Advent and the Truth
P. Andrew Sandlin
this time of year, we Christians celebrate Christ’s Advent. We
know from the Bible that Christ’s chief reason for coming to earth
was to redeem a sinful race. In Luke 19:10 we read, “For the Son
of man [Jesus Christ] is come to seek and to save that which was
lost.” If we miss this point, we have missed the reason for celebrating
this is not the only reason Jesus came to earth. We read
in John 18:37:
therefore said unto him [Jesus Christ], Art thou a king then?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was
I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should
bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth
heareth my voice.
came to declare the truth, and we must never tone down this
fact. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6, “I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” Christianity is a religion of exclusivity.
You do it Christ’s way or not at all. Christ alone (and the Word
he inspired) is the truth.
sinful world is filled with lies – damnable lies. It was filled
with lies at His first Advent, and it is filled with lies today:
“You can create your own salvation”; “Abortion is a woman’s choice”;
“All roads lead to heaven”; “Homosexuality is an ‘alternative lifestyle’”;
“This life is all there is – live for the present”; “Morality and
politics don’t mix”; “Man evolved from lower life forms”; “The state
is man’s real hope”; “Live only for yourself”; “The Bible has nothing
to say about economic systems”; “Morality is a matter of personal
preference”; “There is no absolute bright and wrong”; “You shouldn’t
force your children to follow your own religion.” And on and on.
all. Damnable lies. Christ came to expose depraved man’s
lies and to declare the truth. Men cannot be saved by lies. They
can be saved only by the truth.
Lord was no political philosopher after the order of Plato, Hobbes,
or Locke. He was God of very God, Man of very man. He work was
incomparably more profound than anything political. It was a spiritual,
redemptive work, saving men from their sins. Yet His work and teaching
have drastic implications for all of life. For instance, because
Christ alone is God, no human or human institution may be divinized.
Our hope can never be in man or his dreams or the state, but in
the Triune God, by means Christ our Lord. Further, Christ taught
us to love our neighbors as ourselves (as the Old Testament law
had taught): this means that we cannot use state coercion to steal
his property; nor may a nation use wars of aggression to impose
its will on another populace. Moreover, Christ taught us that His
Word, the Bible, is authoritative. This means that there is an
absolute moral standard. The postmodern dictum, “All truth is relative”
– the New Absolute! – is an evil philosophy that opens the door
to oppression, corruption, and degradation.
live today in an illusory, artificial world – a world of lies.
The created world is good, but the world system that surrounds
us is false, artificial. Never presume that the world system as
we see it is normative, good, the only real world there is. As
Phillip Lee has declared in his Against
the Protestant Gnostics:
is ... the unreal world that is being opposed by the Church.
It is not that the Church has a quarrel with the Creation, the
earth and sky, the creatures; certainly not with fellow human
creatures. The Church has a quarrel with the established unreal
view of created life: with the unreal view that self is
the center of life; with the unreal view that personal happiness
is the purpose of life; with the unreal view that putting down
others leads to fulfillment; with the unreal view that spiritual
prowess [ability] reaps salvation.
quarrel is with the false world of sin. In R. J. Rushdoony’s language,
the “real world has not existed since Genesis 3.” The “real world”
is the world of righteousness and holiness, redeemed by Christ’s
earthly work. This is the world of truth. The present Satanic
world system is a world of lies. We must understand that the world
constantly being pressed on us by TV, movies, magazines, public
education, the mainstream press, Hollywood, and so on is an artificial
world. The real world exists in godly Christian families,
churches, schools and businesses. This is where there is a real
Christian culture. Our goal must be progressively to replace
the unreal, illusory world of Satan’s lies with the world of Jesus
Christ’s truth. This is how the early church triumphed over
the Roman Empire. Ethelbert Stauffer (in Christ and the Caesars)
says, “... Christianity triumphed because the witness of the New
Testament was the witness of truth in the midst of a world full
of confusion and semblances and self-deceit.” This is how they
won, and this is how we must win again.
stand for Christ, and Christ is the Truth. This is one reason
that He came to Bethlehem 2000 years ago – to bear witness to the
truth alone sets men free.
Andrew Sandlin is Executive Vice President of the Chalcedon
Foundation which since 1965 has been dedicated to applying
historic, Biblical Christianity in today’s world. He is the author
of Christianity: Bulwark of Liberty and several other works.