Truth Vs Unity

There is a movement among us that is moving away from truth and instead toward unity. This movement says that absolute truth either doesn't exist, or that it is not knowable. Because there is not a consensus on certain beliefs, and because truth causes division, we should compromise our beliefs in order to preserve unity. But is this what we are taught in the scriptures? Not at all. So we should be wary of these types of ideas and where they come from. We need to discern these false teachings and realize the agenda behind them. God's word is perfectly clear on the importance of truth and how unity is to be formed around truth, not at its expense.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32 (If the truth frees us, wouldn’t God make it available to us to know? Yes, it says “we shall know the truth,” IF ye continue in my word. What does the truth free us from? The following verses reveal that the truth frees us from the bondage of sin. So I’d say that makes truth quite important.)

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13 (The Holy Spirit as your guide and counselor and is the key to knowing ALL truth and understanding prophecy.)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matt. 7:7-11

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. I Cor. 14:33 (The confusion in the churches isn’t God’s doing. Satan is present among the churches causing the confusion.)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. II Peter 1:20 (The Bible interprets the Bible. We have no authority to interpret scripture however we want or feel like.)

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. II Thess. 2:10-15

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. I John 3:18

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. I Cor. 13:6

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:9

You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. II Timothy 4:3-4

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. I Timothy 4:16

If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. I Timothy 6:3-4

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: Eph. 4:13-15

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. I Cor. 1:10 (Yes, we should be unified, but we should be unified under the truth, speaking the same things with the same mind. It doesn’t say to not be concerned about truth so that we can be unified. It says just the opposite, we should be concerned about truth, about sound doctrine, being of the same mind and spirit IN ORDER for us to be unified under these truths.)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom. 12:2

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. John 17:15-18

Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. I John 2:15-17

And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. Acts 26:24-25 (Paul was viewed as a mad man for speaking the truth. How would truth tellers be viewed today?) 

"How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? Jer. 8:8 (This verse describes scribes having “lying pens” and handling scripture falsely. So we should be on guard against false interpretations and false translations. This is a big way in which Satan is able to deceive by subtly twisting scripture to lead people into disobedience.) 

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth… Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truthThy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:142,151,160

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Gal. 5:9

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men,… Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Mark 7:7-9 (It is possible to worship God in vain.)

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 (To avoid vain worship, we must worship him in truth.)