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Acts 24: The Way They Call Heresy
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 24th, 2013

There is Only One Truth

Acts 24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: 13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. 
The accusers of Paul were once coming from the highest rankings of local governments when he went to the rest of the world ministering to Gentiles. Now we see that his accusers are coming from the highest rankings of the religious establishment in the nation of Israel. We have also seen how when Paul leaves one area to go to another, the Jews would follow him and continue their efforts to stop his ministry. The high priest comes to Caesarea from Jerusalem with his spokesman, Tertullus. These men were well aware of the plot to kill Paul in Jerusalem less than a week earlier. They now come to the current procurator of Judea, Felix.

Their approach in which they tried to get Paul convicted of some crime failed. Their approach was to pat Felix’s ego by showing gratitude to some apparent benefits that the Jews received from him. This actually may be a ruse. Felix would later be charged with cruelty against the Jews when he goes back to Rome after his term as procurator ended. It reminds me of when the Jews told Felix’s predecessor, Pontius Pilate, that “we have no king besides Caesar.” They said this even though they hated Caesar and Pilate. However, they hated Jesus even more. It is the same with Paul. In the eyes of the high priest, he is the greater of the evils.

Tertullus basically says that if Felix would see the guilt in Paul once he examines him. But upon examination there was nothing that was conclusive about Paul’s guilt. As a matter of fact, Paul stayed in custody under Felix until his term ended and was replaced by Porcius Festus. This was a total of two years.

Paul’s reply is simple. He says that he has not been in Jerusalem for 12 years and when he did come back he was not disputing in the temple or causing any trouble of any kind. The only reason that they are charging him is because their definition of truth is different from Paul’s. You see, it is simple. There is only one truth. From Paul’s perspective he was preaching everything he believed from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. It was in accordance with what had transpired with Jesus Christ who is the fulfillment of the Law and the one that many prophets foretold as on the way. And because of that, he confesses that “after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers.”

There are many who have been changing what truth is by voting on truth. They have been having councils for millennia that have been slowing changing truth. This has caused Christianity to evolve. But God does not believe in any evolution of truth. God speaks it, it is settled in heaven immutable and it is unchanging. Although baptism means immersion and this is what the apostles did from the beginning, we have seen over the years that this became sprinkling and then completely abandoned. We have seen in the book of Acts that the baptism of the Holy Ghost was a regular occurrence, but the church has accepted that it is not necessary and some even say it is not valid. There is a movement that is afoot in the Evangelical world that repentance is no longer necessary for salvation. We also see a Christianity that is more and more about the destiny and well being of the believer and less and less about Jesus Christ.

If we earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:1-3) we also will be called heretics compared to this modern version of Christianity that does not require us to meet Jesus at Calvary in repentance and obedience to the word. Well, you can label anyone a heretic, but God has spoken what He has spoken. He has written what He has written. It is the only truth. Along with Paul, I will continue worshipping the God of my fathers’ after the way they call heresy.


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