Wednesday, July 1, 2009

take your sin and go elsewhere

You may have heard the news that broke out of Indiana yesterday about the former pastor & his three sons facing felony counts regarding their faith-based ponzi scheme. You can read it here. According to reports,
"The Reeves allegedly committed affinity fraud by duping investors into buying bonds that raised at least $120 million. The stated purpose for the vast majority of the bonds was to supposedly finance church construction and expansion. However, the Reeves allegedly shuffled this money among various accounts and stole approximately $6 million for themselves in the process."
I have to admit I heard this & immediately said to myself, "As if Christians do not have enough of a hard time conveying the message of Jesus Christ! Why don't these kinds of people just take their sin & go elsewhere?!"
And just as soon as that thought raged in me, I felt the Holy Spirit quicken me to remember "people need a Savior". We need a Savior.

Because I accepted Christ as my Lord many years ago, I think I sometimes get thinking that I no longer need a Savior. When actually I need a Savior daily-salvation from my own sinful nature. Saving grace from the Devils schemes.

In case you thought the people that stand on the platform at your church each week are actually good people without Jesus, only needing him for miracles, think again. As a platform gal myself, friends with many who take front & center stage across our country, I can tell you, these "people need a Savior" just like everybody else.

And don't be fooled into believing that appearing like a Christian; shedding drugs & drinking, donating time or money to charity, and even being an active member of your church sustains you.

It's not what we don't do or even what we do that saves us!

And we can't please Him without His saving grace.

It's CRAZY to walk around thinking we can pull this Godly thing off on our own.
That's just what the Devil wants you to get trapped into. Trust me, it's a lesson I have learned over & over.

There is danger in knowing how to put on a "church face".
Be transparent.
Be authentic. Establish accountability. Speak the truth, in love.

Why pretend?

In the face of this tragic report, this is what the Lord requires of us:

"O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
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