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An Outright Lie or a Half-Truth?

by | Jun 17, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Jude 4(b)

What is more dangerous to our faith?  An outright lie or a half-truth? First it is important to note that both are dangerous, but the half-truth is a more effective technique for deception – ask a politician.

In the second part of the verse above, Jude begins spelling out the specifics associated with the false teachers inside the church. Specifically, he addresses those who misuse God’s Grace as a kind “get out of jail free card” – a license for immorality of any kind. In the process, they deny the person and the work of Jesus Christ.

This is the method that has compromised many in the church in the name of evolving with the culture that maintains that truth is relative. We commend ourselves for believing in Christ while we end up embracing the doctrines of men and ignoring the life that comes from God. 

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong. –

Francis Schaeffer

We live in a twisted world and, sadly, twisted half-truth abounds all around us. But those half-truths would die on their own if people like us reject them and so it reveals a bit of our hearts and our “unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. (So), we insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image.” (A.W. Tozer) 

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