One of the most popular entertainers of the Vaudeville era was W.C. Fields (1880-1946). While Fields could make audiences roar with laughter, he was certainly not a Christian and made no pretense of his disdain for the Bible. Thus, it came as a great shock when one of Fields’ friends, visiting him in the hospital near the end of his life, found him reading the Bible one day. When asked what he was doing, Fields, ever the comedian, replied, “Just looking for loopholes.”

Friends, one day we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:10, we read, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” On that great day, we will be judged by the word of God. Jesus Christ said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

God’s law, unlike man’s, has no loopholes. No lawyer will be able to fool the Judge of all men or be able to negotiate a plea bargain. Hebrews 9:27 reminds us, “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” If the Judgment Day were today, where would you spend eternity, in heaven or hell?

Travis L. Quertermous
Church of Christ
Dexter, MO
Bulletin Digest (June 2008)

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