Watered Down - April 7, 2018
James Collins

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 

My wife, Amanda, has me on a diet. She would like for me to lose twenty pounds. I would like a new Ferrari Sports Car, but that’s not going to happen either. I just want to be chubby. I mean, I don’t want to be so overweight. I just want to drop enough weight until I am chubby again. However, I struggle losing weight. I have tried every kind of diet you can imagine, but I still have not lost any weight. My problem is that most diet food tastes like styro-foam. My wife wants me to eat cottage cheese and lettuce. Yuck! I like fried catfish with fried taters. Yum! This week, I managed to finish my two-week diet in just two hours. I can’t stick to a diet. Amanda wants me to eat more “greens.” So I went to Price Chopper and I bought all the pistachio ice cream they had. Well, it was green.

The worst part of my diet is that Amanda has made me stop drinking Mountain Dew. I love that stuff. I used to drink two or ten a day. I had an addiction to Mountain Dew. I drank it all the time. I tried to make Amanda happy and I switched to diet Mountain Dew. She said that the artificial sweetener in the diet Mountain Dew would kill me faster than the sugar in the regular Mountain Dew. I can’t win… The other day, I was driving to Altamont. Amanda wasn’t with me. Since she wasn’t with me, I thought that it would be okay if I got a little Mountain Dew and a small snack. I pulled into the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant in Pittsburg. A woman’s voice came over that little speaker. She asked me for my order. I ordered two large hamburgers – no cheese, you’ve got to watch your weight – a large order of fries and an extra large Mountain Dew. Like I said, Amanda wasn’t with me. So it was okay.

There was a long line of cars in the drive-through. It took several minutes for me to get up to the window to get my order. The lady handed me my drink and a sack of food. I did like most people; I reached inside that sack and got a few of the French fries to eat. Those French fries were so good that if you put a box of them on top of your head, your tongue would beat your brains out trying to get to them. I accidently dropped one of those fries on the floorboard. I almost wrecked the truck trying to get it. Anyway, those fries made me thirsty. I picked up my Mountain Dew and took a drink. It tasted terrible! I started spitting and sputtering. It had taken a long time at the drive-through for me to get my order. In that time, the ice had started melting. My Mountain Dew was watered down. It was awful! It was so bad; I stopped at a convenience store and poured it out. I bought a two liter bottle of Mountain Dew. It was okay. Amanda wasn’t with me.

The point is: It is terrible when your Mountain Dew is watered down. But it’s a tragedy when the Word of God is watered down. The Bible says that at the end of this age, people will not care about sound doctrine and truth. Instead, they will heap to themselves preachers who will tickle their ears by watering down the Word of God. That is the day we are living in now. People don’t want to hear the truth.

Here is the truth: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Jesus Christ. The only way to heaven - the only way out of hell – is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! That is not popular. But it is truth. It does not matter what some religion or cult teaches. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. Do you want to know the truth? Get to know Jesus.

James Collins hates watered down Mountain Dew and watered down preaching.

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