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Liberty Advocate

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Know the Truth

 

by

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

 

 

 

Do you know the truth?

 

How many times have you read the Bible

from cover to cover? 

 

 

Do you know the truth about the Scripture "Judge not, that ye be not judged"? 

Do you know the truth about repentance?

Do you know the truth about forgiveness?

Do you know the truth about rebuke?

Do you know the truth?

There is only one way to know the truth.  Jesus exhorts us to study His Word to know the truth: If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”  (John 8: 31, 32).

Notice that Jesus exhorts us to “continue in my word.” To continue is to be continuous, or unceasing.  In other words, we must never stop studying His Word to know the truth. We must zealously persist in an ongoing study of the Word of God if we want to know the truth.  The more we earnestly read the Bible, the more we are filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  We increase in the knowledge of God. 

   O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!     Romans 11:33

    For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  Colossians 1:9

If we do not read the Bible, we are spiritually ignorant.  And we misunderstand and misuse Scriptures.  

My dear friend, how many times have you read the Bible from cover to cover?

Let me share with you an e-mail I sent to my family a few weeks ago.  First, let me give you a little background about my response. . .

In a sister’s family Christmas letter, she insists that as Christians we must forgive those who have wronged us even if they refuse to repent.  She quotes “Judge not” and other Scriptures dealing with forgiveness. However, all quoted Scriptures are taken out of context and encourage a false gospel - a gospel of forgiveness without repentance. 

Here is the e-mail response I sent to my family reproving the false gospel of forgiveness without repentance:

Dear Family,

The Bible clearly teaches us that repentance comes before forgiveness.  The word “repent” and variations (repentance, repented, etc.) are used about 100 times in the Bible.  Clearly, repentance must precede forgiveness. 

Just as Jesus does not forgive us our sins unless we repent, He does not teach or preach that we must forgive those who sin against us and refuse to repent.  To preach a gospel of forgiveness without repentance is to preach a false gospel.

Have you not read Jesus’ words in Luke 17:3, 4?

3:Take heed to yourselves:  If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 

 

4:And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Of course, in verse 4 the brother is not committing the same trespass seven times.  They are seven different trespasses.  When you repent, you stop committing that particular sin.

Jesus also explains in Matthew 18 the procedure when someone sins against us:

15: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16: But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17: And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Moreover, the Scriptures quoted in Darlene’s letter must be studied in the context of the entire Bible. For example, Luke 6: 37 must be studied with Jesus’ words in Luke 6:41- 49 and Matthew 7:1- 5.

1:Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2:For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3:And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4:Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5:Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

This is one of the most misused Scriptures in the Bible because people do not read beyond the first verse of Matthew 7. Jesus is talking about hypocritical judging. For instance, when Jimmy Swaggart condemned Marvin Gorman for having an affair with his church secretary when Swaggart was soliciting prostitutes.

Jesus said: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32).

You will never know the truth unless you read the Bible over and over again.

How many times have you have read the entire Bible from cover to cover? 

It would be a good New Year's resolution for 2010 to read the Bible from cover to cover!

My dear friend, it is doubtful that any of my family has ever read the Bible from cover to cover.

And how many times have you heard professing Christians misuse or misunderstand Scriptures because they take them out of context?  Many Christians present Christ as a non-judging, weak, spineless, cowardly, soft, irresolute and unmanly Saviour who holds no man or woman to God's commandments.  In other words, they misrepresent Jesus Christ as no respecter of persons: He forgives the obedient and the disobedient. But we know that this is a lie – a false Christ.  Disobedient Christians are false Christians. Only those who repent of their sins and perform works evidencing repentance are true Christians:

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.  Matthew 3:8

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bringeth forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.   

Matthew  7:17 –20

 

Christ warns us He will judge false Christians: Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:21 - 23

We must read the Bible and pray for Divine revelation to know the truth.

My dear friend, today there are friends, family, preachers, pastors, and evangelists preaching and teaching many lies - false gospels.  You must read the Bible and meditate on the Holy Scriptures to have a true understanding of Christ and Christianity.  You must read and meditate on God’s Word to know the truth:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13,14

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17  

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:31, 32  

Listen, my dear friend, Jesus clearly exhorts us to study the Word of God if we want to know the truth and be set free from the bondage of lies and sin. Notice that Jesus says if  ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.  This is a conditional promise: IF you continue in my word, THEN you are my disciples; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. In the negative: if you don't read God's Word, you don't know the truth: you're in bondage to a false gospel.  Therefore, you're not a disciple of Christ.

Again, many family, friends, preachers, teachers, pastors, and evangelists are preaching and teaching lies - false gospels.  And Paul warns us in his letter to the Galatians that those who preach a false gospel are accursed: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8, 9).

Do you know the true gospel?  Do you know the truth? How many times have you read the Bible from cover to cover?

My husband and I read along silently as we listen to Alexander Scourby read the King James Version of the Bible on CD.  Listening to someone properly read the Bible helps us focus on the Scriptures, deepens our understanding of what we are reading, brings out the beauty of the written Word, and makes reading the Bible enjoyable.  The Word really comes to life.  For example, when Scourby reads Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, you really feel as though you are sitting in ancient Corinth and a Christian brother is reading aloud Paul’s letter to the church.

How many times have you read the Bible from cover to cover?

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he exhorts: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).  

Again, do you know the truth?

My dear friend, will you read and study the Bible from cover to cover? 

 

Liberty Advocate

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January 2010