January 5

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Does Excitement Make It Right?

Many churches these days are competing to see who can offer the most interesting, entertaining, and exciting experience. Their driving question is “How do we attract and keep more people?” Thus, we see plays, concerts, puppet shows, sports, clowns, raffles, and more. Some get jazzed up at worship like they are a preteen girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

In the Bible it would be hard to find a group of men more excited and devoted to their religious beliefs than those prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. After they prepared their altar they called on their god to send fire (1 Kgs. 18:26). Elijah mocked them, which drove them into a frenzy. “So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them” (1 Kgs. 18:27). Of course, there as no answer because Baal is not real (1 Kgs. 18:28).

In the Philippines each Easter season people crucify themselves. Don’t believe it, check this out. Do you suppose this is pleasing to God? The only difference between them and prophets of Baal is the name under which they practice.

Excitement about something does not make it right.


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