A Nation Of Truth Rejecters

By Chuck Baldwin

(Editor’s Note: This article is posted today for our Christian readers. In John 18:38, Pilate asks Jesus, “What is truth?)

A bedrock principle of Natural Law (the Law upon which Western
Civilization rests) is the primacy of truth. Without a desire for, and
appreciation of, truth, society cannot sustain itself. Lies, deceit,
duplicity, etc., are more than moral evils; they are the bane of
freedom and liberty. Take away truth, and one is left without honor,
justice, or decency. Truth is the cement that holds the bricks and
stones of a sane and civilized society together. Remove the former and
the latter will crumble.

Truth also demands courage and honesty, because sometimes it can be
very painful to look at! It takes an honest man to desire truth, as
truth will often reveal the character flaws in his own soul. It also
takes courage to appreciate truth, as truth will often demand that one
change his own opinion or conduct. Unfortunately, it does appear that
the desire for truth has been replaced with a desire for deceit.

Years ago, a great, old preacher-warrior told my former church
congregation, “People today love being lied to.” How right he was!
For the most part, even professing Christian people today love being
lied to. It would seem that many people find deceit easier to digest
than truth. Maybe it’s because these people lack the aforementioned
virtues of honesty and courage.

Truth demands the virtue of honesty, because honesty requires that
information be objectively analyzed and studied; it requires that
personal prejudices and proclivities be set aside; it requires that
humility replace pride, which allows one’s opinions and conduct to
change in the face of truth.

Truth also demands courage, as courage is the active response to
honesty. To know what is right to do is great (many people do not even
know this much), but to act upon what one knows to be right is even
greater–and also harder! Courage gives men the fortitude and
conviction to suffer personal loss in order to be faithful to their
own honesty. Courage places more value on honesty and truth than on
personal prosperity or aggrandizement. Courage propelled Daniel into
the lion’s den; it drove Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the
burning fiery furnace; it placed a youthful David onto the battlefield
alone against a fierce and ferocious adversary; it gathered Pastor
Jonas Clark’s congregants (mostly farmers and merchants) onto
Lexington Green to face Britain’s highly trained, professional
soldiers.

So, where are the virtues of honesty and courage in the desire for
truth today? Threaten the average pastor and church leader with some
obscure IRS tax code and they will quickly turn their backs upon
virtually every principle of truth and honor that they once professed
to believe. The mere threat of potential financial loss sends men
(excuse me, males) scurrying for cover.

In this regard, when then-Senator Lyndon Johnson created the heinous
501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt status for churches, he very cleverly (with
assistance from Hades, I might add) planted the seeds that would grow
up to intimidate the vast majority of America’s pastors and church
leaders into becoming silent slaves of the state. In fact, if one has
an opportunity to ever bore deeply into the matter, he or she will
discover that most pastors and church leaders today do not even regard
the Church as the institution of the living God, bound only to the
laws and principles of God’s Holy Word; they perceive it as a
creature of the state, bound to the subjective machinations of IRS
bureaucrats and their toadies in the law profession. And should a
choice ever have to be made between the two, God, His Word, and His
Church will be thrown under the bus in preference to the state-owned
corporation. So much for truth–or honesty, or courage, for that
matter.

The rejection of truth seems ubiquitous in America today. When did it
start? Maybe when Abraham Lincoln turned the Constitution on its head
and–at bayonet point–turned republicanism into nationalism; maybe
when Woodrow Wilson rejected thousands of years of human history and
turned America’s sound money system over to the corrupt and
illegitimate Federal Reserve; maybe when Wilson created the monstrous
Internal Revenue Service; maybe when the 17th Amendment was adopted;
maybe when the American media convinced people that Lee Harvey Oswald
acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; maybe
when the American people (including the vast majority of pastors and
Christians) turned their backs (and their hearts) to the Branch
Davidians, who were murdered by federal agents outside Waco, Texas;
maybe when so-called “conservative” Senate Republicans
deliberately chose to cover up President Bill Clinton’s criminal
conduct; maybe when the powers that be began demonizing anyone who
dared to question the “official” story regarding the events on
9/11/01; maybe when a vast majority of Christians and conservatives
blindly followed and actively supported the unconstitutional,
un-American policies of President George W. Bush. They supported Bush
when he threw off Western Civilization’s time-tested Just War
doctrine (and replaced it with an unconscionable Preemptive War
policy), and, again, when he officially began turning America into a
police state by creating the Department of Homeland Security,
implementing the Military Commissions Act, introducing the Patriot
Act, and dismantling Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus. Whenever it
started, the sad reality is, America has largely become a nation of
truth-rejecters.

There is a passage of Scripture that I simply must interject here:
“Because they received not the love of the truth . . . God shall
send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (II
Thess. 2:10,11 KJV)

This is one of God’s universal principles: when people deliberately
reject truth, God will allow them to believe lies, which always leads
to ultimate destruction. I submit that is exactly where America is
today. As a nation, we have rejected truth, and God is giving us over
to deceit and falsehood. And what is interesting to me is the way in
which many unbelievers seem to have a thirst for truth that far
surpasses that of many professing Christians. This leads to an amazing
paradox.

Think of it: when God is moving within a nation with His plan of
truth and justice (which He is always doing), then it stands to reason
that the evil one is, likewise, resisting and countering God’s plan
through deceit and falsehood. This means that those unbelievers who
seek truth are allying themselves with God (maybe even unwittingly),
while those professing Christians who have rejected truth are allying
themselves against God (again, maybe even unwittingly). Remember, God
called the heathen king, Cyrus, “my shepherd.” (Isa. 44:28) But
one thing is constant: truth is like a magnet: one is always being
pulled toward it or away from it, depending upon the polarity of
one’s heart and mind. People who embrace truth tend to embrace it
further, while people who reject truth tend to be continually hardened
against it.

Think of the conflicts of world and American history where brothers
fought against brothers. Many of these brethren died at the hands of
brethren fighting for truth, while other brethren died fighting
against truth. And though men may be unable to discern the difference,
God suffers from no such malady. He knows those who enable truth and
those who disable it. And many of those today that are resisting and
disabling truth call themselves Christians. There is another
appropriate Scripture: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
(Matt. 7:20 KJV)

Again, the desire for truth is a bedrock principle of a free and
independent society. We must desire truth, first, in our own hearts.
We must be willing to objectively analyze our motives and actions
based upon this fundamental principle. How can so many people
(including professing Christians) behave so dishonestly? How can they
act so cowardly? How is it that truth is only precious when it
doesn’t cost us anything? How can people be so unconcerned about
truth and so spiteful toward those who seek it? How can those who
claim as their Savior the One is “the way, the truth, and the
life” be so calloused against truth? How can those who claim to read
the word of truth (the Bible) be so ignorant of truth?

Look around you: our society is breaking apart due to a lack of
appreciation for truth. Small businesses are being put out of business
due to a lack of truth. Families are being torn apart due to a lack of
truth. Churches are filled with bitterness, carnality, envy, deceit,
duplicity, false accusation, greed, and cowardice due to a lack of
truth. Our political institutions mock the principles of decency and
honor due to a lack of truth. The national media loves to distort
truth; the federal judiciary loves to twist truth; and there is no
such thing as truth to Big Business–only bottom line profits.

As we enter a new year in search of Heaven’s blessing and
protection, let us remind ourselves that God always judges people who
reject truth. Always! If we truly want Heaven’s blessing and
protection upon our land, we will start–each of us–by being willing
to seek and embrace truth, even if doing so costs us something;
because, in reality, people who reject truth lose a whole lot more
than whatever they had hoped to gain. Eventually, they lose, not only
their own lives, but also the life of their country.

Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and
pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America
was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution
Party. He and his wife, Connie, have been married for 37 years and have 3
children and 7 grandchildren. See Chuck’s complete bio at
Chuck Baldwin Live

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10 Responses to A Nation Of Truth Rejecters

  1. Nathan McMurray says:

    Well, if you’re going to dangle the carrot out there, I’m certainly going to take a bite at it. I actually agree with much of Mr. Baldwin’s post here, however, I know that the semantics we use when discussing truth would most likely differ. We need to become more aware and educated about the process of tyranny so we can defeat it when it rears its ugly head. The irony is that Christianity actually encourages us to become more credulous and less likely to engage in critical thought (lest their now critical minds turn themselves inward and see the myth within their religion).

    The obscure tax code is the inability to remain a tax-exempt entity while engaging in political speech (so no campaigning for a candidate from the pulpit), which is horrible if you believe that your worldview is the only “righteous” one.

    All in all, we can all agree that truth needs to be earnestly sought and not to stop when we feel good.

  2. Jared says:

    “The irony is that Christianity actually encourages us to become more credulous and less likely to engage in critical thought.”

    It’s a shame you couldn’t just appreciate a piece by a fellow lover of liberty without taking a shot at it with your anti-Chrstian bias.

    • dumpdc says:

      Jared-

      So I guess it’s OK with you that Nathan McMurray posts about the threat of Islam, but not OK to write one sentence about Christianity? A little touchy, aren’t you? Christianity should be able to stand up under criticism if it’s real. But Nathan is wrong…Christianity nearly requires credulity.
      Russ

    • Nathan McMurray says:

      To be fair, I think there is some clarification that needs to be made. I do appreciate Chuck’s posts, and that Russ decides to share them with us. Nearly 90% of the time I agree with him, but yes I take him (and his son) to task often on this post and over at the Liberty Defense League (with which I also almost always agree). Note that I am not anti-Christian, as if to imply that I hold Christianity in some special contempt against other religions, I am anti-willful ignorance and anti-discrimination (both of which Christianity has in spades) when it found among the faithful, or (rarely) unbelievers
      Now, as far as Christianity promoting (or as Russ puts it: Requiring) credulity let’s look at some recent studies. Here is one by a Danish Psychologist showing an inverse correlation between belief and intelligence (http://trance.nu/v4/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1834301), or this one which contains numerous excerpts from various publications regarding religion and intelligence (http://kspark.kaist.ac.kr/Jesus/Intelligence%20&%20religion.htm ), and one final list of studies (http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-thinkingchristians.htm ). All of these show the negative corollary effect of religion on intelligence.
      Let us now examine THE BOOK to see how god feels about intelligence. Constantly we are exhorted to “lean not on [our] own understanding”, and that “God chose the foolish things to shame the wise”, or “knowledge puffs up”. Who is the most reviled apostle (besides Judas)? Ever heard of “Doubting Thomas”, the apostle whose only crime was asking for evidence of the unbelievable (also known as “lacking in credulity”). The truth is, THE BOOK, has painted god into a corner of ignorance where even if our understanding of the natural world has increased to be able to explain the previously unexplainable if it contradicts scripture it is heresy and discredited; I mean for FSM’s sake, we still have loonies out there discrediting evolution and heliocentrism. How can we have a rational argument about our understanding of the universe and our place in it when you believe if you change your mind you go to hell?!?
      My final indictment is levied against those who, because of fear-based superstition, actively oppose the accumulation of knowledge and fight its dissemination. History is full of examples of brilliant minds that were silenced by the church. Christendom alone gives us Copernicus, Kepplar, Galileo, and the Dark Ages.
      The only logical conclusion is that Christianity promotes ignorance by using fear to keep believers from logically examining their faith (especially as it relates to science) in order to keep people coming back to church and giving their 10% (gross not net). However, Christianity is not alone in this conspiracy, all groups that actively spread misinformation and fear need to be exposed before their peers and made to give an account for their worsening off of our species.

  3. Jared says:

    Well, believing that life evolved from nothing is equally as illogical as believing God created it. Or perhaps you’re someone who believes there is a God or some higher power, but it has no interest in its creation; it does not mandate standards of morality, no requirements for salvation, etc.

    But anyway, opponents to the DC empire (such as yourself, I presume) should be far more concerned with advancing the cause of liberty than discrediting Christianity or other religions. The Leviathan Federal government is certainly not a Christian enterprise. Let’s “dump DC” first and worry about the role of religion/Christianity within our smaller, more managable regional governments later. That’s all I’m trying to say.

    • Nathan McMurray says:

      If you are a Christian that can accept people for who they are and not for what they believe, or doesn’t seek to stifle true science for superstition then you are one of the good ones and I have no problem with your faith. Although you would be hard pressed to call yourself a true christian, but that is beside the point.

      While our government certainly doesn’t act as if there is a god that will punish them for there atrocities they certainly pander to religion and use it to accomplish there goals. I speak up about the harming force of religion now because if there is a state with the balls to shrug out I want to know that I did all I could to help that new nation base itself on empiricle rationalism and a policy that provides the highest quality of life for all without the “moral hang-ups” of religion.

    • Richard says:

      Personal accusations and opinions hide the true nature of our national danger, that the federal/general government in Washington is a source of oppressive and dictatorial power.

      Personal attacks based upon race or religion act like termites, subverting the tradition and exercise of true liberty. Americans are a nation of truth rejectors because they prefer to live the lie of infallability. We selfishly hide within our hateful attitudes and refuse to extend the hand of brotherhood to our fellows, hoping that they will be caught in the Federal trap instead of ourselves.

      The trap has already been sprung, boys and girls. The sad fact is that we prefer to wallow in our self-righteous bickering and deny the real enemy; a government which is no longer of, by and for the people.

      • Nathan McMurray says:

        That is the main ploy of the elite class: keep us fighting and disorganized so we will never unite and stand as one for liberty.

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