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False advertising


PLYMOUTH – It seems as though almost every day someone is claiming fantastic benefits from using their product, procedure, or following a prescribed practice. Everything from simple dietary supplements to radical blood cleansing processes are being touted as the physical, mental, and spiritual “cure-alls” for humanities’ ills.

 

I read an article many years ago that was beyond bizarre. Charles B. Loftin, vice president of San Antonio college of Chiropractors, was quoted in an AP item as saying: “Had ex-Kaiser Wilhelm received chiropractic adjustments for whatever abnormal conditions from which he was suffering, the World War would have been averted.”

 

Right, and if leaders of Hamas would have had better dental care, they would have not invaded Israel and massacred hundreds of people and taken hundreds more captive. If the radical terrorists of the world had access to better hair care products, then we would not be in the mess we’re in right now! Well, at least they would look better.

 

Now before you go off on me about chiropractic care and its benefit to healthcare in America, just know Chiropractors provide a wonderful and needed service. On many occasions they have been of great benefit to me personally, and I believe they are legitimate healthcare providers. They truly are healers with their hands.

 

The point I am making is that we generally exaggerate the positive, and gloss over the negative when we want someone to buy into our way of thinking. It is human nature to want to be right and have others agree with you, but it is wrong to stretch the truth or lie, no matter what your motive. The ends do not justify the means. It is still wrong to do that which is wrong no matter how right your motive or desired results.

 

I am afraid that most who are promoting the new “cure-alls for what ails us” are doing so for one reason.  Money. And what is worse is that millions of Americans are following these “Pied Pipers of Promise” into physical and financial ruin. They are taking advantage of mankind’s hope for health and prosperity and using the naiveté of the masses to deceive and manipulate, never disclosing the dangers and damage they can cause.

 

I am so glad that our Lord didn’t use the tactics of these modern day hucksters. He was straightforward and open about what it would mean to be a “follower” of His. No hidden agendas. No undisclosed problems. No fine print. Everything was, and is, in big bold letters, “Take up your cross and follow me.” That’s it! 

 

He doesn’t want just part of us, He wants all of us. He wants our lives. Total, complete surrender.  In return He truly is “the cure all for what ails us.” And what is even better is that what He offers really works.


"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."  (Matthew 16:24 KJV)

 

 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim Patterson is Executive Director/Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Elected unanimously in May of 2015, Patterson formerly served for 9 years as pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. He also served as trustee chair and national mobilizer for the North American Mission Board.




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