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This was a question asked by Pilate in St John’s gospel chapter 18:38, after Jesus had answered Pilates first question. Jesus declared that He came to bare witness of the truth. The Bible says, 1st Timothy 3:15, in relation to the truth, that the house of God which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. I’ve said that to lay a foundation somewhat for what I’m about to present.
How do you determine what is true and what is not true, or what makes things to be true or false. There must be some factor that justifies whether things are true and on what basis. In what someone does, who’s to say what is right or what is wrong, there must be some justifiable factor put in place to come to a definite conclusion. If what I say here is right, then there has to be some factor to prove it’s right. I do not want to get too technical, I want to try and keep it simple.
When this nation was being built, there was a slogan like this, “His dominion will be from sea to sea” in other words, Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun, or God would be the leading one truth and justice based on nothing else only the word of God, which is the truth. Tell me why when one stands in a court of law, what is the first thing they have the witness to do ? To place one hand on the Bible, and raise the other hand, and take oath to say they will tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Now I am quite aware that things can be a little complicated here because you can get the natural things mixed up with the spiritual, so I would like to keep it within the confines of the spiritual. There has been a lot of do’s and don’ts through the years and rightly so, some of these do’s and don’ts were very good, but what were they based on ? Now you can do it or it looks like it there, there is not many don’ts you can do most anything and it’s ok. My friend, let me say this, if these don’ts was based on the word of God forty, fifty years ago, they are just as valid now as they were then.
I am going to use one in particular, and I’m quite aware it is a very touchy one but based on the truth. Prior to Jesus leaving this earth, He told his disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with power or until they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The Bible says, they waited 10 days until the Holy Spirit came. Now I am very much aware that the Holy Spirit has been on the earth ever since indwelling in believers, but not always manifesting himself as on the day of Pentecost. No I am not saying that God don’t call anyone to ministry unless they have the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because I know the difference, but I’m sure if God calls He will surely equip. If He don’t equip I would question the calling. Someone may say, what are you trying to say ? What you believe years ago was in based on the truth of Gods word or was it based on some denominational doctrines. What is truth, the pillar of the church.
A preacher once said to me, Lester don’t go against your convictions.
I will continue on this one.