Stand For Truth
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 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.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4. Preachers are commanded to preach truth whether it is popular or not. They are commanded to challenge and warn believers of their dangerous and error-filled ways. We are living in this time now. Paul said these are perilous times. The souls of men are at stake. Some will depart from the faith because of adopting false doctrine.
In John chapter 6, Jesus challenged the people that were following Him. In telling them they had to eat His flesh and drink His blood, in essence He was telling them to forsake all and follow Him. His disciples replied in John 6:60-61, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it? Jesus knew His disciples murmured about this and asked “does this offend you?”
Get used to offense. If you as a Christian are going to stand for truth you are going to offend people. People that at one time were closest to you. People that you laid your life down for at the slightest hint of invading their comfort zone or pet demon practice they will leave you. This should not surprise us. As a matter of fact, it should show us that the Bible is true and the parable of the wheat and the tares is coming to fruition. There is a division now in the church and truth is the dividing factor. In verse 66 of John 6, “from that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.”
We need more people with a holy boldness that will stand for truth. People that will stand up and not only warn others of impending danger, lukewarmness, and false beliefs, but also tell of the goodness and grace and mercy of Almighty God and Jesus Christ. Jesus turned to the twelve in John 6 and said “will you leave also?” In other words, you can go too boys, but I’m not changing the message. We must be ready to convince, reprove and rebuke with all sound doctrine. If we don’t, they will turn not only their ears, but their lives over to error filled teachings and ways and leave the faith.