By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Destitute of the truth is referenced in God's Word; as well as an astounding number of references to reasons for one's speaking the truth! We are living in times when it is difficult to identify the truth; because of those who attempt to disguise the truth for their own political or personal gain. (Click to Listen) (Comment)
Scripture reveals the perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, being destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself (1 Timothy 6:5).
A Bible commentary noted that there were those in Paul's day who made merchandise of men, looking for their own gain, acted as if there was nothing in religion but worldly profit; their own bellies, selfish interest, and not that of the Lord!
In Paul's day, there were those who were morally bankrupt from any influence towards the truths of God's Word; simply using it advantageously for their own benefit. A Bible commentary noted: Apostle Paul gave advice to Timothy, a young Evangelist, and through him to all ministers, and churches:
Do not come near such individuals; have nothing to do with them, not even to encourage them by hearing them; avoid conversation with them (1 Timothy 6:20).
This advice could readily be applied to many of today! One man said that whispering tongues can poison truth (Coleridge). Today it is no longer simply whispering tongues; but is openly proclaimed! Destitute of the truth is being barren; totally destitute of all shadow of influence, deficient, and lacking.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of the national corruption of Israel, in saying: Justice is turned away backward, and unrighteousness away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Truth fails, and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey (Isaiah 59:14-15).
Isaiah seen what was happening to his own homeland! It was as that of Lot in Sodom; who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked within that city. Scripture reveals: That righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).
Isaiah brought out a significant fact in saying: Truth fails, and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey (Isaiah 59:15). Lot in his attempt to protect the angels, that came to visit him, from sexual perversion of the men of Sodom, young and old alike, became a target himself.
The men of Sodom said: This fellow came to stay a while, and he keeps acting as a judge: we will deal worse with him, than with them (Genesis 19:5-9). Many today; in standing for the truth, to those who are destitute of the truth, make themselves a target being openly criticized, and chastised for their stand!
Those who are destitute of the truth have no fear from Satan; as long as they do not move towards the truths of God's Word, bringing repentance into the forefront, and salvation of the soul.
Such then become a target of Satan, and his demons, to offset their walk in the Lord, on that strait and narrow road that leads to life everlasting through the Savior of the World, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said:
Enter you at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
Christ Himself is both the gate, and the way, and God enables men to find that gate! Scripture reveals that God is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Destitute of the truth of the Gospel; keeps one in bondage to a sin-filled life, but acknowledgement of the truth of the Gospel releases one from its grip (Psalm 40:2-3).
Scriptures relating to truth: Sanctify (or set apart) them through your truth; your word is truth (John 17:17); He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness (one destitute of the truth) deceit (Proverbs 12:17). You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32).
Sayings concerning truth: The trouble with stretching the truth is that is is apt to snap back (Author Unknown); A striking expression, with the aid of a small amount of truth, can surprise us into accepting a falsehood (Marquis de Veuvenagues); and the truth needs no memory (Author Unknown).
With the availability of God's Word there is no reason for one to be destitute of the truth! It has been stated that B I B L E stands for: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. It would behoove one to pay attention to its instructive nature as it (through God's Spirit) points one towards the Savior of the World; the Lord Jesus Christ!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-18).
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