The Spirit of Truth
…the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error… diametrically opposed forces at work today.
In our ‘post truth’ world there’s a problem with discernment. Fake news is more evident. We have much need of rightful discrimination – to decide between right and wrong; between good and evil.
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him…
God’s people face a relentless attack. Sadly many fall prey to deception. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God…
Error comes in many guises. We have to fight for truth. There is a crying need for discernment.
As God’s people we need to hear and respond to the voice of our Lord. John 10:27- My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
The Bible is our only sure guide. Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
We cannot unite with error, but must rather reprove it. The Bible is the final and complete revelation of God to men. It is our foundation on which we build.
The ecumenical movement is anti Biblical and we must renounce it. My heart grieves for loved ones who are in deep error and disobedience and unbelief. They face God’s judgment poured out against them.
God’s people are called to be lovers of the truth, We have a mission and a message founded upon the truth.
The Lord has said, “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). We have the absolute word of God. We can have every confidence, word-for-word, that we have the crystal clear truth.
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. May this be our prayer as we open the pages of this book.
We must oppose those who would twist the scripture or take a detour from the Biblical pathway. As we stand up for the truth we must also counteract error.
We are not called to conform – but rather to contend FOR the faith… Jude 1:3 …earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
We have to teach the truth of God. This no time for tolerance. There is a place for rebuke, for correction, for confrontation. The hard truth. Heresies are listed in Galatians 5 as one of the works of the flesh. Some people will oppose sound doctrine. They will not be teachable. We must find the truth and guard it.
We have to preach the straight-out Gospel. It is how we show our love for the lost.
As a church we are committed to being a solidly Biblical church… in all the doctrines and practices of this church. The Bible gives us an objective standard as to how we are to please God.
There are no short cuts. We must be Bible centred. Our supreme object as a church is to glorify God. We can best glorify and honour our Lord as we are grounded firmly in the truth.
This message was livestreamed at Church For You, Elizabeth Park, South Australia, on 29 January 2017.