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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 17:21:31 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


GUEST COLUMN

Pretending
by Shan Jackson

Pretend for a moment that you are a fish. You're
just swimming around enjoying life. You're not
bothering anybody and nobody's bothering you. The
water is clean and cool and you're having a grand
time.

Then you notice a tasty looking shrimp floating
just below the surface. You love shrimp. In fact,
it's your favorite meal. You realize that you're
getting pretty hungry, so you make a mad dash at
that shrimp, and you gobble him up before he knows
what hit him.

But in your excitement, you failed to notice that
sticking out of that shrimp's back is a
fisherman's hook. Maybe you've never even seen a
fisherman's hook before. Maybe some of your fellow
fish had tried to warn you about a fisherman's
hook, but you never listened to them. Well, pretty
soon you are the fisherman's lunch —- not exactly
what you had planned!

Friends and brethren, false teaching is much like
that story. The Bible says that with feigned words
false teaching can make merchandise of us (2 Peter
2:3). It can rock us to sleep. It can confuse and
bewilder us. And then, like a hungry fish, it can
get us, hook, line, and sinker. Remember, only God
is our refuge and strength. May we always swim
with him.

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