Sincerity is Not Enough
YOU MAY BE SINCERELY MISTAKEN
Carbon dioxide instead of oxygen was administered to a patient in a hospital in the state of New York, and death resulted almost instantly.
The tragedy occured while the patient was being prepared for a minor operation. A trained anaesthetist was administering a controlled mixture of oxygen and anaesthetic gas when the tank of oxygen became exhausted, and a new tank labeled “Oxygen” was substituted.
Almost immediately, according to the police report, the patient died. The attending surgeon and hospital officials suspected some kind of an accident and called the coroner.
An autopsy revealed carbon dioxide poisoning. Upon examination the “Oxygen” tank was found to contain carbon dioxide. The tank had been mislabelled before it reached the hospital. All is being done that can be done to discover how such a serious mistake happened.
The manufacturer was sincere, the hospital authorities were sincere, the anaesthetist was sincere, the surgeon was sincere, and certainly the patient was sincere. No one wanted the tragedy to happen. All were sincerely mistaken about the “Oxygen.”
The incident demonstrates that sincerity is not enough. Certainty must be coupled with sincerity. There is a Scripture which says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12
Too many people are saying: “As long as I am sincere, I’ll come out all right in the end” - but they are sincerely mistaken. One must be absolutely certain regarding eternal verities, as well as in matters pertaining to health.
Too many things are mislabelled “Salvation,” “Forgiveness,” “Life,” “Peace,” “Security,” and “Satisfaction.” How can one be absolutely certain in such all important matters? By taking the Lord at His Word. No one is greater than He - no one is truer than He. He said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” John 14:6
There is every reason to believe Him, for He loved us to the point of dying for our sins on the Cross of Calvary. He now lives in the power of an endless life and saves all who come unto God by Him.
All who make Him their Lord and Saviour can say with the Apostle Peter: “We believe and are sure. . .” John 6:69
Peter also said: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12
TOM M. OLSON
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, won’t you do it now? Simply confess your sins to Him and thank Him that He died to cleanse you from sin. The Bible, God’s Word to us, is full of warnings that eternal judgment falls upon those who refuse God’s offer of salvation.