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Phil (a member of our congregation) owns a stunning sports car. It's a Viper. It's a thing of beauty. And it has a powerful engine with 10 cylinders. Most of us common folks have cars with 6 and 8 cylinders... but this car has TEN cylinders. I'm pretty sure it can take you anywhere you want to go as fast as you'll ever want to go.

Well, let's say I come into some money, and I decide to buy Phil's sports car, and he's kind enough to sell it to me. But buying that car just about taps me out. Money gets tight and I have to start cutting some corners. And one of the places I decide to cut corners is in the oil I buy for oil changes. The oil I'm supposed to put in that vehicle begins to look a little too expensive for my budget, so I decide to go down to the grocery store & buy some Wesson cooking oil. I mean -- it is oil isn't it?

Now, what do you think is going to happen to that car? It'll turn over just once, and then that engine isn't going to be worth much. On the outside it will probably still be a beautiful sports car but on the inside... the power of its engine will be destroyed. It will ultimately be unable to take me the places I want to go.

And that is what God tells us about the Faith Once Delivered to the saints. If I go to changing the oil and putting something in the engine that doesn't belong I might still have a good looking chassis on the outside, but on the inside... I'll have destroyed the power that the Church has to help people go where they want to go.

(From a sermon by Jeff Strite, Restoration, 5/9/2011)

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