Thursday, April 5, 2007

Why Truth Buckler?

Let me begin by stating the how the idea to even have a blog began.

First Thoughts of a Blog

The idea of even having a blog was at first motivated by a friend who has encouraged me many times to start one. Then after reading another friend's blog I realized the impact that a blog can have.

I do not expect this blog to rise to such heights as the boys at Pyro; thus the title Truth Buckler from my perspective is appropriate. A buckler is something that is very small, but yet protects and defends. I am one person and so are you, but I believe the Lord wants us to be Truth Bucklers.

Definition from Yahoo Dictionary

NOUN: buck·ler
A small, round shield either carried or worn on the arm.
A means of protection; a defense: "has enjoyed a reputation as a shield and buckler for . . . the academic avant-garde" (Donal Henahan).

TRANSITIVE VERB: buck·lered , buck·ler·ing , buck·lers
To shield; protect.

The Real and Final Motivation for Truth Buckler

I have been pastoring a church plant for 4 years, and the Lord almost on a daily basis impresses more and more on my heart the need to battle for truth. I believe that the battle for truth is in a critical stage. I live and minister in Europe and see that the war for truth is not what it used to be in this part of the world. I have recently enjoyed studying the life of John Hus and his battle for truth; he battled unto death.

In a recent sermon I quoted Luther at the Diet of Worms when he said, "Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."

These are the type of men needed men today to stand firm in this postmodern age. Luther and Hus did not shy away from the battle in their day and neither should we. So I have been compelled to do something more than I have been doing, and this is just one small part of going on the offense for truth.

Truth is Under Attack

Postmodernism has gripped the European society and is now really gripping America, even though it is not as bad as here in Europe. After listening to modern attacks on preachers and preaching I have really begun to realize how postmodernism has gripped the Church, especially here in Europe. Even those who hold to the Scriptures as the inerrant, infallible Word of the Living God have been taken hold by postmodern thinking.

How long before the European church rises from the dead and fights for the truth?

If our consciences are not informed by Scripture as was Luther's then of course we have nothing to stand for and nothing to fight for. Those influenced by postmodern thinking who do not feed their consciences the Word of God will only be duped by every wind of doctrine that blows through the Church.

It is amazing to see the great affect that postmodernism has had on the church. It has ripped the conscience right out of many in the Church and replaced it with apathy, criticism, skepticism, doubt, and confusion as to what the truth really is and what we should stand for.

Postmodernism is an attack on truth. Everything it stands for is an affront to Christ, and an assault on the person and work of Jesus Christ. It causes people to be comfortable with uncertainty and produces doubt in the minds of its followers as they hear truth claims from the pulpit of those seeking to preach the Word of Truth.

They receive truth with skepticism and doubt, and openly embrace error as though it is divine. You are not permitted to question someone who claims to have received a word or calling from God. You are to receive it as pure, right, and divine. However, we as Christians have a responsibility to measure everything by the truth of Holy Scripture, whether it is a believer who is claiming something or not.

The Scriptures alone are our measuring rod. Quick example: just because a man says he is called to the ministry doesn't necessarily mean he is called to the ministry. The Lord has set certain parameters. There are lists of qualificiations in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1) by which we are to use to measure the man's claims with what Scripture says about those who are truly called.

But postmodernism would say that those claims are old, outdated, and are not relevant for today. So in this age of confusion, we need Truth Bucklers, people who are willing to stand for truth and earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. It is hand to hand combat.

I hope you are a Truth Buckler. Be committed to fight for the truth as Jude called his readers to be! This blog will be committed to the defense and proclamation of truth!