Dear Friends,

What is happening to truth in our modern world?

Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries team reviews candidates for word of the year and then debates their merits, choosing one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year.  The 2016 Word of the Year was:  Post-Truth = ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’  Post means ‘belonging to a time in which the specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant’.  Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries says, “I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.”

The political commentator, Ben Shapiro, says, “There is no such thing as ‘your truth’. There is the truth and your opinion.”

Although truth has become unfashionable in our modern culture, we are called as Christians to stand for God’s truth whether or not it is popular or accepted.  The Apostle Paul accurately reflects the tenor of our day when he instructed his young disciple, Timothy,

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.  For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Timothy 4:2–4).

WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF TRUTH?

If your opinion is your truth source, then you become your own source of truth…as King Solomon said,

Fools think their own way is right” (Proverbs 12:15).

Wisdom demands that we submit to God’s truth…whether it makes sense to us in our modern culture or not.

Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools” (Romans 1:22).

There was a time when Billy Graham had to settle his truth source.  He tells the story,

“In August of [1949] I had been invited to Forest Home, Presbyterian conference center high in the mountains outside Los Angeles. I remember walking down a trail, tramping into the woods, and almost wrestling with God. I dueled with my doubts, and my soul seemed to be caught in the crossfire. Finally, in desperation, I surrendered my will to the living God revealed in Scripture. I knelt before the open Bible and said: ‘Lord, many things in this Book I do not understand. But You have said, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ All I have received from You, I have taken by faith. Here and now, by faith, I accept the Bible as Your word. I take it all. I take it without reservations. Where there are things I cannot understand, I will reserve judgment until I receive more light. If this pleases You, give me authority as I proclaim Your word, and through that authority convict me of sin and turn sinners to the savior.’” –Billy Graham

  1. WE ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH…you can’t figure this all out on your own so the Holy Spirit guides us.

John 16:13 (NLT) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

  1. WE STAND FOR GOD’S TRUTH…otherwise we oppose God’s truth.

“For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:8).

  1. WE STUDY TO CORRECTLY INTERPRET WHAT GOD HAS SAID…our culture needs those who can rightly explain God’s truth and why God’s way is best.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  

  1. WE REJOICE IN GOD’S TRUTH…this is the loving thing to do.

1 Corinthians 13:6 (NLT) It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

  1. WE MUST HOLD TRUTH AND LOVE IN BALANCE

Truth without love is judgmental.

Love without truth is sentimental.

Truth with Love is powerful!

We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.  Instead, we will speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:14–15).

Have you settled what your truth source will be?  Are you standing firm in God’s truth?

Onward in truth,

Pastor Gary