What Is Truth?
James L. Reynolds
(John 18:28-38)"Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. {29} Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? {30} They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. {31} Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: {32} That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. {33} Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? {34} Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? {35} Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? {36} Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. {37} Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. {38} Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all."
    We read in the above portion of God's inspired Word an account of our Lord's conversation with Pilate, the Roman governor in Judea.
    This brief conversation transpired subsequent to our Lord's betrayal by Judas, His arrest in the garden of Gethsemane by the officers and men from the chief priests and Pharisees and His deliverance before 'Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.'
    After questioning the Lord Annas sent Him bound unto Caiaphas. 'Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment' where He appeared before the Roman governor, Pilate.
    The religious Jews had been enraged with the teaching of the Lord for almost three years and 'for envy' they had made up their minds that they wanted to kill Him. After much planning and deceit they had taken Him into their custody. Since it was not legal for them to 'put any man to death' by crucifixion, the death that was prophesied that the Messiah would suffer, 'the death he should die', they were led to ask Pilate to do it for them.
    Pilate asked the Jews what their accusation was against the man they had brought to them and then told them to take Him and 'and judge him according to your law.'
    Upon their insistence that the Lord be killed Pilate then returned unto Jesus and asked Him if He was the king of the Jews. Our Lord answered Pilate 'Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?'
    Pilate then replied that the Lord's 'own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me' and asked him, 'what hast thou done?'
    The Lord then instructed Pilate that 'My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.'
    It is significant to note that our Lord declares that His kingdom was not of this world at the time which He spoke to Pilate, that is 'now'. One day His kingdom will be of this world and all of the universe will acknowledge that He is Lord and King.
    Pilate then again asks the Lord if He is a king and the Lord further instructs him with His reply, 'Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.'
    Pilate, after questioning the Lord Pilate found 'in him no fault at all' and told the Jews as much. Yet he eventually succumbed unto their depraved desires and orders the Lord crucified.
    It is the three word question which Pilate asked our Lord, contained in verse 38 that we wish to use a Scripture reference for our lesson this morning.
    The question which Pilate asked almost two thousand years ago is still a question that is pertinent today. It is a question that every mortal that has ever lived or that shall ever live needs to ask themselves and then they need to be assured that they have found the correct and valid answer.
    That question is of vital and everlasting importance to all of mankind for in it's answer lies the distinction between eternal bliss and eternal torment.
    The question which Pilate asked, the question which we wish to take note of this morning is, 'What is truth?'
    I am confident that we all have a concept or a perception of what the word 'truth' means. In fact most all of humanity has a concept of what 'true' or 'truth' means. It is because of that fact that most have a concept of what truth means and therefore they have a concept of what truth is that I desire to share with you what is a wonderful definition of truth found in the 1933 edition of the Funk & Wagnalls dictionary. They offer the following as pertaining to the word 'truth': 'Conformity to the requirements of one's being or nature'.
    And as we begin our lesson on 'What is truth' we must at the outset declare unto you that it is total conformity to God's holy being and nature that REAL truth must possess or else it is only a partial truth at best or a false truth at worst.
    As we are engaged in the study of spiritual matters it is only those matters with which we wish to concern ourselves this morning. We care not to take your time in discussing the truth of politics, business, finance, health or any other secular matter.
    It is those matters of God and mankind and their relationship with which we desire to occupy our thoughts for the next few minutes this day. Thoughts of God's perfection, mankind's imperfection, mankind's desperate plight, God's gracious selective rescue from that plight and the rescued one's duties are to fill our minds as we seek to know, 'What is truth'.
    We would also encourage each of us to ask ourselves, two simple questions.
    Should the truth matter to us?
    Does the truth matter to us?
    I am confident that most everyone in the so called Christian world would answer the first as well as the second question in the affirmative. While we may assent to the first question that truth 'Should matter to us?' by a verbal declaration our true answer to the second question, 'Does truth matter to us?' is only evident by our conformity on any subject to God's requirements based on His nature.
    Our conformity on a subject to God's requirements based on His nature determines whether or not the words of the prophet Isaiah are applicable unto us on that matter.
(Isaiah 59:14) "And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter."
    Those to whom truth does not really matter, regardless of what they may declare, are responsible for truth falling in the street.
    There are four 'points of truth' which we desire to submit for your consideration this morning.
    1.) The first 'point of truth' which we submit for your consideration this morning is a declaration that the source of all divine truth in this age in which we live is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
    Mankind no longer receives revelations from God through prophets and apostles and they have not done so for almost two thousand years, regardless of what many children of the devil may claim.
    Much of professing Christianity make the claim that the Bible 'contains' the Word of God.
    God's faithful people make the claim that the Bible 'is' the Word of God.
    When they say that it 'contains' the Word of God they are saying in the serpent's subtle voice that there are parts of the Bible which are not the Word of God. In so doing they give themselves the liberty to assign those parts with which they take variance to the writing's of mere mortals. Therefore they conclude that those parts have no divine origin and so they are under no divine mandate to adhere unto them.
(2 Timothy 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
    The divine declaration is that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God", that is every word and every grammatical construction and every punctuation.
    It is the divine declaration that 'All scripture' ' is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness' that raises the ire of depraved mankind, both some of the lost and some of the saved.
    Those who make no profession of faith certainly make no pretensions of submitting themselves unto the 'reproof' and 'correction' of God's Word.
    And sadly though there are some who claim to be God's very own who deny that His Word has total authority over all of His creatures, including them.
    I worked for years with a man that claimed to be a Christian but who also told me there were contradictions in the Bible. As I recall he did not say he thought there were contradictions but that there were contradictions. But in all those years he never showed me a single genuine contradiction which was found in the Word of God.
    I am firmly convinced that all apparent contradictions disappear to the child of God with prayerful and diligent study. God has blessed His people with His precious Word and also with men whom He has enabled to open and expound it unto us. In this age and in this country in which we live we have access to Biblical study resources that, if used prayerfully with the correct motive, enable us to mine many wonderful jewels from the richness of God's Word.
    I am also firmly convinced that all questions asked by one truly seeking the 'truth' can be answered if the answer is prayerfully sought and if the seeker is willing to spend time diligently engaged in the study of God's Word.
    I am not saying that an answer can be given, or even that it should be given, to any question off the top of one's head. I suspect that it borders on arrogance to think that one can do so. However, I do believe that with earnest and prayerful study an answer can be given to one truly seeking the truth.
    To the one asking only to be contentious and argumentative no amount of study and research will provide an acceptable answer.
    When people deny the Bible as the Word of God they are proclaiming that, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
(2 Peter 1:21) "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

(2 Peter 1:21)"For no prophecy ever came by he will of man; but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit." (1901 ASV)

    Those who assert that the Bible 'contains' the Word of God believe that the human authors interjected their own thoughts and ideas on certain subjects and as a result obedience to those portions is not as essential as it is to others.
    If a person does not believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God then nothing produced from it will have any power over their lives. Anything that reproves their sin or corrects them will be simply relegated to the thoughts of the human pens man and not the exact wording of the blessed Holy Spirit and in their minds it has no authority over their lives.
    Yet we see by the clear declarations of the Word of God that such a concept of any of the Bible being the work of the human writer is in direct opposition to the clear declarations of God's inspired Word.
    On the phrase, 'moved by the Holy Ghost' John Gill comments:
    "who illuminated their minds, gave them a knowledge of divine things, and a foresight of future ones; dictated to them what they should say or write; and moved upon them strongly, and by a secret and powerful impulse stirred them up to deliver what they did, in the name and fear of God: which shows the authority of the Scriptures, that they are the word of God, and not of men; and as such should be attended to, and received with all affection and reverence; and that the Spirit is the best interpreter of them, who first dictated them; and that they are to be the rule of our faith and practice; nor are we to expect any other, until the second coming of Christ."
    We need to emulate the apostle Paul in his thanksgiving to God for those in Thessalonica who believed that the Scriptures were of God and not of man. Like him we should ever be thankful to God for everyone to whom He has given that blessed assurance that the Bible is indeed the Word of God.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13) "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
    On the subject of the 'Scriptures' the Articles of Faith of the Philadelphia Baptist Church read as follows:
    "We believe the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired. By that we mean that the men who wrote the original Bible were under, not just Holy Spirit guidance, but Holy Spirit control. We believe these men were under the control of the Holy Spirit to the extent that the words which they wrote in the original manuscripts were actually God's own words, and that He assumes all responsibility for these words as much as if He were to stand before us bodily and speak them with His own lips. Therefore, we reject the teaching that God inspired these men with the thought and left it to them to clothe the thought in their own words. We further believe that everything pertaining to spiritual things of any nature can only be justified by the Word."
    As we conclude our thoughts on this 'point of truth' we would humbly repeat the words of our dear Lord and Savior concerning the Bible as found in (John 17:17)
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
    2.) The second 'point of truth' which we wish to submit for your consideration is that there is but one true God and that He has revealed Himself in His inspired Word. The one and only true God is the God of the Bible!
    It is considered by many, indeed even by many who profess to believe in the God of the Bible, that it is correct and proper to accept the claims of those who believe in gods not in the Bible without offering any denials or contradictions of those claims.
    Any god not declared and revealed in the Bible is a false god regardless of it's origin or antiquity.
    Some of those who advocate this complacency or 'other god tolerance' look upon themselves as being kind and caring to those who hold beliefs in gods not in the Bible in that they do not contend with them or tell them that their gods are false.
    In reality they are not being either kind or caring to those believers in false gods. For all who die not believing in the God of the Bible as their only Saviour will be everlastingly tormented in the flames of God's hell.
    We do believers in false gods a great disservice when we do not tell them that their god is a false god and therefore their hopes are false hopes.
    We must never be contentious, arrogant or malicious but it is our divinely mandated responsibility to speak out against any and all false gods whenever we are placed in a position to do so.
(Ezekiel 3:18) "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
    Mankind is by nature a religious being. This is evidenced by the multitude of religions in the world. In many foreign lands they each have different religions and different gods.
    Though some of mankind accepts and approves of different gods for different lands such a concept is not acceptable unto the God of the Bible.
(1 Kings 8:60) "That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else."

(Isaiah 45:22) "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."

    Some of the 'other god tolerant' crowd have looked upon what they deem morally good teachings of these false religions and therefore accepted them as a valued or worthwhile belief. They have embraced the sentiment that 'we are all going to the same place and there are multiple ways to get there'.
    It is true that all those who believe in a god not revealed and declared in the Bible are indeed going to the same place. And it is quite possible that many of those who claim to believe in the God of the Bible and who are also tolerant of other false religions and false gods are also going to that same place.
    There are those who call believers in the God of the Bible arrogant, egotistical or bigoted but that is of no important consequence. If the Lord has revealed Himself to someone then that person is not being arrogant, egotistical or bigoted when they tell another about the God of the Bible and what He has done for them and in so doing exposes a false god.
    There have been occasions when a Christian was thought to have been rebuked with the remark, 'You believe that there is only one way into heaven and it is your way.' That is actually not a rebuke but a compliment on one's obvious faithfulness to the clear teaching of the Bible, although it is not our way but God's way which we believe to be singular and exclusive.
    There are not many gods and therefore many ways to eternal peace. There is but one true God. I can confidently declare that there is but one true God, not because some other person convinced me of it or because I read in some other person's writings, but I can confidently declare that there is but one true God because God convinced me of it and I read it in His writings.
(Deuteronomy 4:39) "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else."

(Isaiah 46:9)"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,"

(Isaiah 44:6)"Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."

(Isaiah 44:8) "Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."

(Isaiah 45:5)"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:"

(Isaiah 45:21) "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me."

    On the subject of the 'One True God' the Articles of Faith of the Philadelphia Baptist Church read as follows:
    "We believe there is but one true and living God consisting of three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That He created the heaven and the earth, that He created man. That He made all things that were ever made. That the three persons of the God-head, though equal in every Divine perfection, perform different functions. That the Holy Spirit is as much God as the Father or the Son are God."
    3.) The third 'point of truth' which we submit for your consideration is that there is but one way to the acceptable everlasting presence of God and that is through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Just as the religious world proclaims a multiplicity of gods and ways to heaven so there are some professing Christians who declare that there are multiple ways that the God of the Bible accepts sinners into His eternal presence. These people may not state such a belief in straight forward words but a superficial study of their beliefs will warrant such a charge against them.
    One of the most common ways in which some professing Christians teach that one is accepted into God's presence is to be baptized. In fact there is one denomination which emphatically declares that unless a person is baptized they can not be saved.
    The catholic church has seven sacraments which include, baptism, eucharist and even marriage. According to their web site these sacraments are, 'special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence.'
    Some professing Christians hold that good works are necessary to commend one unto God. Some of this crowd insist upon, and claim to have achieved, sinlessness in the flesh in order to be finally accepted in God's presence.
    Others believe that church membership is of a vital importance in reference to being accepted in God's presence.
    As there are many so-called Christian denominations there are many claimed ways to God's acceptable presence.
    We declare unto you that as there is but one God, the true God of the Bible, so there is but one way into His acceptable presence and that is solely and exclusively through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and His substitutionary atonement.
    A host of false religions have hopes in their false prophets and founders. And some so-called Christian denominations have hopes in their efforts, works and schemes.
    In the eternal perspective it matters not whether you call yourself a Muslim, a Hindu, or a Christian. If you have any hopes of being accepted in God's presence other than through the singularity and exclusiveness of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ then you are currently on your way to hell.
(Acts 4:12)"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
    False religions and false professors have many persons and many works which they trust in, yea even that they bow down to. They might not bow down outwardly but inwardly a person bows down to their Savior, be it a person or a work. In one's heart they worship their Savior, whoever or whatever it may be.
    All such erroneous bowing down, whether figuratively in the heart or physically in the body, is sinfully wrong and one day all will bow to the true Lord and God. But for many it will not be as Lord and Savior but as Lord and Judge.
(Isaiah 45:23) "I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."

(Romans 14:11)"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

(Philippians 2:10-11)"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; {11} And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

    On the subject of 'Salvation' the Articles of Faith of the Philadelphia Baptist Church read in part as follows:
    "We believe that our salvation is wholly and solely in, of and by the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. That good works have absolutely no part in obtaining, or in keeping our salvation ..."
    4.) The fourth and final 'point of truth' which we submit for your consideration it that it does matter where a saved person serves their Lord.
    The first thing which we would like to mention on this point is that there is indeed a visible local assembly, that is a local church, and that such a local church is taught in the New Testament.
    The Greek word 'ekklesia' was used 116 times by the Holy Spirit in inspiring the New Testament.
    It, 'ekklesia', is translated ' church' 77 times, ' churches' 36 times and ' assembly' 3 times in the King James Version of the Bible. In all but a very few instances there is no doubt or question that it is referring to a 'local assembly'.
    The first time 'ekklesia' is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 16:18 where our Lord spoke to Peter.
(Matthew 16:18) "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
    This is also the first time that the word 'church' was used by the King James Translators.
    The whole malformed concept of a universal invisible church which consists of all saved believers is the result of misdirected people trying on their own to combat the heretical teaching of the Catholic church that they were the universal visible church.
    There is a Scriptural distinction between the kingdom of God, the family of God and the church of God that we will not delve into at this time. I would say however that it is a great benefit to the Lord's people to make a prayerful and thorough study on these subjects.
    Please recall that our fourth 'point of truth' for consideration is that it does matter where a saved person serves their Lord.
    It is impossible to serve the Lord in some universal invisible church. In order to serve Him a person must do so in a local assembly. Therefore we once again reiterate our fourth 'point of truth' for consideration, that it does matter where a saved person serves their Lord.
    One of America's most prominent religious figures, one who has held 'crusades' where thousands of people have made professions of faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, is reported to have told thousands of those professing converts to go and join the 'church of your choice'. According to this man it does not matter where one of the Lord's people serve Him for one church is just as acceptable to Him as another is.
    We saw in Matthew 16:18 the first instance where the Holy Spirit used the word 'ekklesia' which was translated church. There our Lord declared that He was going to build, that is 'build up', His church and He promised it age long perpetuity, guaranteeing it against total apostasy or annihilation of satan and his followers.
    Since that is the case and even a superficial study of the various denominations will show who their founders were and when they were founded why would anyone who claims to be a servant of the Lord, a believer in His Holy Word, make the statement that one church was just as valuable to the Lord as another?
    When the Holy Spirit spoke of the Lord's church in Acts 20:28 He proclaimed the price that it was purchased with.
(Acts 20:28)"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."
    Throughout the New Testament the Lord's church is spoken of as precious to Him. It is as His chaste bride. He considers any assault against His church as an assault against Himself and He told Saul, who later became Paul, so in their encounter on the road to Damascus.
    The Lord commissioned and authorized His church to conduct His business upon this earth while awaiting His return.
(Matthew 28:19) "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
    He promised to meet with His church whenever they were assembled in His name.
    All the responsibilities, duties, privileges and promises made to the church in the Bible were made to His church and to His church only for at that time His was the only church there was.
    This is not to in any wise suggest that there are not saved people outside of the Lord's church, for all saved people in the Lord's church were at one time saved and outside of the Lord's church. We are not speaking of salvation here, we are speaking of acceptable service to the Lord in His church.
    The sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man are like two parallel lines running throughout the Bible. Both are distinct yet never crossing, abrogating or voiding the other.
    Lost people are commanded to repent and believe the gospel but they are unable to do so without God's enablement. However their inability to do so does not in any manner negate their responsibility to do so.
(John 6:44)"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
    Saved people are commanded to serve the Lord through His blessed blood bought church but they are unable to do so without God's enablement. However their inability to do so does not in any manner negate their responsibility to do so.
(Acts 2:47) "Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
    As the Lord in His sovereign grace elected a number of fallen mankind to be recipients of His free and gracious salvation so He has set a number of those saved people in His blessed blood bought church.
    As it is totally of God's free and unmerited favor that one is saved and then set in His church no one has any ground for arrogance, conceit or boasting on either of those two great and marvelous blessings.
(1 Corinthians 1:31) "That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
    The Lord started His church during His earthly ministry and it is to that church that He is betrothed.
    It is the Lord's church that is the repository of all truth.
(1 Timothy 3:15) "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
    Again this is not to say that there is not spiritual truth outside of the Lord's church. It is however to say that there is no spiritual truth outside of the Lord's church which is not also in the Lord's church. It can be likened to their being bits and pieces of truth outside of the Lord's church but the whole truth resides in the Lord's churches.
    On the subject of the 'Church' the Articles of Faith of the Philadelphia Baptist Church read in part as follows:
    "We believe a church is a local assembly of Scripturally baptized saints joined together for the edification of the saints, and for the propagation of the gospel at home and abroad. That the sole head of the church is Jesus Christ, and her marching orders is the New Testament. That the officers of the church are pastor and deacons. That since the Greek word ECCLESIA which our Lord and others used when talking about what we call a church means local assembly, and since it has always meant a local assembly, we therefore reject and abhor any teaching that relates to the universal invisible church, or any modification of it."
    This morning we have brought to your attention that there are some who do not think it matters what you believe.
    There are some who do not think it matters if one believes the Bible contains the Word of God or if one believes the Bible is the Word of God.
    There are some who do not think it matters if one believes in the One true God of the Bible or if one believes in a god not declared in the Bible, which is a false god.
    There are some who do not think it matters if one believes that salvation is singularly and exclusively by the Lord Jesus Christ or if one believes that salvation is by other means also.
    There are some who do not think it matters where one serves their Lord and Saviour.
    But thanks be unto God there is a multitude to whom these things do matter.
    There is a multitude to whom truth matters and they will, by God's enablement, not compromise it, they will not permit it to become 'fallen in the street'.
    The apostle Paul thanked the Lord for putting him into the ministry.
    Let us be thankful that He has given us the faith to believe His Word and everything contained therein.
    At the beginning of this lesson we asked ourselves two simple questions.
    Should the truth matter to us?
    Does the truth matter to us?
    I am confident that all of us are in agreement that truth should matter to us and that it does matter to us.
    That being the case let us close with one final question for each of us to contemplate.
    Are we willing to diligently and prayerfully seek the truth contained in God's Word and then be totally conformed to it?
    Let us prayerfully and diligently seek the truth, that which is in conformity to God's being and nature, and then serve Him acceptably through His church in that truth.
(John 8:32) "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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