Our pastor loves to throw around the word “truth” of late. Half truth is actually more accurate. Let’s illustrate from a recent sermon, “Don’t be afraid to bring the truth to some of these people also that are professing Christians. I…I was encouraging Jon, look, the guy lives in Fairfax, you know his wife wants to go to church in Fairfax, but he drives every day to Ashburn for work, so he is driving by here to go to work and won’t come here to be fed? And led? And be prepared in this hour? We don’t apologize for telling him you know you need to leave where you are and come out and get fed so you can live praise God. I mean you drive by the place (Calvary Temple) five times a week, surely you can drive another day, you know, and hear the Word of God… but the fact of the matter is, you need to come or die.”
Let’s get our calculator out. Five work days + plus three services n/o + two prayer nights n/o + one family night n/o = eleven trips to Sterling per week. Just another typical half truth we like to propagate here at good ol’ Calvary Temple Sterling.
(n/o- not optional; mandatory, required, or you are deemed luke-warm, rebellious, backsliding)
But God says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).