Deceptive Distortion

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  (2 Corinthians 4:1–6, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please — Mark Twain.  Hyperbole, spin and rhetoric.  The Gospel needs none of this.  We must continue to to set forth the truth plainly and let the Holy Spirit prick the conscience of the receptive.  If the plain truth is “veiled,” making it appealing, popular or inoffensive through these means only distorts the facts.  The light needs no help in shining in the darkness, but sometimes the darkness will not comprehend it, blinded by the god of this age.  People cannot be deceived into salvation.

My Advice – Set forth the truth plainly.  No need to embellish.  The truth stands on its own.