Are you still eating even though Mom once burned the biscuits? They didn’t look good or taste good and had lost most of their food value.
“Well,” you say, “I need to eat and besides, Mom didn’t mean to bun the biscuits.”
Have you quit going to the doctor because you once read about a “doctor” practicing without a license?
“Of course not,” you reply. “Some ‘quack’ isn’t going to keep me from going to a good doctor.”
Have you thrown away all your money because someone once passed you a counterfeit dollar? The answer is obvious.
So now let’s apply the same common sense to the spiritual dimension of your life.
It is quite possible that someone may have offended you as he tried to explain being “born again” or “being saved.” Perhaps his way of doing it left a bad taste in your mouth.
You may have been wronged but you can’t just say, “I don’t want anything more to do with becoming a Christian.” You have spiritual needs that are as real as the body’s need for food. And forgiveness of sins.
Every occupation has people who will use illegal or harmful practices for their own advantage. Isn’t it logical that some of these same people will try to operate under the guise of Christianity? The very fact that Christians usually do not act in a deceitful way makes it that much easier for spiritual quacks to fool people. So to classify all Christians as quacks would be a big mistake.
As long as there is the real thing there will always be the imitation. You will never see a counterfeit three-dollar bill because there isn’t a real three-dollar bill. Since there is reality to Christian faith, there will always be hypocrites or counterfeit Christians.
●GETTING THROUGH TO THE TRUTH
Each person needs to have a right relationship to God. Forget how man has confused or misrepresented the message or how your own heart has tried to explain things away.
Here are seven keys to help you find true Christian faith for yourself, based on what God says about it in the Bible.
1.God loves you.
“… God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John:3:16)
2.You are in trouble.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “You [God] are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell.” (Psalms: 5:4)
3.Sin brings disaster.
“The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
4.God has provided a Savior.
“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
5.The Savior must be accepted.
“To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John: 1:12)
6.Receiving the Savior gives eternal life.
“This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John:5:11-12)
7.Now is the time to receive Him.
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews:3:7-8)
It may be all too true that you have seen spiritual counterfeits or quacks. You may have known some Christians who were offensive. Still, the decision to believe in the truth of Jesus Christ is yours to make, regardless of how others may have mishandled it.
Don’t let “burned biscuits” keeps you from getting right with God.