thy God!”  Are we hearing His voice and seeing His warning hand in His providential dealings with us? It is a miserable thing to be carrying on, it may be silently, a daily controversy with the God whose merciful purpose is that we should return unto Him.

CHALLENGE MUST BE ACCEPTED. Ye must meet God!  But how?  Is it to be in battle or in peace?  As an enemy or a friend? If it is a question of our own strength against the might of our God, who shall be able to stand?  Thought one man could be prepared by being endowed with all the best resources inherent in the human race, he could not dare with any hope of success to face and defy the wrath of God.  To meet God in our own mortal strength and virtue, all preparation is utterly vain and presumptive.  Yet meet Him we must, and meet Him we can, but never with hope as an antagonist.  Then how can we meet Him in peace who have deliberately rebelled against His law and insulted His forbearance?

Ah, herein lies the mystery and the majesty of grace through Jesus Christ, His own Beloved Son, who on our and on God’s behalf gave His life a ransom for our sins, that through faith in His conquering Name we are reconciled to God, so can come with boldness before His throne, and find grace to help in our every time of need (Heb. 4:16).  Christ, for us, hath met all the just demands of God’s holy law, and all the claims of His holiness.  Hence our preparation to meet God in joy and peace lies in our acceptance and trust in the finished work and victorious Name of Jesus.