1. Divine Truth Hurts! Psalm 58:1-2
Text: “For the Word of God is quick (living), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (the most inner essence of man).”
Good morning, plain-speaking Christian! Not for you, the so-called ‘politically correct’ mode of speech; and certainly not the present-day style of insipid preaching of utter humanism, and the boast that ‘we should never offend any person’. No! You are taught of God the Holy Spirit, and informed by the authority of God contained in the King James Version of the Bible. Therefore, you are not called of God to call a spade ‘a tool of manual extraction’. No! To you and to the author, a spade is a spade – and we must at all times openly declare it so! Amen. Praise God for plain-speaking Christians! God’s Divine truth hurts wicked hearts!
“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word IS truth.” (John 17:17)
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit (capital S!) unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. Being born again, not of corruptible seed (humanism), but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Peter 1:22)
By these two short verse selections quoted above, we can clearly see and fully understand that sinful hearts (the essence of mankind, not the blood pump in our breast) can only be ‘sanctified’ (cleansed and regenerated, made alive and separated unto holiness.) by God’s inspired truth, which is contained within the sixty-six canonical books of KJV Scripture.
We also learn that our very souls are purified by obedience to God’s truth as ministered unto us sinners by God the Spirit – Who IS the Divine Author and inspiration of all true Scripture.
Dare to leave God’s Word out of our Christianity, and it becomes mere humanistic RELIGION!
Humanistic religion is defined by Scripture such as: “Having a form of godliness (small g!), but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5)
Nowadays, in this increasingly apostate 21st Century (I write this in 2022); we find entire church groups who had the name of being sound in Christian faith and doctrine, openly practicing blatant humanism. Christian buildings that once stood firm on sound Christ-centered doctrine and preaching of the glorious Gospel of Salvation in Christ alone, by God’s grace alone, through God’s gift of faith alone – are now populated by humanists, preaching man-centred, politically correct tripe, to those who are seldom discomforted by the mention of such Biblical principles as sin, and God’s absolute Holiness and fiery wrath against it; - and the fearful judgement that is to come upon all nations is never alluded to.
Man is in full control of his/her own destiny within such humanistic circles, and ‘every man is doing what is right in his/her own eyes.’ Just as long as it is deemed politically correct to do so!
“And in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6) (Judges 21:25)
Humanism: “In the 16th Century, the party of Erasmus and Reuchlin whose academic pursuit was the cultivation of classical literature, the literae humaniores ‘polite letters’. Nowadays the word refers to an entirely different movement and philosophy. It describes the pursuit of purely human interests and ideals, usually considered apart from and antagonistic to any idea of God or His intervention in human affairs. Indeed the Humanist Manifesto makes it a fundamental tenet of humanism that man neither needs nor may have salvation from any superhuman source, and specifically not from God.” Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Alan Cairns, Ambassador Productions, Ltd., page 179)
The committed proclamation of God’s pure and Divine Biblical truth dispels such humanistic nonsense, therefore, we increasingly find committed, Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing Christians being shunned, ridiculed, and driven out from such so-called groups of ‘churchianity’. Spiritual separation occurs, by the grace of Almighty God.
“Wherefore come out form among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Verse 1. “Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? ‘What everybody says must be true’ is a lying proverb based upon the presumption which comes of large combinations. Have we not all agreed to hound the man to the death, and who dare hint that so many great ones can be mistaken? Yet the persecuted one lays the axe at the root by requiring his judges to answer the question whether or not they were acting according to justice. It were well if men would sometimes pause and candidly consider this. Some of those who surrounded Saul were rather passive than active persecutors; they held their tongues when the object of royal hate (David) was slandered. He who refrains from defending the right is himself an accomplice in the wrong.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 259)
Verse 1. “Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? Psalm 58 is seldom preached, and certainly not expounded as forthrightly as this Bible Lesson, because Divine truth hurts those who have sinned against God’s Holiness, and severely hurts those hearers who totally refuse to have the Lord God’s will to be continually done in their lives here on earth. Like the rats on a sinking ship, who refuse to leave the ship while there seems to be safety in numbers – the disobedient, and unbelieving seek to hide themselves in gathered ‘church’ congregations; congregations that have abandoned the purity of KJV Bible doctrine, and the pursuit of true Christian holiness.
Verse 1. “...Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? It takes Holy Ghost given courage to stand forth in the midst of a congregation and uprightly say, “Excuse me, Sir, you do err in your Scriptures!” Sound Bible-believing Christians are being hounded from humanistic gatherings in what were Christian church buildings, because of our faithful adherence to the Word of God, and the preaching/teaching of sound Christian doctrine. Fact.
Verse 2. “Yea, in heart ye work wickedness. We who speak Biblical righteousness are today labelled by charlatans as ‘trouble-makers’ – because Divine truth hurts sinful hearts.
Thought: “Do YE indeed speak righteousness, O congregation?” What answer can YOU and I give to this most searching question from God’s Word? Repent now!