Lying by telling the truth?

If a pastor speaks no more than 95% of the truth he may be able to keep most of his congregation but he must avoid 50% of all pertinent topics if he plans on keeping his job. If he becomes too bold and speaks on all pertinent topics along with 100% truthfulness he may very well end up like Jesus did. Sometimes its not what you say thats wrong but what right things you don’t say that sends the wrong message. In this case it is even possible to spread a lie by speaking the truth. Even the devil sometimes speaks the truth in order to perpetrate a lie (Matt. 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.)

Jesus would oftenly answer a persons question by answering a different question than the questioner asked.

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Jesus was not asking for a show of hands as to who approved of what he was saying. The truth makes no apologies. He knew where he came from and where he was going. If the twelve had left, his destiny would not have changed, only theirs would have changed.

Paul spoke to the elders of Ephesus and upon telling them they would not see his face again he declared the following:

20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men
20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Maybe the problem is not that the church is not growing fast enough but that there are too many people in the church. The goal of some churches is to fill all the seats and grow as much as possible. Maybe the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth needs to be preached and let the chips fall where they may. If the church grows under these conditions then God is behind it and doing it. Maybe there are too many christians. Does take up your cross and dying to yourself sound like the kind of message people should want to here? I think not. Perhaps the full truth of God would cure the problem. Nothing like a strong light to send the roaches scurrying.

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