There Is No Peace Between Truth-abiders & Falsehood-abiders
March 14, 2014
There is no unity, and thus no peace, between a person who serves God (the Truth) and a person who serves the devil. Anyone who is not serving the Truth is serving a falsehood, and to serve a falsehood is to serve the Lie and “the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Such a person does not have the Spirit of Truth, but instead has “the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6)
It is strange that although truth and falsehood are complete opposites and that any alignment between them is thus impossible, people living in falsehoods continue to try, even through deceitful or under-handed means, to get people of the Truth to cozy up with them. That is, of course, with the expectation that the Truth-abiders be willing to compromise their stand and accept Falsehood-abiders as having legitimate beliefs.
What Falsehood-abiders do not seem to understand is that being that they live in the realm of the Lie, it of course does not matter to them if everyone is accepting all sorts of lies. Lies are what they exist in, have chosen, and promote, and so it is natural to them to tolerate, and teach that others must tolerate, things which are not true. An insistence that the Truth is the only acceptable belief and way, is foreign to these people. Thus they become agitated, even hostile, toward people who will not approve falsehoods.
When Truth-abiders try to exhort Falsehood-abiders who continue to defend the Lie’s teachings (1 Tim. 4:1,2), a few more exhortations may occur if the discussion can remain genuine and respectful. However, what often happens, is that people living in the Lie become alarmed at their choice of beliefs, and with alarm comes fear and thus anger. Instead of directing their anger toward themselves, their rebellion, Satan, the world, the false belief system they’ve bought into, and all others who have fed them lies, they find it easiest to attack the Truth-teller. Certainly this is due to the fact that belittling those who are intolerant (even if it is falsehoods that they are being intolerant of) is “politically correct” / culturally acceptable. And because it is, they collect plenty of “yes-men” to validate their words and behavior. So on they go, strengthened in their stand for what is false.
But, despite the anger of the Falsehood-abiders, we are to proceed with the assignments given to us by God. Regardless of what they think of us, we are to speak the Lord’s words to everyone He commands us to speak to, and we are to say exactly what He tells us to say. (Jer. 1:7-10,17-19 // 1 Peter 4:11) Concerning those in sin, there is no remedy for them until they awake from their folly, for they see no need. Thus a prodding is necessary, and if they still refuse to wake up, their bliss in the Lie must be shattered. Lancing the boil is their only hope toward healing. God’s Word teaches that this is God’s way of salvation –that everyone must die to the Lie so that they may live for God.
“How horrid, how arrogant, how un-Christlike… what a lack of compassion!” These are the accusations of the Falsehood-abiders, telling us, even with a smiley-face, that we “reek” of such things. But does God’s Word, the Sword of the Spirit, reek to those whose ears are opening to Truth? No, to them, we, because of our words being spoken by the Spirit, are “the fragrance of Life.” (2 Cor. 2:16) But, to “those who are perishing” (v. 15) we are indeed “the smell of death.” (v. 16) For “through us [God] spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him [the Truth].” (v. 14)
Consequently, those who love the Lie hate the knowledge of the Truth being spread, for the Truth convicts them of the spiritual death they abide in. (John 3:19-21) And because the Spirit, through Truth-abiders, warns them, even rebukes them, they become hateful toward those who are reminding them of the character and hard teachings of Jesus. (John 15:18-21) But, not surprisingly, if they persecuted Him who is the Truth itself, Christ’s servants will certainly be persecuted as well. (v. 20)
Falsehood-abiders, though usually believing themselves to be their own master, do have a leader they follow. He is called “the evil one” (1 John 3:12) and “he speaks his native language” (John 8:44) into the ears of all who will listen. This native language is called “the Lie” (Isa. 28:17), and it consists of all deceptions, fabrications, exaggerations, twisted information, and everything else that is not true. Those who have rejected the Truth have accepted this language and thus consider it normal to use.
Truth-abiders, however, find such language and action intolerable. And because of the love of the Lord in them, they do not hesitate to expose it for what it is and what it is doing –the Lie that is bringing about the eternal death of millions.