The Whole Truth – Not Just A Little Bit
Read 2 Timothy Chapter 3
2Ti 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
It is a lot easier for a man to be deceived in regard to spiritual truths than it is to believe the truth. Satan himself used scripture to tempt Christ. The Pharisees and Scribes used scripture to “prove” their belief system, which was extremely flawed, to say the least. Those who are deceived go from bad to worse, as Paul wrote in this passage. Even worse, in their deception, they lead other astray as well.
Several years ago, I heard someone describe some of the unsaved like this: “They’ve received just enough truth to prevent them from receiving any more. It’s like a vaccination – a little bit of it prevents a full blown outbreak.” We are living in a world and society where many men know a few verses of scripture; just enough to prevent them from receiving anything deeper. Here are a few examples.
Mt 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. The world knows this verse by heart. It is used to tell Christians, “You can’t tell me that I am sinning.” It prevents the unsaved from coming to grips with the fact that sin is real, and sin is defined in God’s word, not in the mind of finite man.
1Jn 4:7 ………….God is love. This is another one which is quoted by the unsaved. It helps them to believe that God would never send a man to hell. If He is love, all men will be saved, and all sin forgiven under all circumstances. Yes, God is love. But He also is a God of wrath. Scriptures remind us of that fact over and over.
Jn 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world….. What many do not understand is that the world was already condemned before Christ came. Every man is condemned until such time as he believes in Christ and all that He represents. The world in general does not know that fact, and unless a man knows he is condemned, he will not likely feel the need to know Christ.
How would our world today receive John the Baptist, when he said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!?” They would throw some of these scripture verses at him, saying, “Our lives are just fine. Jesus won’t require us to change our ways and our lives.”
God’s word is a large collection of many truths. All of them have their place within God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. Mankind cannot take one or two verses and build a truth system that is complete enough to prevent deception. There are many today who use scriptures to justify the gay lifestyle. Some misinterpret the verses related to homosexual behaviors. Others pick and choose which passages to believe and which ones were “obviously not from the mind of God.” Still others take the verses listed above as a way of cancelling all the passages which warn of the dangers of living a life of sinfulness.
As mentioned before, those who have taken this kind of liberties with scripture also take others with them down that dark and destructive road. We often see pictures of same-sex couples going through the rites of marriage. Each time, there is a minister standing before them, giving full approval of the union – a union which was intended by our Creator to be sacred and holy in His sight. Such unions are far from sacred and holy. How very, very sad.
Once again, this is a reminder for each of us, that we cannot believe as the world believes. If we find ourselves in agreement with the world on this issue, we have strayed from truth. We have been deceived. As a recent devotion reminded us, we must guard our hearts and minds, keeping on our helmets and breastplates firmly in place.
Prayer: Father, keep us all grounded in Your word, fully understanding truth and standing firm in it. Do not let any more of us be deceived. Reveal truth to our friends who have gone astray. We love them and weep over them. Lead them back onto Your pathway.