In John 18:37, as Jesus stands before Pontius Pilate, He states: “You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate responded: “What is truth?”
Very interesting that 2,000 years later Pilate’s question would be resurrected and some Christians would be asking the same question—“What is truth?”
On Monday’s show, we will share some alarming statistics on how self-professed Christians view the truth of God’s Word. If these statistics are accurate, many in the church are questioning the absolute truth of God’s Word in the bible these days. I cannot overstate the danger we walk into when we begin to question if God is who He says he is. If God will really do what he says He will do.
When we begin to question or doubt God’s Word we begin to slip into a belief of humanism—that we can determine what truth is; or who God really is. This is the danger of movements like the Emergent Church—by raising questions that plant seeds of doubts about the validity of God’s Word, they appeal to our human desire for power and control—just like Satan did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Well, how has that worked out for mankind?
When we are unable to point to the Word of God and refute their questions or doubts, we give strength to their movements—and many slowly begin to fall away. It is easy to point a finger at Rob Bell or Brian McLaren and call them the enemy. But a famous quote comes to mind: “We have met the enemy—and he is us!” False teachings have been around forever, and they will continue. The real enemy is us—Christians who supposedly know the Word of God, but choose to turn our backs on it for various reasons.
In Matthew 24:10-11, Jesus states: “At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Jesus sternly warns us—yet we do not seem to heed His warning. When we, as bible believing Christians do not have the wisdom to refute attacks on God’s truth, pointing people to God’s own words, we are giving strength to the enemy.
Rob Bell’s book presents us with a tremendous opportunity to reach people with the absolute truth of God. But if we are not prepared to point those with questions to the nature and Word of God, then shame on us. Let’s spend time in God’s Word, hiding it in our hearts, where the enemy can not plant seeds of doubt. Become an effective apologetic for the bible. Become able to answer the questions that people like Rob Bell raise. An entire generation of young Christians have questions. Will we point them to God’s Word and truth? Or will we sit quietly and do nothing? The choice is ours.