Anglican Morning Devotion for 5 October 2021 Anno Domini
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“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate,
(John 18:38; all scripture quoted is from the King James Version)
With this innocuous, but searching question, the Roman Prefect unwittingly addressed TRUTH INCARNATE to discover the nature of Truth. His eyes were closed and his heart empty to truth.
What are some characteristics of Truth? First of all, Truth is unchanging. It is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) The philosophies of the world and its intellects are fickle and constantly in flux. What man claimed truth one thousand years ago is no longer truth. In fact, what, man called truth ten years ago has proven false. Even what the mind of man claims as truth today is false. TRUTH is immutable. Even the ancients recognized a certain divine righteousness in the order of nature. But modern man is eager to cast aside the wisdom of the ancients, and of God’s Law, and resort to anarchy and disorder in new and vile social experiments such as homosexuality and modern of innocent blood in the mother’s womb.
It is not enough to know Truth since the devil’s themselves believe and tremble. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19) If we will have LIFE, we must walk in the TRUTH. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4) And where do we find the path that leads to LIFE? We walk in the spirit and in the Light of Jesus Christ who is our WAY. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Truth and Light are synonymous. Light reveals mysteries in the trail of life, and exposes the rocks and crevices of peril. But modern man, without that light, stumble as drunk men. They aspire to the supremacy in government, society, and churches. And in each case, their decadence of character is not mitigated by any supposed moral restraint. They will wear the uniform of the environment that will best satisfy their greed.
Since Truth is unchanging, the path it defines is not circular but uncompromisingly straight. It is also defined in terms of a narrow ascent. The higher we climb on that path, the more sanctified our soul. The things and concerns of the world fall more and more away with every step of the ascent. “13 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: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) It is easy to travel a broad way that runs downhill. You will find much company there for all men prefer the ease of the downhill grade, and the company of fools, to the Narrow Way that leads to life eternal. The broad way is a maelstrom of ever decreasing concentric circles that restrict freedom more and more as the abyss approaches.
Today, we see that man is attempting to manipulate truth with new political concepts that bind in slavery the very subjects they are proposed to liberate. We witness a proliferation of Bible versions that tamper with the meaning and content of God’s Word. The Ancient Landmark is being constantly moved by such deceitful translations as the NIV, ESV, and NASB (and a host of other ‘new’ bibles). But fear not for God has set an Ensign in the Land and a Plumb line that does not change. It is the Scriptures of the Reformation, and of the Ancient Church – the Received Text. There are a number of translations that provide unadulterated truth based on that textual evidence – the Geneva, Matthew’s Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, the Great Bible, etc; but the crowning achievement of that Text in English is the Authorized King James Bible.
It is time for our people who profess faith in Christ to return to the Old Paths wherein our fathers walked. It is time to dispense with the tainted bibles of book publishers, and the false philosophies of the apostate pulpit. God may send a famine to the land. I believe He already has begun the process: “11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12 (KJV)
Stop following the pansies of the pulpit who fear even to mention the name of Christ and “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1 Cor 16:13 (KJV)