When I pulled into a parking spot yesterday, I saw the sign to the left on the door in front of me. I laughed, and then I got out and took a picture of it.
The owner of the store was facing quite a dilemma. His credit card machine was broken, so his customers could not pay for their purchases with Visa or Master Card. Evidently he was not “accepting” cash payments because the sign said he was “only excepting cash.”
I have enough sense to know that the sign reflects some confusion in terminology. Accepting and excepting sound quite a bit alike; however, they are opposites. One means to receive and the other means to exclude.
Let me share an Oscar Wilde quote to show another difference between the two words. Wilde said he had accepted the fact that he could “resist everything except temptation.”
In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul wrote that in Jesus we are “accepted in the Beloved, and in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace . . .”
When a person is “accepted” in Jesus, he will never be excepted from heaven. This is because Jesus paid the price of your sin. Payment wasn’t made by a credit card or cash, it was paid for by Jesus: “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body (I Corinthians 6:19-20).”