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voddie-baucham When I first became a Christian, I thought all Christians were sold-out, fire-breathing, truth-telling, water-walking followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. I also believed that I could trust anything that was written by a Christian author and published by a Christian publisher. I soon discovered that I was wrong.

- Voddie Baucham

3 thoughts on “Quotes (481)

  1. mbaker says:

    I can sure identify with that! Seeing the difference in the talk and the walk of Christians when I accepted Christ at 17 completely turned me into a disbeliever again until I was 39 years old, and God proved to me in a unique way who He really was.

    That’s why it’s way more important than we realize to be living examples to our youth, especially of the name we Christians call ourselves by. Evangelism without the living example of how Christ has changed our lives in the ways people can actually see is not real evangelism at all, but the worse form and most damaging form of hypocrisy.

  2. Joshua was the great general, who had, by faith in God’s promises, led God’s people into Canaan, the Promised Land. Joshua had a “hit-list” of enemies. God’s instructions were to not appease his ungodly neighbors, but rather to conquer and destroy them.

    The Gibeonites, hearing of this (possibly through the influence of Satan), devised a plan to trick Joshua. Taking on the disguise of weary but friendly travelers, they pretended to be something that they were not. The Bible describes Joshua’s dealings with them: “And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them. And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.” (Joshua 9:15-16)

    God ultimately blessed Joshua for keeping his oath, by using these circumstances to bring about a great victory. However, it is clear that Joshua’s discerning by sight, rather than faith, had been a mistake. We must learn from this. Although the Christian’s orders today are not to destroy our neighbors, we must beware of “sneakers,” who are pretending to be “seekers.” Take time to consult the Lord in prayer before placing your trust in strangers, regardless of how harmless they may appear.

  3. mbaker – your comments serve as warning to all Christians to be careful to point folks to Christ, not to follow any man. All too often we settle for earthly examples – all of whom will fail.

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