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Playing Dumb

Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Source: “TV networks are purposely misspelling show names to avoid bad Nielsen ratings,” by Ashley Carman, July 6, 2017, 12:32pm EDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Verge Reports:

TV networks have figured out how to game the Nielsen ratings system. It’s as easy as playing dumb, literally. On days when programmers know their viewership will drop, like on holiday weekends or during sporting events, they “accidentally” misspell their show’s name on the nightly Nielsen lineup, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Over the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, for example, NBC aired NBC Nitely News instead of its usual NBC Nightly News so the holiday drop in viewership didn’t affect its ratings standing. Nielsen’s automated system counted that misspelled show as an entirely different program. By doing this, NBC managed to actually gain ratings against its main competitor: ABC World News Tonight.

NBC apparently misspelled its shows 14 times since the start of the 2016 to 2017 TV season, and it’s not the only network to pull this tactic. This season, ABC did so seven times with its Wrld New Tonite, while CBS replaced The CBS Evening News with CBS Evening Nws 12 times. 

APPLICATION

Playing dumb is one way to get around the rules—a pretty effective one if you’re attempting to get around the Nielsen ratings system.  But it’s not so effective if you’re attempting to get around God’s rating system!

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8:17). 

God knows us.  He knows our name. Misspelling it won’t help!

Woman Faces Court For Parking Two Seconds Too Early

God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Source: “Judge’s brilliant reaction as woman faces court for parking two seconds too soon,” Richard Hartley-Parkinson, Metro.co.uk, Feb 9, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Richard Hartley-Parkinson reports:

Known only as Sarah, she ended up in court after it emerged that she had broken parking rules by arriving at a bay two seconds too soon.

... Judge Frank Caprio from the Providence Municipal Court, read details of the case which stated that she had parked in a bay at 9.59am and 58 seconds.

Parking was not allowed in the area between 8am and 10am.

He told her in mock anger: ‘You violated the city ordinances.’ He added: ‘Our parking enforcement offices are second to none in the country.’

She explained her actions by saying her car clock said 10am.

Judge Caprio laughed the charge out of court in Rhode Island after hearing details of the case.

He said: ‘I think 9.59am is close enough to 10am, matter is dismissed.

APPLICATION

Is this what you imagine will happen when you stand before God? Are you hoping that He will, likewise, release you from the finer details of His moral will?

That’s not how it will work. You will either stand before God to be judged by the minutest details of your non-compliance, including the thoughts and intents of your heart, or you will stand before Him having been credited with the minutest details of Christ’s compliance. There is no middle-ground.  There is no third option. It's either law or grace. You decide!

“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law” (Galatians 2:16). 

"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin" (Romans 3:20). 

When It Comes To Repentance, Today Is Better Than Tomorrow

Repentance Quotes Repentance God's Judgment

Source: PRECIOUS PROMISES by Henry Jennings, Published by J. Lisbet & Co., 21, Berners Street. MDCCCLXV, p. 25

Contributed By: Kory Ferree | Date Posted: 2016-12-08

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Henry Jennings
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ILLUSTRATION

Henry Jennings wrote, “If God's today be too soon for thy repentance, thy tomorrow may be too late for His acceptance.”

APPLICATION

Although God's mercy is new every day, there is no promise it will be offered tomorrow. Salvation is only ever offered on one day and that's today! 

"For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

Walk In The Light

God's Judgment Light Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-18

Scripture: Ephesians 5:8

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The Sin Tax

Sin God's Judgment Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-17

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; James 5:20

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The Corpse Flower

Death Sin God's Judgment

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2016-07-29

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12

Author: John Reed
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Caught In The Crossfire

God's Judgment Repentance Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-29

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:10 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:9

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Is The Bible Guilty of Hate Speech?

God's Love God's Judgment Sexual Promiscuity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-18

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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God's Perspective

God's Judgment God's Love Perspective

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-10

Scripture: John 3:16

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Waiting For the Next Shoe to Drop

God's Judgment Apostasy Second Coming

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:3 ; Isaiah 47:11

Author: Stephen Kingsley / Illustration Exchange
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