A Word from Pastor David…
Maybe the most frightening, and I mean extremely frightening scriptures found in the entire bible is in II Thessalonians 2 where God, and not the devil or his servants, gives over a people to believe what is a lie but presented as the truth.
The reason the Apostle Paul gives for God doing such a thing is simply because, “they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thess 2:10).
When presented with the truth, either because of the pressure to follow popular (mainstream) opinion or for fear of their being rejected, losing their job, or worse, they ignored the truth and choose to believe the lie. Then tragically and yes frightfully the scriptures read, “and for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned (judged) who did not believe the truth…” (II Thess 2:11-12).
At the time of the passing away of “the first heaven and the first earth”, and prior to the emergence of the New Jerusalem where those who have overcome will “inherit all things”, the Revelation confirms how “all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone…” (Rev 21).
Included in a list of things God hates, as described in Proverbs 6:16-19, are:
1. A Proud look
2. Hands that shed innocent blood
3. A heart that devises wicked plans
4. Feet that are swift in running to evil
5. One who sows discord (division) among brethren (believers)
There is no doubt that all the above is taking place on multiple fronts even as we speak. But then we find two more things that are added to the list. They are kin to one another and are:
6. A false witness who speaks lies
7. And a lying tongue
We must ask ourselves why would God include lying twice in the list? The reason is because of the damage that is done individually, nationally, and even globally both during the time the lies are spoken and later, at the end of the age.
When Proverbs was written there is no doubt God was looking to the future when He Himself would have to give up some to believe what is a lie because of their rejection of His Word and ultimately His Son, who is the Truth. God does not take pleasure in sending anyone a strong delusion (deception), but is just and righteous in all His ways, especially in His judgments.
Hanging on the walls around The Gathering are banners that describe the twelve Moravian wells we must continually remind ourselves of. One of the wells we should remember and purposely stand upon particularly in this hour is the Well of Truth, given to us by the father of the Moravians, John Hus.
It was Hus who screamed, Truth Prevails just prior to his being burned at the stake for his faith in Jesus Christ and God’s word. That phrase, Truth Prevails even became the national motto of the Czech Republic. His proclamation that defines this Moravian well challenges us today to:
“Seek the truth, hear the truth, learn the truth, love the truth,
speak the truth, hold the truth and defend the truth until death”.
When we do this, truth will always prevail, even in an age where the truth is hard to find!