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Rejection of Truth and Contemporary Concerns
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By Pastor Mick Wolfe
March 18, 2019

The concern I want to share in this article relates to the rejection of truth and how this manifests itself in practical, negative ways in the development of culture, and particularly in regard to our contemporary situation. Though I will not probe specific contemporary issues in particular, I hope to provide a picture formulated from Biblical ideas that the reader can easily apply to our contemporary landscape.

In Paul’s opening argument in the Epistle of Romans, making a general reference to mankind, he establishes that God made truth about Himself known to the human race and that He is angered by the suppression of this truth which, consequently, produces ungodliness and unrighteousness. A degree of “that which is known about God” has been built into the human constitution and a measure of it is seen within the creation of the Creator. Paul concludes that this truth is of such a sufficient nature that the act of suppressing it in order to live contrary to moral standards associated with this truth leaves them “without excuse.” Paul proceeds to reveal that “though they knew God” (in the sense of having the aforementioned knowledge in and around them), they “did not honor Him as God.” Consequently, we see that the problem is not lack of knowledge, nor does Paul indicate inability to respond to such knowledge. The problem is a refusal to acknowledge and respond to the intrinsic reality of the supremacy of God, choosing not to honor Him. Further, this approach, inspired by the assumption of wisdom, only proves their foolishness. But it does not stop there as they exchange God’s glory for various forms of idolatry and they exchange the truth for a lie, resulting in worshiping the creature instead of the Creator. Giving a practical insight into the results this produces, Paul states that instead of being governed by God and truth, people are governed by their passions resulting in sexual perversion. His goal is to establish that all categories of the human race, Jew, Gentile, male, female, bond, free, etc. share a common problem and need a common solution. This solution has been provided by God in the Person and work of Christ.

This basic perspective becomes more complicated when we consider that Paul instructs Timothy (2 Ti.3:1-5) that difficult times will come in which men will demonstrate a long list of immoral characteristics and yet, through it all, hold to “a form of godliness” while denying its power (God).

As men reject “sound doctrine” (truth), they will reject those who speak truth in favor of those who simply tell them what they want to hear, reinforcing their deception and immorality (1 Ti.4:1-4).

Along with this, Paul informs Timothy that “the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons…seared in their conscience…” (1 Ti.4:1-2).

We currently see the results of a cultural rejection of God and moral truth in the massive confusion over sexual and gender issues that have people “self-identifying,” using inappropriate dressing rooms and restrooms, drag queens and even sex offenders reading to toddlers in public libraries, the attempt to criminalize the use of “he” and “she,” etc. We see evidence of severe searing of conscience as law makers push to codify immorality and their preferred worldview, making infanticide legal along with the already heinous legalization of abortion practices. People hide behind a “form of godliness” by claiming all of this is a manifestation of “love” for those marginalized by the hatred (pinned on anyone who have a moral standard).

The solution involves Christians becoming equipped to represent God, truth and a Biblical worldview in word and deed. Sadly, Christians have been marginalized, often willingly, and convinced that Biblical truth has no place in the marketplace of ideas. We are to stay out of all areas of society except our little Sunday-morning routines until Jesus comes back to rescue us from this world. Interestingly, Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt.24:14). The “gospel of the kingdom” is the good news about God’s truths and principles that, when understood and applied, produce good fruit and blessing in every sphere and institutional structure of a nation. For too long, Christians have only told themselves the “old, old story” over and over, resulting in the fact that very few Christians actually have a Biblical worldview that can transform the culture and bless the nation.

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