Today's encouragement comes from Acts 19:32, where we read these words:
"Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together."
Wherever the true gospel of Christ’s free grace is preached, one of three re-sults accrue: 1) solid belief in Jesus, leading to a healthy church life; 2) hypo-critical "belief," leading to eventual apostasy; or 3) (as here), plain old con-fusion.
Today, many professing Christians are thoroughly befuddled. Some have re-placed baptism, with a "christian" tee shirt, (or "christian perfume"). This is a sad state of affairs. Still, let us not lose heart. May every regenerated believer serve to help confused people, and bring them to the Savior, and into His strong churches (for their good).
[Puritan quote of the day: "It is a preposterous course, instead of obeying the gospel, and studying to be found in Christ, to be inquisitive whether we were elected from eternity or not.” —William Lyford, in "The Instructed Christian"]