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MEMORIZE 4'?m3f Cults vs Scripture memory: tongues, the trinity

LIZ -- (enters, crosses slowly) Assurance of salvation.

AMY -- (follows) Ah, let's see. John 5:24 "I tell you the truth,
whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal
life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death
to life."

PAT -- (follows at a distance, listens)

AMY -- Now, I've got one for you. Assurance of answered prayer.

LIZ -- John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in
my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be
complete.

AMY -- Oooo. I thought I had you.

LIZ -- Your turn. God's provision.

AMY -- (pause)

LIZ -- I've got you, don't I.

AMY -- I am not buying you dinner! (snaps fingers) I've got it!
Philippians 4:19 "And my God will meet all your needs according
to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

PAT -- (approaches) What are you two doing?

LIZ -- Amy is about to buy me dinner.

AMY -- In a pig's eye. (points to Liz) God's faithfulness.

LIZ -- Lamentations 3:22 and 23 "Because of the Lord's great
love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They
are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

AMY -- Oooo.

PAT -- What's with all the Bible verses? And what do they have
to do with dinner?

LIZ -- Oh, we decided to get serious about memorizing scripture
verses. So, we turned it into a weekly wager.

AMY -- First one who fails buys dinner.

PAT -- What's so important about memorizing scripture verses?

LIZ -- I don't want to talk about it.

PAT -- Why? What happened?

AMY -- Elizabeth was embarrassed by a cult member a few weeks
ago.

LIZ -- I told you, I don't want to talk about it.

PAT -- What happened?

AMY -- Come on! It's a good lesson for all of us.

LIZ -- Alright. This cult member came up to my door the other
day and told me that Jesus was really an angel.

PAT -- No, He's not.

AMY -- Prove it.

PAT -- Excuse me?

AMY -- Give me a Bible verse that shows me that Jesus is not an
angel.

PAT -- I can't.

AMY -- "like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

LIZ -- James 1:6.

PAT -- What are you talking about?

LIZ -- When I told Amy (points to Amy) about the incident with
the cult member, she called me a "wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind."

AMY -- Well, you doubted your faith, didn't you?

LIZ -- I didn't know! Noone every confronted me like that
before!

PAT -- So, is there a Bible verse that shows that Jesus was not
an angel?

AMY -- Only about a dozen.

LIZ -- (points to Amy) The deity of Jesus.

AMY -- 1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and
has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.
And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He
is the true God and eternal life.

LIZ -- See, if Jesus is the true God, he can't be an angel.

PAT -- Oh, yeah.

AMY -- Tell her about speaking in tongues.

LIZ -- Do I have to?

AMY -- No, you could by me dinner instead.

LIZ -- Alright. This same day that the cult member stumped me,
this other person told me that every true believer speaks in
tongues.

PAT -- That's not true.

AMY -- Prove it.

PAT -- I see now why you two started memorizing Bible verses.
That's embarrassing.

AMY -- It's not only embarrassing. If you don't have scripture
in your head for ready reference, people like that would get you
to doubt your faith.

LIZ -- I even stumped Amy on that tongues thing. So, Amy, what
did Jesus say was the mark of a true believer?

AMY -- John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my
disciples, if you speak in tongues."

PAT -- Hey, I know that verse. That's not what it says.

AMY -- Well, what does it say?

PAT -- John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another."

AMY -- Not bad. Okay, what did Jesus say was the purpose for the
power of the Holy Spirit?

PAT -- I think I've just exceeded my limit.

AMY -- Liz?

LIZ -- Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
comes on you; and you will speak in tongues."

PAT -- Oh, I know that verse too. That's not what it says.

AMY -- What does it say?

PAT -- Let's see. Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses."

AMY -- Not bad.

LIZ -- Unfortunately, when someone blindsides you to weaken your
faith, you won't have anyone around to prompt you.

PAT -- I don't want that to happen to me. Can I join you?

AMY -- Join us for dinner? (points to exit)

PAT -- (exiting) Sure.

LIZ -- (follows) You're buying.

PAT -- Alright.

AMY -- (follows) Works every time.
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