Offended by the Truth
Larry Sitz, Kedron Church of Christ
Why did the Jews become so enraged at Stephen that they gnashed at him with their teeth, cast him out of the city, and stoned him to death (Acts 7:54-58)? Was it for some evil he had done? No, it was because he told them the truth. Today’s people are no different, they are much more offended by the truth than a lie. The truth always hurts, especially when one is on the wrong side of it, but truth is still truth, no matter which side we are on.
Jesus stood before Pilate and told him that he had come into the world to bear witness of the truth (John 18:38). Pilate asked Jesus, “what is truth?” I don’t think Pilate really wanted to know what truth was, he was being sarcastic and implying that truth cannot be known. Maybe we should ask ourselves the same question, “what is truth?” Well as with all spiritual matters, let us go to the authority, the word of God. We learn from God’s word that it is impossible for God to lie (Titus 1:2, Heb 6:18). Then we can safely deduct that anything God tells us through his inspired word is truth (John 17:17).
I have often heard it said that God’s word is so complex, there is no way man can ever hope to understand it. I cannot believe that, for God says he wants all of us to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved (I Tim 2:4). Therefor if God’s word is truth and he wants us to know it, what is the problem? Could it possibly be that we are the problem? Most of us take someone’s word for what the bible says about a subject, and never go to the source, to check it out for ourselves. Nowhere does God instruct us to simply believe whatever we are told. For that matter, we are instructed we must study his word, to be pleasing to him (II Tim 2:15). Our eternal soul is far too valuable to trust to what some man thinks or says about God’s truth.
Then there are those who like to pick and choose of God’s truths, taking what they like and leaving what they don’t like. Everyone seems to want to choose God’s grace, and also a goodly portion of faith and a helping of repentance (Ephesians 2:8), and that is very good. Tragically they refuse baptism (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Gal 3:27, Rom 6:4, I Peter 3:21), which is just as much a truth of God’s commandments, as grace, faith, and repentance. All of God’s commandments are truth (Psalms 119:151), not just the ones we like. We can only know the Lord by keeping his commandments (I John 2:3). Anyone who claims to know God and keeps not his commandments is a lair and the truth is not in him (I John 2:4). If we love not and believe not God’s truths and refuse even one, then we are condemned in the sight of the Lord (II Thess 2:10-12). If one is offended by these words, then he is offended by the one who cannot lie, the one and only, God the Father.
We invite all who would, to come together with us to study God’s word and worship him in spirit and in truth. We are the Church of Christ, Kedron congregation on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, KY. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at10:00, Worship at 11:00 each Sunday morning. Speaker, brother Rodney Sitz, song leader, brother Prentice White. If you have questions please call, 270-657-2455 or 270-755-2005.