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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 4
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

Altars to Well-Known Gods

By Ernest S. Underwood

    The apostle Paul noted in Athens that the people had erected a god to the “unknown god.” Let’s talk about some “well-known” gods.

    There is the “BUT” god. Jesus talked about him. The supper was ready and the guests were invited, and they all began to make excuse. “I would come BUT I have bought a piece of land…I would come BUT I have some new oxen to be proven…I would come, BUT I have married a wife.

   There is the “LATER ON” god. Felix worshiped him. “At a more convenient season…” Some say, “One of these days…”; others say, “Later on, when I have time…when the kids are gone…when I can find a church that suits me, where I can be made to feel good…”

   Some worship at the altar of “IT SEEMS TO ME…” Naaman of old was his disciple. “I thought the prophet would do thus and so…” Today, there are those who say,” It seems to me that one church is as good as another…” among other things.

   There is the god “CHEAP SERVICE.” Ananias and Sapphira, along with the Jews who didn’t want to be cast out of the synagogue, were his followers.

    Last of all, there is the “LET ME THINK ABOUT IT” god. What is there to think about? One is lost in sin and can only be saved by obedience to Christ.

    What god are you worshiping?

A Half-Baked Pancake

By Ernest S. Underwood

    If you went out to eat and ordered pancakes, how would you react if they were done on one side, but were uncooked on the other side? Doesn’t sound too tasty, does it? This is how God described Israel in the days of Hosea the prophet. In Hosea 7:8 the prophet says, “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.” The nation of Israel thought it could give lip service to God, while participating in all the things of the world. The Israelites offered sacrifice, but their hearts were not in it.

    Jesus told His disciples that they were in the world, but were not to be of the world. Paul warned that those who practiced the works of the flesh would not inherit the kingdom of God.

    If you are trying to hold on to the world while being a “little religious,” you need to make some changes. Today would be a good time to begin.

    Are you a half-baked cake?

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