The debate that is raging in America is about truth
Jesus Christ had a very interesting encounter with Pontius Pilate about credibility. Jesus said “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice” John 18:37. And then Pilate asked, “What is truth?” John 18:38.
People are searching for truth in the realm of science, philosophy, psychology, and many other disciples. What is truth? How do we get truth? How do we know it when we have it? America is raging in a very serious debate about truth, and it reveals somewhat of a credibility gap. What is truth? Look at the Bible- why do we call it a “Holy Bible”? It is a book that reads about hate, about killing, about wars, about all sorts of meanness and wickedness, and deceit. But it is called holy. The Bible is called holy because it tells the truth. The Bible tells the truth about God. The Bible tells the truth about man. The Bible tells the truth about the devil. The Bible tells about its characters both good and bad. If the Bible had been written by men who were not under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit you would never have heard about their sins and their weakness and their failures. But the Bible tells the truth about all of these things. The Apostle Paul wrote all those things about his life, and about how the grace of God worked in his life; to save him, deliver him, and then use him in the work of ministry through the indwelling of the Spirit of God.
The Bible tells us that the devil himself created the first credibility gap. I believe the devil is gathering his legions right now, all over the world, for an intensification of activity on a scale the world has never known, because we are approaching the end of the age. Satanic activity is greater than it has ever been. Never before have we seen such cruelty, such widespread hunger, such killings and wars. Have you ever read or heard of so much horrible crime, where people kill just seemingly for the joy of killing? Evil has intensified its activities. The Bible teaches that behind all evil is a real devil. A force of evil that is stirring up the evil in the hearts of people. Jesus called the devil a liar and the father of lies, John 8:44.
He said the devil is the god of this world, John 14:30, the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2. The devil is behind all the deception and delusion that is going on in the world today.
When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, it was a perfect paradise, and God said “It is all yours. You will enjoy it forever, but don’t take of that one tree.” Why? God was testing man, because God gave man the freedom of choice. The Bible says the devil came to Adam and Eve and tempted them. Read Genesis chapter three. They listened to the devil; they believed a lie instead of the truth of God. Man rebelled against God, and the troubles and all the sufferings and all the wars of all history have come about as a result of the fact that man is in rebellion against God. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. You can never commit sin and get away with it. People try drugs, alcohol, and all kinds of permissive sex in order to find peace and joy and happiness and purpose and meaning in their lives. But they find none of these. Why not? It is the devil’s lie. The devil is telling you lie. The Bible says there is pleasure in sin- “for a season” Hebrews 11:25. But then comes the kickback: “The wages of sin is death.” Jesus said, “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32. What is truth? Jesus said, “I am the truth” John 14:6. He is the ultimate truth, and He also told the truth. Jesus told the truth about love. The greatest love story of the universe is God’s love for man; “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. And the greatest picture of love is on the cross, where Christ died in your place. Jesus set us free from the penalty of sin; so that we don’t have to face the agonies of hell. He spoke the truth about conversion. You must be converted to the person of Jesus Christ, so that Jesus Christ is your Savior and your Lord and your master, Matthew 18:3. Jesus is the Truth; the devil is the liar. I am asking you today to choose Jesus. From my heart.