Where is Truth?

Where is Truth… in the South West

Nothing is more needful today than to hear the truth of God’s grace proclaimed in the preaching of the Gospel. Yet nothing is more conspicuous today by its absence in many places of worship than the faithful preaching of God’s grace in the Gospel. Up and down the country more and more ‘churches’ have opened their doors wide to the proliferation of sheer heresy in the Alpha Course, sheer entertainment in what they profess to be ‘worship’, and sheer drivel in what passes for ‘preaching’….. yet more and more ‘churches’ have closed their doors firmly shut to the faithful declaration of the Truth as set forth in the scriptures, as it is in Jesus Christ.

What is true of Great Britain as a whole, is true of the South West. Visit the churches of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset, of Plymouth, Exeter, Truro, Launceston, Street, Taunton, Weymouth or Poole, and you may encounter many things… but very little Gospel preaching. Of course I’m quite aware that many would claim that they do preach the Gospel, but the fact is that what is called the ‘gospel’ today bears very little resemblance to that message which God declared by the mouths of His prophets, the apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Out has gone the truth of man’s fall in sin and his total depravity, to be replaced by a message of mankind’s ‘failings’ and ‘mistakes’, out has gone the truth of God’s eternal judgment of the wicked, to be replaced by universal love, out has gone the truth of God’s penal judgment of sin in Christ upon the cross, to be replaced by an ‘example of suffering’, out has gone the truth of God’s free grace, to be replaced by the free will of man, out has gone the truth of particular redemption, to be replaced by an theoretic universal redemption which in reality redeems none unless they will, and out has gone the truth of God’s election of a people in Christ unto salvation, by which God chooses a people to save, to be replaced by the damning error of Arminianism in which man chooses to save himself. Whether the ‘church’ calls this corruption of God’s word the ‘gospel’ or not, the fact remains that out has gone the truth, and in has come a lie. And lest some think I speak too harshly, too generally, I will be plain in stating that what I write is borne out of personal experience over many years – such was the case 20 years ago…. and the professing church and the message it conveys has only got worse. It shuts its doors to the truth, and to God’s messengers of that truth, but opens them wide to every new fashion, trend and novelty, and every false prophet and hireling who is willing to purvey such lies.  

But where one door shuts, another opens, and when God opens a door, no man can shut it. Praise God for those doors opened to declare the truth as we look to Him as He builds His church by the preaching of His Gospel.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9

But, whatever the faults and failings of ‘Christendom’ today, it is one thing to be able to point out error, but quite another to have and to present the truth itself. Just what is the truth? What is the Gospel?

Let me not leave you without a clear answer. What is the Gospel? Read for yourself at ‘The Gospel of God’. Or listen to the messages available here on ‘Where is Truth?’, and may the Spirit of God be pleased to open the eyes and open the ears, and lead the hearer into all truth.

Jesus said: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13-14

“The Offence of the Cross” Galatians 5:11 – Ian Potts

“The Right Way” Psalm 107:7 – Ian Potts

“Taught From Above” Matthew 5:1 – Ian Potts

“The Father’s Business” Luke 2:49 – Ian Potts