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The Essence of Faith (7 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
ILLUSTRATION: We were driving to this revival through the Ashville region of NC where the roads were very curvy. Suppose I had said, "I like to think of this road as straight" Would the road have cooperated? Why do we have greater respect for the road that Jesus Christ.
To often we make Him subject to our thoughts and feelings.
If you watch Christian television indiscriminately you will get the idea that Jesus is what Dr. Robert Smith calls a "Cosmic Vending Machine that they can walk up to, put in their quarter then kick when they don't get what they want in protest."
That's television - notice they don't put those guys on Radio because if all you had were their words you'd realize they were saying anything.
You get the feeling that the entire solar system is revolving around you and that God stands at a distance waiting for you to discover the magic words that will cause your
• Mini-van to be replaced with a hummer.
• Your arthritis eliminated
• Your marriage to be perfect
• Your kids to be well behaved
There are a few wise souls who have discovered the secret - they are the television preachers who wear $3,000 suits and give you the distinct privilege of sowing your seed into the fertile soil of their life and ministry.
What is the difference between these modern day sage's and yourself?
Well Creflo Dollar, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn and George Michael would agree - you gotta have faith!
• If you wanna drive a Cadillac, you gotta have Cadillac faith!
• That's why you drive a 1984 El Camino - you got El Camino faith!
Doesn't that sound strange for a group of people who claim to worship a homeless guy who got murdered?
Oral Roberts - Never trust a faith healer that wears glasses!
The result is some poor silly soul gritting her teeth and writing her check trying to believe the absurd.
The real heart breaker is not the man trying ...
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