Defending the Truth

February 3, 2011

A friend who’s becoming a pastor once said that all he learns in seminary is to reverse everything.  “You don’t choose God; God chooses you,” or “You don’t read the Bible; the Bible reads you,” and so on.

This also applies to the following: “You don’t defend the truth; the truth defends you.”  Living in a pluralistic society, we may think that truth is being assailed from all different sides and angles.  We view truth as a fragile flower that will wilt if we do not nurture and protect it.

This is not true.

Truth is strong.  Truth is vibrant.   It does not falter in the face of falsehood.  Truth does not need our defense; it is not weak.  The witness of the heresies of the early Christian church is that truth remained after the dust has settled.  False doctrines threatened to pull truth away in all different directions, but it remained stubbornly, for truth never changes and never fails.

Instead it is we who are in need of truth’s protection.  We are the one’s who are being assailed on all sides by the lures of false promises of riches and pleasures of this world.  We must let truth defend us and remind us of who Christ is and who we are in Him.

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


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