Post modernism has created a culture in which people believe truth is relative, personal, individual and untouchable. This cultural idea has created an insecure society, an easily offended people, and an attitude that says, who do you think you are to tell me what to do? In the world, this is understandable, but this is what we see in the church. Therefore, many Pastors around the world yesterday preached messages that Paul told Timothy was going to be preached. “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” Was Paul prophetic or is there nothing new under the sun?
Culture is one of the greatest challenges to hearing, receiving and believing the truth that will set you free. Paul said in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Culture is the pattern of this world. The way to break out of culture, no matter what culture you are dipped in, is to renew your mind. But to renew your mind, you must be a lover of truth. Not your truth, THE TRUTH. If you live with a love for truth, you are willing to adjust your life immediately when truth is spoken and you are not in alignment with that truth. I have been listening as the tide has turned and some leaders are speaking truth, and if we have ears to hear and adjust to the truth we are hearing, more of the kingdom will be revealed to us. But you must love truth more than you current cultural lifestyle. It’s hard to break out of the matrix of culture, but when you do, there is a freedom you cannot deny, for the truth makes you free! Once you see the truth, the lies are obvious and easily resisted.