TRUTH Marches On!

The subject, “Truth Marches On,” should thrill the heart of every true child of God. For the knowledge that truth does not change is not only a fact, but it is recorded and unchangeable in glory. Praise be unto God. When a heart is in tune with God, the truth is like music to the ear and honey to the bee. There is something that thrills the soul, and it seems like your heart just shakes its head in agreement and the tongue cannot help but say “Amen.” 

Truth is the most valuable possession man can have, far more valuable than diamonds and pearls. Men may have millions in earth’s transitory dollars, but that cannot even dent the price tag of salvation. Truth alone is the only way out of sin’s pit. Truth alone is the only avenue whereby men may know the doctrines of God. God requires men to follow and obey the truth to be fully delivered from the plague of sin. 

I would like to reason with those who are honest with God, and love, and want the truth. I use the term reason, for God’s Word uses it. “Come, let us reason together.”

There are many things common sense will show us. What is the most effective weapon in the catalog of Satan’s devices to destroy souls? Number one is deception. Men will agree on many secondary fundamentals, but Satan knows if he can deceive in the basic essentials, he has everything to gain. So, reasoning tells us that he will endeavor to misrepresent the methods or plan of Bible salvation, and because of this, millions of people today are divided into their various theologies.

We are not exempt from this onslaught of Satan, for there are more deceivers in the world today than at any time in world history. The fact is, Jesus warned us that if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. Thank God, He said, “If it were possible.” Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” The key is that we must love the truth! If you do not love the truth with all your heart, you can and will be deceived. If only one person was influenced, and that was you, it would be bad enough. But one person is not the end of influence; it spreads as a fungus until it corrupts all who succumb to its powers. 

I am wholeheartedly in agreement with the statement made in the February 1971 issue of the Remnant on the subject, “Remove Not The Ancient Landmarks Which Thy Fathers Have Set.” 

And I quote: “Now he said, they have gone the way of Cain, they have gone the way of Balaam; I am speaking of apostates. They put up with that which is contrary to God, which God said not to allow in your house but rather to withdraw yourself from them. When the early morning Church left her first love, the next move was that she was putting up with doctrines that were not right.

When she left her first love, she tolerated, and when she tolerated, she allowed doctrines in the midst that God said do not let in. And when she let them in, the Church became divided and lost sight of the message. 

Now, you and I are warring against that today. There are people under the name “Church of God” who care no more about teaching the straight doctrines of God’s Word (in the thought of the doctrine of godliness, two definite works of grace with two cleansings). This spirit of “what difference does it make” and “let’s all get together” is moving on the minds of the people. It makes all the difference in the world! The Church will lose her visibility. She already has to a great extent. That is why we have groups of every kind. Right here in the United States, you mention the name “Church of God,” and the next question is: What group are you with? It doesn’t even bother us because we have gotten used to it. It’s a sin and a disgrace when we think of the Church of God in groups.” End quote. 

I am sure that you will have to agree that deception is Satan’s most influential tool to destroy and divide the Church. Someone may say, “But the Bible says the gates of hell cannot prevail against it.” That is true, as long as the Church loves the truth and seeks it with all their heart. As long as people love it with all their mind and soul, the enemy cannot lead astray. But the second you take your eyes off truth and place them on man, hell has put her foot in the door, and unless you get the Master of the house (Jesus) to come to your rescue, Satan will force his way on in, and you will be carried away from the old landmarks in a hurry. 

People somehow are so blind that they hardly realize that the spirit of deception is a present reality, and they are not immune to it. Through the ages, millions have fallen victim to this deadly influence, and multitudes today are being deceived because they fail to see or do not want to see the workings of deception.

I say again, truth marches on, and its banners are being held high. There is no excuse for falling by the way. The Church will follow the Lamb, whithersoever He goeth. It is time for the saints to shake themselves and to go to the front of the battle, for surely Armageddon rages all about us.

The prophet Joel challenges the Church to the battle front. Joel 3:9-10, “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” 

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