But Wait, There’s More!

That phrase has the potential to bring excitement to many as the infomercial announcer gushes over the latest product.

Unfortunately, the “more” also includes that reminder about a separate “shipping and handling” fee. Somehow the great deal is not so great when the added cost is almost as much as the price of the product.

For years the leaders of the Christian faith had more and more added “shipping and handling” costs to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course, God looks on a believer as clean as long as she makes confession to the priest in just the right way. Sure, God has forgiven the repentant sinner as long as he says this many prayers. Naturally, God’s gift of a clean slate is provided to dead relatives as long as you donate to building St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. What? And grace comes to those who do not sin any more. Whoa!

You see how skewed things became?

It took reformers like Martin Luther to go back to God’s word, skipping all the pronouncements of Popes and Councils. What did they find? Words like these from St. Paul:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

I do not hear anything about a “shipping and handling” charge in there? Do you? Even the faith to believe God’s promises is a gift from Him.

Thankfully, I am not aware of infomercials for the Christian faith. But if they did exist, they would expound on all the great things God has done for us, especially through the work of Jesus Christ. The price would be FREE. And there would be no “shipping and handling” charge.

In His Children’s Service, Robert C. Boyd

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