Truth: It’s More Important Than Who Says It

Good message at 5 Pt. Salt,

I’ve always found it interesting that so often in ‘reformed’ circles, people place more value and attention on who is speaking rather than what is being said. It’s dangerous to do that because men are men, and truth is truth. Men are fallible and truth is, well, not.

We need to be careful brethren. Just because someone you admire greatly says something that impacts you and moves you, you should not necessarily accept it as being true. (more)

If we look at the other side of the same coin the question can also be asked, should we automatically reject truth when it comes through someone we don’t admire?


5 comments on “Truth: It’s More Important Than Who Says It

  1. The problem with this is that behind the “truth,” there may be unbiblical beliefs. For example, a Mormon may say that the Christian God is the true god. However, we know that behind that they believe in man becoming God and that the current god hasn’t always been the same god. A Catholic (or even a Mormon) may say that Christ’s death brings us salvation but behind that it is by our own works and Catholics would say through Mary as well. Hitler may say something great but would you quote him given his belies behind the statement? The “truth” may seem correct in thy sentence but the true meaning behind it may be very wrong.

    • Hi Kashia,

      Forgive me, i should have made myself more clear. I was thinking more on the line of bible teachers we don’t necessarily always agree with theologically.

      As a case in point, before posting this i responded to a comment under another post by quoting John MacArthur. The quote i posted was something he wrote which i agreed with 100%. Saying that, i disagree with him on many issues as well and have even pointed out a few of those issues here at the blog.

      In other words, it could be said i don’t “admire” or look-up to him, but i can still appreciate the truth he brings when i hear it, and will not automatically reject it as truth, just because it came through him.

  2. It depends upon the level of disagreement you may have with an individual. For instance, I would never quote Rob Bell even though he may say something that is true. My quote may give unwarranted credibility to Bell, and I doubt he would say something that someone more credible has said.
    But although I disagree adamantly with Mcarthur on fee will, I wiould not hesitate to quote him. That to me is the difference.

    • Yes thats true. If there are serious doctrinal differences which pertain to salvation, i can’t see myself ever quoting that person.

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