Three Taverns Church

Taking Advantage Of Christians

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Acts 24:24-27 “After some days Felix (a Roman governor who was “well acquainted with the Way”) came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.” (ESV)

A more modern translation might read something like this:

“After a few days Frank (a U.S. Governor who attended church at Christmas and Easter) came with his wife Drew, who was Roman Catholic, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Jesus Christ. As Paul reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Frank was alarmed and said, “I’ve got to leave for a meeting. I’ll give you a call when my schedule opens up.” At the same time Frank hoped Paul would contribute to his re-election campaign, so he had many more meetings with him. After two years Frank lost his re-election bid and was replaced. Wanting to do a favor for a religious Super-PAC, Frank left Paul in prison.”

There are politicians and business people taking advantage of naïve Christians by bowing their heads during a prayer and putting a fish on their business cards. Just because someone is familiar with Christianity or is married into the faith doesn’t make them a disciple of Christ. They might attend church, observe religious holidays, and even have a few choice verses of Scripture memorized, but that doesn’t make them a follower of Christ.

Satan probably has every verse of Scripture memorized; does that make him a Christian?

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