Truth Happens

The wise man tells us to “buy the truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:23) and Jude admonishes us to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (3). These and other texts imply that truth will not always have smooth sailing or be received with welcome arms. But opposition is no excuse for retreat, no matter how hostile it might become. The history of martyrs is a stark reminder of this.

This video by Linux illustrates how ideas that finally win the day go through 4 phases: 1st, they are simply ignored; 2nd, they are ridiculed; 3rd, they are strongly opposed; and 4th, they triumph.

Of course, Linux is simply making an observation without any regard to God’s providence. But this does seem to be a discernible pattern that can be traced in the history of ideas. Think about the spread of Christianity in the early centuries of the church. Or consider the advance of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, or the development of modern Baptists in the 17th century.

Regardless of where the Lord places us in His historical agenda, our responsibility is clear–we must humbly accept the truth of His Word and, as faithful stewards of it, keep preaching, teaching and living it regardless of the responses we see.

Because of the faithfulness of Christ, our confidence, in the words of Balthasar Hubmaier, is this: the truth is immortal.


HT: Orrin Woodward

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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