There is no such thing as Convenient Christianity.
There is no such thing as Convenient Christianity with a bribe, or “blessing” that can save you from the judgement to come. Indeed, the only blessing offered by Jesus is to turn you from first your wicked ways so that you may strain, run and fight your way to the abundant life. When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” (Acts 3:26)
Repenting and following Jesus is the most inconvenient thing a man or woman can choose to do. There is no aspect of your life that will not be interrupted. Indeed, you will have to, right now, today, this moment act upon the call of God if you are to be considered wise. Period!
You will have to force yourself to stop what you are doing and act upon the call of God in faith. After all, only forceful men and women take hold of the kingdom of God. The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. (Luke 16:16)
Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings.
“When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.”
He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess.
He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. (Acts 24:22-27)
Note: Nothing about lawyers, judges and prosecutors have changed.
Paul’s legal troubles continue to take root because prosecutors, judges and police always want to gain something for themselves out of the situation. Fact is that selfish ambition is what causes legal authorities to deny the truth and advance injustice. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:14-16)
When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove. Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.” Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?” (Acts 25:7-9)
At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. (Acts 24:26)
The King knows the facts but the hope of a bribe perverts justice.
The ruler first falsely accuses that Paul is “out of his mind”, that he is in fact according to the court “insane”! Legal authorities always go to the extreme of prosecutorial nonsense because it excites their power lusts. Prosecutors and Police if you are focused in on always power-play the accusations. Such only back-track if there is a bribe in it for them.
Because the King desires a bribe, he abuses power to play for time.
Legal bribes today take the form of paying homage to their arrogance.
To satisfy the lusts of ego, self-righteousness and to just be viewed as correct.
Promotion by superiors to a more prestigious position.
Taking their plea barging offer. Pat on the back from their government comrades and the voting public.
Monetary gain, discounts of material possessions, vacations, ie, what we call perks of the trade.
These are only a couple of the ways the god of this world blinds such legal workers towards justice.
Those in the legal field are always hoping for a bribe or two.
Do not be fooled. Just because officials might hear your case nothing will happen unless they can use it for their selfish interests.