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Sermon Title: Five Financial Myths

Place: Oakdale Wesleyan Church

Date: February 6, 2005

Series: Living the Uncomplicated Life

Introduction

I got a beautiful illustration in the in-box of my e-mail about myths that circulate our world. Every few months someone sends out this e-mail to me and it has been happening for about the last ten years. This is one of the reasons I seldom read or respond to forwards in e-mails. Let me read the original e-mail and then I will read the retraction that I got this week….

DR. DOBSON’S PLEA FOR ACTION

CBS discontinued "Touched by an Angel" for using the word “God” in every program. Madeline Murray O’Hare, an atheist, successfully managed to eliminate the use of Bible reading from public schools a few years ago. Now her organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC.

Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America.

They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand!

If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools!!

You as a Christian (or any other religious background) can help!

We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians we must unite on this. Please don’t take this lightly.

We ignored this lady once and lost prayer in our school and in offices across the nation.

Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country.

Please press "forward", and forward this to everyone that you think should read this.

Now, please sign your name at the bottom (you can only add your name after you have pressed the "Forward").

Don’t delete any other names, just go to the next number and type your name and state. Please do not sign jointly, such as Mr.. &Mrs. Each person should sign his/her own name. Please defeat this organization and keep the right of our freedom of religion.

REMEMBER: Our country was founded on freedom of religion and our Constitution is based on the 10 Commandments.

This sounds good and all and what a stirring subject. But as stirring as it sounds, as gut wrenching and alarming as it may appear to be, this is a myth!

Let me now read the retraction…..

Just a note here to say that I regret having sent you this petition as we now have information that it is not valid, and would not be of help, officially. The person that sent this to me then sited this e-mail they received in regards to this petition.

Just to give you a heads up. Online petitions do not hold any legal weight because the individuals cannot be verified. Also, this particular email is a false email in that it refers to the FCC petition number 2493 which is not a current FCC petition.


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Erik Gauss

commented on Nov 6, 2006

Thank you for the great illustrations and the multiple bible references! Awesome! Under point 4, the "first recorded sin" about first fruits seems to overlook Adam and Eve's sin which was even before the boys... Still a great illustration however!

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