You CAN Handle the Truth

By johninnc

John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

In the 1992 legal drama “A Few Good Men,” a self-important marine officer was caught in a lie during a trial. When asked for the truth, his response, dripping with contempt and condescension began with: “You can’t handle the truth.”

We have heard this kind of equivocation so many times that many of us have become numb to it. We hear it, in various forms, on the lips of politicians, military officers, public health officials, and rank and file members of society.

The truth is never going to win a popularity contest in our world, and so many people take solace in the crowded world of lies. Satan, whom the Bible describes as “the father of lies,” is hard at work, trying to keep people from understanding or believing ANY truth, including the most important truth of all: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Within the world of professing christendom, there are three general types of lies that undermine the gospel message, as follows:

  1. That eternal life may be received through a combination of faith in Christ plus our own works.
  2. That eternal life really isn’t eternal life, and must be maintained by our good works or faithfulness.
  3. That our assurance of eternal life can be based on examining ourselves for evidence of eternal life, in terms of sinning less, doing more good works, changes in attitudes, etc.

We cannot know the motives for why people teach, or tolerate these lies. We know that Satan’s motive is to deceive people, and that he is behind all of these lies.

Jesus warned against following the crowd in believing lies versus believing the truth about how to have eternal life:

Matthew 7:12: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

He defined Himself as both the straight gate and the narrow way that leads to life:

John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

One sure way to evaluate purported biblical teaching for error is to consider whether it meets the following three tenets, consistently taught throughout the Bible:

1. Is it consistent with eternal life by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone?

2. Is it consistent with eternal security?

3. Is it consistent with assurance of eternal life, based on God’s promises alone (i.e., it is not internally-focused on changes in attitudes, behavior, etc.)?

If a scriptural interpretation clears all three tests, it might be true. Otherwise, it can be categorically dismissed as false.

Jesus summed up the truth about eternal life, the permanence of eternal life, and the proper basis for assurance of eternal life in the following verse:

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

If we could not handle the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we would not be accountable for it. But we can handle this truth, and our eternal destinies each rest on whether we believe it, or not.

You CAN handle the truth.

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2 thoughts on “You CAN Handle the Truth

  1. His truth is the only truth we know. Their truth is generally encapsulated in lies, I do not think they can ever deconstruct it to come up with unvarnished truth.

    With the evil going on in our governments across the world, I notice (obviously) the Kingdom Now or Dominionists, the Lordship and Calvinists, the Arminians finding common ground to stand against tyranny. Of course they have common ground, all of them. But I see believers posting things by Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Lance Wallnau and a host of other false teachers, who may speak some truth, who may sound like they stand for what is right, but at all costs believers should not be promoting these people.

    The little town that we bought a place in has a ‘main street’. It is truly the Mayberry RFD plus a few saloons. The town used to have quite a few more with the logging and gold mining. One of the saloons is also a lodging place. The Police Department is on the main drag, a coffee shop with wifi, and a country hardware store where the owners are nearing eighty (and look great) and the wife bakes goods for sale daily (banana bread, brownies, pumpkin bread etc.). The local baker drops off some differing Artisan type loaves of bread, and an icecream machine all sit next to the front door. Next to the Country hardware store, there is a little antique shop. Mainly China, Lionel trains, doilies, crocheted goods. I had heard the owner was a Christian (as well as 93) so I brought up the Lord and we started chatting. We talked about truth and how it’s not being taught in the churches of today. And we talked about the worst thing, she seemed to agree, which was adding works to the gospel of grace, for whatever reason, it is no longer a free gift when people have to work for it. She said she didn’t know how many people would find that truth but she hoped it would be some and the reason for her still going.

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    • Holly, it is a shame seeing believers quote things by false teachers, who should be marked and avoided.

      We have been spending more time in smaller, out-of-the-way places, since we are no longer really welcome in many of the larger cities, including our own.

      I am hopeful that some people are still receptive to the truth, and so I still continue to try to put it out there.

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