Can You Really Handle the Truth?
( Wayne Price)
Most religious people will tell you that they believe the Bible, and consider themselves to be faithful to its teachings. They can even quote a few verses, but probably those capable of doing so are a vanishing breed. However, most still believe it is important to attend church periodically, and claim membership in some religious group. But how do they deal with truth?
Only truth makes one free (John 8:32), hence knowing truth is imperative if we hope to be saved. Jeremiah, God’s prophet back in the O.T., spoke the truth: Judah was to be punished, but his own people didn’t want to hear it (Jer. 37-38). The attitude then was the same as it is now: If you don’t like the message, then attack the messenger! Jeremiah was put in prison.
Today, faithful Christians teach that Christ taught that “many” will be lost, and only “few” will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14), and when they do so, these truth-speakers are accused of believing that they “are the only ones going to heaven.” The New Testament still teaches that the Lord built ONE church (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16), that He has but One body (Ephesians 4:4), and that Christ has promised to save only His body (Eph. 5:23). Yet those teaching such truths are castigated as being narrow-minded, bigoted folks who ought to be ignored.
The world continues to operate on the principle that “surely so many people could not be wrong,” just as they did in the days of Jeremiah. When you are taught that Christ built only ONE church, just HOW DO YOU HANDLE SUCH TRUTH? Do you really want to know the truth?