The Hard Truth: There Is But One Truth

In our postmodern world, the new acknowledged universal philosophy declares that truth is a relative concept. Each individual can determine what is true for himself. What is true for one, may not be true for another. Therefore our ethos has become: tolerance for everyone’s unique truth. There is, however, one truth that is unacceptable to the general public: Christian truth. Counter to the “anything goes” world, Christianity proclaims that there is but one truth, and that Truth is Jesus Christ. 

 

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

 Christian Truth refuses to grant to individuals the power to determine what is true. For the Truth is what God, not man,  proclaims it to be. Truth is inerrantly revealed to us through the Word. Truth was made  incarnate in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ . Truth abides in us in the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. By this Truth, God’s Truth, we stand apart from the world. The world hates us.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. ” (John 15:18)

Each of us is called out, chosen by God, to glorify, worship and serve Him, and by doing so we are set apart from the world. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19).

Why would the world want to hate us? Aren’ t we all God’s children? Can’t we just love one another and accept each other for what we are? Aren’t tolerance and acceptance the Christian moral code? Isn’t Jesus awaiting us on His throne ready to show us all the door to eternal salvation? Aren’t we all going to heaven?

God in his lovingkindness…

“wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”(1 Timothy 2:4)

 But not all will be saved. This is a hard message, but we are steadfast in our belief that our God is perfect, and perfectly just, and we rest on the Truth of His Word:

The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. (Psalm 9:7)

And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet. Truly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. (Mt. 10:14, 15)

God has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:31)

 It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

 If we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26, 27)

By this message, this Truth, that all men are not  equal in the eyes of God, the world calls us intolerant, bigoted, extremist, even un-Christian!  We need to be strong in proclaiming the Truth, as incorrect as it is in today’s world, to acknowledge that there is but one Truth in the Gospel of Christ Jesus, one source of inerrant, infallible wisdom, contained in the Word, the Bible. The hard truth is that many of our neighbors are outside the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, since “they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

A false Gospel is preached today. It places man at the center of the universe and molds God to man’s image. God becomes a life coach, a provider of things, an enabler of worldly success, a rewarder of ambition. This false Gospel misleads and deceives many. This false gospel ignores sin, skips over salvation, and has no need for a saviour.

This false gospel is heresy:

We are not chosen to live in Christ for the glory of this world, but for the glory of the coming Kingdom.
We are not chosen to live in Christ to gain popularity.
We are not chosen to live in Christ as part of a self-help program.
We are not chosen to live in Christ to earn earthly rewards.

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1 Corinthians 15:19).

Many sincere and good people, our friends and neighbors, are being led astray or deceive themselves, by confusing the message of the Gospel with the selfish message of those false teachers like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, Benny Hinn and the other prosperity preachers and authors, who seek to make man, not God, the center of our attention. We must pray for those being misled and proclaim the Truth to all those lost in these false churches because their very souls are at stake:

“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”(Romans 2:8)

We are not chosen to live in Christ only to turn around, smile at our neighbors, and reject Him by accepting the false gods and the false religions and the pagan practices of this world. There is but one Truth and that Truth is not through Buddah, or Mohammed, or science, or reason, but through Jesus Christ.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

“…whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:17)

In witnessing to the world, our unwavering faith must be tempered with the love that God shows us:

“We love, because He first loved us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. ” (1 John 4:19-21)

 We must be steadfast, and true to the Word. Jesus Christ is our Lord, who counsels love and obedience:

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.”
(2 John 1:6)

Jesus Christ is our Saviour, who promises our salvation if we remain in the Truth:

“…the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9).

I pray that your local church, like mine , Cornerstone Baptist (see link to the right), holds to a statement of faith that reflects  a commitment to live by and uphold the Word of God, the Truth of the Gospel, the Truth of the Cross, and our faith in God’s promises:

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”(Romans 5:9).

Let us join together, as the living body of Christ, His Church, to live in Christ, to be regenerated and to continually grow in Christ, and to share the Truth, the Gospel, with those around us.

Let us pray that we heed Paul’s exhortation to the church at Corinth:

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

 

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  1. This is my favorite part:

    A false Gospel is preached today. It places man at the center of the universe and molds God to man’s image. God becomes a life coach, a provider of things, an enabler of worldy success, a rewarder of ambition. This false Gospel misleads and deceives many. This false gospel ignores sin, skips over salvation, and has no need for a saviour.

    This false gospel is heresy:

    We are not chosen to live in Christ for the glory of this world, but for the glory of the coming Kingdom.

    We are not chosen to live in Christ to gain popularity.

    We are not chosen to live in Christ as part of a self-help program.

    We are not chosen to live in Christ to earn earthly rewards.

    Amen, Brother Will! 🙂

  2. Bill aka, Will,

    Thank you for reminding me to read your blog. I remember you mentioned it previously, but I forgot. As a matter of fact I have never read a blog of any kind before. I enjoyed reading your blog. It is very linear, straightforward. I like your scripture references with each point or observation you make.

    People in Jesus life and times were asking many of the same questions as people in our present time, weren’t they. Questions about what happens to me when I die, and knowing TRUTH. You recall the rich young ruler in Mark 10 asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do inherit eternal life.” Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” in John 18:38.

    In John 8:31-32 Jesus told the Jews who believed in him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of MIne; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    Isn’t it interesting that Jesus says to abide (internalize His truth) results in freedom. To become one of his disciples, or “disciplined ones,” and pattern our lives after His truths/teachings results in the most freeing abundant form of living. On the otherhand, he says to some Pharisees who are within listening distance, that they are “slaves to sin.” People caught up in various sins are enslaved to what they devote their attention and time too. FASCINATING! I think sin is really a form of self torture and it enslaves us from the life that Christ can give us.

    Thanks again for inviting me to read your blog.

    Gratefully,

    Mike McCall

  3. I love the slaves to sin/slaves to righteousness juxtaposition in Romans 6. It never fails to delight me and comfort me. What a wonderful God we have who would provide this for us and ALSO explain it to us so that we may understand! And in understanding, have the ability then to be grateful for it!

    Romans 6: 15-23
    15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
    19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.


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