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Why Fight For The Truth?

Why fight for the truth?


John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 8:31-32 (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."


Why fight for the truth?

Jesus Christ is not merely a way, but rather the only way to God (John 14:6).


"Let the humble pilgrim look at Christ...Behold he who wants to go, has the way, for Christ is the way, ad whither He wants to go, for Christ is the truth, and where He wants to abide, for Christ is the life"

*- Jan Hus, The Church, p. 90


Why fight for the truth?

Speaking to those whose belief in Him was superficial, Jesus explained that discipleship meant accepting all of His teaching and remaining faithful to it (John 8:31).

Only in Jesus and His teaching will anyone be free from sin, death, and Satan's rule, and thus free to serve God with a pure heart. In contrast, Judaism taught that study of God's Law made a person free.

Why fight for the truth?


Our churches proudly acknowledge the fact that errorists are no longer being disciplined...And they do not realize that thereby they are placing themselves into an impossible contrast to the Scriptures, which, as is well-known, very earnestly battle heresy and urge such warfare upon the Church of all times.

What would become of the Church if she had not taken up arms against the heresies of the second, fourth, and sixteenth centuries, but had hoped as present-day bishops are doing, that the truth would carry the day of itself?


*- Hermann Sasse, Letters to Lutheran Pastors

Why fight for the truth?

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, Jesus Christ says that true freedom comes through Him and His teaching.

That's why we should fight for the truth at all times.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, you might discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. I decided to leave those published posts up only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]

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