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The Value of Truth (4 of 7)
Series: Restoring Lost Values
1 John 4:1-6
We've been talking about values. Today I want to talk about the value of truth.
I was reading an article in this week's Amarillo Globe News that talked about how Americans no longer value the truth. They were talking about an entertainer who went on the Jay Leno program and this particular young lady made up a story that wasn't true, yet she went on that program and told it for truth. When a lot of people found out it wasn't true that it was just for entertainment, they were really upset and confused and she said, "Well, after all, it's just entertainment."
That's just an example about how Americans today are so careless about truth.
The Bible warns us in this passage about discerning from truth and from error. Probably, more than any other time in Christian history, God's people need to know how to discern what it truth.
I John 4:1-6 (1)"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (2)Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: (3)And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (4)Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."(5)They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. (6)We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
The Bible tells us that there are two great invisible spiritual forces at work. There is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The scripture writes to tell us that we must test the spirits to see whet ...
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