Things Worth Rejecting: Or, If You Can Get them in Church with a Hotdog, Satan Can Get them out with a Hamburger

Unlike the deceivers in Corinth who were more than happy to do whatever they had to do in order to gain a following, Paul writes

Instead, we reject secrecy and shameful actions. We don’t use deception, and we don’t tamper with God’s word. Instead, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God by the public announcement of the truth. (2 Cor 4:2).

Because, let’s face it, if you can get them in with a hotdog, Satan can get them out with a hamburger. Those who ‘show up’ simply to ‘get’ can be bribed in, but they can’t be bribed into faithful discipleship.  So, with Paul, we* don’t use deception** and we don’t tamper with God’s word just to make it suit the hearer.  We tell the truth.  And we reject any manipulation or bribery of every sort because such manipulation or bribery is a denial of the very power of the Gospel itself.

So we won’t sell the Gospel for a hotdog or a hamburger.  But we will give it freely to all who wish it.

[* Theologians of the Cross]
[** theologians of ‘glory’]