|Will You Reject the Truth?
By Sy Underwood
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4,7-15
As Paul begins this second chapter it seems that he has some very urgent things to bring to the
Thessalonians and to us as well. Notice he begins by beseeching them, which was urging them
to take notice, to some things very important that would take place. Verse three gets to the heart
of the matter as he tells them of future events on the horizon of time that could shake them from
their steadfastness in God if they were not warned. He said “Let no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition.”
I am shocked to find that some are departing from the truth today. It seems that the fulfillment of
this scripture is at hand. Once having known the truth and then turning from that truth for any
reason is a falling away. Where are you? Have you turned from the truth that once set you free
to the bondage of a mixed gospel of people-pleasing? We can try to sugar coat our reasons but
the bottom line is we have freely walked away from the truth that once set us free. How sad! Paul
tells us it is coming, yet we all wish it would be somewhere else at some other time. Oh it’s got to
be somebody else not me. But what if it was you?
What is it that would cause one to turn from the truth? Certainly I Don’t have all the reasons but
let me examine some. Psalms 15:1, 2 says “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall
dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the
truth in his heart.” David clearly wanted to know who would be allowed into God’s tabernacle.
And then we get the answer.: he who walks right, and he who acts righteously and he who
speaks the truth in his heart.
The impurity within the present church system is soon to be dealt with by our God. God’s word
tells us that God demands holiness of character and action. However, that doesn’t mean anyone
has the right to control another into submission to their set of rules and ways. And so we will see
the removing of those things that God will shake from among the system in order that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain. You see God will present unto Himself a glorious
church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing: but it shall be holy and without blemish. Our
hands must be clean and hearts covered and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.
2 Thessalonians 2:10 says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The present mixture
of truth and half truths is an abomination to our faith. It is possible to be deceived and believe we
are right and go right on by the warnings of the spirit fully convinced we are right and the whole
time we are wrong. It is time the Holy Ghost be allowed to deal with our sin through sanctification
and holiness.”Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 10:1-12 tells us that we live in an hour when many have left their first love and are
busy with the function of ministry. But whatever happened to spending time with the Lord and Him
dealing with the hidden issues of the heart. May we all get back to our first love least we find
ourselves wanting in an hour when God would desire much better.
The love of the truth will cause you to want the Holy Spirit to examine you daily to see if there be
any wicked thing in you. It is God’s grace that He would point out areas where we are falling short
and give us time to repent and turn to the truth and walk in it. What will you do? What will I do
and what will you do as truth is presented in love and yet that truth convicts us of our
shortcomings? ”I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and
white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see” Revelations 3:18.