Root Truth 9


 

 

Root Truth 9-2016
 
Trumpeting the Truth:
Triumphing Over Political Correctness
By David White
     

     

All Scripture references are New King James Version.

For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes into the glory of His Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38).

It has been said a nation that sanctifies the profane will profane what is sanctified. This is why the Old Testament priests were charged to teach the difference between the holy and the unholy (the profane) so that the people could discern the clean from the unclean for themselves.

And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean (Ezekiel 44:23).

The priests were not to pick and choose the issues to highlight or ignore. There were no politically incorrect taboos. They addressed anything that challenged the moral foundations contained in the Torah. The priests were to, “stand as judges, and judge it according to My [God’s] judgments” (see Ezekiel 44:24). If those who represented God’s Word failed to make His truth known, corruption and defilement would come upon the land—and the priests would bear the initial responsibility.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment (James 3:1).

 

An Unfaithful Generation

To say we live in an increasingly sinful and adulterous (unfaithful) generation is an understatement. Few would disagree that what was once looked upon as evil is now openly celebrated as good and acceptable. What was considered righteous and good in the past is now often frowned upon as evil and loathsome.

So great has the intolerance against what was once viewed as good become that if someone refuses to agree with and promote the new normal, you could be thrown into jail, fined, or something worse. This is not a fairy tale. It’s happening right before the eyes of those whose eyes are open and care to see. Moreover it’s occurring on our watch. Many of our grandparents would never have believed this could be true in America. It’s political correctness and intolerance run amuck! Yet there is an answer.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21).

Isaiah describes those who call evil good and good evil as being wise in their own eyes. Yet Proverbs warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Truth sets and keeps men and nations free. Refusing to believe and receive a love for the truth has not only blinded many from the truth, but has made them enemies of anyone who defends and speaks it.

Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).

When we look closer at Jesus’ statement in Mark 8:38, we notice three biblically correct facts.

First, Jesus confirms His literal coming again when He declares, “when He [the Son of Man] comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” The second coming of Jesus is the optimum game changer. That is when the score will finally be settled. It will be payback time. Everything done in secret will be brought to the light and evil will receive its just reward. God will not be mocked, “for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (see Galatians 6:7).

The Apostle Paul describes what could easily point to these days, and also what must become our response:

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:19-21).

Jesus is coming in glory (splendor and majesty) accompanied by a heavenly army.

When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (see II Thessalonians 1:7-8).

The hour is approaching where every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord—whether they want to or not. It’s becoming apparent that the final chapter of this global rebellion against the truth has begun—the players are getting into place. Yet when the smoke clears, those who walk in, stand upon, and proclaim His truth will bear fruit impacting their generation and those to come. Truth will triumph!

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

Next, Jesus defines one of the great challenges we will encounter in the times prior to His coming. It will be the ultimate test. In the midst of what Jesus described as sinful and adulterous, the question to be answered is will we speak up for Him and His words regardless of the price?

Biblically, to be “ashamed” is mostly a moral term. It refers to the confusion, abashment, or sense of terror or disgrace that comes through a consciousness of guilt or threat of exposure. Additionally, it is that sense of embarrassment often rooted in seeking the approval of man.

Jesus emphasized how shame would be directed towards Him as well as His words. When Jesus mentioned His words, He referred to what in the Greek was the logos—interpreted as His opinion, expectation, plea, speech, account, or His word spoken.

One of the final tests at the end of the age will come from choosing to identify with, speak up, and act upon His words—or back off, ignore, or reject them. This will not only reveal whether or not we will acknowledge Him, but also if we will publically make known what He said and is saying—even if saying it is controversial. The truth is, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).

 

The Ultimate Denial 

Jesus said something that should cause many to once again “tremble at His word” (see Isaiah 66:5). This is especially true for those called into leadership and given the responsibility of teaching the difference between the holy and unholy, the clean verses the unclean. Referring to those ashamed of and that compromised His word, Jesus promised that likewise He would be ashamed of them when He comes again: of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes into the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (see Mark 8:38).

Political correctness in a society will withstand the outspoken opinions of men, but eventually it will be rendered ineffective by those who boldly and unapologetically proclaim God’s word like a trumpet.

God’s opinion, His plea, His account, His truth spoken by those who believe and live it will ultimately triumph over the dominion of darkness. As a result, it will aggressively advance the kingdom that will never know an end. 

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17).

 


 

David White has been in ministry for over thirty-five years and is currently the Lead Pastor of The Gathering, a MorningStar affiliated church in Moravian Falls, NC. He authored the book, The Times to Come Have Come—Hope and Help in Troubled Times, and numerous booklets and articles. Part of MorningStar since the mid-nineties, David’s passion is for the harvest and to see another Great Awakening in America. He and his wife, Shirley, have two grown children, Joshua and Emily, and live near Moravian Falls.    

 


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