We are living in ‘Post Truth’ days and Satan is loving it.
Satan is the Father of lies, and hates truth, and this new era of ‘Post-Truth’ has Satan all over it.
Satan told the first lie in the Garden of Eden which triggered ‘dying’ “You will not die” (Genesis 3:4).
It’s Christmas time. And it was that first lie in the Garden of Eden, that caused God to come from the glory of heaven in the form of a baby, to cancel out that curse. What humility. So it is no surprise that God hates lies.
It seems that ‘facts’ – or truth – makes people angry.
Collins dictionary definition of truth: Not facts. Things imagined or invented.
The opposite of truth: Falsehood.
‘Feelings’ don’t change facts. I am all for not hurting anyone’s feelings, and I truly believe in being nice, well mannered, and respectful to people and wish we could see more of it. But if it means having to lie, count me out. I may feel like a ‘bear with a sore head’ one day – but I am still not a bear. But you would have to comply if I so wished ‘for my mental health’ (which would not be doing me a favour in the long run) or face serious consequences in these ‘post-truth’ days.
So what does a Christian do? Lie and please the devil? “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with it’s evil practises” (Colossians 3:9).
Lying in the Scriptures is quite a serious sin, because “Satan is the Father of lies” (John 8:44 ).
Ephesians 6:14 says, “Stand firm , having girded your loins with truth” This ‘gird’ is linked to the Word of God. Truth is truth not what anyone prefers the truth to be, or there would be ‘everyone’s truth.’
An example is how Christians are going to church with ‘their own particular’ Bible tucked underneath their arm… a Bible according to their ‘truth’ – a Bible that has eliminated ‘a truth‘ they just didn’t like. But God’s word does not change because someone chokes on ‘a truth‘. And Bibles that are read on an app will be gradually ‘altered’ until ‘certain truths’ have disappeared from them. A hard-copy Bible is the only way to know that your Bible is not being ‘tampered’ with by the ‘principalities and powers of the air’ who prefer ‘their own truth’.
This ‘belt of truth’ in Ephesians is linked to the Word of God, and should be worn (read) at all times, not just when we find the courage to apply it. This belt of ‘truth’ is where a vital tool of defence is kept, a defense against the lies and deceptions of the enemy. When lies are repeated often enough people come to believe them, and then truth to them becomes lies! In other words ‘deceived’. Keep your belt of ‘truth’ around you, if you don’t want to be ‘brainwashed’ by the lies of the world; and read a hard-copy of the Bible to be certain that ‘God’s truth’ is still there in it! (in our house we stock-pile Bibles for when Bibles are banned and are only available ‘online’ making it easier for certain ‘truths’ to be eliminated).
Many are having to apologise for ‘truth’ now, like the Bishop when he said there was no Santa Clause and that the colour red and red clothes worn/portrayed at Christmas time, were invented by Coco Cola, which is true. But there was such an uproar that the Bishop had to apologise for ‘truth’ .
But beware… truth will cost you friends, for most people prefer lies, fantasy and myths as we are living in Post Truth days – also called ‘itching ear’syndrome’… people are seeking a church or a preacher that condones their lifestyle, regardless of the ‘truth’ of Scripture: “They will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires” (2 Timothy 4:3). ‘Forget ‘truth’ – we want lies that will make us feel holy, good, happy, and never to feel conviction for anything. Self-obsession caters to the flesh and is the opposite of ‘denying one’s self’ or ‘dying to self’ which brings us closer to God – or rather, brings God closer to us.
We are living in a day of little ‘dictators’ but who have big voices, who are not satisfied by just having one brain, but want yours, and everyone else’s too. You will have to ‘comply’ and sacrifice your brain (or ‘truth’) to them if not to be a lonesome Christian in these last days!
“He seeks those who worship Him in truth” (John 4:23). But how can we ‘worship Him ‘in truth’ if we have lying lips? It is deceiving ourselves. Deception is a big last-day sign.
“Buy truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:22).
Sell it for what? For acceptance; not to be seen as unloving; not to be termed as a killjoy; not to lose friends; not to be called a ‘goody goody’ and other ‘untrue’ and hurtful names. So it will take some courage to put on your ‘gird’ of truth each day!
The aim of the ‘angel in sheep’s clothing‘ is to make something bad seem noble and something wrong seem loving; and Satan’s trick is getting us to accept anything that is contrary to God’s word.
When Satan can get us to ‘smile’ and to feel ‘comfortable’ at something that in the past would be called – ‘sin’ – he knows it is the first step towards acceptance, “That which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).
Scripture shows that Jesus did not love everything or everyone. But people want a God of their preference – an imaginary God. I witness it all the time. You can always tell when someone is not reading God’s word for themselves, or is reading it on an already corrupted app, because they have ‘their own special God’ – one that never ‘offends’ or ‘convicts’.
But ‘truth’ does offend and convict, hence a ‘2 edged sword’. And without ‘truth’ who can be saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb, when these days there is nothing to be ‘saved from’ as there is no such thing as ‘sin’ anymore because ‘truth’ is being airbrushed. That is the seriousness of Post Truth days.
“Jerusalem will be called ‘The City of Truth’ (Zechariah 8:3).
“And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless” (Revelation 14:5).