TRUTH WILL BE COSTLY
In a world of lies and deceptions, the love
of truth will be costly. The world operates on false appearances, facades,
imitations and pretenses. Even as truth
is a Spirit, so with lies; every evil spirit being a lying spirit like Satan. Jn. 8:44.
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth. Jn. 14:17; 16:13. The world cannot know truth because it does
not know the Holy Spirit. Without the
Holy Spirit, one cannot know truth. Even
the Bible, the word of truth, becomes just a dead collection of sayings and
words without the Spirit of God.
The Bible itself is true, but one can pick
and choose which scriptures appeal to him and reject those that do not. One can agree with the truth, but live lies
at the same time. This makes matters
worse because one can hide behind a facade of holiness. I once knew a Christian who would cite
scriptures all the time. You could not
hold a conversation without him speaking the words of the Bible. His knowledge of the Bible was impressive; yet,
his personal life was a mess.
We can acknowledge that the Bible is truth
and still not believe it in our heart.
We can twist, distort, reason away and find justifications for refusing
to believe certain scriptures because they would require that we abandon our
customs and doctrines. Truth can become
bothersome, contrary and adverse to one's goals in life and ministry. But it will never go away.
One can claim to worship and love God, and be
indifferent to the truth. You can attend
church several times a week, fast and pray, read the Bible, fellowship with
Christians and never really come to the knowledge of the truth.
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the
truth." 2 Ti. 3:7. Truth spoken but not lived becomes a trap
when others believe your facades are real. One can speak truth but not mean it in his
heart and can read the truths in the Bible but deny it because most in the
church deny it too.
Living truly is inconsequential to most so
long as they are having fun and like the pastor and the church they are in. The spiritual condition of the church can not
be higher than the spiritual condition of its members collectively. A pastor who demands holiness, righteousness,
honesty and integrity may likely find himself looking for a job, before
long. Truth demands honesty and
The church was intended by God to be a place
where truth is lived and where one can go to find truth. I Ti. 3:15.
"... the house of God, which
is the church of the living God, the pillar and the ground of the truth."
Where else can one go to find
truth? We "should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints." Jude 3. Instead, it has become an embarrassment, a
point of division, and a bother to contend for the truth that was once given to
us. It is easier to vote with the
majority than to fight for truth. If
others do not agree, just form your own denomination or group, along with those
that agree with you. Truth is never a
matter of majority opinion, as some will have you think.
The world cannot accept truth because it goes
to the very core of one's belief in God.
To truly believe in and obey the Lord Jesus Christ, is to abandon the
principles of the world and of the flesh.
Fame, position, wealth, power and the good life are directly opposite
the principles of the kingdom
of God. Jesus was an embarrassment, a point of division
and a bother to the establishment. He
pointed out the hypocrisies of the temple leaders who had built their house on
the principles of the world and the flesh - fame, position, wealth, power and
the good life.
Almost the entire system was hypocritical,
not just the Pharisees. Mt.
23:2-39. They could not see and
understand the truth about themselves. The
Lord Jesus called the leaders of the temple "blind." Mt. 15:14; 23:16, 17, 19, 24, 26; Lk. 6:39;
Jn. 9:40-41. Jesus said that the Laodicean church was not only lukewarm, it was
blind as well. Rev. 3:17. "And
if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." Mt. 15:14.
Is the body of Christ blind to the truth today?
The temple and people in the days when Jesus
walked the earth in the flesh were blind.
They could neither perceive nor accept truth and so they killed
Him. Jn. 14:6 ("I am the way, the truth, and the life: . . .
That's the way of the world, even today. God's people killed almost all the prophets
God sent them. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that
killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often
would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me
henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
At the end of the world, the love of the
truth will cost you dearly. The ditch is
Much of the above came out of the book entitled Spirit of Truth.