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Two men were traveling in a train to Scotland.

– “What’s that package up there in the baggage rack?”
– “Oh, that’s a MacGuffin.”
– “What’s a MacGuffin?”
– “Well, it’s an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.”
– “But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands.”
– “Well, then that’s no MacGuffin!”

What’s the conversation about? François Truffaut, a French film director, introduced the definition of  the term “MacGuffin” (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) with the above story in his book. The MacGuffin technique was adopted by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense and thriller genres of movies for the first time. The term “MacGuffin” has the meaning of “a trick or a lure.” This technique is a kind of a plot device, which is used to pique the curiosity of viewers or create tensions by inserting a situation or an object (irrelevant to the story flow) in the beginning of a movie. In other words, it’s a trick which appears to be important, but disappears, misleading viewers.

Such MacGuffins are widely used within today’s churches. One of the frequently used ones is “blind faith.” People are misled by the word “Salvation by faith alone.” Those who insist “only Jesus” cannot escape this MacGuffin. They stick to it by putting significant implications to nothing.

Until when are you going to devote yourselves to a mere trick? Of course, “faith” is a critical element in religion. However, we need to think about “how” we have faith.

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? (James 2:20)

I hope you will break out of the trick “Salvation by faith alone.” Please do not be fooled by the MacGuffin. Our salvation is determined by whether or not we follow the Bible.

NOTE: The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) believes in Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Savior of this Holy Spirit Age (Revelation 22:17; Hebrews 9:28). Christ Ahnsahnghong is the Savior of this age of the Holy Spirit, who fulfilled all prophecies of the Bible.

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