“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2 Corinthians 13:8, KJV).
Many of today’s believers have taken a dogmatic stance in the faith and have infinitely concluded that what they have been told to be truth and have always known to be truth all their lives is final. As a result, several are unwilling to accept anything new or contrary to what they have always known. Whenever such believers come across anything new which they have not heard before, they immediately assume a stance of opposition without listening to the conclusion of the matter at hand or searching it out in the scriptures. By this dogmatic attitude, many believers have written off and spitefully thrown away beautiful pearls of truth presented to them by certain men of God. Dear believer, you must understand that the fact that a lie has been in office for years does not make it true.
Scripture emphatically makes it clear that revelation is progressive. What you know to be the final truth today may be a lesser truth tomorrow even as God graces men with deeper revelation to make even more insightful discoveries in the word. Apostle Peter made this very clear. He said, “Because the stakes are so high, even though you’re up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I’m not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it.” (2 Peter 1:12, MSG). God is always on the move, doing new things to establish his plan concerning his creation. Thus, every believer as well must update himself in truth and be abreast with the movements of God in the universe. To take a dogmatic stance in the faith is to limit your growth and maturity in God.
Even in science, new discoveries have been made which defy old discoveries that were hitherto generally accepted and proven to be true. The word of God is very explicit on this and so emphatically declares in the opening scripture that nothing can be done to fight the truth. Jesus told his disciples, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” ( John 16:12-13, NIV). This scripture evidences that there is more to be discovered in the word of God; more than you may think you already know. As mysteries are unveiled day in and day out, you must position yourself to receive and accept them so long as they are proven by scripture, even if they defy the very basis of your understanding or thought pattern in the faith. You must therefore not be quick to condemn or write off any man of God who says or does something contrary to what you are accustomed to in the faith, because revelation in truth is progressive. That you have not heard it before does not mean it is untrue. In the days of Jesus, the Pharisees greatly opposed him because of the revelation he presented. They called him a false prophet because the things he said and did defied their understanding and was at variance with what they already knew to be true. However, the things Jesus did and said were things he was commissioned by the Father to do. The fact that the people of his day were not conversant with his sayings and deeds did not mean that he was false or from the devil. Jesus was the genesis of the new move of God in the earth in order to accomplish his eternal plan for all creation. The problem was not with Jesus but the dogmatism of the people of his day and the same pertains even with most of today’s believers.
Scripture asserts in John 17:17 that the word of the Lord is truth. A word established as truth from the word of God is never the word of man because its source is not man but God himself. In such a case, every contrary word which hitherto was accepted as the truth must be put aside regardless of the emotions and sentiments of people. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” On the other hand, if a word preached cannot be proved by scripture, it is not truth and so should be rejected no matter where it is said or practised. Beloved of God, understand that the truth is not contingent on who said it, but rather its evidence is in the word of God. Many believers have walked themselves into error by accepting and practicing the traditions of men instead of the truth of the word. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “…Why do you, yourselves, go against the word of God on account of the teaching which has been handed down to you?” (Matthew 15:3, BBE). Like the Pharisees, they reject anything that is new and unfamiliar to them, choosing to go with the traditions of the fathers handed over to them even when such traditions are blatantly at variance with the scriptures.
We see in Acts 17:11 that the Bereans searched the word daily to see whether those things spoken of by Paul were so. Scripture asserts, “These [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” It must be noted that the Bereans received the words with all readiness of mind. To be of a ready mind is to have a mind ready to accept any revelation hinged on its proof in the word of God. Paul thereafter described them as being nobler than the brethren at Thessalonica because they search the scriptures to validate the truth of Paul’s message. They never outrightly rejected anything Paul said, neither did they simply swallow everything. The verse says they received the word with readiness of mind but afterwards, searched the scriptures to validate its truth.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-12). From the above scripture, Paul, the apostle, further establishes the fact that the title or personality of the person who communicates a word to you does not necessarily make it true or credible. He makes it clear that even if an angel from heaven communicates a word that is not consistent with the scripture, such an angel should be accursed. Brethren, right words gleaned from the word of truth are forceful (Job 6:25); they make impact in the spirit. Thus, the Amplified Translation of 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believer [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].”