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Recently, I came across the tragic story of the late NFL player Mike Williams. Williams succumbed to bacterial sepsis stemming from a decaying tooth, which sparked an infection in his gum that spread to his brain, leading to his untimely death. Tooth decay, seemingly innocuous, can lead to fatal consequences; 66,000 Americans die annually due to tooth decay. Yet, as shocking as this may be, there exists another form of decay far more insidious and pervasive in our society—a decay of truth.

 

“Truth decay” is a malady afflicting our nation, infiltrating every aspect of our culture. It manifests in the erosion of trust, the proliferation of misinformation, and the distortion of reality. As followers of Christ, we must confront this decay head-on, for it threatens the very fabric of our faith and society.

 

If a pilot expressed uncertainty about operating an airplane or a doctor used guesswork about where to perform surgery, you’d likely hesitate to trust them. When it comes to your very life, you should want the truth and nothing but the truth, which is why our series is titled “Nothing but the Truth.”

 

In America today, the pervasive death of truth has led to a bewildering cultural landscape marked by widespread mental confusion.

We see this manifested in multiple ways: 

 

  • Academics: scientific confusion permeates our society as empirical facts become subject to interpretation and manipulation. The ever-evolving stream of medical advice and public health directives that conflict with pronouncements made merely a few months before underscores the precarious nature of truth in the modern age. Instead of posturing themselves as discoverers of truth, many modern scientists pose as determiners of truth. The apostle Paul’s warning rings true: they are “always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) 

 

  • Entertainment: Tune into talk shows, and you’re essentially listening to Babel by the hour – confused individuals attempting to guide an equally confused audience toward truth. Social media exacerbates this issue, as everyone now has a platform thanks to smartphones. People feel emboldened to share their myriad of ideas and opinions, further muddying the waters of truth.

 

  • Spirituality: Yet, perhaps most distressing is the spiritual confusion that pervades our churches and pulpits. Instead of proclaiming the unadulterated truth of God’s Word, some shepherds have succumbed to the allure of relevance and cultural accommodation. For example, in Atlanta, Georgia, a megachurch pastor recently asserted that the Old Testament is not divinely inspired, dismissing it as mere fables and stories. 

 

In his confrontation with Jesus, Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Christ’s very presence dispels the shadows of deception. As disciples of Christ, we are called to emulate his example and stand unwaveringly on the solid rock of truth. Our faith compels us to seek truth, not as a subjective construct shaped by personal whims and desires, but as an absolute standard grounded in the character and nature of God Himself. 

How Can We Understand Truth?

Think of a baseball game scenario with three umpires. The first umpire epitomizes relativism, declaring, “I call it the way I see it.” This perspective implies basic relativism, which states that truth is subject to individual perception. Contrastingly, the second umpire represents postmodernism, asserting, “I call it the way I want it to be,” emphasizing personal truth as inspired entirely by the self and by emotions.  

 

However, the third umpire offers a different stance, proclaiming, “I call it like it is.” Truth, here, is an absolute, unmovable standard against which reality is measured, a foundation for navigating the complexities of contemporary society.

There are four essential aspects of God’s truth:

 

  1. Truth exists as a foundational principle. As stated in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

 

  1. Truth is inherently knowable. It serves as an absolute standard by which reality is measured, providing a compass for understanding.

 

  1. Truth transcends personal emotions and subjective feelings. 

 

  1. Truth is more than facts. While facts are important, they do not necessarily equate to truth. Facts, often manipulated or distorted, can lead astray. Romans 3:4 states, “Let God be true, and every human being a liar.”

Speak the Truth in Love

As we seek to stand for truth, however, we must guard against an overly harsh or critical nature. Our pursuit of truth must be accompanied by a spirit of love and compassion, recognizing that our ultimate goal is not to condemn but to redeem. After all, when truth is divorced from love, it is no longer God’s truth. The apostle Paul said to the church in Ephesus: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). 

 

In closing, I leave you with the words of Jesus: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) May we, as followers of Christ, be known as bearers of truth, ambassadors of light in a world shrouded in darkness. To learn more, visit our website at Dream City Church or contact us today. 

The above is an abbreviated version of the message that Pastor Luke originally preached on January 21st, 2024. We invite you to join us for Sunday Service at Dream City Church each week to hear Pastor Luke and other speakers in person. You can also stream our services online here. If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it with someone who might need to hear this powerful message!

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