Do Not Dilute the Word of Truth
- Date: February 14, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1-2)
- From Wise To Do Evil
As we look at wisdom, we want to look a little bit at what God has spoken to His people and how we can practically be in this world but not of it. See, being in it but not of it just means this: that we're going to be infiltrating this world's system but with the wisdom of God as representatives of the kingdom of light we are going to be in opposition to. "Not of it" means not only that we're not partaking, "not of it" means we are opposing to the place of destruction, to the place of dominion, with the common sense knowledge that light overcomes darkness.
Then why does it seem we're becoming dimmer and the world darker? What wisdom is the church using in its war against principalities and powers? What weaponry are we really wielding on a daily basis as we go out into the highways and byways? We want to use wisdom here. We want to be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. It can't be, "let's not offend these people. Let's not speak all the truth. Let's hold back the hard things until they mature a little bit." I want to tell you, Jesus put the "hard things" up front. "If you don't take up your cross, deny yourself, you're not worthy of Me" (Matthew 10:38). Hard things. Some want to soft pedal the gospel. To get people in without letting them know what the real commitment is. How influenced are we by humanism? How often are we worried about people's feelings instead of God's glory? How often are we influenced by people's opinion of ourselves instead of a message of truth that is the only hope of setting these people free?
Deuteronomy 4, Verses 1-2 says this. "Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it…" Now, as he's speaking toward this, of course, it's very clear that what he's saying is, "Don't in any way amalgamate the world's wisdom. Don't dilute the truth. You have only one hope of succeeding, and that's moving in the wisdom that's from above." He goes on (verse 6) to say this is your wisdom and your understanding, by keeping and doing the commandments of God. This will clearly distinguish you and the world's system.