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06/15/2017

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Hangin' On To The Truth


"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" (Gal.4:16). "Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths" (II Tim.4:3-4).

As we come to our last devotional about truth telling, the original question in Gal.4:16 becomes crystal clear. It confirms the fact that the truth must be preached and lived at the expense of making enemies. A compromising attitude toward preaching the truth leads to apostasy, and Paul reveals how this happens in our 2nd verse this morning... It starts with an attitude like, to suit their own desires, and goes on to a segregation of teachers as they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear... It then unravels to this; they will turn their ears from the truth... Before long, the truth has flown out of the window and is replaced by turning aside to myths. If we are to be completely honest with ourselves, it is urgent to realize that there are attitudes, if universally accepted, that would weaken and eventually destroy the church. Lastly, there is something else that must be considered. Almost all advertising is based on pleasing people. The best cars, shampoos, skin creams or athletic wear are those which make folks feel good about themselves. The attitude that attempts to please people rather than save people is simply is just the wrong way to go... Lets look at Paul's words about this; "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Gal.1:9). Sometimes standards are lowered in an attempt to bring in larger and larger crowds. If one church draws in great crowds, another one might lower standards even farther to entice more.... Lets make sure that the church does not become a mad race to make itself the easiest instead of the safest and most truthful... We've got to be hangin' on to the truth...

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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