The "Unpleasant" Truths of Scripture

[fa icon="calendar"] March 19, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst

bible and cupped handsPhil Rehberg, a regular contributor to the CPD blog nails it again as he talks about "Courage to embrace the unpleasant truths of Scripture."  Do I like everything the Bible has to say?  No.  But I accept everything the Bible has to say because it is the truth.  And the challenge upon accepting it is to then live it out.  Take a look at what he has to say as he challenges us to look objectively at the whole Word of God.

-Ray

Courage To Embrace The “Unpleasant” Truths Of Scripture

This morning I was reading a book by a famous spiritual formation author. In it he talks about “finding the Christ dwelling within us.” Since this was ambiguous I searched to find out if the author believed in the necessity of repentance and the new birth. Instead, I found statements like “Your belovedness precedes your birth…You are fully loved because you belong to God for all eternity. That’s the truth of your identity. That’s who you are. And you can reclaim it at any moment.”

So I searched the book (with the Kindle search function) for the words “sin” or “repentance” and they were not found. I could not find a mention of the final judgment of God on human lives. Obviously these ideas could be expressed in different words but I did not find any mention of natural human rebelliousness or of the need to recognize our sinfulness and repent or face judgment. Ultimately, it seemed like he left out the hard truths of God but did it in an ambiguous way so as not to get into trouble. Perhaps this particular author really did believe in those truths but omitted them, but many teachers do leave them out.

Consider why people who call themselves Christian leave these ideas out. These truths are the “unpleasant” truths of God. We don’t like them. We don’t want to say them. We don’t want to say them to others or put them in writing. We are afraid that we will sound like one of those shrill and harsh preachers of condemnation. We will be unpopular.

And yet these unpleasant truths are essential to our freedom and restoration in Christ. They are good truths. Consider some of the major unpleasant truths of Scripture:

  1. Humans are naturally corrupt.
  2. Our corruption means that all humans are spiritually separated from God.
  3. Jesus is the only way to overcoming our corruption and reconnecting to God.
  4. God will judge everyone’s life according to the standard of perfect love and pass sentence.
  5. The majority of people will go to eternal destruction. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Can any of these truths be left out of our teaching and understanding?

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