This morning I woke up and read my local newspaper. After reading several headlines, the first thing that came to my mind was, “Does truth even exist anymore?” In our current society, we’ve witnessed a movement from what we know is truth to a position that states, “If I don’t like truth, I’ll change it to fit me.”
Don’t get me wrong—this is not new. It was happening during Paul’s ministry. The book of Galatians addresses this very subject, with the gospel + works = salvation. In 1 Timothy, Paul writes, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). The Greek word for “fall away” here is aphistemi, from where we get the English word “apostatize.” Paul is telling us here that from the time of Jesus’ ascension until His second coming, there will be people who fall away from the faith.
The apostasy principle is that you move from one position to another. These people will move from truth or sound doctrine to strange doctrines. They will be swayed by false teachers. Maybe even demonic spirits will draw away these professing Christians who assemble with those standing in the truth of the gospel. These presumed Christians will walk away from the faith, revealing their true nature as never having been converted to Christ. John writes, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:19).
The defining word in 1 Timothy 4:1 is the word “deceit”, because this is the biography of Satan himself. Paul continues in 1 Timothy 4:2: “by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron.” These false teachers will profess they’re Christians with their lips, and in the same breath speak lies regarding the gospel. They will outright lie and present their false truth, and in their lives and actions hide the gospel truth from those who follow.
The word that stands out is “seared” (v.2), which is a medical term referring to cauterization. Notice what is seared: Their conscience. It becomes numb to truth. They now believe their own created truth vs. the truth of God’s Word.
Does this sound like today? As I read the paper, I thought about how our society has changed. There are new definitions of marriage that move away from the truth of God’s Word. If you desire, you can even change your gender. We’re witnessing the demise of the family unit as government wants to remove the titles of mother and father. In the world of social media, fake news, and political wars, how do we know what is truth or not? If we as believers were to focus on all the lies around us, we would be in a constant state of the blues.
The truth is that God’s Word in 66 books is the very voice of God. In His Word, we know that the only way to eternity is through Jesus Christ. We know that sin will be punished, righteousness will be rewarded, and Jesus Christ will return for His bride. We also know that truth exists, that truth doesn’t change, and that true believers won’t be swayed by strange doctrines and principles of men.
Precept Ministries founder Kay Arthur said, “There are 66 books in the Bible. How many does God want you to know? He wants you to know all of them.” She also stated, “Unless you study God’s Word, how do you know that you know that you know?”
It takes work to know and understand truth, but when your foundation—your life—is built on truth, you’ll be steadfast and immovable.
The solution is simple, and it’s this: The people in Canada need to be radically transformed by the truth of the gospel. Our country needs to be grounded in truth, so we will easily recognize strange doctrines and be able to raise a red flag to teachings that don’t line up to the truth of God’s Word.
The tool to solve the problem is Precept Inductive Bible Study. This is a proven method of Bible study that is transforming thousands of lives in Canada, as well as around the world. Through Precept training workshops and Bible study tools, people are being grounded in truth.
The mission of Precept Ministries is this: “Establish People in God’s Word. Our goal is to see people living as exemplary followers of Jesus Christ, who study the Bible inductively, make disciples intentionally and serve the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
If you’re as burdened as I am about the lack of truth in Canada, join me in serving with Precept. There are several ways you can partner with us:
- Join our E-Team and commit to monthly financial gifts.
- Send a one-time gift to the ministry to train and equip new students and leaders.
- Commit to praying for the continued growth of the ministry in Canada.
- Host a training workshop at your church in 2018.
- Start a new Bible study class.
As we head into the final weeks of 2017, prayerfully consider where to invest your resources, and give to Precept. This ministry exists to teach and train in the truth of God’s Word. Your gifts will be used to ensure more Canadians are grounded in the truth.
National Director, Precept Ministries International