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After Escaping

Today’s Bible Passage: “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them” (II Peter 2:20-21).
 
Notice that Peter said it would have been better for one not to have obeyed the gospel and become a Christian than to have become a Christian and then turn his/her back on what he or she had learned and returned to the old way of life. Yet, so many Christians do just that – they become unfaithful.

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Popular Choices

Today’s Bible Verse: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:32)
 
Most of us have our popular choices, such as a car mechanic, a hair stylist, and of course, a popular singer. Those in the music category often speak of “Elvis,” so much so that there are groups who worship him as a god who is seen around from time to time. My choice seems to be among doctors, none of whom I worship, but manage to tolerate as unsuccessful.
 
But as an old time comedian once said, “I have a considerate doctor. If I can’t afford an operation, he touches up the x-rays!” As a short term alternative to the truth, the practice of changing x-rays will not save lives, no more than changing the Lord’s commands will save souls.

The practice of seeking churches and leaders who make the image of Christ easier by ignoring the “one way” carries such messages as “If yo look for church unity at any price, just stay with us,” or “Those forbidden acts will continue to be forgiven, so have a ball.”

It is possible to fix x-rays, or whitewash sin, or brainwash the unlearned in the Word, but it is not cleansing. Any attempt to “Spenda-sweeten Satan” will bring only bitterness because Christian lives are rightly sweetened with truth. Which recalls to us that Paul said to the sorcerer in Acts 13:10, “Will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

Hymn: “Sweet Will Of God”

Holy Father, may we be ever mindful of where the truth lies, that the ways of life on this earth are tainted with falsehoods and cover ups. Help us behold the truth and display it in full trust, and then fully engage that truth while we employ the faith of those who follow in Your ways. In the Lord’s name. Amen.

Gordon Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA
gor.ver.her@comcast.net

 

 


Swift Judgment

Today’s Bible Verse: “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil” (Ecc. 8:11).
Parents normally prefer to discipline their children immediately. This teaches the child the principle of consequence. Yet God chooses to allow the sinner to go unpunished. By doing this, Solomon notes that men are more likely to sin again, and sin more often. This being the case, why does God work this way?

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