Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Speak the Truth - April 17th, 2009

Rom.9:1 - “I speak the truth in Christ - I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit.” I don’t think there has ever been a time in history when people were more insistent on reality and honesty. This generation thrives on vulnerability - they want to know what is REALLY happening behind closed doors. That is why reality TV shows are such a hit. Yet so many ministries operate in a context of an aesthetically pleasant and realistically dishonest facade, preaching a social gospel designed to please the hearer (2 Tim.4:3), either actively distorting the Truth or passively neglecting and ignoring its uncomfortable and less pleasant commands, in order to build their congregations (Acts 20:30). 2 Cor.4:2 puts it this way, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” All God calls us to do is be faithful in speaking His Word to people (Ez.3:16-21), trusting Him with the rest. I can’t pick and choose what to say nor how to say it - I must speak the Truth in love (Eph.4:15) and leave the results to God (Jn.16:8-11).

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