Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Today we often hear politicians and pundits in the media misuse the words of Jesus Christ as found in Jn.8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
They say their truth will fix our financial and health care problems. They say their truth will bring our nation back together. They say their truth will solve international conflicts. They say their truth will bring peace to our streets and solve our national drug abuse problems. So far their truth has not been successful. Our problems as well as the world’s problems still continue.
The real truth does set people free from the bondage of ignorance and sin because that truth is based on the Lord’s word. If I am following a false religion or I am ignoring God completely, the real truth will set me free from my false religion and my false understanding of self and God.
If I am addicted to a harmful substance, I should be told the truth about it and the part I play in staying addicted. If I have character traits which are not becoming of a man or woman of honor and purity, then I need to hear the truth about myself.
It takes humility on both the hearer’s part and the communicator’s part to both hear and tell the truth. Only the truth as found in God’s word will make one free from the bondage of sin and ignorance.
If I am ill, I want the doctor to tell me what my illness is and what it will do to me. I do not want the doctor to soft peddle my condition to me. Understanding my situation requires that I hear the truth. It is then up to me to take the appropriate action so that I can get better, or take care of my personal affairs and prepare my family for my last wishes.
If my home is structurally unsound, I need a structural engineer to explain it to me so I can take the appropriate measures. If my car is not operating properly, I need a mechanic to look at it and tell me the problem so I can get it fixed before I have an accident or kill someone.
In each of these scenarios there is a responsibility on the part of the person telling the truth. First, they must have their listener’s best interest in mind. Secondly, their source of truth must be right to properly and responsibly address the concerned person’s needs. If the adviser/teacher only has their own interest in mind they will either not tell the listener the truth or they will withhold the truth from them. Either way the adviser is being deceitful.
In each of the scenarios we see the need for a response from the person upon hearing the truth. What they do with the truth is up to them. Doing nothing is not wise. Doing the wrong thing is also not wise. Only doing the right thing is wise. The wise person has the humility to allow the truth about their situation to set them free to make right choices. There are so many aspects in the physical realm that we face, and these were just a few.
But the world also needs spiritual truth because there is a spiritual realm to our world as well. We are both physical and spiritual in make up as people, and our spiritual lives are quite often in need of help. Like the doctor, the engineer, or the mechanic; who know how to assess problems in their field of training, and so advise people; so also the believer should know the Bible so as to address spiritual needs for themselves and others.
Addressing spiritual needs requires more than just the right training, it requires the right source of information.
When our Lord Jesus Christ spoke to the Jews saying... “the truth will make you free” he was talking about himself and his word alone, “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” Jn.8:31; 14:6. Jesus Christ did not include the teachings or sayings of philosophers and religious teachers.
How can the thoughts, which find their source in the hearts of sinners, give a proper answer to a spiritual need? If their answers do not come from the word of God their solutions to our needs are then tainted with deceit and error. Lk.6:39 “And he spoke a parable unto them: Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?
This is why we must beware of those who give answers to spiritual questions when they do not use the Bible as their only source of information. I Jn.4:1,5-6 “Beloved, believe not every spirit (teaching), but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God. He that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. By this know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
After Adam and Eve sinned against God they had thoughts of guilt, shame, blame, and resentment. Their plans for fixing their spiritual problems involved deceit, and resulted in more sinning as they covered their sins instead of confessing their sins.
The Lord had to speak his truth to their error, and they admitted their sin. Though they were forgiven, they still had to live with the consequences of their actions.
Truth tellers are a real blessing and they are so needed in every era of time, but so often truth tellers meet untimely deaths. Truth tellers are so out of vogue today. It’s as if we hurt someone’s feelings by telling them the truth, which by the way are feelings generated and venerated by the old sin nature, that we are somehow bad people. But the truth is never bad; ignoring the truth is what’s bad. It is the old sinful nature in mankind that resists the truth. As sins pulls us down it resists the truth even more. Then sin gets a more powerful grip on our lives and subjects us to more bondage.
We need to hear the truth!