With this post my plans are to write a series of post on the church. This may include doctrinal, instructional, and even leadership content.
I decided to begin with the topic of truth. I am sure we can get stir up some thought and maybe even some conflict.
So let’s see what happens.
The Power of Truth
What is truth? What is it? Many never understand what truth is. Many believe that truth is a feeling. Many believe that truth is a circumstance.
Some believe that truth is relative.So
Do you have a definition of what truth is? The truth is it’s hard to define.
Truth is defined as that which is natured in reality, inerrant, the absence of all that is untrue.
If I told you that that two plus two equals five and I believed that two plus two equals five, and tell everyone that two plus two equals five, does not make it true. No matter how much I believe that, and how much I say it, that’s not true.
Why is it not true? Because it’s not birthed in reality.
The Word of God is True
”All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be,” thoroughly, “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Word of God is true because it is birthed in reality and the source is real. When we try to find truth without God we end in confusion. Because life has no beginning without it and truth has no source without God.
The Word of God is either all true or not true at all. And Jesus was either a lunatic or an absolute voice of truth.
John McArthur defined truth as: “that which is consistent with the mind, the will, the character, and the being of God. It is the self expression of God. “
God was expressed in Jesus Christ. And Jesus was not a fable. Doubt and skepticism are applauded in our nation. It is quite popular to be uncertain about what we believe.
I John 2:21
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
The Tolerance Movement
The tolerance movement seems tolerant to everything but Christianity. Tolerance stands against truth or the knowledge of truth. Tolerance tolerates everything except something or someone that takes a stand. Tolerance accepts all ignorance and everything that’s passive.
Did you know that the Bible is true whether you believe it or not? And if you cannot tolerate that, then you are not tolerant at all.
Did you know that God didn’t wait for you to read it and decide whether you think it’s true or not? He wrote it before you were ever born?
Your responsibility is not to look at the Word of God and decide if you believe it. Your opportunity is to read it and decide you absolutely believe it and then obey it!
If you are looking for truth you will find it in Jesus Christ. If you find Him you must follow Him. He told us to follow him. He told us to keep His commandments. He told us if they persecuted Him, they would persecute us. The true church will be a church that suffers persecution.
We do not see much persecution in the Amercian Church, because we’re not like Jesus. He was persecuted for His righteousness and for His holiness.
The most ineffective church, is the church that the world loves!
Jesus also said; “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.” In other words, the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are people who abide in His Word. The word abide is the Greek word hupemeno’. It is defined as to remain. The question is; will you remain under the word when you are challenged, persecuted, or suffer to follow Christ?
When we find truth we must remain in the truth and that will separate us from others. This is the cost of following Christ.
Pillar of Truth
I Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
As a leader in the Body of Christ this verse challenges me. If the church is the ground and pillar of truth then we must carry the mantle and the responsibility. We must declare the truth with wisdom and bear the truth with courage.
It is a true saying; as the church goes, so goes the nation. This means that if the church is doing well, then our nation is doing well. To our detriment, over the least three decades we have experienced a decline in church attendance, and Biblical values in America.
The demand on the church is to take our rightful place in declaring the truth. This will require great wisdom and must have the earmark of relevance. It will also require a greater anointing than we have walked in over the last 50 years.
In order for the church to be the pillar of the truth we must stand on the truth by first making a commitment to the truth and become true disciples.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
The true disciples are those who remain in the Word of God. They answered Him and said, “We are Abraham’s descendent and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, “You will be made free?” “ Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
So we find that freedom does not evolve from a doctrine. It does not come from knowledge. It comes from a person.
You see, truth is not a doctrine, it is revealed through a person.
The goal of false teachers is to distract us with lies that look like truth. In the last twenty years we have a shift in the strategy the false teachers of our generation. False teachers used to convince us that God was not the totality of truth. Now they convince us that we can still have God without the truth. And this is where we are as a Nation.
See years ago most all philosophy was anti-God. They just taught us that God was not all truth. Now the message of false teachers is; take all of God you want, because truth doesn’t matter.
You See America was once the nation that preached one God and now we are a nation of many gods.
Believers today seek to acquire the truth, but God wants us to live the truth. And the truth lives in us. You can read the Bible with doubt and still learn something. But if you read it from a heart that wants to doubt, you will eventually validate the wrong thing. If you seek the Word looking for loopholes, that’s what you’ll find. But if you seek truth and ask for the Spirit of truth, you will receive that.
The Spirit of truth lives and abides in you. That same Spirit grabs the truth off the pages of your Bible and teaches you the truth about the absolute truth!
It’s your turn.
Would love to hear your comments.