The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God
WHAT IS TRUTH? In the simplest form, truth is whatever God says. In reality, truth is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (Jn. 14:6). The source of truth is, therefore, God Himself, and He has revealed it in His Word.
To many people, truth is an expendable commodity. They see it as optional, negotiable, and pliable. I wish I could tell you that I’m talking about those outside of the four walls of the church but, sad to say, I’m talking about many who call themselves Christians. To make it more grievous, there are many behind the pulpits in America today who have a fleeting relationship with truth. God, give us men and women who will say, “I will preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me God.”
TRUTH THROUGH CONSENSUS
Many today advocate another source of truth. They feel that man has become so intellectual and so advanced that he is now somehow capable of establishing truth. Many times, truth is arrived at through a process called “consensus.” This new and improved truth is usually acceptable to the flesh and an abomination unto God.
THE REMOVAL, RETRACTION, AND REDIRECTION OF TRUTH
In many religious organizations, it has become “truth through committees.” In many cases, God’s truth has been replaced by half truths and total fabrications in order to advance man’s agenda. By majority vote, they have removed foundational teachings such as: Original Sin, the virgin birth, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the rapture of the church, the millennial reign of Christ, miracles, and much more. They have “changed the truth of God into a lie” (Rom. 1:25). Isaiah said it well when he said, “Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isa. 5:20-21).
THE CROSS SETS US APART
The Cross sets us apart from all other religions. Without the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no forgiveness of sin, no atonement, no redemption, no justification, no sanctification, and no ultimate glorification. Yet, this is one of the greatest areas in which we see the truth of God’s Word under attack. In most churches, all references to the blood of the Lamb of God, the Cross, and Calvary have been ceremonially removed from the songs, the Sunday schools, and the sermons. Instead, they replace it with a man-made, humanistic counterfeit to God’s truth.
GOD’S TRUTH CHANGES NOT
God’s truth cannot change from generation to generation, from person to person, or as a result of changing circumstances. God’s truth is not pliable to be bent to suit our own selfish needs. The truth is rarely unanimous. It is rarely popular. Sometimes the truth does hurt or is inconvenient. Sometimes truth forces us to change our lifestyles in order to align ourselves with God’s truth.
DO YOU LOVE THE TRUTH?
Christians should love the truth. “Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day” (Psalms 25:5). God’s truth is not optional, negotiable, or pliable. Our cry should be “Give me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me God.” He will.