Pontius Pilate, the governor of Israel and personal representative of the most powerful man in the world in those days, Caesar from Rome, asked the carpenter's son a simple question; (John 18:38) What is truth? What he did not realize was that he was actually speaking to The Truth. This is a question that is asked even today. People are looking for the truth all over the world. I am not too concerned about the blatant anti-Christian movements that are trying to end Christianity, but the thing that I am most afraid of is those inside the church, the so called "sheep" who are actually wolves dressed in sheep's clothing. They preach the Gospel which is a kind of a Gospel, but it is not the pure Gospel. Just like how the serpent tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, never speaking plainly and directly, but insinuated if God really did say Eve should not eat that fruit? Can a God of love really prepare a lake of fire etc?
I looked up the Oxford dictionary and the meaning of truth is:
The opposite of being false
To be frank
Quality or state of being true
Jesus said in John 17:17 while speaking to His Father, "Sanctify them (set them aside) by your truth, your Word is truth." John 14:6 He says; "I am the way, the truth and the life." A man who speaks the truth is always at ease, the truth needs no defence, it is beyond attack and if ever the truth needed to be spoken, it is now! Young people are desperate to hear the truth spoken - always in love, but without any form of compromise. My prayer is that we as believers would start to speak the truth in love and then we trust for nothing less than Holy Spirit revival.
Robert Browning the famous poet said; "I thirst for truth, but shall not reach it until I reach the source." You and I know that the source is Jesus Christ, but the world doesn't know that yet. That's why they are running after all kinds of ideologies and all kinds of compromised preaching. That is why the truth has got to be spoken in simplicity, in purity and with much power and conviction.
For the rest of our appointments this year: Pietermaritzburg with NCF, Durban with City Hill, Israel with God TV and later on with ICEJ and possibly Norway, we intend to speak the truth in love, nothing more, nothing less. There is no time left to preach anything else, we need to get back to basics. Remember the truth does not blush and nothing will set a man's heart on fire like the truth, so we need to speak boldly and speak truly and put the devil to shame. Please keep us in your prayers that we may finish this race strong for Jesus.
With regards to the family, all our grandchildren are growing up far too quickly! Jill and I are so blessed all of our children live within an 1 hour’s drive and we are able to see our grandchildren very often. Our two girls are playing representative hockey and we are so proud of them, please keep praying for our family because that is one area where the devil targets.
So please continue to pray for us that by the grace of our Lord Jesus, we continue to speak the truth in love, by bringing a simplistic message, but one that will first of all challenge and most of all encourage people to trust in the living God.
Yours in Christ
Angus, Jill and the Shalom team
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