We have several birdhouses in our lawn.  It is amazing to see how aggressively the parent birds protect the young after they leave the nest.  Few things seem to strike as much terror in the parent birds as the sight of our cat approaching their fledgling.  The parent birds will risk their own life as they swoop dangerously low in attempts to drive away the offender.


These birds challenged me.  How diligent am I in defending truth?  The truth is not relative but is absolute and unchanging.  Knowing the truth will not only make us free as Jesus said, but will also cause us to defend the truth.


It is imperative to be rooted and grounded in truth.  In a day when apostasy abounds, we must be very careful not to heed the voice of strangers.  Jesus said of His sheep, "A stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him" (John 10:5).  Those who know the truth will flee because they know not the voice of those whose doctrine requires less than full obedience to the New Testament.  lovers of truth will maintain all the principles taught by Christ and the apostles (Ephesians 2:20).


"Blessed are they that do his commandments" (Revelation 22:14).  To defend truth will cause us to be diligent in obeying the Scriptures.  We will stand against false doctrine no matter how subtle it is.  One popular error today is the idea that Christians must tolerate the lifestyles of all people regardless of what the Bible says.


Are we willing to give our life for Christ and the New Testament church?  The real test or proof of our commitment to defend the truth is to faithfully live the truth.


Special guest writer  Denver Yoder- Somerset, OH