Wilbur Chapman tells of a distinguished minister who preached on sin. One of his leading members came to him and said, “Please don’t talk so plainly about sin. It will give our young ones the wrong idea. Call it a ‘mistake’ if you will.” The parson took a bottle of strychnine that was marked “poison” and showed it to his visitor. He said, “I understand what you want me to do. You want me to change the label. Suppose I take this label off and mark it ‘oil of Anise’ or some other mild liquid. Can’t you see the danger in what you are asking? The milder you make the label, the more dangerous it makes the poison.”

The world hardly recognizes sin anymore. We substitute politically correct names for it.

Steven Clark Goad
Blythe church of Christ
Blythe, CA

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I cannot agree more! We are so afraid to call “a spade a spade”, we want so much to counteract the former “hell fire and brimstone” versions of preaching that now “we do not want to offend anybody”, so we soft-paddle the word of God. We allow others to be lost by not faithfully and kindly tell the truth in love. No wonder some are more attracted to false religions that provide a firm framework of beliefs, albeit false beliefs! May God have mercy on us and open our eyes, ears and hearts so that we will pass on to others what God wants us to say to them. May preachers not fear firing and may elders wake up to their God-given responsibilities.
Sincerely in great concern,
Helga M. Blackstone, secretary for the Highland Lakes church of Christ in Kingsland, TX

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