Article Based On A Sermon given 13 January 2018

God's Truth Lives

by Jon Pippy

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Brethren, the title today, I'm going to start off by giving that to you right off the top: 'God's Truth Lives'. Now you'll know why I chose that title as we get into this presentation. But I want to start by posing a question for you. Mr Armstrong touched on it actually and he could have taken most of my notes, but he didn't fortunately. (World Tomorrow broadcast, "Christ's Parables") But the question is; "Why is the world going crazy and showing signs of complete insanity, complete and absolute insanity?"

We have a society and a country of outright lawlessness all around us. We see it every day where everyone is now demanding their rights. Young children want their rights, old people want their rights, everybody wants what they want. And society, as a result of it, is coming apart at the seams. Now how did we get to this point? We're going to get to that answer later, but to begin with it really begins way back in Darwinism, and the teaching of evolution, and ignoring a creation by God.

In fact, as far back in the schools as the early twenties when teachers were told to teach evolution not a special creation. And they said; "That's old thinking. Evolution - evolution is the new thinking." Then, you see brethren, academic thinking graduated into saying you can no longer pray in school! Now they say you can't even have a Bible in school. Did you know that? In this country we can't. You can teach them Muslimism, you can teach them Buddhism, you can teach them Hinduism, but don't you ever mention the name of Jesus Christ because you might offend someone. That's what they say!

The Progression of Academia (PLAY FROM 02:14)

I recently purchased a book entitled 'The Death of Truth' and the author belongs to a Christian Fellowship organization in the United States. I didn't realize that until I got into it, but it doesn't matter, that's not the point. He points out in the book there are so many evils, SO many evils embracing our society. But during his presentation, it's a rather heavy read; he never used one scripture, not one. I'm going to use plenty as we move along.

He merely made periodic references to "God", but he never explained how to combat all of society's evil influences. Well mind you; he did a terrific job in dealing with all the evils and all the problems that we have to deal with today. He took a different approach on it that I thought was very intriguing, very interesting, and there was a lot I learned from it.

It's a very academic study that responds to what he calls multiculturalism, which we know about in this country, and society's rejection of reason. And it points a very critical finger at the dangers in what is called today, the new post modern diversity in our society. Now I'll explain that as we move along.

There was a time, many years ago, when they used to call it 'enlightenment' to your mind, as our society changed. Remember that? The schools; "Oh we're enlightened today, we think differently, the old ideas are gone, bring on the new ones. Creation forget, that's old thinking; it's evolution." That was so-called enlightenment to your mind. Then it was called 'modernism', maybe you've heard these terms. Modernism is the quality and nature of our thoughts and expressions which take on modern tendencies, modern tendencies and values.

Now that doesn't mean that they're right does it? But that's what they embellish. And then now we have what's called 'postmodernism'. Like I said, you might not have heard the term, but you'll recognize how it affects society, how it affects your family, how it affects you, and how it affects the Church. Postmodernism is the key word that captures the mindset of our day; and it will be made very clear just what that mindset is as we proceed.

And brethren, it affects everything; education, especially its affect on our children, it affects health care, it affects science, it affects law and history and religion, especially religion. And it touches every area of life. And today we have an unrelenting stream of political correctness. It's all around us. I'm getting sick of hearing the word. And we have out-of-control permissiveness. You see that everywhere you are - in your little town and village wherever it might be. And on top of that we now have extremes in granting tolerance. That's something that's really come to the fore here in this country, where anything goes, it doesn't matter, anything goes. And we have fabricated history and we have unrelenting deception and the denigration of knowledge.

And these are all symptoms of postmodernism. Sounds wonderful doesn't it? No; it does not sound wonderful at all. It is pervasive, and it is dangerous, and it is destroying our society. And it's happening so very subtly in so many different areas that people don't even see it. We will talk about what has happened to truth in our world. We will also read what real truth is and see that it is not dead, it is far from dead. The truth of God lives on as we know. Mr Armstrong touched on that. Real truth is the Word of God, His laws and His commandments - that's truth.

The question you know, when you really get down to it, how did we get to this point where society has literally ignored the Constitution? I know it has in the United States and also the rules and regulations up here. And freedom of speech, that's been ignored and it neglects real truth and rightness. There's no such thing as real truth and rightness. When was the last time you heard the word 'rightness', or righteous acts, or doing things properly? Where are we going as a society? Down, that's where we're going, downhill as fast as the wheels of this wretched world will take us.

The Beginning of Sorrows (PLAY FROM 07:41)

I hope to show you that what has taken place, as we get into this message, is quite startling in some respects, but what it has been preached and what's being taught and what's happening. Let's turn to Matthew 24:4 to begin with here. Just a couple of scriptures to get started as we move into this presentation:

"And [Christ] answered and said to [the disciples], Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in [different] places. All these [things] are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." (Matthew 24:4-9)

You can see, going back Matthew 24:4, it's very progressive. Deception started back at the Garden of Eden then all the way through history and all the things that have taken place and down today with the wars and rumours of wars. We're living in the midst of wars, right in the middle of it. We're living in the midst of famines. We're living in the midst of pestilence and earthquakes and all the things that are happening. Look at California, wild fires destroyed all the vegetation. And they hadn't had rain for years, then they get torrential rain and it starts mudslides and tears away the homes and foundations and causes havoc and kills people and destroys property, now up into the billions of dollars. In Matthew 24:9 it says:

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted..." (Matthew 24:9)

After all these things that go through here, all the beginnings of sorrows, then they are going to deliver you up. And brethren it hasn't happened yet, but I'll tell you right now, things are being set in place so that it can happen, because it's going to happen.

And in fact, it has already happened here in Canada, to a degree. You might find that hard to believe. As we speak, where you could receive, I could receive a six month jail sentence for preaching the Bible full bore, full bore. They call it spreading hate. That is now a law of the land brethren, in Canada, just like the law of the land which is legalizing marijuana this July. Marvellous! Speaking the Bible straight up is labelled a hate crime. That's amazing. That would never have happened years ago. What they're saying is, it's a crime to speak the truth.

That's how far the feminist and homosexual agendas have gone. People today, as you know brethren, are being led into sin because they don't have a standard to know right from wrong, or even to know what sin is. There's no-one there to tell them. There's no-one booming from the broadcast any more like Mr Armstrong does, and as he did. Matthew 24:10:

"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:10-11)

Hate and betrayal. What's going to happen brethren, when the crime is having the Word of God in your home? Or the crime is reading the scriptures​? Or the crime is keeping the Sabbath? I tell you, we will not be very well thought of as time goes on here. And someone is going to turn us in some day to the authorities for what they know about us. I believe that will occur some day. Well I tell you one thing, it's going to be very easy to find me, I am not going to hide. I can have that finger pointed at me by a lot of people over many years. That's fine, go for it. That's what we are coming to very quickly; we're already at the door with that most recent legislation that makes speaking the Bible full bore a crime.

Calling Evil Good and Good Evil (PLAY FROM 12:11)

Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? The perverted people of the city wanted to get at the two angels God had sent so Lot offered his two daughters. But fortunately the angels stepped in; they blinded the people and got them out of there. The point is, how bad is it going to get in the end time where we live? How bad is it going to get in the little town where you live? How do people get to the point of thinking that good is evil and evil is good?

They have moved way beyond that as we will see. But how did we get this way? And the answer really is very simple, Mr Armstrong touched on it, the simple answer is; because the laws of God were cast away just like it is today. They were cast away many years ago and we have progressively moved along to push them even further.

And I thought this book; 'The Death of Truth' would be very interesting for us to take a look at. And here is something brethren that the writer said; he said; "What happened to truth?" He said; "Today people tell lies when the truth would be so much easier to say. They just can't help themselves; they're so used to lying." Isn't that true?

Well, he answers the question this way. What happened to truth? Here's how he answers the question. He says; "America and the West is in the midst of a revolution in thinking. In the midst of a revolution in thinking that impacts every area of life." When you break it down like that I think we'll all agree, it is affecting every area, incredibly so. Let's notice over in Jeremiah 9:5 for a moment, one scripture that jumps out at me. I want to come back to Jeremiah 9 later because it is such a significant chapter. Jeremiah 9:5 says:

"And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity." (Jeremiah 9:5)

What world are they talking about in that scripture? It's today! Today's thinking is called; postmodernism, and you'll recognize some of the signs and characteristics as we continue. But very interesting point he makes here. Before postmodernism it was just called modernism. Today they've taken it one step further.

And listen to this; "They call postmodernism the guiding spirit of our times." Interesting wording: "the guiding spirit." What guiding spirit are they following? Where's that come from? Who is guiding, and who is deceiving the whole world? Satan, that's where it comes from; because you know Satan has his ministers. Satan has his teachers, Satan has his government leaders, Satan has all the bankers and Satan has all the academics. He said it's not 'a' guiding spirit - it is 'the' guiding spirit of our day.

Well we know that the Spirit of God is the guiding Spirit that leads into real truth. That's the real guiding Spirit. They use that phrase 'the' guiding spirit of our day. It all goes back to Satan, that's where it comes from. That's where the deception begins and they put a new coat on it and make it sound good and make it easier to deal with. Before His death Christ said; "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17).

The spirit of Satan is driving postmodernism forward to our destruction. Listen carefully to what he says here, an interesting comment and it hits so hard at what we're dealing with. He says; "postmodernism at its heart has a distrust of grand theories and ideologies and theologies, and teaches that things like reason, things like rationality, are merely a cultural bias." That's your culture, not mine, that's what you think - that's not me. But he says that they're coming to the point where it's going to be all reason and rationality are merely cultural biases. "That's what you think, that's fine, that is up to you." And they say truth does not exist. Truth does not exist! Those are pretty heavy statements; especially God's truth, they say, does not exist.

Right and Wrong is not Being Taught (PLAY FROM 17:41)

And here's how they reason around it; there's a number of things I'm going to mention. The writer goes on, he says; "Society that forsakes truth believes that all lifestyles, all religions and all world views are equally valid." They're equally valid. All lifestyles, all religions, world views, it's all the same, no problem. Children are being taught that in school today.

Our little grand-daughter was talking to my wife recently and there was a couple down the road, two women that have a child, two lesbians. And I forget how it came up, and my wife mentioned something about where's the father? "Well there's no father, there's just the two of them, the Mom and the Dad, it's two women." And they were saying, "There's nothing wrong with that, that's just fine." In other words; at these young ages, ten, eleven, twelve they're being taught this. That it's fine, it's perfectly valid!

How do you change that? The only sin they say is if you criticize someone else's views or moral choices. You can't criticize, or judge, or offend. Does that sound familiar brethren? You can't criticize, you can't judge, because you might offend. Our children are being indoctrinated by this stuff in the colleges and universities, absolutely they are, and they have been.

Listen to this, it only gets worse. He says; "Postmodernism says that opinions matter as much as evidence; and that reality is in the mind of the beholder. It's not what you see; reality is created in your mind by what you think." Wow! That's all I could say when I read that. Postmodernism says that opinions matter as much as evidence and that reality is in the mind of the beholder. It's not what you see; reality is created in your mind by what you think. That is unbelievable. Well you can see that in a lot of different court cases. We've got the smoking gun. Well that's not what happened, that's not what really took place. "I've got the smoking gun video." It doesn't matter. And that has crept into education and everywhere else. It's quite shocking really, the depth of what's taken place here if you really stop and analyze it.

Spirituality in the postmodern idea of religion puts the individual at the center. So it's not stopping religion but it's changing the emphasis, it's changing the influence. They're not stopping religion, no, carry on but they just changed the terms and reference. But whereas they might put the individual at the center, whereas for us who is at the center of our Christianity? Jesus Christ and God the Father.

This stuff sounds to me like; "If you eat of this tree you'll become gods. You can now decide right and wrong. Not to worry, you don't have to listen to God, you can get all the knowledge you need." (Genesis 3:4-5 paraphrased). Interesting to consider the reality of our day that the more knowledge people have, the more they sin, the more evil they become. Because knowledge cannot save, but it can create confusion - it can create confusion.

Authentic worship today ends up being self-worship and self-empowerment. Like 'I', 'me', 'I' believe, 'I' think, 'I' experienced, 'I' know, you can't tell me, that's just in your mind. And on and on it goes. Such is the devious deception of Satan upon this world. And that kind of thinking becomes an idol in your mind; "Yeah, I know, after all I've got better ideas than anybody else." Organized religion with its statements of beliefs is out of style. Did you know that? They're completely out of style. Individual spirituality is now in. That's a shocking statement but we know it's true, we see it; and that kind of stuff is dangerous and it's poisoning the minds of the unsuspecting.

Absolute Truth Is Abolished (PLAY FROM 22:34)

Another thing here he says, this is very interesting; "If you have objectivity in your religion, you're committing a sin against the religions of the world, because there's no such thing as objective truth." Or so they say. If you're objective about something that you are not easily influenced by - you know, with feelings or opinions when considering all the facts - if you are objective, that's how you look at things. And if there's no objective truth, that means nothing is factual, nothing is real, nothing is verifiable. God's Word is the truth. God's Word is verifiable, God is God, God is true. He has preserved His Word down through history.

And brethren, if you hold absolute truths, which you do, which I do, I hold them absolutely; that means that you are an enemy (John 15:18). Did you know that? That means you are an enemy. You are an enemy of the State, you are an enemy of the people; you are an enemy of Satan, of course we know that. You are the enemy! I guess you never thought of yourself as being the enemy before. In today's world that's how it's looking, that's how it's becoming.

I've just told you about Canada. You know, what if you speak the truth full bore? If I stood on a street corner, passed out a pamphlet or started speaking about all the ills around certain things in our city, they'd have me arrested for preaching hate; "Put him in prison." That's where we are, that's where it's come from. There's an absolute right truth here I want to show you. John 15:16:

"Ye have not chosen me [Christ says], but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16)

Truth, postmodernism would say, "that's what you think in your mind. That's what you think, that you were chosen. So now it is a reality to you." See how they twist it? John 15:18:

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you." (John 15:18)

The world does not like us brethren, don't think it does, don't think we can kind of get along. Ultimately we can't and we're going to stand out more and more as time goes on, I can see that, I can feel that coming. Postmodernism's ever increasing influence on and in society, tells us clearly we are hated or will become hated because we have objective truth - we have objective truth. And that hatred could easily turn on us. It mentioned that in Matthew 24, we just looked at it. We will be easy targets. That's fine; I'm not worrying about it. Like I said, I am not going to hide. We've got God and Jesus Christ to hang on to. I've got my faith and my conviction and my hope and the future. That's what we're moving forward on. That's why we are preparing ourselves. That's why we're involved in a work that believes that completely and absolutely and we need to hang on to it more and more and stronger than ever.

God, the Foundation of Truth (PLAY FROM 26:21)

Most postmodernists, those around us of today's leadership - all of today's leadership - all of today's education and of the world itself; are not necessarily against religion. Now you might find that interesting. What? Aren't they all against religion? No they're not, no. They are only against religious teachings that hold an objective truth. You will hear them say; "No-one has all the truth." How do you know that? How can you be sure?

Well we know that God has all truth. Brethren, postmodernism, in all of its various forms, in all its various disguises - yet we might not recognize the terms - but we can now start to understand what's behind it and what they're doing. And how they're doing it and why they're doing it. It's affecting every area of society and it's ripping away at the foundation. And we talk about standing on the foundation of truth, on the foundation that was given to us by Jesus Christ through Mr Armstrong. And we stand on that solidly, we don't give it up and we don't move away from it, we hang on. And as long as we hang on we're going to be fine, brethren. It's when we stray away, it's when we move off in different directions and take on other ideas. "Well maybe this is right, maybe Mr Armstrong was wrong. After all he was old," as people say. We've got to stay tied to the tree; stay tied to the trunk and never drift away from it.

Tell someone that the seventh day Sabbath is Saturday, and that is the day of worship, and they'll say; "That's your opinion buddy." Right, ever had that happen? "No," they will say; "no, that's your opinion." You say; "No, that's what the Bible teaches." That will convince them; it's what the Bible teaches. They'll say; "That is only your interpretation." How do you fight that? You can't.

What we have is this; "your opinion is true and other opinions are also true, and they are all equally valid." You've heard that before. That's what they say today, that's what people are being taught. "We want all opinions, we want to hear all stories and they'll all be validated. No-one's going to put them down. No-one's going to kick them out the door. No-one's going to say that it's wrong." If that's the case I'd like to ask this; what is the use of truth if the opposite position is also true? Answer me that Mr Postmodernist!

The things that go on behind the scenes in our society, the depth of the deception that Satan has perpetrated on all of us and all of the people out there in all of the positions of authority, schooling and education, everything else. The depth of it and how he's twisted it, he's dressed it up, he's put a new coat on it, little bit of makeup, changed the hairstyle, whatever way you want to look at it. And people say: "Yeah, that's right, this sounds good, this feels good, I understand this now." Mark 7:21:

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man [or a woman]." (Mark 7:21-23)

Isn't that what's taken place in our society? Don't those scriptures live now more than they ever did, brethren? They sure do to me, they jump out at me because you see it every day. You have to fight against it. Let's couple that in Mark seven with the instigator of lies and see what happens as a result of it all. Ephesians 2:1, and as a result of all that stuff, all that horrible stuff going on, what's happening, what's the effect?

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" (Ephesians 2:1-2)

Stirring up strife and discord. Yes, there's the spirit alright, the spirit that's guiding it, the spirit of disobedience, the spirit of Satan prince of the power of the air. Stirring up discord, and that's what we have right now everywhere, everywhere you look, in business and in education.

The Rejection of All Reason (PLAY FROM 31:46)

No-one can seem to fall into line under anything that's reasonable any more. It's like the man said in the book, it's the rejection of reason. There's no reason, it's what we think, it's what you want to do, whatever feels good to you. When we come to a situation in life in our society, in our greater world where everything is equally true, then brethren we've reached the end of the road. We've reached condition red for our society, we've gone too far. Oh, we've gone too far! Anything goes, everything is accepted. I see that every day, don't you? You see it in the news. You can't find good news. I see it at work, I hear it from people, the disillusionment, people searching for something but they don't know what they're searching for, they don't know where to find it.

Here's something very interesting brethren, one of the Churches of God right here in Canada has fallen victim to some postmodernistic thinking. You find that shocking? In a recent meeting it was mentioned that they were not going to correct certain thinking and actions because, they said, it is judging and it's condemning and we should not do that, and offend anyone. I don't find it shocking. I told you earlier on it does affect the Church; it spills over into the Church. It has to, that's how it works.

I won't go into details as to what happened here but what I said is true. I heard it firsthand from some people involved in it, so I know. I would not even mention it if that was not the case. If you offend, or you correct, it might drive people away. After all aren't their opinions equally valid? That is really what the Church leadership's actions are saying by taking no action. That is so unfortunate. And once it slips in like that, other things slip in, then bigger things slip in and before long they're at a complete loss to know what they're doing and why they are doing it. That's what happens, that's Satan's way, he nibbles away. That's why we can never ever let down. We can never ever step off the foundation we were given.

I'm so glad that Mr Bowles hammered away at that and taught us that years ago. And it is so true and that's what ties us here and that's what means something, that's what has purpose. Our lives have value brethren, they do, but they have value and purpose for God and Jesus Christ as we stay close to them. If we drift away, that's our problem and we're going to suffer as a result of that.

But you know, they talk about all opinions are equally valid. No they are not! All opinions are not equally valid because inappropriate behavior is still inappropriate behavior. Disrespect is still disrespect. And we believe in objective truth, don't we? Therefore we are an enemy of this world, a big time enemy, don't ever think you're not.

I wonder if we understand the magnitude of the perverseness and deception we are dealing with today and what our children are facing and how perverse the thinking has become? Deadly stuff is out there for our young people. A young fellow I used to work with years ago and he's in college right now. I had coffee with him a couple of weeks ago, we get together every now and again, he's so interested in knowing what I know.

When I say things, he likes to know where did this come from? What's that? And so forth. And he told me, in the College where he is at right now, all the things I just went through and mentioned is exactly what he sees and has faced every day. He says; "It is very difficult." He says; "I'm thinking actually of giving up." I said; "You can't give up." He says; "Well what's the point? All I've got to deal with and have to fight against; the staff, and the this, and the that." I said; "Don't give in, you know who you are, stand on your own two feet, and ask God to give you the strength." I said; "And you've got value and you've got a future." So he said; "Yes, I guess I should."

Sometimes you have to mention those things to people, and try to prop them up a little bit. This is a man in the world, a terrific young guy though.

The Ultimate Deceiver (PLAY FROM 36:45)

It says; "...the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world..." (Revelation 12:9). And brethren, he has a lot of help in deceiving the whole world. Think about this; he has all the media, he has all education, he has all religion and he influences the ideas of men everywhere.

Brethren we have God, we have the truth of God, we have the Spirit of God. Do you realize how fortunate you are, how fortunate I am? The world's thinking is being manipulated and influenced by Satan more than many realize, and it spills over into the Church.

Satan is very clever and he is the ultimate deceiver. Now as I mentioned, it's already happened to the Churches of God. Undoubtedly in many areas and in different ways it has also affected people. Let's look again from the book, 'The Death of Truth'. One of the things the writer {1} said is; "We need to understand how the world thinks." He says, "We don't want to make the mistake of lowering standards as many churches have." As I mentioned he is a minister. He says; "The gospel may preach for forgiveness but people have to be convicted that they are sinners, and that is a difficult proposition in today's world." He goes on; "A recent series of interviews conducted at random in a large university, asked if there was such a thing as absolute truth?"

All but one responded and they answered along these lines. Here is what they said; "Truth is whatever you believe. If it is true to you, it's true." That's the way they think! "There is no absolute truth." That in itself is a contradiction because you're absolutely saying that there is no absolute truth. No, but it's up to you. "If it's true to you, it's true." Cool – great!

One student said; "If there was such a thing as absolute truth, how can we know if it is true?" That's an interesting perspective. Everything gets twisted, that's the problem. And who is the Master Deceiver? That's why God sent and preserved His Word in the Bible. Christ said; "...thy word is truth." (John 17:17). The lone exception in this survey said; "People who believe in absolute truth are dangerous." Interesting? That means you are dangerous brethren, I am dangerous.

Postmodernism says truth is only relative, so therefore we can change it. Truth is what you believe. That's how messed up the thinking is. All of that kind of stuff is perverse and it's found its way through society and you can see it coming out in everything that we touch today. Truth is the Word of God. God is true, God is truth. They say truth is relative. That means then that God is relative, God is whatever you think, so therefore God's opinion makes no difference. The Bible is whatever you interpret it to be so it's not relevant. You talk about confusion and bafflegab that appeals and makes sense to so many. "Yeah I thought that religion seemed kind of strange and it's my ideas, and they had better not tell me what to do." Satan's deception permeates everything in our world.

A Momentous Job Lies Ahead (PLAY FROM 40:47)

You know, we must be alert and trusting in the word of God if we are going to stand in the days to come, because it's all against us. Who said it was going to be easy? Look what we are fighting against! And it's all come down to the point where legislation can now be enacted that could put me in prison for six months for speaking the Bible straight. That's where we've come to. When many of us heard the truth, what did we also hear? Remember? "Don't believe me believe the Bible." Remember Mr Armstrong saying that over and over? And we hear it now on the World Tomorrow program.

'The Death of Truth' book has another interesting point which I want to touch on. But the writer went on to say that "when truth dies, power fills the vacuum." I thought that's an interesting way to put it. What does that really mean here? He says, "To understand this look at Catholicism. Why is there such an authoritarian structure in the Roman Catholic Church? Simple answer is, they are devoid of truth. It's held together with power and authority and myths and fables and fear." Isn't that true? Something always comes along to fill the vacuum. Once truth goes out the window, Satan makes sure he fills it up with his lies. The truth has died and all sorts of evil take over. The truth is not dead as far as we're concerned, but in our society it's rapidly becoming gone, finished, dead and over. Psalm 101:6:

"Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord." (Psalm 101:6-8)

And brethren; God allows the world to get worse and worse doesn't He? He allows the world to get worse and worse and worse and it's getting worse and worse and worse. But, judgment is still coming, that's what people forget about.

It's like years ago people would say; "Well; when is Christ going to return? We were told it might be this, and might be that, and that hasn't happened yet, it's never going to happen. I was told that if we tithe we're going to get blessings, and we're going to get this, and we're going to get that. I'm still looking for my blessings." He's got a wrong attitude; that's the wrong way to look at it.

Jeremiah 9, I'm going to come back here, is a good cross-section of society, excellent cross-section actually. Let's have a look at some verses here beginning in Jeremiah 9:1:

"Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 9:1-3)

Don't you ever feel that way sometimes about this society? I want to get away from it, leave it behind, I don't want to deal with it any more, I don't want to think about it anymore, there's evil everywhere. Yeah we do; sure we do because we're human. It's all around us, we've got to fight, we've got to stay here and hang on, we've got to stay here and grow and become what God wants us to become. And be prepared for what's to come down the road; and become teachers and leaders and rulers. Jeremiah 9:4

"Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 9:4-6)

Interesting verses; you can go through and read the whole chapter, I won't take the time to do it. People are not taught, brethren, to govern themselves by the Ten Commandments. They're not taught. See how much work will be necessary in the resurrection to teach the truth and to help people to unlearn so much error? This society is replete with deception which they have to unlearn. Mr Armstrong said it was more difficult to unlearn something than it is to learn something new. A monumentous job lies ahead, an incredible job lies ahead. I wonder if we really realize it sometimes. When we look at what's going on in this society I think we have a better idea of just how much deception is there and this is going to be tough job.

God's Truth Endures Forever (PLAY FROM 46:26)

We're going to have a great time doing it, serving our God, teaching and helping, bringing people toward God. There will be lots of opposition in the hearts and minds of people before they really understand it. Psalm 43:3:

"O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God." (Psalm 43:3-4)

Yes, O send out your light and your truth. And God has sent out His light and His truth to us through His calling. We understand that completely, we believe it. There is never any doubt in my mind that I was called. I can relate back to the very occasion where it occurred. No-one can take that away from me. God made mankind, brethren, to need His truth, the absolute truth of God. And here's an absolute truth, Jesus said in Matthew 24:35:

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35)

The truth of God is constant and forever. That's the beauty of these scriptures, they just bring it home, make it so plain. We're going to have to use these scriptures with our knowledge and our experience to help people to understand there is a God, a God of truth, a God of righteousness, a God of creation, a God of hope, a God of confidence; our healer, our sustainer. Psalm 100:5:

"For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)

Christ said it would not pass away and it hasn't passed away, it's being carried on down by the Churches that are adhering to it. We're not going to let that go, we're not going to step off that foundation. We're not going to throw it to one side and say, "It doesn't matter - there's new thinking now." No there's not, there's lots of old thinking dressed up as new. Psalm 117:

"O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord." (Psalm 117:1-2)

Look at how much truth has been granted and mercy and kindness toward us, toward you and me - amazingly so. What a God we serve brethren. Yeah, that's an absolute truth for you!

Remember Pilate said to Christ; "...What is truth? ..." (John 18:38), remember that? Let's turn to Psalm 119:42 and look at a couple of scriptures here.

"Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth." (Psalm 119:142)

His law is the truth. There you are Mr Pilate if you want to know what truth is, there's the answer. The truth of God has been twisted, neglected and considered relative and just someone's opinion, no longer valid; so they say. "It doesn't matter anymore," so they say. "We'll decide for ourselves," so they say. Psalm 119:151:

"Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth." (Psalm 119:151)

All of them are truth, every one. You can't say; "This one doesn't matter today, that one doesn't matter today. I'm okay if I walk around this one." No, it's not true, it's not right, it's not just my opinion either and it's not just what I think, or my interpretation. Matthew 24:10 let's go back there again, we read this, let's read it again. It becomes so much more poignant when you start to look at some of these things:

"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:10-11)

We're living in the midst of that right now. It would be very easy for people who don't understand to turn us in, to betray us. Maybe we offend them by something we said by some minor thing that happened. Things like that have brought people down before; it's brought governments down before. And that's what's happening in our world right now, many are being led into sin, they're being pushed down the road into sin because truth has been destroyed.

Hold Fast to the Truth Given (PLAY FROM 51:51)

As the title of the man's book says; 'The Death of Truth', real truth has been destroyed in our greater society. That's what has been perpetrated upon the world. It has not happened to you, and to me, and to the Churches of God that understand that. We will not let the truth die because the truth can never die - it lives on forever. We want to abide by it, we want to hang on to it and we want to be a part of it. Matthew 24:24:

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24)

That's why Satan is working so hard to destroy the Church, to destroy you brethren. He wants you destroyed; he wants you out of the Church. That should make us more determined than ever to hang on very tight to the truth we were blessed to be given, and who brought it to us. What we have is priceless beyond measure - it really is. To everyone else truth has died, or it's a process of fading out of sight.

If there is not a Place of Safety, as some believe, then we cannot stand against the Beast power that's coming. To fill the gap when the truth of God is virtually gone, or only with a very few. God will protect those who are His, that's why we do trust and believe in the Place of Safety. We don't know how it's all going to happen, we don't know when it's going to happen, we don't know where it's going to be; it doesn't matter, God said; "I'll do it." God will protect those who are His.

The truth of God is forever, we've got to hang on to that tight, it doesn't go anywhere - it's here forever. We'll be teaching that in the Millennium. II John 1:7:

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son [that's us brethren, we have both]. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:" (II John 7-10)

That would be a dangerous person to be around. Our society preaches that; I don't want any part of it, I'll have no part of it. That's how they deceive today, they add their own doctrines and ideas as we've just been learning going through this presentation. This postmodernism nonsense, bringing in their own doctrines; yeah wonderful teachings! We have the teachings of Christ solidly in place and Christ said in John 8:32:

"If we obey the truth, the truth will set us free." (John 8:32 paraphrased)

And that is the only way you are free from sin. That He is; "...the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6). Let's look back at the Psalms again, Psalm 100:1:

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:1-5)

I love those verses. That's talking about us brethren as long as we stay in the truth. Stay in the truth, the truth has not died, we know that. They'll tell you outside that it has died, it's fading, it doesn't matter anymore, it's not meaningful, you decide for yourself.

Confusion is from Ancient Times to the Present (PLAY FROM 56:23)

Where did all this confusion come from? You know you can go way back into ancient Greece and Babylon. The so-called new modern thinking is virtually the same kind of thinking they had back then; they just put a new label on it. It sounds good - "here's a new way to look at things." That leads to confusion just like today. You can't step away from the foundational truths that God gave us through Mr Armstrong. When you do that you will fail; you will be destroyed, you'll be pushed around, you'll forget, you'll neglect. Things are going to become so diluted; I think it is going to be very difficult for people to accept the truth when they are presented with it because it becomes so diluted.

You'll be teaching the truth brethren, the truth of God in the Millennium, bringing them to the real God Showing them that there is a God, there is a Savior, there is a Plan, there is a purpose for what mankind's been through, the purpose for you being here yourself to whoever we're talking to. That's a big job, that's a huge job brethren. We'll have the power with the Holy Spirit and as being a spirit being; we'll have the power to do it. We couldn't do it now, I couldn't convince anybody of anything, I don't think I'd want to waste the time.

According to postmodernism your thinking, your emotions and encouragement are no longer based upon the facts, no longer based upon the truth. It is replaced with how you feel; do you feel good about it? If it feels right then it is right and it's truth to you. What nonsense! But it is easy for people to buy something like that, because they don't have to struggle, I don't have to bring myself in line. There is pleasure in sin as it mentions in the scriptures for a reason, so if you feel good about it, it must be good. So they reason. Incredible isn't it?

They talk about not upsetting anyone's self-esteem today and especially in education. Yeah, don't upset anybody's self-esteem. They believe anytime a child's emotions are challenged; this is happening right now, I know, in the schools, I've got friends who are teachers - if at any time children's emotions are challenged, even if we see hate, or selfishness, the child is being disabled by the teacher's reality which is imposed upon the child. Isn't that incredible? Twist and turn, blame it on the teacher, don't teach individual responsibility.

I have a friend who is a teacher in the school system here in Ontario and he gave it up after a while, he's a minister in another church, he gave it up. He said; "You know I can't fight any more because they won't let you teach, they won't let me correct, they won't let me teach responsibility, and give people the right values. I can't do it." They basically told him "Well if you are not happy you know what you can do." And he retired.

Incredible; teachers are supposed to validate any and all emotions that children exhibit. Well no wonder we have such chaos in schools and universities. They are not taught foundational principles because postmodernism is wanting to create a new social order without mentioning the Creator God; let alone believing and obeying Him. That's how it is being set up; you preach God, I can get you thrown in jail. "Get that Jon Pippy guy, he said the wrong thing, let's throw him in the can for a couple of months." They can do that now.

Another interesting situation I came across, an article written by Stephen Hawking, you all know who he is. He was recently quoted about his thoughts about artificial intelligence. I don't know if you saw the article, it's published 3 November 2017. {2} I'll read it to you in a minute, but I want to look at something else first. I want to turn to Genesis 11:1 before I read the article. I'm going to make you wait, let's have a look here and see if there is not an interesting parallel to be considered:

"And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name [for ourselves], lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see [what was happening, what they were doing; verse six] And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them [all]..." (Genesis 11:1-8)

Nothing will be withheld from them - nothing; so God confused the languages. Think about today, science speaks the same language worldwide. The science of computers and advanced technology are available to everyone. I want to read you this article, it made me think of Genesis 11:

Stephen Hawking says; "Artificial intelligence may replace humans and become a new life form. One day robots could entirely edge out human beings and become a new life form that is even capable of replicating itself." Stephen Hawking has warned once again in predicting a grim future. "I fear that artificial intelligence may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design artificial intelligence that improves and replicates itself and this could be a new life form that outperforms humans." He goes on and mentions a few more things I won't read, but that gives you an idea.

One other thing I want to quickly mention that you might be familiar with, maybe you haven't heard. Has anybody heard of Sophie the robot? "Sophie, the world's first robot citizen wants her own family, career and artificial intelligence super powers." This is a true story by the way. "Sophie, the first robot to be awarded citizenship in the world has said she not only wants to start a family, but she wants her own career. In an interview, Sophie shared her thoughts on the future that awaits human and robot kind. And she was developed in a laboratory in Hong Kong."

And let's see, one more little bit and then I'll let it go. It just shows you what's happening, what kind of a world we're living in. "For context, Sophie is pre-programmed with answers but instead uses machine-learning algorithms and an extensive vocabulary to form her answers. Her brain functions using a WiFi connection and it can read human facial expressions as well as the cadence of human speech in order to interact in a more human like manner." And the person who put this together said that; "Someday, we're not too far away from having them actually develop their own intelligence." And so on and so on.

Wow, all I can say is welcome to postmodernism, a world where everything goes, anything goes and God's out of the picture! So they think! God is in complete control brethren and He will only let things go as far as He wants it to go. Could you imagine if Mr Armstrong was alive? They would not let him on the air, like the program that we heard today. But I could see a lot of Wall Street Journal articles making the headlines in some newspapers.

You could try and reason with people by saying; "Obey the laws of God - that will solve the world's problems." Postmodernism does not believe in God, that is strike one. If there is a God, His laws are only relative; they're just His ideas, strike two. They're not to be taken seriously let alone believed; strike three. The game is over. No, postmodernism, it's just beginning.

God's Laws are Absolute (PLAY FROM 1:06:04)

The laws of God are absolute and carry an automatic penalty when violated. And the world's going to come to see that some day. That's not too far away, that kind of judgment is not too far away. God says the laws of God are perfect, so God says; "don't add to it, don't take from it." The laws and the commandments are true, the statutes are true. It was true from the very beginning, it is perfect.

In our society today law is a function of power rather than the function of behavior and self-governing. Isn't that true? That's why we have more crime. When we have more crime they say we need more police. What they need is someone in the schools teaching what's right and what's wrong. We don't need more police in the halls of schools and hidden cameras and more guns. That's why when truth dies, or you could say; when the laws and knowledge of God dies completely, power fills the vacuum. And it pours in more policemen, more guns, more goofy laws and really results in more crime.

Living in our present lawless society, we can now see this is paving the way for the Lawless One to come. Everyone will just flock after him because they don't know the truth. They don't love the truth, they don't love God and they don't believe that He exists. That's how they've been conditioned because they won't keep His commands. And Satan, brethren, is keeping the world ever stronger in his grip of deception and evil ideas like postmodernism and other forms of bafflegab, to confuse and deceive.

And it is up to us to hang on to the truth of God strongly in our minds and in our actions. Brethren, think about this, I'm very serious; we are the last ones here in the Churches of God to understand the standards of God. Do you understand that? There's only a few of us left, how many thousand, I don't know, just a few. Satan wants us gone so he can destroy the plan of God. God is saying; "No." We are going to hang on to the truth. God says; "Hang on to the truth, I've given you that truth, I've given you the foundation, I'm here, reach out and take my hand, I'll guide you I'll lead you." I believe that.

And he will use any form of deception to confuse and to distract the people of God. He's done it before, he'll do it again and he's doing it right now. He'll dress up the old lies and put a new coat on it and make it look good, and sound so good and appealing. Postmodernism thinking and reasoning, sounds good. Not to me it doesn't. We must do our part and get ready to rule and teach. It's the truths of God that we will teach, not postmodernism nonsense where you decide for yourself.

Mankind's been deciding for himself for years, for generations, and where has it got him? Wars, and rumors of wars, and more problems. We must do our part and get ready to rule and to teach, holding on ever tighter to the truth once given to us by Christ through His late apostle Mr Armstrong. We need to understand what is happening to our society brethren and look to our Redeemer, look to our Savior with trust and hope and confidence. May God help all of us to reach our destiny.


Footnotes:

{1} Mr Pippy mistakenly said 'reader' here but intended to say 'writer'.

{2} Mr Pippy mistakenly said 'this' year, but meant 'last' year 2017.