The Second Bite of a Bad Apple

 In London, England, a shop owner placed a bowl of clear water in his window and a sign: “Transparent Chinese-dragon Fighting Fish.” the-fish-bowl 474x355

A crowd quickly gathered outside his shop.

One man claimed the fish were fighting. “See the ripples on the water,” he said. Other excited persons claimed to see evidences of the “transparent” fish.

People came in, and wanted to buy them from the surprised shopkeeper.

“They’re not for sale,” he told them at first.

But they insisted so much that finally he had to admit that there were no fish in the bowl. “I just did it to attract attention,” he admitted.

Then the customers got angry, because they had been tricked. The shopkeeper claims he’ll never understand the public.1

Psalm 101:4 speaks of “a perverse heart.”

The original sense means to twist together, and denotes persons of a deceitful disposition, who in a cunning manner can deceive even the brightest and most educated.2

A veteran preacher warned, “We are being primed today for that final delusion.

P. T. Barnum, the showman, said, ‘The American people love to be humbugged.’ We take to it like ducks to water. This is the most sophisticated and, at the same time, the most gullible generation in history. We buy more gold bricks and white elephants than all our forefathers. Throughout the day and most of the night, we are barraged by the media:

‘This is the best, the best of anything and everything. It has a new secret that nothing else has!’

We know it’s hokum, but we buy it just the same.

In a thousand subtle ways, we are being brainwashed for the ultimate lie.”3

We are told in Titus 3:10 to reject a heretic after the first and second warning, because “The second bite of a bad apple is just as sour!”4


  1. Adult Teacher Supplement, First Quarter, 1968, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1967, pp. 44 – 45
  2. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume Two (Part 2), Psalm LXXXVIII to CX, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, pp. 246 – 247
  3. Vance Havner, Why Not Just Be Christians, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, N J, Copyright MCMLXIV, p. 104