(CNN)–"For God so loved the world, He gave a giant discount on an oil change," is not exactly how John 3:16 goes in the New Testament, but that is the interpretation one Texas businessman is using.
CNN affiliate KTVT reports customers can get a steep discount if they recite John 3:16.
KTVT reports the idea comes from Plano, Texas businessman Charlie Whittington, who owns Kwik Kar.
There has been some push back from some customers but Whittington is sticking by his religiously minded discount.
“If I’m standing for what I believe, so be it,” he told KTVT. “Bring it on.”
One Dallas attorney who spoke to the station said the discount appears to be within the law.
“The study of the Bible has many rewards. I’m not sure that God intended a lube discount to be among its many riches,” Andy Siegel told KTVT.
John 3:16 has been a standard bearer in simply explaining the Christian message. The reference is routinely painted on plaquards and waived at sporting events.
In the Gospel of John, the author says Jesus is having a discussion with a pharisee, a high level Jewish teacher. The King James Version recounts Jesus telling Nicodemus the pharisee, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
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