Have you ever met people, who call themselves Christians, yet they're constantly perpetrating a fraud; they promise things they cannot deliver, and they know they can't deliver them, even at the time that they're making the promise. Crooks!
It has happened to me many times during my 30 years as a small business owner; and it happened again recently! These folk are hypocrites! They say one thing and do another. My late father Bishop Benjamin Grant often said to me, "Lyndia, you give people too much credit. You can't believe everything people tell you. Everybody don't have a good heart like you do, people lie!"
"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books." Revelation 20:12.
Those of you, reading this column, please know that the Bible is clear. Take note of the aforementioned scripture. You and God know whether you are being honest with people or not, when you make promises about things you will do.
Another scripture says, "Out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks." You really couldn't lie to people and make false promises, if it wasn't in your heart! You wouldn't take advantage of people by making false promises to them, if it wasn't in your heart. Don't know where you get that fraudulent stuff from in the first place, but it's not good!
The Bible is correct, just re-read that scripture in Revelation: It reminds us that, "The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books."
The book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and was given to John by God "to show his servants what must soon take place." This book is filled with mysteries about things to come. It's the final warning that the world will surely end and judgment will be certain.
It gives us a tiny glimpse of heaven and all of the glories awaiting those who keep their robes white. Revelation takes us through the great tribulation with all its woes and the final fire that all unbelievers will face for eternity. The book reiterates the fall of Satan and the doom he and his angels will certainly face.
We are shown the duties of all creatures and angels of heaven and the promises of the saints that will live forever with Jesus in the New Jerusalem. Like John, we find it hard to describe what we read in the book of Revelation. Some of it's scary, and hard to imagine.
Finally, there is another scripture which says, "Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path! When you take negative actions toward others, such as "break important promises and hire people, knowing you don't have the money, and you write everybody a bad check, then go into hiding" that's not only fraudulent that's cowardice.
You are not being directed by God when you do things like that. He doesn't direct our paths down a road filled with lies and deception, and He definitely doesn't cause us to hurt one another.
Every deed we do, good or bad is recorded in the books according to scripture, and someday, we will stand before God and be judged for every deed, good, bad or ugly! We will not get away with it!
As I was growing up, my father preached a sermon from this scripture, often. The title of his sermon was "Standing before God!" He would go on to preach that sermon, telling us about what would happen to us after death. This scripture is etched in my memory for life, and believe me, it's my reminder that everything we do, matters!