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Why Do Men Obey Error? If Truth Exists – So Does Error and If Error Exists – So Does Truth.

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1 Why Do Men Obey Error? If Truth Exists – So Does Error and If Error Exists – So Does Truth

2 Error is not as Good as Truth Jesus said – …Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice (Jn. 18:37). Jesus said – …Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice (Jn. 18:37). Pilate said – What is truth? (v. 38) Pilate said – What is truth? (v. 38) He knew the truth – I find no fault in Him at all (v. 39) He knew the truth – I find no fault in Him at all (v. 39) He washed his hands before the multitude saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it (Mt. 27:24). He washed his hands before the multitude saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it (Mt. 27:24).

3 Truth is Not Whatever I Believe Jesus said – And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (Jn. 8:32) Jesus said – And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (Jn. 8:32) He defined it – Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth (Jn. 17:17) He defined it – Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth (Jn. 17:17)

4 Why Do Many Not Believe Truth? Loyalty To Men Loyalty To Men “He is such a good person” “He is such a good person” The nature of seed is not changed by the character of one who sows it! The nature of seed is not changed by the character of one who sows it! Drunkard sows good seed – will produce Drunkard sows good seed – will produce Christian sows rotten seed – will not produce Christian sows rotten seed – will not produce

5 Bad Men may Teach Truth Jesus said: The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do (Mt. 23:2,3). Jesus said: The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do (Mt. 23:2,3). Hypocrisy does not change the truth (may make it harder to believe)! Hypocrisy does not change the truth (may make it harder to believe)!

6 Good Men May Teach Error Apollos was “an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures…” (Acts 18:25)…but he was wrong about baptism and needed further teaching Apollos was “an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures…” (Acts 18:25)…but he was wrong about baptism and needed further teaching Parents may be good – but are not the standard (Mt. 10:37) Parents may be good – but are not the standard (Mt. 10:37) Preachers may be good – but are not the standard (1 Jn. 4:1) Preachers may be good – but are not the standard (1 Jn. 4:1)

7 The Sectarian Spirit “If you were born to ____ parents, you will be a ____.” “If you were born to ____ parents, you will be a ____.” If you were born to atheist parents, would there be no God? If you were born to atheist parents, would there be no God? “What does the Church of Christ teach?” “What does the Church of Christ teach?” Which one? Is that the standard? Which one? Is that the standard?

8 Why do many not believe Truth? A Partial View A Partial View Some take the part they like or that their church believes but not believe other parts Some take the part they like or that their church believes but not believe other parts Cp. God’s book of nature – “if I get a good rain, I will have a good corn crop” – rain only? Cp. God’s book of nature – “if I get a good rain, I will have a good corn crop” – rain only? “If I believe, I will be saved” – believe only? “If I believe, I will be saved” – believe only?

9 Who Cut Off Whose Ear? Mt. 26: 51,52- one - sword - servant - ear Mt. 26: 51,52- one - sword - servant - ear Mk. 14:47 - one - sword - servant - ear Mk. 14:47 - one - sword - servant - ear Lk. 22:50,51-one-servant-right ear-healed Lk. 22:50,51-one-servant-right ear-healed Jn. 18:10,11- Peter-sword-Malchus- r. ear Jn. 18:10,11- Peter-sword-Malchus- r. ear Sum: Peter-sword-Malchus-r. ear - healed Sum: Peter-sword-Malchus-r. ear - healed

10 The Great Commission Mt. 28: make disciples baptizing Mt. 28: make disciples baptizing Mk. 16:15,16-preach - gospel - bel.- bap.- saved Mk. 16:15,16-preach - gospel - bel.- bap.- saved Lk. 24:46,47 - preach - repentance – remission Lk. 24:46,47 - preach - repentance – remission Sum: teach - gospel - bel. - rep. - bap. – saved Sum: teach - gospel - bel. - rep. - bap. – saved Faith Only or Baptism Only – is a partial view just as Rain only! Faith Only or Baptism Only – is a partial view just as Rain only!

11 Conclusion Men obey error instead of truth when they obey something other than God’s word, or only part of it. The sum of God’s word is truth (Ps. 119:160 ASV). Men obey error instead of truth when they obey something other than God’s word, or only part of it. The sum of God’s word is truth (Ps. 119:160 ASV). Our loyalty must be to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Our loyalty must be to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!


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