Pristine Grace

The Straight Stick
by Gary Shepard
The Straight Stick

    When you stop and think about all the error there is in this world concerning God and salvation, it is overwhelming. I could spend all my time and all my energies exposing various spiritual errors and I would never be finished. Not only that, if I could show those that hear me all these errors, they would still be lost and die in their sins. We are not saved by knowing some things that are wrong but by believing the truth!

     I once heard someone say this: "The way to show that a stick is crooked is by continually laying down a straight stick beside it."  What wisdom! The way to expose the errors of the many false gospels in our day is to keep preaching the true gospel! The way to expose what Paul referred to as "another jesus" is to keep preaching Christ and Him crucified! The way to expose self-righteousness is to keep setting forth the gospel wherein the righteousness of God is revealed!  When the Philistines had captured the ark of the covenant, they took it and set it up in the temple of Dagon, their false god. When they came back the next morning, the idol of Dagon was fallen over and broken. This is the way we are to do, set forth Christ who is the Truth and error will fall before Him. There is far too much error to refute and too little time to do it. Let us be repeating, resounding the message of Christ. Who He is exposes who they are. What He has done will far exceed what they are doing. Remember the words of Christ – "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

     God will call, comfort and care for His sheep with the word of truth. "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). The gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ crucified is a straight stick and like the tree Moses cast into the bitter waters of Marah, it alone will sweeten the poison stream of error that floods this present world. It is that one "plumb line" that shows how God can be just and yet justify sinners. It is not about many but ONE. One who is Himself the Way, the Truth, the Life and the one Mediator between God and men. He alone is all our salvation and all righteousness is in HIM!