The Animosity Of The Truth

J. D. Conley
November 13, 2016

The word "animosity" is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: "a strong feeling of dislike or hatred." The word "truth" is defined as: "the real facts about something: the things that are true." But more emphatically the Lord declared truth as "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17).

Ronald Reagan is reported to have said, "facts are stubborn things." Truth since it is real and factual cannot be changed and is not squelched indefinitely. Like cream it has a relentless and unstoppable rise to the surface. Yes truth can be hidden and twisted, (2 Corinthians 4:3; 2 Peter 3:16), but it has an uncanny way of exposing itself and untwisting itself. Truth is a powerful thing, (John 8:32; Hebrews 4:13)!

Due to the persistent nature of truth many people hate it. The liar loathes the truth. The lawless have a disdain for truth. Anyone and everyone who strives to conceal their wickedness, dishonesty and hypocrisy abhors the truth for fear it will shine the light on them and illuminate their true self.

The scribes and the Pharisees recoiled and lashed out when Jesus exposed their hypocrisy, (Matthew 23). The very ones who prided themselves on their knowledge and "faithful" implementation of the Mosaic law, cringed and fumed when Christ showed them to be nothing more than pleased pretenders and proud paraders!

Upon considering the category of those mentioned above, some Christians feel pretty good about themselves. They think, "I'm glad I'm not like any of them!" But does the Lord's church have, or have had, members that have shown animosity for the truth? Absolutely. Hymenaeus, Alexander, Diotrephes, Phygellus, Hermogenes, the Jezebel of the church at Thyatira, just to name a few. One of the reasons the New Testament epistles were drafted in the first place was to correct and lead brethren into a proper understanding and love of the truth. Such is the aim and goal of faithful gospel preachers today. So, when "toe-stepping" sermons are preached, don't allow,the animosity of the truth to prevail. Instead, make the needed application. The soul-loving Paul inquired of his Galatian brethren: "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"