Aug 5, 2020

Clarity Amid Confusion

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You and I cannot be silent when error rushes in to fill the space left void by truth’s absence.

This month, we’ll send you a remarkably useful new resource to help you answer with confidence when error crosses your path. Our new book A Field Guide on False Teaching is yours for a gift of any amount.

Our unbelieving neighbors are ripe for deception. Even Christians can be misled and confused. In the absence of trust in God and His Word, error reigns. People are looking for answers, and there’s no shortage of “answers” being offered. Everyone’s voice is welcomed in the marketplace of ideas—everyone except Truth incarnate, Jesus Christ.

Yet, only the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and defended by His truth-loving servants can bring clarity amid confusion, lasting rest to the soul, and order to this chaotic world. Dr. R.C. Sproul taught us an important lesson: “We not only have to believe the truth, . . . it’s not enough even to defend the truth, but we must also contend for the truth.” Ligonier Ministries stands firm on our bedrock commitment to the truth of God’s holiness and grace, helping to equip people to do the same.

One pundit observed: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing; they then become capable of believing in anything.” Restlessness and even destruction are inevitable when the knowledge of God is missing. Our only hope is to deal with reality as it is, not as we want it to be. God exists. He is holy and people are not. Men and women are shattered images of the Lord, created for glory but now twisted and turned inward by sin.

But nothing—indeed, no one—can untie the knots of sin and cause us to look outward in true love of God and neighbor to preserve the dignity of others except the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our only hope in life and death, and He is the only hope for the world.

These may be some of the most consequential moments of world history. News from ministry friends around the world tells us that our God is on the move, building His kingdom. Let us never doubt it. And He is working through the resources produced and distributed by Ligonier Ministries to help Christ’s church. We’re engaged in spiritual warfare against principalities and powers, teaching people to take every thought captive to Christ by knowing and defending His truth against all pretenders. For instance, Z.Z. in Tehran, Iran, wrote:

“During the past decade, the government has closed all of the Farsi churches in Tehran. We hear about underground churches, but there is little systematic and true teaching. I am so blessed that, after 11 years, I now have access to your website. I download your teaching and distribute it to those who don’t have internet. Please keep us in your prayers.”

Response to our efforts shows that this work is desperately needed. Ligonier is engaged as it has been since 1971 in a two-front war—battling errant teaching within the church and confronting external threats from the world. You and I must help the church defend truth—against false teaching like the prosperity “gospel,” legalism, and antinomianism; against cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses; and against false religions like Islam, atheism, secularism, New Age spirituality, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more.

By God’s grace, Ligonier is providing frontline support to help believers win hearts and minds. We depend on your prayerful financial support to do this.

As I noted above, we’re eager to send you a new resource that we call A Field Guide on False Teaching. This small book summarizes the history and main beliefs of several major worldviews and religions, explaining how to refute their errors with the truth of Scripture. This resource can help you stand your ground as you contend for the faith and equip you to respond clearly to friends, family, and neighbors with the truth of Christ and the hope of His gospel. We’ll send your copy for a donation of any amount.

Your gift today furthers our outreach tomorrow. Our mission to help believers know and defend the truth relies, in God’s providence, on the generous support of friends like you. We need you to stand with us in proclaiming the truth to the nations.

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.