South Bend, Indiana
In 2 Cor. 8: 21, we have these words by the pen of inspiration, "Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." This scripture is for us, and needs, application to our lives today, just as Paul applied it to himself that he might conduct himself properly in ad- ministering the benevolent funds of the churches. Such a principle of conduct should guide Christians at all times and in all places.
Christ wants us to live for Him (Romans 12:1-2). Christians are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13-16). Christians who are truly interested in pleasing the Lord will not be found engaging in the dance or mixed-swimming or things of like nature. (cf. Gal. 5:19-21) This must also apply to less noticeable things such as matching nickels for cokes at break-time on the job, or laughing at a sinner friend's off-color jokes, even though you refuse to tell them yourself. Or criticizing the church, the elders, the preacher, or members, generally running them down, etc. or when taking a vacation, also taking a vacation from God.
We need to have honest proper conduct at all times. (cf. Col. 4:5-6)
For example, in several instances, I have known of Christians who, when going on a trip or returning from one, were too cheap to pay for a phone call. Instead they would phone friends or relatives person-to-person asking for someone they were sure was not there, thus signaling their safe arrival Brethren, such is a sin! There is nothing else you can say about it! It is not the amount of money involved (since the phone company says you can call anywhere in the U.S. for $1.00 or less after 6 PM). It is the principle! Would you jeopardize your soul for ONE DOLLAR??? Defrauding the phone company or anyone else in such a manner is trickery and deceit of the worst kind! It is an endeavor to get something for nothing, a violation of the golden rule (Matt. 7:12). A truly dedicated, conscientious Christian would not stoop to engage in such practices. Brethren, let us conduct ourselves honestly in the sight of all men, especially realizing that we cannot hide from God (Heb. 4:13). Do you really want to go to heaven?
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIV; 42, p. 12a
September 3m, 1970