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.
Scripture reveals: Perverse (or useless wranglings) disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness (or a means of gain): 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; satisfying their own 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. Scripture reveals that the apostle Paul gave advice to Timothy, a young Evangelist:
Keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babbling (or empty talk), and oppositions of science (or contradictions of knowledge) falsely so called (1 Timothy 6:20).
This advice could readily be applied today! An unknown author said: Whispering tongues can poison truth. Today it is no longer simply whispering tongues; for much untruth is being boldly proclaimed! Destitute of the truth is when one is barren; totally destitute of all shadow of influence, deficient, and lacking.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of the national corruption of Israel, in saying: And judgment (or justice) is turned away backward, and judgment (or justice) stands far off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity (or unrighteousness) cannot enter. Yes, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him (or it was evil in his eyes) that there was no judgment (or justice) (Isaiah 59:14-15).
It was as Lot in Sodom in his attempt to protect the angels, that came to visit him, from sexual perversion of the men of Sodom, young and old alike, then become a target himself.
The men of Sodom said: This one fellow came to sojourn (or stay a while), and he will needs (or keeps acting as) a judge: now we will deal worse with you, than with them (Genesis 19:9). Many today; in standing for the truth, to those who are destitute of the truth, make themselves a target, 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, which would bring repentance and salvation to one's soul.
In doing so they become a target of Satan, and his demons, to offset their walk in the Lord, the 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 (or narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait (or narrow) is the gate, and narrow (or confined) is the way, which leads unto life, few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
Christ is both the gate, and the way, and God enables men to find that gate! Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, 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.
Scriptures relating to truth: Sanctify (or set them apart) through your truth; your word is truth (John 17:17). He that speaks truth shows forth (or declares) righteousness: but a false witness (one destitute of the truth) deceit (Proverbs 12:17). And 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. A striking expression, with the aid of a small amount of truth, can surprise us into accepting a falsehood. The truth needs no memory.
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!
Scripture reveals: 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 (John 3:16-17).
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 3:18).
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