« Home | Unashamed of the Gospel (Cowardice Under Fire): St... » | David King- "Body Count or Head Count" Or "The Dan... » | An Evangelical Homosexual's Apologetic » | What is At Stake?- Speaker: James White » | Tradition Trafficking: Burk Parsons » | Opening Statement: James White » | Opening Statement: John Shelby Spong » | Topic: Impersonating a Shepherd -- Speaker: Tom ... » | Topic: Treason -- Speaker: James White » | An Awesome Beginning- The Centrality of Preaching,... »

Topic: Prostitution -- Speaker: Don Kistler

Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. [Pro 23:23 ESV]

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. [2 Tim 4:2]

The verse in Proverbs instructs us with a positive command (buy truth) and a prohibition (do not sell it). But what does it mean to “buy truth”? Does it mean we ought to invest our money in various programs in the church? How does that result in procurement of truth? The truth of the faith is worth whatever means we have available, and generally this includes time and energy more than finances.

Truth is found in the Scriptures and any church wherever the Word of God is faithfully preached, yet in our consumer culture we have people leaving their churches, or hopping between them, for a variety of reasons. People leave for better music. More children’s programs. Or any other particular felt need or special program. Unbiblical reasons. And seldom is the reason because the truth isn’t preached in the pulpits, though that’s rare enough in today’s church. What else do these reasons indicate other than a lack of yearning for the truth?

The skill to discern the truth is necessary, for the heart has many suitors. Without the discernment in the marketplace of ideas, we will end up buying junk.

Paul instructs Timothy to guard the deposit entrusted to him. The church has turned to worldly methods of marketing, and compromised the message for the sake of palatability, but the Scriptures mention neither of these things; instead we are told to guard it. We can neither improve the message or the method – we ought not think ourselves wiser than God if we can come up with something demonstrate a modicum of “success” with the new spin or new method. In Christ’s parable of the talents, the master did not praise the servant for success, but faithfulness.

In the history of the church, pastors were often persecuted for preaching sermons that today would be called “irrelevant.” Phillip Henry, English Puritan, preached through one sermon at gunpoint.

There came a time when even the congregation of Jonathan Edwards could no longer tolerate the truth, and fired him. Though he was gracious, and even offered to fill their pulpit at his own expense and without recompense, they rather locked the doors of the church than meet at all while they had no pastor.

Today, many in the church will choose inspirational truths over Gospel truths, and thus compromise the word of God. They want to be relevant to the culture, or perhaps the compromise occurs because there is a desire for respectability in academic circles. Continuing in compromise will ultimately lead to nothing at all, which is a shame, because the liberal, even without the truth, never compromises their position.