Don’t Water Down The Solid Truth

Friends,
There is a sad verse that I have often meditated on that I believe has to do with preaching the way of salvation. It says, “We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.” (Isa. 26:18) And the verse before it says this was while we were in God’s presence. That is an astounding confession. And just downright sad.

Why does Isaiah admit this? I believe that he is lamenting the unchanged hearts of those who hear the truth preached to them. Their lack of humble, repentant response. Throughout this book he speaks for God concerning the people’s hard hearts, and their refusals to turn from idols, bribes, and injustice, as well as their meaningless offerings they present to God.

So do people repent when they hear the truth? Not often. As most responded to all the prophets, the apostles, and Jesus, they became infuriated, even to the point of killing them. This is what many do, or would like to do today. For the name of religion’s game now is tolerance and unity, and anyone who states that truth is narrow or absolute is coined as radical, unloving, and bigoted. Too bad that these cannot seem to grasp that God requires a way to salvation, one way, the way He has prescribed, and prescribed in His Word.

2 + 2 does equal 4, and there is no other answer. A physician will give one exact prescription to cure an ailment, and he does not tolerate that his patients do anything but. A recipe calls for just the correct ingredients for some popular soda drink, and any deviation would bring a considerable public outcry. We accept that this is typical in life, yet many think they can get to God any old way. Any way THEY choose. Where is the outcry about this from most preachers?!

Well, some do cry out. As Jer. 6:29 says, “The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.” And why? Because the wicked, as well as the lukewarm, refuse to repent, because they refuse to take the refining seriously. Thus, the good and true preaching goes on in vain.

One more sad thing… That preaching…? The good and the true, and that filled with the Holy Spirit’s power…? Well, too many preachers are crumbling underneath the discouragement. They decide that it’s too hard to fight the tide, so why not join it? So they water down their messages to suit the selfish, the idolaters, the majority. Then they too meander away. Away from holding up the truth; away from belief in the power of the Scriptures; away from The Vine Himself.

Oh, that the faithless preachers would repent! That they would do their duty! That they would stop consulting the spiritually dead (Isa. 8:19) and return “to the law and to the testimony! [For] if they do not speak according to THIS Word, they have no light of dawn.” (v. 20)

Let’s remember, preachers, teachers, and ministers of the Gospel: All our efforts are useless wind unless completely in line with His will. Yes, the wicked may not turn. But that is not our responsibility. Another’s heart being born anew is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. But ours, as commission by Christ, is to preach. To preach nothing but the solid truth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on October 1, 2009.

 
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