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Cooking the Books

One way company executives get themselves into trouble with the SEC and Shareholders is by “cooking the books.” By the use of accounting tricks that artificially inflate earnings and reduce expenses, they misrepresent a company’s financial health. Cookers of the books almost always get caught: some sooner, some later. In rare cases, their deceit goes undetected. 

In the political world, Liberalism is ‘cooking the books’ of our nation's founding. From the university campus to the halls of Congress, one crafty misrepresentation is laid upon another until many believe America was founded upon on slavery and white supremacy.  

In the financial world, when executives get caught cooking the books, they’re usually indicted, prosecuted and incarcerated. But we’re living in a political world where Leftists get caught weekly, even daily, in some sort of subterfuge for which they incur no harm.

Whether financial or political, the act of cooking the books raises righteous indignation. When book cookers cook the books with impunity, the righteous are further enraged. 

There’s another realm—the spiritual—wherein cooking the books is impossible. Those books are being kept by God himself, and they’re tamper-proof and error free. John saw this vision: 

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and THE BOOKS were opened: and another BOOK was opened, which is the BOOK OF LIFE: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in THE BOOKS, according to their works” (Revelation 20:12).

There was one type of spiritual book cooker toward whom Jesus expressed verbal disdain—the hypocrite. Hypocrites spend much of their lives artificially inflating the ‘appearance’ of spiritual assets while hiding spiritual liabilities. 

In the final judgment, ALL the book cookers will be exposed by the One keeping THE BOOKS. The ONE BOOK that will supersede ALL others is the BOOK OF LIFE, a book containing the names of ALL who’ve placed their faith in Jesus for the salvation of their souls. 

As members of Adam’s race, there’s a little bit of book cooker in us ALL. But a true believer makes no PRETENSE to be in the sight of men something other than what he KNOWS he is in the sight of God, the keeper of THE BOOKS no man can cook!


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