Acts 8:18-19 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Simon thought he saw a formula that he could purchase to get God’s power. The only problem is, the gifts of God are invaluable. You can not put a price on it. You cannot make it a patented formula. Still to this day people try to cheapen the Gospel by commercializing it.
A well known christian teacher recently said ‘In order to avoid being humanistic, every time you help others you have to give a sermon about Jesus’. I don’t know about you, but if I am in need a sermon is probably the last thing I want to hear at that moment. The teacher was trying to put Christianity into a formula. X+Y=Z. When you do that, you are being a scientist, a humanist, leaving God out of the equation.
Lots of times when you help people there really isn’t time to give them a sermon. Don’t worry about it. If you LET your light shine where ever you are, people will know you are a Christian and Jesus will be praised. Whatever you do will bring glory to Him. Formulas fail. Jesus never fails.
According to Wikipedia, “Humanism” typically refers to a non-theistic life stance centered on human agency and looking to science rather than revelation from a supernatural source to understand the world.
Formulas are humanistic attempts at understanding something in a scientific format. That’s how religions are formed. Religion is a science. Science is all about formulas. It doesn’t matter if you do it without love, or even thinking, as long as you complete the function. People want 2 + 2 = 4. It takes all the guess work out of everything. It gives on a false sense of security as well.
I love telling people about Jesus. As St. Francis of Asisi said ‘sometimes I even open my mouth!’ I see people who forcefully inject the name ‘Jesus’ into every sentence as insecure about their faith or passively hostile. I also have noticed that they only do so when there are other Christians within ear shot. This is another example of formulas that do not work as intended.
You can either have faith in your religion or Faith in God. One or the other. With God, 2 + 2 does not always equal 4. Formulas are fallible. God is not. You can trust in God all the time. You have to listen to Him in prayer and through His Word. Then you follow His lead. He leads Winnie and me to help the poor children.
As a 501c3, our emphasis is helping the children who live in poverty.
Our job with children is to teach them to trust Jesus. To have faith in Jesus, the solid Rock on which we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.