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Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 14:18:18 -0300
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

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Bought at a Price
by Stan Mitchell

   "Do you not know that your body is a
   temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
   whom you have received from God? You are
   not your own; you were bought at a price.
   Therefore honor God with your body" (1
   Corinthians 6:19,20).

Neil Anderson wrote, "you win a person with what
you win him with" (Gospel Advocate, September
2003). When churches "bend over backwards to cater
for their children," he explains, "the young are
more often alienated than won by such tactics."

If people are brought to a church through a
certain music or activity, for instance, then they
will leave the church on the same basis; their
departure will coincide pretty much exactly with
the arrival of a bigger show across town, a more
dramatic version of that program in a rival
church, or a ratcheted up version of what brought
them to church in the first place. The pressure
will always be on us to outdo last year's
production, or lose the "loyal" customer!

Instead of bribing them to church, maybe we should
bring them to Christ.

Of course Paul declares that we have been "bought
at a price," not "bought for a price!" We don't
(or shouldn't) make demands on churches and on
Jesus; he makes demands on us! We don't negotiate
our terms of entrance into the church; he dictates
them! The Lord doesn't have responsibilities to
us. Everything he did -- everything -- was a gift
he was not obliged to give!

We have responsibilities to him!

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