WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1 (NLT2)
Frank Abagnale was one of the world’s greatest con artists. The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the true-life story of this man, who bilked the government out of more than $5 million by the time he was 21. At age 16, when his parents divorced, he runs away and for two years leads a life of amazing deception. Creating false documents and forging checks, he passes himself off as an airline pilot, a medical doctor, and a practicing attorney. During this time, he even passed a state bar exam.
While posing as a doctor, Frank meets a young nurse, Brenda, and falls in love. When he meets her father, who is a prestigious lawyer, and her mother, he scores points with them by feigning to be a graduate of the same law school the father attended. Knowing they are dedicated Lutherans, he also claims to be Lutheran.
The FBI crashes their engagement party, but Frank sees them coming and races upstairs to pack his bags. He wants Brenda to escape with him. But Frank must level with her. He confesses, “Brenda, I don’t want to lie to you anymore. I’m not a doctor. I’ve never been to medical school. I’m not a lawyer or a Harvard graduate. I’m not even a Lutheran.” With a straight face, Brenda says, “Frank? Frank? You’re not a Lutheran?”
“Religious” people can deceive us. Many people claim it’s not their place to judge someone else. However, the Bible teaches that part of being in love with Jesus is “testing” what people say to see if it’s true. 1 John 4 clearly says don’t believe everything you hear in the name of religion.
Our ability to discern truth and the Holy Spirit in someone goes back to our commitment to the Bible as our measure of truth. Our commitment at Northstar is to help you better understand your Bible. Do you have a daily Bible reading plan? If not, there are lots of great ones out there. Do a little research to find one and make a commitment to knowing the Bible a little better.