Buying the Truth

Over the course of our lives we buy many things. Some of these purchases, such as candy or pop are insignificant, while others, such  as cars and houses are much more valuable. Some of the things we buy hold sentimental value for us, such as a first bicycle, car, or something else of importance which we bought with our money. These are things that we hold dear for personal reasons and we don’t want to give them away no matter what. As much as this is true with earthly things, shouldn’t it be even more true with heavenly things? Proverbs 23:23 tells us: “Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and understanding, and instruction.” God has given us His word regarding such issues as creationism, homosexuality, marriage, the roles of men and women in the church, and a whole host of other topics. He has forbidden sins such as adultery, fornication, drunkenness, and idolatry. Many today act as though God’s will regarding these issues is unknowable at best and irrelevant at worst. While we don’t always know what God’s will for our lives is, He has given us the Bible as a sort of GPS for how we should live our lives. Just like we obey the directions on the GPS when we are in unfamiliar territory in order to get somewhere safely, so God’s word guides us through difficult, unfamiliar, and sometimes dangerous areas of our lives. Because we have this truth, we know what He commands us to do. “He hath shewed thee, O man what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”? (Micah 6:8).  There are many churches around us who had this truth but have exchanged it for a philosophy that is spiritually worthless. These churches tolerate remarriage after divorce, homosexuality, a lack of faithful church attendance and many other evils. Some of these denominations are fairly close to us, at least as far as their confessions are concerned. God has commanded us to keep the truth. We are not to sell it no matter what. This is not going to be an easy thing to do all the time, especially when persecution intensifies. Holding onto these truths could cost us friendships, jobs, and even our lives. As hard as this may seem, this is what we must do. God does give us an incentive, however. He promises those who are faithful to Him eternal life in Heaven. May He give us the grace to continue walking in the truth!

Kevin Rau

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