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Getting Right with God Only through Grace

We’re a clever lot, aren’t we? If there were a way in which we could snooker God into letting us get heaven without having to give up the sins we so easily embrace and enjoy, we’d definitely try it. After all, it’s in our nature.

I don’t know if this story is true, but it bears a lot of markings of legitimacy within our current cultural climate in America.

The story infers that there was a lawyer from Charlotte, North Carolina, who purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires.”

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued... and WON!

(Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless that the lawyer held a policy from the company, which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be “unacceptable fire” and was obligated to pay the claim!

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars lost in the “fires.”

Now, for the best part!

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This has been touted as a true story in which it was the First-Place winner in a Criminal Lawyers Award Contest! Only in America!

Well, no matter if it’s true or not, we can relate to it because it’s what lies at the heart of our sin problem.

As we return to Romans 3 this Sunday, we are going to jump into Paul’s writing concerning our sinful lives and the justification that comes not from our trickery or deceit, and most definitely not from our superior righteousness or good deeds, because we have all failed there. We’ll discover that we have the ability to be regarded not only as not guilty, but innocent of our indisputable sins because of the work of Jesus Christ.

John
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