I recall sitting in my office at the church I was pastoring at the time, praying at my desk, when I heard a question in my spirit. “How do you tell someone who is deceived that they are deceived?” I had never considered that concept before, but immediately began trying to pray through to the answer. I discussed this with several of my key people, but while we all wondered at the power of the question, no one had an answer.
If someone believes that a lie is actually truth, then when you challenge their “truth”, they will defend the lie. How do you get someone to change something so foundational to their thinking and values as “truth”. Well, the truth was at that moment, I was the one who was deceived. I spent a great deal of time pondering the various ways of teaching truth to others effectively not realizing that I believed lies to be true. I was teaching as truth doctrines of the church system that I was in, failing to verify their authenticity against the Scriptures. Good men had taught me what they thought was right, but Yirmeyahu [Jeremiah] 16:19 says, “…in the day of distress the nations shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.’ “ [The Scriptures 2009 Ed.]
It’s an unsettling realization to have your version of what is true be challenged to a place that you don’t have a good answer. To really look at the Word without preconceived ideas, cultural bias, or religious training and seek what the text actually says can rock your world. However, i have found that if you seek honest answers, you have to be willing to accept them when you find them.