“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 4)
While people tend to have different opinions of what “the truth” is, there can only ever be one. God’s Word doesn’t ever refer to “A truth.” It is “The truth” that we must accept. Yet as I drive around any small town I see dozens of “churches” that each claim to preach and teach “the truth.” And they’re all different, with different rules, different traditions and different “interpretations” of God’s Word.
What message does that give to God’s children? Does it teach them that there is only one truth? Of course not! It shows them that there are optional versions of truths, all depending on the tradition in which they were raised, or they choose to believe. Rather than showing our children how to walk in the truth, we start them out at an early age with a lie. We cannot choose the truth. God already chose it, wrote it and created it. There is only one.
To make matters worse, our children are inundated with contradictory information from their own parents. They are told that they’d better behave if they want Santa to bring them gifts. They leave milk and cookies out for the fat man in a red suit who is supposed to deliver their elf-made gifts on a reindeer driven sleigh, placing them under the trees adorned with silver and gold. Oh, and by the way, Jesus is the reason for the season.
Sorry, I just can’t take it seriously. The Bible makes it very clear that Yeshua (Jesus) was not born in December. But just as the parents lie to their children, “the church” lies to its members. Maybe you don’t think it matters, but it does. God wants us to know the truth, to live in the truth and to walk in the truth. Yet “the church” does everything in its power to prevent that. Have you ever wondered why? What are they trying to hide?
I believe every word in my Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It is one-hundred percent truth. There is not a single lie in it. And it warns us to beware of false teachers. But rather than confronting them with their lies, we embrace them and teach them to our children. We’re so concerned with proper manners that we don’t want to make any waves, or to insult anyone by pointing out their atrocities. What would Jesus do? Would he treat those who are telling lies in His Father’s house the same way that He treated the money changers? Would he allow them to stand at the pulpit and continue to teach lies, or would He overturn those pulpits and drive them out?
Bah-humbug? No, not at all. I celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Messiah every day. I value His word, which offers me eternal life. He lived in a way that honored His Father’s Word, to the letter. He was without sin, meaning that He kept the written law without ever violating a single word. But “the church” has made a concerted effort to re-define sin, by teaching that the law that Jesus kept is no longer valid. Even though “God never changes,” they teach that God “changed” His law. Another lie that we teach our children. Shame on us.
The day is coming, soon, when we will give account or our lives. Romans 14:12 says so. And 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us that we will receive what we deserve, good or bad. We will not be forgiven for believing lies. “My pastor said so,” will not be a valid excuse.
Who am I to cast this stone? Am I without fault? Definitely not. But I wish I was. I’m trying, and I’m improving daily. I do it by seeking the truth. I refuse to embrace lies, because I know that God doesn’t want me to. I’m not afraid to question a “man of the cloth” when I see that his word contradicts the Word of God. Jesus did it, over and over again. As a matter of fact, He died because of the truth. And I want to walk as He did.
Am I angry? Yes, I am. I’m not mad at you, and I’m not mad at the pastors, preachers, priests and rabbis. I’m mad at the one who is behind the lies. His power thrives in our weakness. He sees opportunities to keep us from knowing the truth, and he helps to spread the lies. He knows that he will eventually lose, but that doesn’t stop him from doing everything he can to prolong the inevitable.
“Christians” are waiting for one thing, The Messiah’s return. But that day won’t come before we say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39) We all know it, but our actions make me wonder how badly we really want it.
The truth will set you free. But can you handle the truth? Are you willing to put aside the lies, and teach absolutely nothing but the truth in God’s Word? Are you willing to point out when the man behind the pulpit is spreading the word of the adversary, rather than the words that appear in Genesis through Revelation?
Today, all over the world, people are celebrating the day that the third century “church” called “Christmas.” And while the date is undeniably inaccurate, we can still turn it into a celebration. Yes, we can commit to the truth.
We can even make a “New Year’s” resolution to stop the spreading of lies to our children. We can agree to study God’s word, not through the interpretation of others, but by actually reading it for ourselves. We can question the self-appointed authorities, and we can prevent them from lying to our children.
We can turn “the churches” into “the church.” It won’t be easy, and it won’t come without challenges. But when we do it in His name, with His authority and in His truth, we will succeed. He will not only support our efforts, He will fight the battle for us. When we make the conscious choice to stand firm and hold our position, we will see the salvation of the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:17). And when we stop fearing the repercussions of man, God will handle everything (Deuteronomy 3:22).
Did this offend you? Well, it wasn’t my intention. But sometimes the truth can be offensive. And if you’d like to point out an untruth in anything I wrote, feel free to do so. But today, I’m not looking to fight. All I want to do is honor and revere God and His Word. Will you join me?
Have a great day everyone!