Half-Baked Christians

Hosea 7:8

Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples;

Ephraim is a cake not turned.

This verse has always caught my attention when I’ve read it.

You think this might be the basis for the American expression “half-baked”?

The tribe of Ephraim is accused of mixing with the pagan people and following their customs.

Being half-baked is being over done on one side and uncooked on the other. Similar to trying to cook pancakes but never flipping them. The bottom side would be burnt while the top side would be raw. Nothing suitable for eating but only for spewing out.

It is very easy for someone to pick a few verses of the Bible and make them their mantra and to only focus on them while ignoring the rest of Scripture. Everyone has seen those who claim to be Christians who are adamant about certain portions of Scripture. Drawing man-made lines in the sand saying you can never cross this line, yet in other areas seeming to totally ignore the Scriptures.

These are the ones you hear about in the news often. The strong Christian leader who is well respected in the community yet is found to have been living a double life at home or at least is not as he seemed.

Ephraim is a cake not turned.” Hosea 7:8

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very centre of thy being so as to be felt in its divine operations in all thy powers, thy actions, thy words, and thy thoughts? To be sanctified, spirit, soul, and body, should be thine aim and prayer; and although sanctification may not be perfect in thee anywhere in degree, yet it must be universal in its action; there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another, else thou, too, wilt be a cake not turned.

A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no man can have too much religion, there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have received, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic ostentation of those religious performances which suit their humour. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness. The saint in public is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake which is burned on one side, is dough on the other.

If it be so with me, O Lord, turn me! Turn my unsanctified nature to the fire of Thy love and let it feel the sacred glow, and let my burnt side cool a little while I learn my own weakness and want of heat when I am removed from Thy heavenly flame. Let me not be found a double-minded man, but one entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace; for well I know if I am left like a cake unturned, and am not on both sides the subject of Thy grace, I must be consumed for ever amid everlasting burnings.

(from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 1999, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

As Spurgeon said “… there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another, else thou, too, wilt be a cake not turned.”

Are you striving to be well done through and through?


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