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The World’s Truth Versus God’s Truth

By: Dr. Hoyt Noel Jr.

March 5, 2009

Good Morning. Let me share something with you. These are actual answers that kids gave to church school questions…

1. Noah's wife was Joan of Ark

2. The Fifth commandment is: Humor thy father and mother

3. Holy acrimony is another name for marriage

4. Christians can only have one wife. This is called monotony

5. The Pope lives in a Vacuum

6. A republican is a sinner mentioned in the Bible

7. The First Commandment: Eve told Adam to eat the apple

8. It is sometimes difficult to hear what is being said in church because the agnostics are so bad

This morning’s text is from Deuteronomy chapter 32.

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Deu 32:3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Deu 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Deu 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

Deu 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

A funny thing happened to me while I was channel surfing a while back. My wife had gone to bed early. I was sitting on the couch and clicking the remote control, and I came across a program I don’t usually watch, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me, and I watched the last few minutes of the program. The Lord moves in miraculous and mysterious ways without a doubt, and this was one of those times. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen this program, and it’s not important, other than the fact that our children and grandchildren watch it, but what was revealed to me that night stuck in my mind. Buffy, the main character, was trying out for the cheerleading squad. Another girl’s mother wanted her daughter to get on the squad real bad. She (the mother) turned out to be a witch. She cast a spell on Buffy to make her real sick so her daughter (whose body she had possessed) would win a spot on the squad. Now you as Christians would think that this would be a prime occasion to call upon the power of God, but not so in the world of television. They got a hold of the witch’s spell book and attempted to cast a counter-spell. It was like a 400 million candlepower light went off in my head, the Holy Spirit made it so clear to me. They were telling viewers that to fight against evil, you must use more evil. That is a lie straight from the Lord of liars. Jesus was accused of this, and this is what He said in Matthew 12: 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? How then can you fight against witchcraft, which is of the Devil, using witchcraft? This applies to a few other shows as well. "Charmed", "Angel", and movies and books like "Harry Potter". There are a lot of others that depict that folks can use powers like so-called "magic" to deal with problems instead of relying on God. As the apostle Paul said in Romans 13: 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. All power comes from God. Everything was created by God, including the angels, of which Satan originally was one. The problem is that the world is telling us to worship the creature, and not the creator. The problem is that the world is telling us to believe a lie and not believe the truth.

Psa 25:4 Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

Psa 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psa 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Psa 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

John the Baptist's message from the wilderness was not, "Smile, God loves you." It was "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come." Jeremiah was not put into a miry pit for preaching, "I'm OK, you're OK." It was for crying against the adultery, idolatry and other wickedness of his nation. Noah's message from the steps of the ark was not, "Something good is going to happen to you." He condemned the world and was a preacher of righteousness. Jesus Christ was not crucified for saying, "Consider the lilies, how they grow," but for saying, "Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites...children of hell ...fools and blind guides ... whited sepulchers...generation of vipers."

Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

When I was just a kid, my folks told me that if you told the truth, you wouldn’t have any trouble remembering what you said the next time you tell the same thing. God’s word is like that. Just like in the verse I just read, God’s truth endureth for all generations. The truth, like God, is the same yesterday, the same today, and will be the same tomorrow. Paul said in Ephesians:

Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

And Jesus said in Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Just because something is "accepted" by society and the world, doesn’t make it true. It doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it something we should follow. It doesn’t mean that it is O.K. for us to do and stay in God’s will.

Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

The world is coming to the point Paul predicted in his second letter to Timothy.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The apostle John gave some good advice for us in first John, chapter three.

1Jo 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1Jo 3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

1Jo 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

1Jo 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me

to love the Word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it. But the stranger

was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales.

Adventures, mysteries, and comedies were daily conversations. He could

hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening.

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill, and me to

our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see

the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie


The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn't seem to mind, but

sometimes Mom would quietly get up - while the rest of us were enthralled

with one of his stories of faraway places - go to her room, read her

Bible, and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would


You see, my dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions.

But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them. Profanity, for

example, was not allowed in our house-not from us, from our friends, or

adults. Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four letter words

that burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge the stranger was never confronted.

My Dad was a teetotaler who didn't permit alcohol in his home not even

for cooking. But the stranger felt like we needed exposure and

enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other

alcoholic beverages often.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely (too much, too freely) about sex. His comments were

sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I

know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were

influenced by the stranger.

As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger

did not influence us more. Time after time he opposed the values of my

parents, yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than forty years have passed since the stranger moved in with

the young family on Carol Street. But if I were to walk into my

dad’s den today, you would still see him sitting over in a corner,

waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his


His name...We always just called him...TV.

This little tale has been around for a while, but the "stranger" has gotten more blatant in his actions. Television, thanks to apathy on the part of Christians, has moved farther and farther away from God and our Christian principles paid for by blood. Television, thanks to folks wanting the things of this world more than the things of the next, has taken over raising our children and grandchildren. The real problem is than no one is revealing the truth to them. It certainly isn’t going to be the television.

The things of this world have a certain pull on them, like a magnet. When we watch TV, we see that in order to be happy, we need to be skinnier, we need to be better dressed, drive a nicer and newer car, drink certain brands of beer, have sex whenever we feel like it. You know… if it feels good, do it. Have you ever noticed that when you put something into the water and then take it out, that the water seems to try and hold on to it, pulling it back in? That’s exactly the way of the world is. Satan uses this to make us want the things of this world and forget about God and the things of the next world. This little story sort of illustrates what I’m talking about.

A man was on the side of the road with a large birdcage. A boy noticed that the cage was full of birds of many kinds.

"Where did you get those birds?" he asked.

"Oh, all over the place," the man replied. "I lure them with crumbs, I

pretend I'm their friend then when they are close, I net them and shove

the into my cage."

"And what are you going to do with them now?"

The man grinned, "I'm going to prod them with sticks, and get them really

mad so they fight and kill each other. Those that survive, I will kill.

None will escape."

The boy looked steadily at the man. What made him do such things? He

looked into the cruel, hard eyes. Then he looked at the birds, defenseless, without hope.

"Can I buy those birds?" the boy asked. The man hid a smile, aware that

he could be on to a good thing if he played his cards right.

"Well," he said hesitantly, "the cage is pretty expensive, and I spent a

lot of time collecting these birds, I'll tell you what I'll do, I'll let

you have the lot, birds, cage and all for ten dollars and that jacket

you're wearing."

The boy paused, ten dollars was all he had, and the jacket was new and

very special, in fact it was his prized possession. Slowly, he took out

the ten dollars and handed it over, then even more slowly he took off his

jacket, gave it one last look then handed that over too. And then (well,

you've guessed it) he opened the door and let the birds go free.

There is a moral to this story:

The Enemy of the world, Satan, was on the side of life's road with a very

large cage. The man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full

of people of every kind, young, old, from every race and nation.

"Where did you get these people?" the man asked.

"Oh, from all over the world," Satan replied. "I lure them with drink,

drugs, lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money and all manner of things. I

pretend I'm their friend, out to give them a good time, then when I've

hooked them, into the cage they go."

"And what are you going to do with them now?" asked the man.

Satan grinned. "I'm going to prod them, provoke them, get them to hate

and destroy each other; I'll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law and

order; I'll make people bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and

restless. It's easy. People will always listen to what I offer them and

(what's better) blame God for the outcome!"

"And then what?" the man asked.

"Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy. None will escape


The man stepped forward.

"Can I buy these people from you?" he asked.

Satan snarled, "Yes, but it will cost you your life."

So Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release, your freedom from

Satan's trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary. The door is

open, and anyone, whom Satan has deceived and caged, can be set free.

The story is stylized and brought into language we can understand, but it basically is the truth. Jesus paid for us with his very life. Now you can do what you like with what I have given you, and what Jesus has done for you. You can go back home, turn on the television like usual and let your mind become filled with worldly things. Oh, there are some good programs on television also. I heard a good little saying the other day that might help us.

"If you fill your mind with scriptures, Satan can’t get in with his lies." As for me, I’ll follow what Paul said in Philippians 3, verse 14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. What about you? Are you pressing toward that mark? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are things right between you and God? We are going to sing a hymn of invitation " The Nail-Scarred Hand" in a moment after I pray. I urge you to do as the song says, come right down here, and put your hand in the nail-scarred hand of Jesus.

Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the word. Thank you for allowing me to be the first to hear, and using me to share it with others. Let us all be faithful, not just hearers of the word, but doers also. Let us be quick to share this faith with others, feeding a hungry generation, hungry for a word from YOU. Lord, as we go through this invitation, prick our hearts, infect us with Your Holy Spirit, and give us all a hunger deep within to reach the lost souls, for we know You desire that none be lost, that all may come to repentance. Give us strength for the task ahead, forgive our sins, and let us forgive others. Let us show forth-Christian love to one another. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.







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