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No Atheists in Fox Holes

No Atheists in Fox Holes

There is a saying which came out of the First World War — “There are no atheists in fox holes!” Something similar is often said regarding men and women in prison. It goes something like this, “They only come to Bible study to get out of their cell.”

Based on more than 20 years of ministry in Wisconsin’s prisons, I am convinced that very few men and women regularly join our study of God’s Word just to get out of their prison cell. Just as he does with all of us on the outside, Satan tempts the men and women in prison to fill their days with anything other than the Word of God. Even when someone is in prison, they can watch television, listen to the radio, read books, go to recreation, exchange emails with family and friends, play dominoes or sleep. These are just a few of the activities with which someone may choose to occupy their time.

To be sure, someone may occasionally come to a Bible study just to see a friend or to “get out of their cell.” But they very rarely stick with it, though, when they realize that they will not be allowed to just visit with a friend or discuss sports, politics or some other topic that has little or nothing to do with our sin and God’s grace in Christ.

Rather, I am confident that those who come to our Bible study week after week do so because of the Holy Spirit’s work in their heart and soul. According to God’s promise, “Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return there unless they first water the earth, make it give birth, and cause it to sprout, so it gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater, in the same way my word that goes out from my mouth will not return to me empty. Rather, it will accomplish whatever I please and it will succeed in the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:1-11 EHV).



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Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.