Truth Is Fallen in the Street
(Do You Care?)
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
II Timothy 4:3-4
- This is a very simple lesson from God’s word this morning, but we must prepare and apply ourselves well.
- Many, many other aspects of truth and our cleaving to it could be covered, but this is a simple, short lesson.
- We speak to others of the wonders and glory of truth and godliness, and hardly anyone follows up or cares.
- We advertise our church with bold ads in the religious section each week, but hardly anyone calls or cares.
- We promote a different and exciting website with original material, but hardly anyone follows up or cares.
- The average Christian today is woefully ignorant and does not even have a basic desire for the truth of God.
- When we expressed the Bible position regarding NASA’s Columbia explosion, we were violently hated.
- Truth is fallen in the streets, and the Lord challenges us to see if any care for truth (Isaiah 59:14; 5:1).
- News articles daily tell of the mad rush of this nation into lasciviousness with all greediness (Eph 4:17-19).
- It is the job of a faithful minister to keep their hearers reminded of truth they already know (II Peter 1:12).
Truth Is Wonderful!
- Jacob blessed the Lord for His abundant mercy in the truth He had been shown (Gen 32:10).
- David praised the LORD for His truth and for His word, exalted above all his name (Ps 138:2).
- Solomon asked of the excellent things in counsel and knowledge he had written (Pr 22:17-21).
- Solomon said, Buy the truth and sell it not, also wisdom, instruction, understanding (Pr 23:23).
- Jesus called for believers to continue in His word and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-36).
- Truth is not vague. Elijah well said, “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (I Kgs 18:21).
- Truth is God’s opinion, or will, on any subject, as expressed in Holy Scripture (John 17:17).
- Brethren, we are greatly blessed to know the infinite mind of God on every important subject.
- Do you crave the Word of God as one who greatly needs and value it, as David and Solomon?
Why Doesn’t Anyone Care about Truth?
- We live in the prophesied perilous times of the last days when men would not want the truth.
- Paul described a time of carnal Christianity resenting doctrine and truth (II Tim 3:1 – 4:4).
- The warning is serious – perilous times! Men are addicted to pleasure and religious form!
- They are learning, but without truth; they much prefer fables to doctrine (II Tim 3:7; 4:3-4).
- They wander out of the way of understanding and congregate with the dead (Prov 21:16).
- Many teachers, easily known by Scripture, are perverse and know nothing (I Tim 6:3-5).
- We live in a sick age of compromise and relativism, where men have agreed to allow anything except truth. They are far from God, Who is always and only absolute and dogmatic in truth.
- Where have the noble gone? Why are there so few who search the scriptures? (Acts 17:11).
- It is impossible to worship God without truth, yet no one even asks about it (John 4:23-24).
- We have had members go out from us for the dumbest of reasons (I John 2:19; II Tim 4:10).
- Isaiah described the profane and truth-rejecting generation of our blessed Lord (Is 59:4,12-15).
- Jeremiah described a horrible condition in his day of the rarity of men seeking truth (Jer 5:1).
- Our Lord warned that when iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold (Mat 24:12).
- Pilate was so deluded as a pagan, profane Roman that he asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
- This is no different from the first lie to Eve, which questioned the certainty of truth (Gen 3:1).
- Evil communications corrupt good manners; they have all corrupted one another (I Cor 15:33).
- Lies are more popular, due to the depravity of man and Satan’s control (John 8:45; Gal 4:16).
- The fear of man is a horrible snare that traps men into believing or accepting error (Pr 29:25).
- The Spirit of truth and spirit of antichrist are known by hearing apostolic doctrine (I Jn 4:1-6).
- God is coming to judge this world soon by His righteousness and by His truth (Psalm 96:13).
- The arrogance and conceit of man in general and our generation deceives (Pr 21:2; Jer 17:9).
- Sin hardens our conscience and deceives our heart to neglect truth (I Tim 4:2; Heb 3:12-13).
- Those who talk like they love truth are soon found frauds without sincere desire (Pr 17:16).
- We knew only a small minority would hold the truth, but this small (Luke 6:26; I Peter 3:20)?
- Those rejecting the truth of God are belly worshippers, regardless of words (Rom 16:17-18).
- Jesus warned of three kinds of ground – no preparation or application, no willingness to pay a cost in opposition, and greater love of this world and its toys (Matt 13:3-23; Luke 8:4-18).
- We trust in the living God to have reserved His remnant by the election of grace (Rom 11:1-5).
- And we will not measure the kingdom of God by numbers, for Jesus had but 120 (Acts 1:15).
- We will never modify the truth of God to attract any beyond this number (II Cor 2:15-17; 4:2).
- Their lack of interest is seldom our fault in presenting; it is their lack of love for God and truth.
Do You Care about Truth?
- Do you pray, prepare, absorb, understand, retain, apply, obey, live, share, and defend the truth?
- There are 1440 minutes in every day, what percentage do you give the Lord and His truth?
- If you tithed time, you would spend 2 hours and 24 minutes seeking the Lord each day.
- If you only gave him 1% of your time, it would be 14 minutes and 24 seconds each day.
- Can you dedicate 14 minutes and 24 seconds each day to privately seeking God and truth?
- We cannot and we must not have a response like any of the first three grounds (Matt 13:3-23).
- Our assemblies are very important for us to provoke one another in the truth (Heb 10:23-25).
- If we are apostolic Christians, we are called to earnestly contend for the truth (Jude 1:3-23).
- The more you love Christ and walk with Him, the more you will love truth, for He is Truth.
- Jesus described buying the truth of the kingdom very plainly and powerfully (Matt 13:44-46).
- We cannot despise prophesyings; we prove truth and hold that which is good (I Thess 5:20-21).
- Heresies are coming, because it is God’s way of finding who truly loves truth (I Cor 11:19).
- Our church is the pillar and ground of the truth; are you doing your part to help it (I Tim 3:15)?
- Are you fully training your children to see, reject, and despise variations from truth (Is 38:19)?
- How much compromise do you tolerate in your mind, your family, your friends, your church?
- We want to be faithful to the good way and truth that Samuel taught Israel (I Sam 12:20-25).
- Error is better than compromise: error is ignorance; compromise is rebellion (II Tim 1:12-13).
- We live in perilous times; we are part of a very small minority; we must earnestly contend for the true faith.
- We are different from those around us, and we will continue to be more and more different, as they decline.
- We cannot and must not compromise anywhere for anyone in matters pertaining to doctrine and godliness.
- We must apply ourselves to the truth God has given us, lest He remove our understanding and withdraw truth.
- We must continue to pray for more truth and obey that we are shown, so that we might be faithful to Him.
- Sermon Outline: God Hates Compromise
- Sermon Outline: Every Word of God
- Sermon Outline: Noble Hearers
- Proverbs commentary: Buy the truth
- Proverbs commentary: Where there is no vision
- Proverbs commentary: Forget not my law
- Proverbs commentary: Take fast hold of instruction
- Proverbs commentary: Through desire a man separates himself
- Proverbs commentary: A fool hath no delight in understanding