Jan
11

TRUTH

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If a person had the time, ability and interest to go back over all of the statements I have publicly made in all my sermons I believe you would find very few, if any, related to politics or political figures. Except, that is, for the past year or two. A close review of recent comments I have made would reveal criticism of the hypocritical lifestyle of many of our leaders. A review of my statements would reveal to you what I don’t like about politics today.

As I reflected on that fact (my political musings) it got me to thinking. What if I spoke of my Christian beliefs in the same way? Maybe I should not just wonder, but I should look very closely at my life, my words, my actions and ask that question again … and more specifically, “Am I known for what I stand for or what I stand against?”

You probably remember hearing the illustration of how government agents are trained to identify counterfeit money? They learn to do so by studying authentic money. When they know the correct identifying marks of real money then counterfeit money will stand out very distinctly.

Paul spoke to this truth when he said in Galatians 1:8

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”

The message of salvation that we are to be preaching to the world is the truth about Jesus Christ. Salvation comes from accepting Christ and His gift of salvation into our lives. Salvation is not obtained by avoiding sin and all of it’s components and details, but from accepting Christ into our lives. When we embrace Christ the Holy Spirit begins to convict of of sin and our lives are transformed into Christ’s image. Salvation does not come from becoming aware of all the deceptions of the devil and from avoiding all of his traps and enticements. Doing that (avoiding the devils deceptions) comes when we embrace Christ in the fulness of His truth.

Study the truth, teach the truth, live the truth, preach the truth and then falsehoods will become evident and obvious. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians lets become know for what we stand for rather than what we stand against. Lets preach the truth and beauty of God’s kingdom rather than preaching the details of Satan’s kingdom.