Sincerity Or Truth


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Sincerity Or Truth

  1. 1. Sincerity or Truth — Which is more important? Laindon 3 rd August 2008
  2. 2. Our approach <ul><li>What do we mean by sincerity and truth? </li></ul><ul><li>In what context are we asking this question? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we turn for an answer? </li></ul><ul><li>What does God have to say? </li></ul><ul><li>So where does that leave us? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sincerity and truth <ul><li>sincerity, noun “freedom from pretence or hypocrisy; honesty; straightforwardness; genuineness” </li></ul><ul><li>truth, noun “what is true or real; reality; specially spiritual reality as the subject of revelation or object of faith” </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Oxford English Dictionary </li></ul>
  4. 4. Context <ul><li>Is truth absolute or relative? </li></ul><ul><li>Which is more important: the sincerity with which we hold our beliefs or the truth of those beliefs? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>“ All routes lead to heaven” President Bush, interview May 2007 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where do we turn? <ul><li>If we believe in God, then we must turn to his revelation </li></ul><ul><li>God has pronounced: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof*, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 </li></ul><ul><li>* refutation of error (Strong) </li></ul>
  6. 6. God’s view on sincerity <ul><li>Jesus plainly taught that sincerity is essential (Matthew 15:7-9) </li></ul><ul><li>God showed that sincerity without adherence to his truth/command is not acceptable (1 Samuel 15:1-3,14-15,19-23) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul taught that obedience without understanding is also valueless (Romans 2:12-16) </li></ul>
  7. 7. God’s view on Truth <ul><li>God and his son Jesus are the source of Truth (John 8:31-32,14:6) </li></ul><ul><li>There is only one Truth (Galatians 1:8-12) </li></ul><ul><li>We must hold fast to that Truth to be pleasing to God (2 Timothy 4:1-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to hold fast to the Truth brings condemnation (Galatians 3:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-14) </li></ul>
  8. 8. So what is God’s answer? <ul><li>Sincerity is essential for salvation </li></ul><ul><li>Adherence to the Truth is equally essential for salvation </li></ul><ul><li>Sincere belief in God’s Truth will produce the works/fruits that are pleasing to God (Matthew 7:13-27) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The challenge of Truth The things that I believe Where do they come from? My own/ men’s ideas? My church’s teaching? God’s word the Bible? What action have I taken?
  10. 10. Where does that leave us? <ul><li>The Truth tells us that we are in need of redemption through Christ (John 3:16) </li></ul><ul><li>If we are sincere then we must change our ways (Ephesians 4:17-18) </li></ul><ul><li>We will be subject to judgement on Christ’s return to the earth (Matthew 16:27) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion of the matter <ul><li>“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: </li></ul><ul><li>For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Next 3 weeks (God willing) <ul><li>Does Bible Prophecy really talk about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Europe? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Russia? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Britain? </li></ul></ul>