28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which
the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,
which he obtained with his own blood.
29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you,
not sparing the flock;
30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted
things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease
night or day to admonish everyone with tears.
32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is
able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those
who are sanctified.
What is more dangerous to our faith? An outright lie or a half-truth?
First it is important to note that both are dangerous, but the
half-truth is a more effective technique for deception, especially
among believers. This is the method that has compromised many in the
church in the name of evolving with the culture that maintains that
Truth is relative. We commend ourselves for believing in Christ while
we end up embracing the doctrines of men and ignoring the Life that
comes from God.
Whether we teach twisted truth or welcome half-truth with open arms, it
reveals our “unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives
accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him
nearer to our own image.” (A.W. Tozer)
We live in a twisted world and, sadly, twisted half-truth abounds all
around us. We would do well to heed the words of Paul to ” pay careful
attention” to ourselves and those around us.