August 10, 2014

Afraid of the Truth – Jacob Stringer

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

In Acts chapter 7, we have a classic example of a group of people who have completely denied the truth. After hearing an excellent and stirring testimony from Stephen, a powerful figure in the early church, they “were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth,” (Acts 7:54). Then, when Stephen makes an exclamation about a vision of the Lord, “they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord,” (verse 57). They then stoned Stephen to death, making him one of the first Christian martyrs. The text tells us that they were cut to the heart, which is the exact same phrase used in Acts 2 when the apostles preached to the crowds at Pentecost. However, they had a much different reaction, and were convicted by the words of the apostles. If this is the case, then the phrase “cut to the heart” must signify how convicted the people must have felt, in both circumstances. However, while one group changed according to their conviction, the other covered their ears! As strange as it may seem, there are thousands of people today doing the same thing.

1 Timothy 4:1-3—“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4—“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

It seems that time has certainly come. It seems like everywhere we look there are people who seem to almost tune out the truth, believing only what sounds good to them and makes them feel most comfortable. The truth that is so hard for people to believe is that sin kills us spiritually. So many wish to think that sin and God can somehow coexist; however we know that sin is against the very nature of God. We must reject this way of thinking. Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin, not to let us live in it without consequence. We can’t be afraid of the truth. Let us uncover our ears and listen honestly to what the Bible says, not what the false teachers do.

 

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