Will You Join the Revolution?

Moses sent 12 spies to evaluate the land of Canaan. Upon return, 10 advised not to follow the Lord’s directive to conquer the Land. Joshua and Caleb tried unsuccessfully to persuade the people to attack. They soon found themselves in a minority of two out of the approximately two million Jewish people. It turns out that they were right, and the overwhelming majority was wrong.
This has often been the case throughout Scripture and history. The lesson: we cannot determine truth by counting noses.
How then? We must answer that question because Scripture teaches the priesthood of the believer, i.e. that the Lord holds each of us responsible to determine truth. We discover truth in Scripture. In John 17:17 Jesus said, “Your Word is truth.”
This reality poses a problem for contemporary evangelicals. My weekly blog posts have been dealing with the topic, “Evangelicals Don’t Believe the Bible.” Each post identifies a section of Scripture evangelicals avoid.
The Bible contains God’s diet for us, I have made the point that this avoidance is selective, omitting certain food groups. Evangelicals consume a lot of milkshakes and fries, but not many wholegrains, salads, and steaks. Consequently, their perspective on truth is skewed, which prevents them from performing their priestly function effectively.
They are confident, however, that the “truths” they embrace are correct because they revert to the method used by Israel: they determine truth by majority vote—with the same result.
The cover of my new book, Counterattack: Why Evangelicals Are Losing the Culture War and How They Can Win, displays this quote by George Orwell: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” It was for Joshua and Caleb. Will you stay with the majority or join the revolution?

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