There are many loves housed in the heart of man, but every one of them will lead you astray. Only the love for truth will guide you through the multitude of deceptions and delusions that saturate this life on earth, each one seeking your attention and adoration.
Even in the Christian environment, many fall prey to their own loves, while thinking they are being spiritual. Like the days of the Judges, they are disobedient in thought, desires, and deeds, yet the name of the Lord is on their tongue.
In these end-days, many will be deceived because they do not have a love for the truth; their love for the Lord falls away to things contrary to Christ. There is a fleshly desire at root. Scripture continually warns, “Let no one deceive you with empty words” (Eph. 5:6). Paul also said, “Let no one deceive himself” (1 Cor. 3:18). He was speaking to the church. When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he warned, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8). He then added, “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God” (Col. 2:18–19).
There is much disobedience in Christianity today because truth is massaged to fit their own personal whims and wants. Paul forewarned the church of this very thing. He said that in these latter-days people will be “lovers of themselves”, “lovers of money”, and “lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:2, 4). The warning pertains to those who claim to be in the faith.
Through three decades of ministry, I have seen many in Christianity leave the deeper truths of God to embrace their own versions of truth. Beware, it is everywhere and few want to live a life of truth. They are opting for a blended version that allows for delusions of self and an element of worldliness. Remember Paul’s warning when he spoke to the church about the coming of the antichrist; he wrote, “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” (2 Thes. 2:10–12).
Life as a Christian that is fully devoted to Christ goes beyond merely acknowledging the truth or agreeing with the tenets of truth, the believer is one who aligns his words and actions with the truth, who applies truth to every desire and intent of the heart, and who comes to a place where they love the truth fully and completely, giving no place to the lie.
The believer believes when his or her love for the truth supersedes every moment of life, transforms every thought, and overrides every natural desire. You must love the truth, regardless of cost. This is eternal life; it is a life that loves the Spirit of Truth. To know the truth is to live the truth, and to live the truth, you must love the truth.
I am a Christian because I Acknowledge the Truth
I am a Christian because I Agree with the Truth
I am a Christian because I Align with the Truth
I am a Christian because I Apply the Truth
I am a Christian because I Adore the Truth