No Formidable Foes

William R. John
Indianapolis, Indiana

Truth certainly has no foes that are very powerful or awesome. When truth is uttered, man either accepts it or rejects it, but seldom does he actually oppose it.

Man, without realizing what truth is, will sometimes make a feeble attempt to oppose it, but truth is so overwhelming that it makes "short work" of its opponents. In debate, for example, an individual may stand night after night "beating around the bush" so as to avoid direct confrontation with truth or he may even strike personally at the one proclaiming truth, but wage war directly against truth; hardly. Of course, in the above mentioned example, what has actually happened is that the one in error has refused to accept truth, will not admit his rejection of it, and so he runs from it the best he can.

The same holds true, at times, when Gods word is proclaimed from the pulpit. How do the opponents run? They simply use such "behind the back" declarations as "John Doe put him up to that" or "no preacher is going to tell me what to do." However, those that wish to be true to God will go to the one who has delivered the message and make his disagreement known so that the matter can be clearly discussed in the light of the scriptures. Never will an attempt be made by one interested in truth to belittle the proclaimer behind his back. Nevertheless, those not interested in truth will usually reject it, seldom will admit rejection, and most assuredly will run from it cowardly which may mean using any number of satanic tactics available at the time.

Christians must strive diligently to be on the side of truth. May we never even unintentionally be an opponent of truth because, you see, truth has no formidable foes. Ali yes, how lovely the scripture, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

June 15, 1972