2010-09-26 - The Eighth
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 45
Eighth Commandment, Part 1
I used to listen to a lot more Christian radio than I do now.
I chose to listen to some of the Faith Teachers, Healers and
generally people who, while claiming the name of Christ, were disseminating
a lot of bad teaching. I guess it was a case of wanting to know what the
enemy was doing. Of course, in those days most of the stuff was aberrant,
but now it is heretical.
I remember one well-known radio evangelist who was sending out prayer cloths
for a donation. Then, as prayers were miraculously answered, he would tell
of the testimonies of the blessed. In one case, an individual testified how
he had placed the cloth under his pillow - and the next day, he received
a second welfare check by mistake. Wasnt the Lord wonderful? The person
gave to the ministry, and the Lord gave him multifold. Of course, the fact
that he cashed a check he wasnt entitled to, breaking the law, didnt
seem to phase him. The fact he gave the Lord credit, for providing him the
opportunity to steal, was amazing. But he wasnt stealing - was he?
After all, the Lord sent him the check.
During our last study, we talked about the problem of adultery. This can
also be perceived as another from of stealing. The adulterer is stealing
what belongs to his or her spouse - faithfulness, love, etc.
We have all heard someone explain they were maximizing their
deductions on their tax return, because the government gets too much of our
money, anyway. Of course, the fact they are cheating and getting money that
isnt theirs isnt a problem. After all, according to them, the
IRS is ripping off everyone - so everyone uses creative financing.
The child who runs away from home without cause, doesnt take advantage
of the opportunities of an adequate education, is stealing from his or her
future. And along the same lines, some feel that the deficit steals from
our childrens future.
So, next, we are going to talk about give and take, or is that take or give?
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