A Salvation Show

A good number of years ago Neil Diamond wrote and sang a song that still resonates with me today. That song: “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.”  I suppose a number of people can interpret it any number of ways, but I interpret it as both humorous and as a slight against preachers who have more interest in promoting themselves with their “healing” services than they have in promoting the gospel of Christ. The Scriptures are rather plain-spoken about such people – and they need to be called out (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 John 4:1).

“It has been said that God has performed many miracles through Chiles,” we are told. During the days of the prophet Isaiah, God’s prophet was preaching to and against the charlatans of his day. The standard by which any and all preachers were to be judged was the written word of God (Isaiah 8:20). The subjective feelings of a person were only accorded respect when that person lived by the Lord’s expressed word. For the individual or individuals eternity hung in the balance!

It may seem harsh to some to call out preachers who promote things contrary to the Lord’s written words, but it is necessary (Jude 3). It may be that these self-promoting preachers are doing many good things in the community and, if so, there will be nothing negative coming from me in that regard. On the other hand, whatever good may be done or may have been done does not allow a compromise of the Lord’s will as expressed in His holy word. In fact, the good that was done by any and all will not be that which judges us on Judgment Day; it will be the words spoken by the Lord Himself.

The challenge, therefore, to all religious folk is to measure everything by the Lord’s word (John 12:48; Romans 15:18; 1 Peter 4:11).

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This is a letter to the editor that is pending

#charlatans, #healing-services, #isaiah

John 11:43

Striking words, to me, would be the words of our Lord in John 11:43. In contrast to the fake religious, miracle worker preachers of today, Jesus simply speaks forth three words, “Lazarus, come forth!” With those words a man dead four days comes from his tomb. Rather than parade the man in the presence of the preacher and in front of thousands on a stage, Jesus simply says to those about him, to unbind him and set him free. I marvel at the thousands who are deluded by these charlatans, but I am angered by the preachers who have an interest in money, prestige, and power (or influence). Though I marvel at the many who are deluded, I also take note of the many who want to be deceived. They want to be deceived because when evidence is brought forth that the person they are following is not following the Lord – they still follow the charlatan. On the other hand, there are many who are there genuinely trying to get answers to their most pressing problems in life, and those people are the ones….. well …. I hope the Lord has mercy on.

Never fail to take note of the contrast between the genuine (Jesus) and the one who promotes himself.

#charlatans, #contrast, #genuine, #jesus