Rev Billy Davison Writes On: Spotting a Genuine Message

9 August 2018

Spotting A Scam & Spotting a Genuine Message

In a recent meeting I attended, members of the police service of Northern Ireland and Garda Siochana spoke about the present-day horrors of scams, and their joint battle to catch the perpetrators, while trying to protect the public from falling prey into losing money, sometimes large amounts. Hearing about the huge number of scams, and the cunning, deceptive tactics and shameful ways of trying to trick often vulnerable people into handing over personal bank details, was quite harrowing.  

Sadly, scams are becoming even more sophisticated and subtle, so that all of us must become increasingly conscious of the risk we face of being caught out. Therefore, it’s good for us to take to heart the words, “If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.”  The perpetrators of these scams have no heart or concern for the pain and suffering caused to their victims. 

By contrast, the Good News of Jesus is a genuine message. Unlike the scam perpetrators, Christ sends His people out into the world to spread the Good News that Christ wants to provide lasting love and security for all who accept Him as Lord and Saviour. He always enhances life, and lifts us up to new levels of love, forgiveness and hope.  

Therefore, the apostle Paul says, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4: 2 & 3.  

Let us be among those ‘Living with Gospel focus’ who embody the message of Christ, and be Good News people in every area of life.