Paul N. F. (1 March 2011)
"The Deadening Effect of Religious Make-Believe"

The Deadening Effect of Religious Make-Believe

By A. W. Tozer

Let. . .no man put a stumbling block or an
occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Romans 14:13

   The deadening effect of religious make-believe on
the human mind is beyond all describing.

   What can the effect be upon the spectators who live
day after day among the professed Christians who
habitually ignore the commandments of Christ and live
after their own private notions of Christianity?

   Truth sits forsaken and grieves until her professed
followers come home for a brief visit, but she sees them
depart again when the bills become due. They protest
great and undying love for her but they will not let their
love cost them anything!

   Will not those who watch us from day to day conclude
that the whole thing is false?

   Will they not be forced to believe that the faith of
Christ is an unreal and visionary thing which they are
fully justified in rejecting?

   Certainly the non-Christian is not too much to be
blamed if he turns disgustedly away from the invitation
of the Gospel after he has been exposed for a while to
the inconsistencies of those of his acquaintances who
profess to follow Christ.

   In that great and terrible day when the deeds of men
are searched into by the penetrating eyes of the Judge
of all the earth what will we answer when we are
charged with inconsistency and moral fraud?

   And at whose door will lie the blame for millions of
lost men who while they lived on earth were sickened
and revolted by the religious travesty they knew as
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.