Love and truth

by Nathan Barnard

How can people honestly know what love is in a world where narcissism has become a dominant characteristic of society and people’s identity? This is so, since we live in a throw-away society – one that has made divorce common – the norm – a society in which Biblical truth has been replaced with relativist terms and concepts. How can we understand love when the family unit has been redefined to fit men’s perverse desires? This move was allegedly done in the name of love.

Scripture informs us that there is no greater love than when someone lays down their life for another.[1] Additionally, we read that God sent His Son, Jesus – Yeshua in Hebrew, which means Yah’s salvation – to die for humanity. When we were dead in our sin, Jesus died for us[2]– what an awesome expression of love. However, to speak of God’s awesome and life-changing love, made possible through Jesus, requires one to stand in opposition to the status quo, as to accept God’s free gift of salvation means a person has to confess their sin. They must stop living to gratify their own desires but instead surrender their life to God as they follow God’s word. But such truth is offensive when preached. If those offended raise concerns to the police, the preacher could be arrested.[3]

So, should Christians stop sharing the Gospel? Should we desist from speaking about God and sin? Sadly, some have stopped preaching the truth; others have curtailed/watered down what they preach. But praise God there is a remnant who stand for Biblical truth, who will not go quietly into the night; instead, they see the times we live in and fight the good fight! Why? Because they love their neighbour, that is why they share the gospel – so people will not be thrown into the lake of fire – Hell.  

Globally we stand on the cusp of God’s judgment because governments have removed God’s precepts and passed unjust laws that oppress the poor, the needy and the infirm. These laws promote sinful lifestyles and punish those who stand for Biblical truth, laws that prevent the meeting up of believers.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.[4]

The Bible states that we are to love our neighbour as ourselves,[5] [6] a passage that has been twisted by theologians and clergy to support the taking of the Covid vaccine. They say that as believers, we should take the vaccine as a way of showing that we love our neighbour.[7] [8] Additionally, some state that Jesus would have taken the vaccine.[9] Personally, I find both positions to be irrationally offensive and unscriptural. First, a believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,[10] so why would God seek for us to allow a DNA modifying vaccine to defile them,[11] especially since our DNA has been created and inscribed upon us by God.

Furthermore, how can churches that have capitulated to political correctness and consequently preach a watered-down gospel, now advocate that taking the vaccine shows love? Such churches proclaim a gospel that is devoid of the power of the resurrected Christ and therefore such gospel cannot truly save a person because it fails to state what sin is. If there is no sin, then people do not need a saviour!

Therefore, if believers seek to show love without proclaiming the Gospel of Christ, then what they do is superfluous and of no effect. For what does it profit a man to gain life but lose his own soul?[12] The Bible instructs believers to go into the world and make disciples.[13] However, presently we find, just as the apostle Paul did in Galatia, that the church, for the most part, is preaching a different gospel from which the apostle Paul stated:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse![14]

Yes, we must show love to others, as this is a commandment from Messiah, but we must do so in a manner that does not contravene other scriptures. What is best, either to proclaim the Gospel and see a person’s life transformed, though to do so would mean you would be imprisoned for speaking truth, or to take a vaccine that has the potential to harm or even kill you, to show love to people to whom you have not proclaimed the Gospel? Personally, I will show my neighbour that I love them by laying my desires, my plans down, to walk the path God has ordained for my life. In doing this, I will, in my life and in what I speak, proclaim the Gospel regardless of the cost. For I will not bow to political correctness, nor will I seek to appease men. My only desire is to serve my God, who sent His son to pay for my sin. When I was dead in my sin, God loved me and sent His son to die for me.

In today’s society to speak of the truth, that there is only one true God, is not politically correct, as it will offend those who worship false gods, but the reality is, there is only one true God. The reality is that there is only one way to God, and that is through His Son Jesus Christ – Yeshua the Messiah.[15] [16] God has made available a way for man to have a relationship with God and for humanity to receive salvation and forgiveness for their sin – a gift God freely bestows to humanity through His grace which we accept through faith.[17] To accept the free gift, we must confess our sin[18] and then commit to living a life according to God’s word, a life in which we lay down our own desires and submit to the rulership of God. However, today people do not want to be told that what they are doing is sinful before God, but just because people reject this truth does not make it any less of a truth.

According to scripture, sin is the transgression of the law – the precepts of God.[19] Therefore adultery,[20] fornication,[21] homosexuality,[22] murder,[23] bearing a false witness,[24] stealing[25] and much more is a sin and thus wrong. However, to speak of such, offends people, but that does not mean we should stop. On the contrary, we should fervently continue to proclaim the Gospel in love, as we show the grace of God that He bestows upon us, to others.

The Bible tells us that a time would come when people would not want to hear the truth – a time when they would call good evil and evil good.[26] Well, that time is here; the question is, how will believers respond?

There is a battle waging for the souls of humanity – a battle that will see great judgment being poured out upon the earth[27] as the curses of Deuteronomy 28-30 are unleashed upon those in sin, while simultaneously unleashing blessings upon those who seek to work out their salvation in fear and trepidation of the Living God.

The battle being fought is being waged for your soul – your eternal destiny. The question is, whose side are you on? Have you succumbed to the lies of the devil, or have you accepted the truth that God brings that will set you free?

If you are a believer, I urge you to not give in to political correctness but to stand firm and hold fast to the truth of God’s word as you boldly proclaim the Gospel. To those who may be on the fence or have never surrendered their life to God, I implore you to call on the name of the LORD while there is still time – to confess your sin and surrender your life to the living God, for time is short. God, through His Son Jesus Christ, made way for you to know His love and forgiveness. The question is, will you accept the greatest gift ever offered to you? I pray that you do!

Shalom


[1] John 15:13

[2] Ephesians 2:4-10.

[3] Roy fields. (2021). Preacher arrested for preaching in the UK. YouTube, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67rCkqXyiEQ&t=5s

[4] Hebrews 10:24-25.

[5] Leviticus 19:18

[6] Matthew 19:19

[7] Kuruvilla, C. (2021). Scientist urges fellow Christians: Love your neighbor by getting a covid-19 vaccine. Huffington Post, online, available from https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/francis-collins-vaccine-christians-coronavirus_n_60415fc4c5b6429d08322727?ri18n=true

[8] Elim Pentecostal churches. (2021). The coronavirus vaccine – informed perspectives. YouTube, online, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQLwnwuVCm4

[9] Marusak, J. (2021). Franklin Graham believes Jesus would support Covid vaccine. He still catching grief. The Charlotte Observer, online, available from https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article250748454.html

[10] I Corinthians 6:19

[11] Barnard, N. (2020). The coming vaccine part one. The Portent Times, online, available from https://blog.theportenttimes.co.uk/2020/11/26/the-coming-vaccine-part-one/

[12] Mark 8:36

[13] Matthew 28:18-20

[14] Galatians 1:8-9

[15] John 14:6

[16] John 3:36

[17] Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:16-17

[18] 1 John 1:9

[19] 1 John 3:4

[20] Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10

[21] 1 Corinthians 6:18-19

[22] Leviticus 18:22

[23] Exodus 20:13

[24] Exodus 20:16

[25] Exodus 20:15

[26] Isaiah 5:20

[27] Romans 2:8

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