Recently in Traffic Court, a man who received an expensive parking ticket for illegal parking testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there. The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again. The man replied that he would. The Judge then said, “Good. When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $87.”
The point: Just because an authority figure offers a judgment about a matter has no bearing on whether it is true or false – right or wrong. Truth is Truth! It is independent of opinion, polls, and presentation.
In his book Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington explained that during the period following the Civil War, many people became teachers thinking it would be an easy way to make a living. One such fellow went from village to village, teaching for awhile and receiving pay for it. As he entered one town, the people asked if he taught that the earth is round or flat. He replied that he was prepared to teach either way…. based on the preference of a majority of his patrons!
Truth is NOT determined by survey, despite our modern attempts to make it so. Ultimate truth is found in GOD ALONE! God has revealed the truth in His Word (John 17:17).
The TRUTH is… We have a SIN problem! “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
The TRUTH is… We CANNOT solve our sin problem with good works! Trying to be a person of good moral character is commendable, but insufficient to erase the stain of sin from our lives. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NO other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The TRUTH is… God LOVES us despite our sin! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
The TRUTH is… We MUST accept God’s offer of salvation on His terms to be saved from the penalty for sin! We WILL enter eternity without God and without hope UNLESS we have responded to Him on to HIS TERMS! (John 3:36)
HIS TERMS: We accept His offer through faith (Acts 16:31), repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confession of Christ (cp. Matthew 10:32), and baptism (immersion) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). We CONTINUE to be cleansed from our sins as we CONTINUE to walk in the light of God’s Word (1 John 1:7).
Are you still under SIN’S control and penalty? Will you not accept the truth and come to Him on His terms?
May God give you the strength and determination to accept TRUTH.