If any of you can remember the ORIGINAL television game shows by these names then I’m not the only one revealing my age! To Tell the Truth ran from the mid-sixties to seventies and What’s My Line? was kind of the precursor to that show which ran from the fifties until the late sixties. The premise of the first game show was for the panel to guess what the occupation was of the contestant by asking a series of questions. The premise of the following game was to tell who the “true” person was for an occupation out of a couple of others who were impostors. They were both extremely popular AND long-running television game shows.
Here we are in 2020 and even though it might sound like a “pun,” our eyesight isn’t any better when it comes to spotting fakes today. Of course, when you get down to the spiritual “nitty-gritty” why would it be when the devil is probably the most knowledgeable when it comes to the Scriptures aside from our Heavenly Father, Himself.
I am constantly amazed at the things I see written on social media platforms in the name of “Christianity.” It truly reveals to me that when it comes to titles or labels, the enemy of mankind’s souls is an expert at perverting and twisting, over time, words and titles we have seemed to take for granted.
Love for instance. The devil’s had a long run to twist and pervert that concept. Today in the world especially it resembles NOTHING even close to the Character of God Almighty, Himself. It’s all based on feelings and emotions now. “If it feels good, then it is good,” is a long-time saying that has had time to ingrain itself in the modern psyche.
Now, the enemy has done the same with the title, “Christian,” because since the United States is a “Christian” nation, everyone who believes in SOME kind of supreme being is a “Christian.” For proof, just listen to one of the most popular talk-show hosts, Oprah Winfrey speak about the “Christian” experience and there are many, many ways to get to what you might believe is “God!”
Oprah Said There Are Many Ways to God? “There are millions of ways to be a human being, and many paths to what you call God.” “Well I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity.” ~Oprah Winfrey 
Believe me, I have been doing this long enough now that when I hear or read some of these statements and beliefs, my stomach feels like it gets twisted into knots and that is no exaggeration!
Now in my research I have found as many people trying to justify her statement in a “spiritual” sense as there is trying to condemn it Scripturally! The truth of the matter is that as far as she has stated in interviews, the Bible is not the ONLY writings that lead us to our “god, gods or goddesses!”
What she says is true in this Biblical sense:
“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.” – Isaiah 45:22-23.
“But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:10-12.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11.
EVERY person ever born and created, past, present and even future, will one day, and seemingly not far off, will stand before Christ Jesus not JUST to be judged, but to acknowledge that in truth He IS the Lord of Lords and King of Kings for all eternity! So in essence, no matter what you do or how you live, you WILL be led to the feet of Jesus at sometime in the future. Of course, this is NOT the context she meant, but unknowingly, she DID proclaim the truth in that regard!
Now before you think that I am attacking America’s sweetheart unmercifully, let me just say, she is the most pronounced in her statements and the most easily recognizable as a “non-religious” source, but I can tell you, it doesn’t take a lot of research to find those who call themselves “ministers” who have come out with very similar statements, and let me tell you, more so within the last couple of years. It seems that those who are rising up out of the shadows are becoming more and more blatant as the world goes deeper and deeper into sin.
This should NOT surprise anyone who spends time in their Bibles! It IS shocking still, but it should NOT be surprising for even Jesus stated emphatically and explicitly what was to happen just before His coming in Matthew 24. I will trust you to reread the whole chapter, but let me remind you of this part:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” – Matthew 24:36-39.
And also in Luke, (see all of chapter 17 for a comparison) a little more exposition:
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” – Luke 17:26-30.
Now understand one thing here; Jesus didn’t go into extreme detail about the days of Noah or even the days of Lot and his family. The people whom He was sharing this with KNEW from their Scriptures, (our Old Testament writings) just how bad things were back then.
I was talking to my two adult sons just last night and we were talking about the situations going on all around us, the corruption, violence, outright murder of innocence, both children and adults, the political state of affairs and the blatant HATE towards a duly elected leader and those who voted for him, because he thwarted the advancement of their agendas, at least for a season.
Now we live in a small agricultural community and it just hasn’t hit us as it has in the big cities, but I am not blind and as I was telling my boys, I CAN’T imagine the days of Noah or of Lot with Sodom and Gomorrah, being worse than it is today! I know with Noah, he had 120 years to prepare the Ark, but I can actually look back in history to just after I was born in 1952 and I can see in the late fifties and early sixties, the seeds of rebellion against established institutions and mores taking root back there. We have had almost 70 years for this rebellion to transpire with starts and stops along the way that we thought then was bad. But even then, so much was hidden in the shadows whereas now, the blatant wickedness is showing itself with apparent arrogance!
Yet I can remember back, sitting in a small church, fascinated by all the guest preachers who prophesied of the End Times and how terrible they would be. I had NO idea that I would actually live to see what we are witnessing in human nature around the whole world. AND, that doesn’t even touch on the situation in nature with the earth itself groaning as if ready to give birth!
Jesus told us, He WARNED us, that we would not know the day nor the hour because even He doesn’t know, but only our Heavenly Father. But He DID tells us, that we WOULD know the season because of the signs. Even the Apostle Peter gave a sign of the very end and I actually KNOW people who have come out and stated this almost word for word!!
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:1-4. (Bold/Italicized Emphasis mine).
Notice that Peter starts out by saying, “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us.” I have been back in the Old Testament extensively and I am convinced it is because of what is going on around us, that I see and perceive its writings in a whole new light. It isn’t that the truth wasn’t there all along, but now, it is as if events in our modern age, is mirroring the times of ancient Israel. Why wouldn’t they, either? For as surely as God’s Character and Nature doesn’t change and His Word surely doesn’t change, neither it seems, does man’s unregenerate human nature. It takes the Holy Spirit for man’s nature to undergo a spiritual change.
Okay, what does this have to do with the title? Well, the following are Scriptures that are used everyday in preaching and teaching on social media. Are you familiar with them, yourselves? Do you know what they mean? I mean in spiritual truth. They are all legitimate Scriptures. There is a definite pattern here. Do they fit in context? It is for yourselves to know and realize and this is not a trick “test,” by any means. But it does take looking at the Word of God with spiritual discernment.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7.
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” – Matthew 21:22.
“For this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” – Luke 4:6-7.
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep My commandments.” – John 14:14-15.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” – John 15:7.
It is this very simple little test that makes it so necessary for the True Church of God, the Body of Christ, to KNOW and not just to believe in “a” God. The Word of God was given to let us know Who our Heavenly Father is, His Character and Nature and how through Christ Jesus we have a chance, we have a CHOICE to have a renewed spiritual relationship with Him based on Agape (unconditional love) that was once lost due to sin. That is what TRUE Salvation and Redemption is; an eternal relationship with God Almighty, our Creator, our Heavenly Father!
But remember, we CAN’T KNOW Him, if we just take everyone else’s word for who He is. We are responsible for our own relationship with Him and I am telling all my loved ones who read this, it is even more important in the times and days we are right now living in.