I want you to take your Bibles today and turn to the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 21, and look at one verse. Now, we’ve been in the Book of Proverbs for quite some time, and the difficulty and the joy of studying the Book of Proverbs is that there is so much compacted in one verse! You’re going to see that as we study this verse today. And the more I looked at this verse, the more remarkable it became in my eyes. When I first looked at it, I said, ‘‘Well, that’s an ordinary verse.’’ Then, you know, the more I dwelt on it, I discovered that there are no ordinary verses. Everyone is extraordinary.
Listen to this. Proverbs, Chapter 21, Verse 28: ‘‘A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.’’ ‘‘A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.’’ Art Linkletter had a tragedy in his life, and it literally drove him to his knees. And Art Linkletter told that after this tragedy, he was with some young people in the lobby of a hotel in San Francisco, a dozen or so young people. And he said they got down on their knees to pray, and he got down on his knees with them to pray. And he said, ‘‘I looked around and I hoped no one would recognize me down on my knees.’’ But he said, ‘‘I was not down on my knees but just a second when I did no longer care what anyone else thought.’’ Because Art Linkletter said in this discussion of his life, he said, ‘‘Up until that time, I was very self-sufficient. I didn’t feel that I needed anybody.’’ Here’s a man that for forty years on television and screen and stage had entertained millions. He said, ‘‘I didn’t think I needed anybody.’’ And he said, ‘‘I thought of myself as being a good person.’’ But he said, ‘‘I was,’’ -- and I want you to listen to this phrase -- ‘‘a cardboard Christian.’’ -
That’s the title of my message [this morning} ‘‘Cardboard Christians.’’ He says, ‘‘I was a cardboard Christian.’’ That is, ‘‘I was ...
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