“DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR OR READ!” Part Four
“DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR OR READ!”
By Keith Bellamy
A false accusation can really hurt. If you have ever been the recipient of such, you know full well what I am talking about!
We so like to speculate on someone else’s misery.
Lynn Anderson related a story one time about a preacher who was conducting a revival in a town. There was a house sitting across from the church building and the preacher asked if the people living there had been invited to attend the revival. Some of the members, including some of the leaders at that church said there was some bad things going on in that house. There was a teenage girl living there and some guy was coming in at night in the late hours when the mother goes to work.
The preacher decided he would invite the mother and her daughter to the revival. When the preacher entered the lady’s home he noticed an older man in a hospital bed. It was obvious that the man was incapacitated.
The lady said that she was trying to take care of her invalid husband and her daughter was trying to help when she was home from school. The man who came in at night was the lady’s brother and he was giving his sister a break, so she could get a little rest before she went to work at her 11 to 6 job.
Something was going on alright.
These people needed encouragement and help but the good church people were not willing to do what Jesus would have done.
Would you please consider the following passages?
Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners “(NASV).
Matthew 12:7 “But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent.”(NASV)
Romans 9:15 “For He says to Moses, ‘I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.’” (NASV)