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Devotionals 2004

Razzle Dazzle
July 23, 2004By Ed Wrather

But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. - 2 Corinthians 2:11-15. 

Michael Schwartz has been arrested for running a con game down in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Schwartz is a master safecracker and also has a criminal record dating back to 1930 (Schwartz in 93 years old). The con game Schwartz has been running is called "Razzle Dazzle” and is also known as "Cajun Bingo”. Razzle Dazzle is a board game and players try to roll marbles into numbered holes. If they are able to roll the marbles correctly, they win a $1,000 jackpot. However, winning is virtually impossible the way the board is set up. It is described as a board game where players roll marbles into numbered holes in hopes of winning a $1,000 jackpot. The board is set up in such as way that winning is virtually impossible. Assistant U.S. Attorney Al Winters said about this, "But if you even come close to winning, these guys talk fast, miscount numbers and everything else. It's a gambling game and it's also a scam." 

The devil aka satan also has a "Razzle Dazzle” game going and he has many assistants to help him. Paul says there are, "false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.” Sadly, there are many who are busy trying to win people not to Christ but to false religion. At least one false religion claiming to be Christian has their own Bible with many words changed and deleted. This goes beyond translation to deliberate deception. They are busy drawing the naïve and gullible into "Bible studies” of their perverted version of the Bible. How can they find the truth when the truth has been altered? It is not possible, and many have and are being deceived by this "Razzle Dazzle” game of the devil’s henchmen. 

There is a call across the United States to join together with other denominations and religions in unity. How can we join with them when they are against everything that we love? The apostle Paul makes it clear who we are fighting against when he says, "For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness….” It is a travesty for non-Christian chaplains to be permitted to minister to those in the armed forces of the United States. How can someone who is a devil worshipper be made a chaplain? 

There are a lot of "Razzle Dazzle” games being run in the world in which we live. Before you join a Bible study, you might want to ask if your Bible is okay to use. If they insist that you have to use their special Bible - run don’t walk to the nearest exit. If Jesus to them is just a god among many gods - flee before it is too late. If they have predicted again and again the exact date of the end of the world (So far we know they have not been right) - the Bible calls that being a false prophet because their prophecy did not happen. If someone tells you that you can become a god like Jesus, ask them where in the Bible it says that and hand them your Bible.

The devil’s "Razzle Dazzle” games are just like Michael Schwartz’ games; you can never win and in the devil’s game the stakes are your eternal soul.

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