By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Truth and sincerity are powerful virtues that when held on to doggedly can lead to a life full of joy and purity of heart. Pastor Georges Ntemi on Sunday based his sermon on the salience of Christians being truthful and sincere in every aspect of their lives so that they can grow their faith and strengthen their confidence in Christ.
Pastor Georges observed that the first principle for Christians must be a penchant for the truth. “You must use the truth as a belt. You must be truthful in all things because it not only sets you free but also makes you free. You must use truth as a stool to stand on at all times for a life of sincerity and honesty. Some have a way of thinking they are honest, but are you truthful enough? Are you a Christian or a fake?” preached Pastor Georges.
He read Ephesians 6: 14, “’Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate with righteousness.’ But, what is
The blessed man of God delved into the etymology of truth and sincerity and revealed the Latin derivative of sincerity. “Sincere comes from the Latin word ‘sincerus’ that means ‘without wax.’”
According to Pastor Georges, over 2,000 years ago, statutes were held in high esteem and rich folks were willing to pay fortunes for genuine statutes. Because genuine statutes don’t crack, they cost a lot, but dishonesty and insincerity nibbled their way into the statute business. To prevent cracks that emanated from fake statutes from discovery, charlatans melted wax and used it in covering the crevices in the statutes.
Over time, buyers started asking if the statutes they were about to buy were real or fake. From that perspective, sincerity became part of the definitions of truth. Pastor Georges then asked, “Are you truthful to yourself in your Christian life or you are a cosmetic Christian? Are you a funny or a pompous Christian who holds a 20-pound Bible to Church but is insincere?”
The apostle of God emphasized that as Christians, there are fundamental doctrines we must know to guide us. He espoused that Christians must not only be hearers of the word but also doers.
“Christianity is an action faith, so truth and sincerity must be like a belt around our waists. The devil is the father of lies so if you are a liar, the devil is your father. The only way you can rebut the devil is to speak the truth and stand on it; that is what will make you a disciple of Christ,” said the apostle of God.
According to the apostle of God, some think that to believe in absolute truth is dangerous. “If that is the case, God is dangerous because He is absolute truth; Christ is dangerous because He is absolute truth, and the Holy Spirit is dangerous because He is absolute truth,” he said in an epistrophe. ”Let us believe in the absolute truth and be dangerous. We must do as Christ says. We must be without wax. We must be original, not fakers,” stated Pastor Georges emphatically.
The apostle of God then read John 8: 31-32: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The blessed man of God added: “Christ says, If you hold on to my teaching, you are my disciple. Do you know the truth? Is your life made of patches or real? Do you appear original on the outside, but on the inside, you are rotten? If on the inside, you are evil, you can’t speak with authority and accuracy that you are a child of God. God can’t be mocked because He is the God of all truth.”
The apostle of God admonished sophists who are operating as preachers who go about manipulating God’s word to suit their purposes. “Your feelings or emotions won’t take you to Heaven. You don’t change God’s word to your advantage. People who deceive with words can’t be trusted. Goodness without Christ is Hell.”
He cited Jeremiah 17: 9-10: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
The blessed man of God noted that Christians should live by the word and knowledge of God. But for the most part, some live by feelings, which could be deceptive. “Don’t follow doubters of the word, or hell will be your final resting place.”
In addition to living by the word and knowledge of God, Pastor Georges added that seeking validation for our actions could be counter-productive. “There are some who are always seeking everyone’s approval for their actions. In all things, remember that you can’t have everyone’s approval. If everyone praises you, be careful. Also, know that the servant cannot be greater than the master. Praises will weaken your faith.”
The apostle of God asserted that the reason why Christians must be wary of getting everyone’s approval is that in times of troubles, those praising you will be the first to desert you. “Focus on what is ahead, and the Holy Spirit of God will carry you to where you need to be,” said the apostle of God.
In addition to dependence on the word and knowledge of God and universal validation, Pastor Georges stated that confronting a problem is far better than ignoring it. “The only place where there may not be any problems is the cemetery. “If you have a problem in your life, it is God telling you that you are still is his camp. The problem will put fire in your belly, and when you speak, fire will come out to burn the devil. Your health, finances, marriage, children could all be under attack.
“Don’t allow the devil to run you over; he will destroy you. Stand up with prayer against him and let the fire of the Holy Spirit fight the battle for you.”
Last but not least, Pastor Georges counseled the congregation not to develop the habit of shifting blame all the time. “If you are in the habit of saying your problem is always someone else’s fault, you are limited and allowing others to control your life. You are unique; you are special; you belong to an army of champions, so you are a champion. Your life is in the hands of the Almighty God, so don’t worry,” concluded Pastor Georges.