Guest Author
Pastor C.J. Armstrong
Associate Pastor – Bloomington Baptist Church, Bloomington, Illinois

Today’s Scripture: But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Luke 10:10-11

At the trial of Jesus Christ, Pilate asked an infamous question: “What is truth?” What Pilate failed to realize was that he was addressing Truth Itself (John14:6). Pilate turned his back on Truth that day. However, Pilate’s refusal to accept the Truth did nothing to change the reality of that Truth.

This principle is applied by Christ in Luke chapter 10. When Christ sent the disciples out to witness for Him, He told the them to fellowship with those cities that accepted the Gospel; but if a city rejected their message, then they were to tell the city that rejection would not stop the Kingdom of God. Truth is truth and its reality cannot be changed by the opinions of man.

Before we condemn Pilate, or those cities, it must also be pointed out what Christ said in John 17:17. Not only is Jesus Christ the Truth, but so also is the Word of God. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and tells us what is true and what is not. No other book or program can make this claim.

Therefore, the Bible, God’s revealed truth, should be the framework for our lives. Unfortunately, many people, even saved individuals, have no interest in finding out what truth really is. Fewer still have a desire to allow God to work and change their lives to reflect truth. The root of this is pride. It is difficult to admit that we are wrong, or doing wrong, and that we need to change. It is much easier to believe that a truth we don’t like is merely someone’s differing opinion than an area in which we are mistaken.

Refusing to accept the truth as outlined in God’s Word never helps anyone. It hinders the work of God in our lives, it keeps us from receiving the blessings that God wants to give and it will cost us eternal rewards. In Heaven we will be judged by the standard of what God’s truth actually is– not what parts of it we did or did not accept.

John Locke once made a powerful statement. He said: “The Holy Scripture is to me, and will always be, the constant guide of my belief; and I shall always hearken to it, as containing infallible truth relating to things of the highest concernment. And I wish I could say there are no mysteries in it; I acknowledge there are to me, and I fear will always be. Nevertheless, where I lack the evidence of things, there yet is ground enough for me to believe, because God has said it, and I shall immediately condemn and quit any opinion of mine, as soon as I am shown that it is contrary to any revelation in the Holy Scriptures.”

Shouldn’t we have the same attitude?