Pontious Pilate posed a profound question in John 18:38.
"What is truth?"
In a world bombarded with lies, I often ask the same question. I know God's Word is truth, and there are many who would agree, but why are we living as if the opposite is true? Why is it constantly changing? Why is truth so hard to find?
On Sunday, Pastor brought forth a staggering statistic: only 22% of the church believes that the Word of God is the absolute truth.
"In two national surveys conducted by Barna Research, one among adults and one among teenagers, people were asked if they believe that there are moral absolutes that are unchanging or that moral truth is relative to the circumstances. By a 3-to-1 margin (64% vs. 22%) adults said truth is always relative to the person and their situation. The perspective was even more lopsided among teenagers, 83% of whom said moral truth depends on the circumstances, and only 6% of whom said moral truth is absolute."
Sadly, many have adopted the thought process that "what's true for you might not be true for me." Many even use this phrase in defense for not addressing what's obviously detrimental (or sin) in another person's life.
"I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, but we shouldn't tell people who they're allowed to love."
"I believe that God is a God of love and we shouldn't judge people on what they believe about Him."
"I don't want to come across as judging someone, so I'll let it slide."
Not addressing what God's Word clearly says, not keeping His commandments as we are instructed to do, and not passing on what His commandments are, leads to what Pastor Hadsell read in Judges 2:10. "After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel."
We must be willing to uncover the deception that the enemy has caught many in. His number one key to get you away from scriptural roots is deception.
The truth of God's Word is what we must stand upon so that we don't fall prey to the deception whirlwind the world is involved in. The enemy has amped up his game, distorting the reflection of what is obviously and morally wrong into what appears good.
John Bevere says in his book "Good or God," "It wasn't the bad side of the tree that attracted Eve, it was the good side."
Instilling a love of truth in our hearts, and the hearts of others is more critical now than ever. We are told in 1 Timothy 4 that "some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." Later, in verse 16 we are instructed to watch our lives and doctrines closely, indicating that we are not exempt from the temptation to abandon the faith. If we are rooted and solid in the Word of God and the foundation of His truth, we cannot be swayed. But we must be adamant against deception and stand for truth in all areas in our lives--even those areas that appear "okay."
Join us next Sunday for the third installment on "delusions, illusions, and other lies." If you would like to watch last Sunday's sermon, click here.