Monday, March 16, 2020
When truth becomes the enemy of love. . .
But there is no love without truth. While the eccentricities of the social order may interest us, this is not simply about curiosity. For the positioning of truth against love or even the priority of love over truth or before truth will cripple the Church. Imagine this, we live at a time when technology has afforded us unbelievable means to promote the truth that saves and yet this resource has been squandered on pornography and the triumph of the individual and his or her own desires. Imagine this, we live at a time when doors are opening all over the globe for people to hear the Word of God and believe it and the minds of the West are being closed to this Gospel because they reject even the concept of truth. It is not for lack of resources that find ourselves in a crisis state but our neglect of the truth and the choice of some in Christendom to promote love at the expense of truth. In too many places the voice of the Church has been replaced by a false voice which says that love and mercy are greater than truth, more important that truth, and that truth must be subordinate to and subject to love. In the end, truth will be sacrificed for this false notion and in the end the Church will die and its halls will become the catacombs of death where life once lived.
Furthermore, the love that is being promoted is nothing more than mere kindness. While kindness is certainly good and it flows from love, being nice or kind is not the same as being loving. Kindness does not necessarily include correction or rebuke but love certainly does. In fact, Scripture is blunt in saying that the Lord disciplines those whom He loves. We live in a culture in which love mean acceptance and tolerance and, increasingly, anything other than approval is judged to be hateful. Love has become weak and fragile -- so weak and fragile that it cannot muster the voice to disagree and it cannot tolerate such disagreement.
This has also infected the Church where the voice of God no longer calls anyone to repentance out of fear of offending them. We walk on eggshells in order to avoid giving such offense. Certain subjects are off limits. We tailor our truth to fit the hearer and are selective about the doctrines we believe and confess. What is more important than truth is the welcome we give and we constantly gauge our welcome through endless surveys and responses we hope will help us be nicer, more friendly, kinder, and gentler. But this is a complete misrepresentation of the truth entrusted to us and a false love that has no power to save or redeem. We offer mercy to those who do not and have no intention of repentance. In the end, we have become enemies of Christ and His Church by preaching “A God without wrath [who] brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.” (