lunes, 4 de febrero de 2013

Religious Charlatans



by Dennis Fisher

On one of Christopher Columbus’ voyages, he found that his crew’s food supply was almost depleted.

Anchored off the island of Jamaica, he was grateful to be given food by the islanders.

But as time went on, the gifts of food decreased so that the crew began to starve.


Columbus knew from an astronomy book that a lunar eclipse would soon occur.
He called the native chiefs together and told them God was angry about their selfishness and would blot out the moon.
At first the islanders scoffed.
But when they watched the night’s silver disc slowly become dark, they became terrified and quickly brought food. Columbus said that if he prayed, the moon would be restored.
Though we may empathize with his circumstances, Columbus’ “message from God” was dishonest and self-serving.

Aware of religious charlatans who “peddled” God’s Word for their own desires, the apostle Paul wrote, “We are not, as so many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God(2 Cor. 2:17).

Read: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

( 2 Corinthians 2 -Audio-)

We are not, as so many, peddling the Word of God. —2 Corinthians 2:17

At all times we must be on guard not to misrepresent God’s message to acquire what we want from others.
With a heart yielded to God, we must honestly share spiritual truths that will benefit those who hear.

Don’t compromise the Word of God Or twist what He has said; For blessing comes from faithfully Proclaiming truth instead. —Sper
The purpose of sharing God’s truth is to profit others, not to prosper ourselves.

Bible in a Year:
Joshua 22-24; Luke 3

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