Acts 7:1…

Acts 7:1…

If you knew speaking the truth would cost your life, what would you say?

Would you lie, shade the truth in such a way as to preserve yourself, (if that may be possible,) or would you risk all – satisfied the truth must be spoken regardless of outcome?

This is the kind of scenario Bible-believing Christ-following Christians have always needed to imagine, because these are the kinds of scenarios Bible-believing Christ-following Christians have historically faced.

In a sense, we could say it began with Jesus Himself. Rather than lying or shading the truth to avoid the punishment of a brutal death, Jesus remained silent in defending Himself. Jesus had already spoken truth, and He would not deny it to save His life or avoid punishment. The truth must stand at all costs.

Other than Jesus Himself, Stephen was the first to face this dilemma – to this extent. How interesting the Bible tells us Stephen’s face was as the face of an angel as he faced the very real possibility of his own death. Rather than lying, or shading the truth, or remaining silent as a sheep before its shearers, Stephen spoke the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. He didn’t need to swear on a Bible, because he spoke the Bible. His life was the Bible.

Let the chips fall where they may.

Ever since Stephen, world history is replete with stories of those who refused to deny the whole truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it cost their lives. Many thousands in very brutal fashion. The 20th century had more examples of Christian martyrdom than any previous. This is not an ancient problem, it is present and ongoing.

On the other hand, the truth has always been the truth, and the world being filled with lies, it is a great advantage to not only know the truth but to stand for it. When you know the truth, the truth makes you free of anything the world may bring, including death, because the truth is those who know the truth never die.

If you knew speaking the truth would cost your life, what would you say?

-Pastor Bill