Posted by Gary on March 2, 2009
I cannot count how many emails I have received over the past few years from someone claiming to be a Christian who has millions of dollars that they want to give to me or my church. I believe these emails originate from Africa. Wow, in the past two years my church has been chosen to receive probably 50 million dollars or more.
The story is usually a woman writing whose husband has died leaving her a ton of money and now she is terminally ill and wants to donate the money to a Christian or a church. The letters are filled with Christian terms and phrases and expressions of desire to do what would further God’s kingdom. All I need to do is make contact and share a bank account number so that funds can be transferred into it (and of course funds will be transferred out).
While all sins represent a refusal to fear God, sins that use God and His kingdom as the method to accomplish the sin are especially evil and those behind such plans can have no fear of God before their eyes:
Psalm 36:1 “Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.”
After receiving a number of these emails and pondering the wickedness of them I have begun the practice of writing a response. I figure they already have my email so that breach of information has already taken place.
My response does not include my own words, I simply paste a passage of Scripture for my reply, I use the same one every time:
Revelation 21:8 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
It is my hope that God will use His Word to pierce the hearts of these liars who use God Himself to accomplish their wicked purposes. God’s Word is sharp (Hebrews 4:12) I hope my reply will lead to the salvation of some.