And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. – 2 John 6-7
In the movie “A Few Good Men” Tom Cruise delivers one of the most famous movie lines of all time: “I want the truth!” Jack Nicholson’s character responds with another great line, saying, “You can’t handle the truth!” The truth Tom Cruise’s character wanted was in relation to a crime that had been committed by Marines on the Naval Base in Cuba. Truth is something everybody wants to have; everybody wants to know what is true or right about life and its choices. But where is truth found? Pilate asks Jesus, “What is truth?” Truth was standing right in front of him.
We live in a society that says truth is whatever a person wants it to be. However, if truth is whatever someone wants it to be, is that really truth? This is what turns society into what we have today, no real foundation, an anything goes culture. As believers in Christ we are swimming upstream against a society and culture that cannot accept only one foundation of truth. Truth is God. Truth is found in His Word and in Jesus Christ. If this is not the foundation we build on, then we find truth in the wrong source. One big problem develops when churches start to compromise on God’s Word. People can now find a church that will teach whatever they want to hear. But are they really hearing the truth? Truth won’t always be popular, but God calls us to proclaim His Word and His truth.
The Apostle John in 2nd John writes to warn the believers about deceivers that have gone out and taught a message of truth built on a different foundation. He encourages them to stay in the Word, which will keep them properly aligned with the truth. As a church we have committed to preaching book by book through the Bible over the next 2 years in order to give us a foundation in God’s Word. We have also committed as a body to read God’s Word through at least twice over that time. We need to know what God’s Word says. The Bible says that the times are only going to get worse and we need the strong foundation of the truth found in Scripture and in God. Are we willing to stand for truth in the love of Christ?