IS THERE RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT TRUTH?
Absolutely not!! No one can live right without knowing God’s will. The only way to know God’s will is through His Holy Word given to us by the Holy Ghost of God, the Spirit of Truth. Knowing the Truth shall make us free! “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 AV) It is clearly evident here that the Lord requires continuing in the Word of God for one to receive the Truth and be made free. This means continuing in the performance of His Word, not just reading it.
FREEDOM FROM DESTRUCTION
What is this freedom Jesus is speaking of here? I believe it is freedom from condemnation and the wrath of God and freedom from the power of Satan. There is also freedom from the deceit of those religionists who have decimated the Churches of our Lord through program and entertainment they have used to attract people into their numbers. People have come gladly and brought the world with them. It is not that these folk are immoral; they are very moral, but in their own personal morality, not the holiness that God demands, for “without holiness no man shall see God” Hebrews 12:14
The truth is that the believers are to go into the world and preach the Gospel. Instead they have invited the world to come to them. This is not right; the Word of God says so, and so then says the Truth. They are practicing unrighteousness because they are not continuing in the Word of God so that the Truth could guide them.
FATE OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS
Those who will not study the Word of God will suffer as did all but Noah and his family when God destroyed all the unrighteous along with every creeping thing on the dry land, except it will be by fire this final time. Many will say that they have attended church regularly and listened to the preaching at each meeting and also attended Sunday School and even taught there. But God will tell them that He never knew them. Why? Because the Truth is not in them nor are they righteous. “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30 AV)
One might ask if again only a few will be saved. A fair question which has an answer in God’s Word; “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:13-20 AV)
Satan has filled the world with “Ministers of Righteousness” as the Word tells us; “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 AV)
Our willingness to believe the truth and act upon it will be the source of our freedom and salvation. We need to study the Bible with a sincere desire to do God’s will in our lives. WE should ask God to open your eyes so we can serve Him. If we practice these things we will find the Truth and be made free. We can ask Jesus into our heart all day long, but if we do not long to serve Him our words are hollow. A person that asks Jesus to save him or her and has no interest in God’s Word is fooling themselves if they think they are saved. No born again person can endure for a day let alone a week without God’s Bible to feed upon where they will find the Truth that makes them free and joyful. If a person truly wants to be saved, it will not be to escape Hell and get to Heaven, but to become a part of God’s family and serve Him joyfully by taking His Word into the world that others may also be saved.
Dear reader, I know by experience and His Word that If you have not gotten serious about God and His Word be sure that judgment is at the door; it’s only a few heartbeats away. Please get serious and seek after the Truth of God. First tell Him that you want a new life, that the life you have been living is full of sinful ways and that you desire to live His way, the high, holy way, and mean it. Jesus died so that we may live; He shed His blood so that we may be cleansed in spirit and soul. Accept this work of the Lord with thanksgiving and ask Him to take charge of your life that you now give to Him for His purposes and ask Him to fill you with His Truth, the Holy Ghost of God for your freedom and power over the lies of Satan; be aware of your enemy. Then begin immediately by faith doing what God shows you to do for Him. Study the HOLY Bible (King James Version) for your daily spiritual food and continue in praise and prayer to Him with thanksgiving for your salvation, and go with charity into the world with His Gospel to share with the lost. And know that the Truth has blessed you with His righteousness.
WTL MINISTRY 5/24/03 www.wtlministry.org