Pilate once asked Jesus “What is truth?” John 18:38 I’m thinking that maybe we need to ask, and answer this question again in our age. We are living in a time when mankind looks at truth as changing and relative to the situation we are in. This modern ‘take’ on truth cannot be found in the Bible. Biblical truth is always absolute and is unchanging. This is so because truth is rooted in God who always remains constant.
“Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the TRUTH and the life….” John 14:6
Does truth really matter? A look at Christendom today would make one feel that truth doesn’t really matter, at least not to the majority of professing Christians. But a careful look at the Bible, which is God’s precious word to us, shows us that truth is of absolute importance.
First of all, we are required to have a ‘love of the truth’ From the Old Testament, the end of Zechariah 8:19 God says:
“….therefore love the truth and peace”
In the New Testament, we are told that those who will perish, will do so because:
“they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10
This link between love and truth is brought out even more in 1 John 3: 18-19
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him”
This link between love and truth is extremely interesting. For we find today that it has become an ‘either or’ option for many professing Christians. The idea being that we need not bother too much about the truth, if we show the love! This is at the very heart of the social gospel preached by the majority in Christendom. It is seen as ‘right’ to show love, and to be loving to each other and to the lost, rather than get concerned for truth. This sentimental wishy washy love turns out to be not love at all, by Biblical standards.
We are exhorted in the text above (1 John 3: 18-19) to NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE, in other words telling folk we love them, in itself is meaningless. Our love for others should be IN DEED AND IN TRUTH. We should show a practical love that is based in truth.
It’s no good being kind and showing love, even meeting some of the needs of people, if we don’t also share the truth with them. If we know they are lost, then we need to warn them of their lost condition. And, we can’t even do that unless we ourselves KNOW THE TRUTH How can we lead people to Jesus, if we ourselves don’t even know the truth about getting saved?
So many today are getting completely deceived, by believing a false gospel given by false teachers and prophets. The order of the day in most religious establishments is getting people into Church fellowships, rather than getting their name written in the Lambs Book of Life! In fact, I wonder how many have even heard serious preaching on the subject of THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE (Revelation 13:8; 21:27)
The false gospel preached today is usually a “Come to Jesus” “Give your life to Jesus” with the promise that everything will go well for you once you obey the call. THIS IS A FALSE GOSPEL. It doesn’t save anybody because it’s not grounded in TRUTH. Then we end up with the situation that Jesus Himself spoke of in Matthew 7: 21-23:
“Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from Me ye that work iniquity”
What’s the point of just filling up a Church building? (other than to get their money?) Shouldn’t we be more concerned with populating heaven?
There is no salvation without REPENTANCE, and nobody can come to Jesus unless they are first drawn by the Father.
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:44
“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
In my experience, I have found that many people like the idea of truth, as long as it doesn’t cross their preconceived ideas. If the truth demands change, then the truth is rejected. It’s often a case of ‘I believe what I believe, regardless of what the Bible actually says’
If we do not have a LOVE OF THE TRUTH, and allow the TRUTH to change our thinking, our ways and our very life, then we cannot be genuinely saved. I make no apologises for saying that because this is TRUTH.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” 2 Thess. 2:10
The REAL Church of Jesus Christ is founded upon TRUTH. It is founded upon Jesus Christ, who is THE TRUTH. Throwing truth out the window, because it doesn’t fit our agenda or thinking is just another way of rejecting Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Reject Him at your peril.
“…..the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” 1 Timothy 3:15b
If your Church is not that, then it’s not a real, genuine Church.
Pastor Keith Brown