Recently, a family friend, who’s always claimed to be a Christian, asked me why some of his family didn’t accept his “male” spouse as part of the family. It was a moment of deliberation for me. Do I tell him that he’s actually sinning against God by engaging in this lifestyle? Or do I candy coat the truth so that I won’t lose him as a friend? I knew what I had to do—and telling him the truth cost me his friendship.
I’d prayed and chosen my words carefully, spoken in love and not in judgment, and told him that what he was doing was actually something God said not to do, and I told him why. He was furious! He was enraged with an anger that I’d never experienced before, and he cursed me and God for attempting to push my old-fashioned religious beliefs onto him.
I had never fully realized the immensity of deception until that moment when my friend called me a hater. Nor had I ever perceived the hold that the new-age religion has on those who fall captive to their own lusts!
It’s a doctrine of deception that says God loves everyone just as they are and that God doesn’t recognize sin or evil—definitely doesn’t judge or send anyone to hell—and only promotes love and the freedom to live how we choose. No more need for repentance or commitment or faith. All we need to do is love each other without question. It’s a religious candy that goes down easy and tastes great!
This doctrine is sweeping the world under the guise of “Christianity”, but it is not the gospel of Christ! It is a lie! It’s a deception that convinces its followers that the God of the Bible is an old-fashioned myth that needs to be replaced. Those who really believe this, like my friend, will fight to the death to defend their god, and with more fervency than most Christians defend the truth! And while they look as normal as anyone, watch them turn into an aggressive advocate when you mention the word “sin”.
- Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”—John 8:31-32
People who are part of this new-age religion can’t relate to the Holy Scriptures or to the God of Heaven who inspired them because God’s Spirit is not in them. They like the new-age Bible because it has changed God from being Lord, Master, Creator, Father, Ruler and King over them to a complacent god that just wants them to be happy. No rules. Nothing is sin. Everyone’s forgiven. Live as you please. Enjoy life. Love everyone. And don’t allow yourself to be condemned by those old-time Bible thumpers.
This is just the opposite of what the Holy Scriptures say!
- Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”—Acts 2:38
Many people claim to be Christians, but we will know them by their fruits, by their lifestyle and by the gospel that they preach and live by. Real Christians will cherish the Holy Bible and believe that it’s truly the Word of God. They won’t want to change or modify one single word of it.
However, new-age religion has taken the Bible and created its own version. It looks the same and has many of the same words, but it’s been edited and modified and rewritten in places to show that God has changed with the times. Yet, the original scriptures tell us in Hebrews 13:8 that God has never changed! And neither has His gospel!
- But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.—Galatians 1:8
The people of the new-age religion give glory to the god of this world—the devil—and in their foolish ignorance, they think that it’s the God of Heaven whom they honor. They are being deceived and we need to teach them the truth before it kills them—even if we risk losing their friendship!
- The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.—John 10:10
Our lives can be a great witness of God’s love, power and mercy in this corrupt and evil world! We need to live every day under God’s protection and direction so everything we say and do gives Him glory! We need to seek His wisdom every day and we need to study the Scriptures under His anointing so we can know Him and be His voice in this world!
Sometimes sharing the gospel with others comes with a great cost to us, but our love for God and for His gospel must be greater than our friendship with family or friends. We must always be ready to tell others about Him, regardless of what it may cost us.
When we share the truth, we plant the seed and God waters it. It may take years to spring up; it may bloom after we’re gone; or it may fall to the wayside. But we need to share the truth while we still can! Eternity is a long time, so it’s better to lose a friendship now than to risk losing the person forever.
- But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.—1 Peter 3:15
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4 thoughts on “The Cost of Telling the Truth”
We can never be punished for speaking God’s truth. Great post.
Amen! And thank you for your comments.
Many are under the impression that love is love no matter what. We know this is not true. It is a delicate situation for sure. I know at least one person who is “married” to someone of the same sex. I have not offered an opinion and she has not asked. If she does I will certainly tell her that not everyone has to accept everyone else’s choices whether regarding a spouse, a career or anything else. I sometimes give people a choice. Do you want a simple answer or complex one? And I always warn the person that he or she may not like my answer.
Thanks for your comments, Jeff. I like your idea to mention to the person that they might not like the answer we’re about to give.