THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
#04-1027
We Speak the Truth in Love
March 11, 2010
If you have not done so already, please read the last three issues #04-1024 through #04-1026, for these
build upon one another.
In the previous issues, attention has been drawn to the corrupt state of our political system and the
judgment that I believe is coming upon it and its leaders. However, the question arises: Are we much
different than they are? Is the church-at-large exempt from such judgment? Have we as the Lord’s
people strayed from the Lord and knowing Him as our trust and walking by His faith?
Our country and its leaders may be a reflection of the condition of the church-at-large, and they may be
instruments through which God judges His people, for it is time for judgment to begin with the
household of God (1 Peter 4:17). These words were penned about 2,000 years ago; how much truer
are they as we near the end of our present wicked eon? For this reason, we need to pay heed to the
words and actions of our leaders, for God speaks to us through them.
As Christians, it is easy for us to stand in judgment of our political leaders, as if we are different from
them; but are we? We need to heed the Lord’s exhortation, or else we too will be counted among the
hypocrites.
(1) “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. (2) For in the way you judge, you will be
judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. (3) Why do you look
at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
(4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and
behold, the log is in your own eye? (5) You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own
eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-
5 NASB)
Politicians may speak falsehood, but how much falsehood is spoken within the church that calls upon
the name of the Lord? The politicians speak falsehood to one another; but do we speak the truth in love,
not only to one another but to the world? They speak of reconciliation; but are we living ambassadors
for Christ who proclaim the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)? They speak as agnostics; but
do we live by faith in the living God? They speak of bipartisanship; but are we wholly devoted to Christ
and His righteousness? They speak of the end as justifying the means; but do we declare the end from
the beginning as our God has revealed it to us (Isaiah 46:10)? They speak of hope and change; but do we
know and live according to the One who is Hope and who will bring the fundamental change of
righteousness to the entire world? They may have a speck in their eye; but do we have a log?
These might be catchy phrases and questions to make a point, but the main point is this: Are we living
the very life of Christ in this day? Are we the embodiment of the righteousness of Christ? It is not so
much about doing as it is about being; being Christ-like in all we do, say, and think. Are we growing up
in Christ? See article #6, February 2008, To Know Him , and issues #03-09149, August 19, 2009, A Life
Lived, Not Taught , and #03-09150, August 20, 2009, To Be Living Is Christ .
As noted previously, politics in our day is “crafty; tricky; given to forming crafty schemes or plots.” But
the same danger has come upon the church-at-large, for it has been infected with the same craftiness,
trickery, and scheming. Consider the warning from Paul, the beloved apostle.
(14) As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful
scheming; (15) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him
who is the head, even Christ…. (Ephesians 4:14-15 NASB)
As much as we might not want to admit it, every wind of doctrine has been embraced within the church
that claims Jesus as Lord. The trickery and craftiness of men have deceived many into falling into their
trap of deceitful scheming, resulting in them accepting lies and failing to grow up in all aspects into
Christ. Consequently, they remain as babes in Christ, men of flesh, and unable to discern spiritual to
spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:10-3:3).
Why must judgment come upon the household of God? Why must the nations be judged along with us?
We have been unwilling to suffer as a Christian and to glorify God in this name (1 Peter 4:16), choosing
instead to be friends with the world, even loving the world ( kosmos ; orderly arrangement of man’s
doing) that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). We have listened to the many false prophets of the media
and of the church that have gone out in the world. See issue #03-09165, September 15, 2009, Modern-
Day False Prophets . We need to repent! See article #12, August 2008, Repent!
The spirit of antichrist has been in the world since John’s day (1 John 4:1-3), and it is alive and well
in our day. See issue #02-08133, October 27, 2008, The Spirit of Antichrist . What is this spirit? It is the
spirit that places itself on the throne, as if it rules in the place of Christ. It is not so much a spirit that
stands against Christ openly and outwardly but a spirit that says it shall prevail, who have said,
“With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” (Psalm 12:4
NASB). It refuses to sanctify Christ as Lord in its heart (1 Peter 3:15). This is the spirit of antichrist, and
this spirit has no use for the coming of God’s one and only Anointed King. God’s Son came to this earth
over 2,000 years ago and manifested Himself as a Man, and He is coming soon to manifest Himself
again as the Immortal Conqueror to His body of conquerors who will be sent forth to teach the
inhabitants of the world righteousness (Isaiah 26:9) as His kingdom takes root among the nations and
expands over the next 1,000 years.
Dear brethren, isn’t it time for us to speak the truth in love to one another and to the world? But do we
know the truth that needs to be spoken? Jesus prayed to his Father: “Sanctify them in the truth;
Your word is truth” (John 17:17 NASB).
As Jesus was headed to the cross, Pilate asked Him: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Jesus had given
Pilate the answer already, but he was unable to receive the truth, so he questioned truth in general.
(36) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this
world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the
Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” (37) Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So
You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been
born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of
the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:36-37 NASB)
What is the truth? Jesus, the Word of God, is the Truth. But notice that Jesus acknowledged before
Pilate that He came into the world to testify of one glorious truth. The truth is that He was born a king,
and, in fact, He is the King; He is God’s King (Psalm 2).
The Spirit of truth has come to guide us into all the truth (John 16:13), and we must not avoid the truth
that Jesus is the King of the nations. We must speak this truth in love to one another and to the world,
and all the more as we see the day drawing near. Please see article #2, October 2007, Do Not Abandon
the Hope .
The world and the nations, along with its leaders, do not know it, but they have no hope apart from the
Anointed (Christ) King who is the King-Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Let us not lose
sight of this truth, and let us not refrain from declaring it to the glory of God the Father. This is
speaking the truth in love. For yet in a little while, He who is coming will come, and will not
delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:37-38a).
The Upward Call: #04-1027
by: Stuart H. Pouliot