Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 24:8-25:30 / Romans 1:18-32 / Psalm 84:8-12
True or False…I liked those tests better than the fill in the blank or multiple choice. There is 50/50 chance of getting the answer right…better odds than the other type of tests. The difficulty though with true/false tests is the way the questions are worded. They can be tricky and must be read with deliberate precision. We tend to hurry and not fully process the questions. I remember getting tests back and noticing that I got a question wrong because I overlooked a critical word or idea.
It would seem that truth is easy to identify…not always. The devil is a master of deceit in twisting words, ideas and thoughts – making false look like it is true and true looking like it is false. Paul writes about godless men who suppress truth by their wickedness. (Rom 1:18) God has made His undeniable truth plain, clear and understandable; the twisting of God’s truth is inexcusable. Those who deny and suppress truth face the consequences of God’s wrath. (vs. 19,20)
When men rebel against the authority of God, their thinking becomes skewed and their hearts are governed by foolishness and darkness. They believe their newfound wisdom and truth is greater than God, who is immortal. As they redefine truth, God gives them over to their deceitful desires where they exchange the truth of God for a lie. (vs.25)
The result is a depraved mind. (vs.28) Instead of shame, they are prideful and boast of their sin. They abandon the natural and promote the unnatural as acceptable and even pure. It is interesting to read Paul’s description of their sins in verses 29 and 30; they include things like “gossip”… a “small” sin in the eyes of some. Whenever sin is seen as insignificant or acceptable, the cataract of deceit quickly advances to a state of spiritual blindness.
True or False? The correct answer is not determined by man but by God. Every answer that isn’t founded upon God’s truth and Word is deceitfully wrong. So what is our answer? Our lifestyle choices and character will clearly reveal our answer. We must stand and live on the side of God’s righteousness and truth. Paul’s words were written almost 2,000 years ago yet they are so appropriate for our time…may we never succumb to the pressure of culture and compromise God’s truth. A failing grade carries with it the consequences of eternity.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!