Honest to God!
“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the head, even Christ:” - Ephesians 4:14,15
The Apostle Paul in all honesty writes the church at Ephesus about becoming mature Christians. He encourages these believers that they should “no longer be children” tossed around by intellectuals who come into their assemblies with different kinds of teachings. There were false teachers who came in with deception and dishonesty by teaching half-truths by the “sleight of men.” The word “sleight” referred to the cheat trickery of dice playing. This was a very dangerous situation within the early churches, as it is today.
The only way for one to be able to detect error is to know and be very familiar with the truth of Christ found in the bible. A person does not have to study every counterfeit bill in order to pick out a counterfeit. One needs only to study and know the genuine article. Therefore, we must know the genuine article of the truth of Christ so that we may grow up in Christ, and be not deceived.
Sadly, we all know of too many horror stories where truth is compromised and money becomes the issue in the church, while church leaders shortchange the people of God.
There was a little boy who was sent by his mother to buy a 75-cent loaf of bread. While the baker was putting the bread into a bag, the boy noticed that the loaf looked rather small. “Isn’t that a small loaf of bread for 75 cents mister?” the boy said. “Well, you’ll have less to carry on your way home,” replied the baker. So the boy put 50 cents on the counter and took the bread. “Hey you’re 25 cents short,” said the baker. The little boy said, “That’s right, you’ll have less to count on your way home.”
We who are pastors, preachers, and teachers are called to preach the “whole counsel of God” according to Acts 20:26,27, and not shortchange the people of God for any reason. We are called to “renounce the hidden things of dishonesty,” nor are we to handle “the word of God deceitfully” but rather we are to share all the word of God in truth and in love so as to have a good conscience before God (2 Corinthians 4:2).
The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, shared the truth with everyone regardless of who they were. Consequently we who believe, and have the Spirit of Christ in us, we should show forth the same honesty before God both inside the church and outside.
Contact David C. Hale, pastor by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .