Jesus said in John 8:44 that the devil “has always hated the truth, because there
is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is
a liar and the father of lies.” Satan's sway over mankind began when he turned the
minds of Adam and Eve against God. In order to pull it off, he had to lie to them
about God – and they had to fall for it. In that defining moment, he lied to them
about God's goodness, His Word, and God's intentions.
It shouldn't be surprising, then, that when trouble interrupts our lives, the father
of lies whispers in our ears and suddenly we are questioning God's goodness. When
we are told to follow His commands, we wonder if the Word is really true in the first
place. When Jesus tells us things like, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on
earth” (Matthew 6:19), Satan tells us that the good life is about piling up things
here, causing us to doubt God's good intentions.
Our problem is that we, like Adam and Eve, believe the lies, And when we do, our
loyalty to God is compromised. Then the enemy slithers off to his next victim, leaving
us alone to face our regrets and the realization that his lies have seduced us away
from our truest and dearest Friend.
The Church has been entrusted as stewards of the manifold grace and wisdom of God.
Yet today people professing to be Christians would attack the very notion of “Absolute
Truth.” Not only should every Christian know and love the truth but we are to be
contending for the truth which has been entrusted to us not surrendering it for the
sake of harmony or unity.
We are to hold tenaciously to the truth and stand against any that would alter, add,
or diminish its message. As members of Christ's kingdom, kingdom living and passivity
are not compatible. Proverbs 23:23 says, “Get the truth and never sell it; also get
wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.”
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to the 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: 3-4.
Relativism has become acceptable in the church. It is shrouded with the words, This
is how I believe” or “It's a matter of interpretation” or “This is what seems right
to me.” We no longer hear the emphatic words “Thus saith the Lord!”
We no longer take a stand on what is right or wrong but say it is up to the individual
to determine in his or her own mind what is right or wrong. God does not change.
Truth is Absolute. “The Church that compromises Truth today will compromise Morals
tomorrow.” H.D. Bruce
This mind set has led to worldliness in the Church. The world no longer sees any
difference between the saved and the unsaved, because the saved have compromised
their walk. Leviticus 10:10 declares, “And that ye may put difference between holy
and unholy, and between unclean and clean.”
Denying the faith for the sake of unity and harmony has watered down the Truth of
the Gospel where it has become commonplace in the Church to hear compromising statements
such as, “As long as they have Christ that is all that matters.” Compromise is planting
God's flowers in the devil's dirt!
Professing Christians who do not hold to the faith “once for all delivered to the
saints,” are possibly the worse enemy of Christian doctrine. The Word of God says
in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” and Ephesians 2: 8-9 reads,
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: lest any man should boast.”
Satan would say, “Let us negotiate.” But there are some things that cannot be negotiable.
We must not compromise the Church with the world. Christ and His church deserve our
very best and utmost loyalty. 2 John 1:10-11 commands, “If there come any unto you,
and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God
speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
It is better to be hated for telling the truth than loved for telling a lie. When
we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. That is not love! Truth can hurt but
brings about healing where falsehood comforts, then kills. If the Church is going
to have power then compromise has to be put to rest.
However, we can not lose our testimony in arrogance. We must stand up for the truth,
in such a way if the person refuses the truth, they have to do so because they don't
agree with it, not because of the way we present the truth. Ephesians 4:15 says,
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like
Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”