I have said and I have heard said many times, "come hear the truth" or "we teach the truth" or "the truth is spoken here" or "we live in the truth".
I began attending Church as an adult in 1993 wanting what I thought God wanted from me. I had a new family and I had been given the power to overcome my chronic addictions to alcohol, drugs and all sorts of sin. My language was being cleaned up. Only if I REALLY needed to make a point, then I would to revert back to the great 4 letter words of exclamation.
There was much "truth" being taught at this church, but not much truth was being lived out in the peoples lives. Instead I saw people cheating on each other, grandpa's molesting grandchildren, horrible language being used outside of the church building, members hanging out in "sordid" places, alcohol and drug abuse, murder, suicide, overdose and extreme immodesty.
I never thought anything ill of all this. We all brought our bibles to church with us and several times a week we read from the "truth" and we preached the "truth." I was being taught that we can't help doing all these immoral things because we are sinners and I agreed with it whole-heartedly, because I couldn't stay away from some of the sin myself.
I had heard of a Church where they lived free from sin but I believed that was impossible and that it was a lie. I thought that being "saved" meant being saved from going to hell and that your spot in heaven was secured.
Many years later I visited this Church that was freed from sin. I had a serious chip on my shoulder for I knew we couldn't overcome the sin problem. I came with the Devil to prove them wrong, but after a few visits, I left with the Lord. I have found the truth. Praise God, I was blind but now I see! The scales have fallen from my eyes. What I had thought was the truth, was actually a lie, and what I thought was a lie was, in reality, the truth.
My whole world changed- my outlook, my leading and teaching in the home. I stopped turning my back on Christ for those moments or times that I couldn't take him with me, just prior to committing my sin. The hardest part for me so far has been not telling ANY lies, not even the small ones, or exaggerations.
The words in the Bible look completely new to me. I have been "saved"- saved from sin, as the Bible says in so many places, and not just saved from the penalty of sin. I no longer serve two masters. It is hard to admit that I was, as an active church member and bible student, serving Satan sometimes and God at other times. How can this be? How could I think that this was OK? Well it wasn't! You cannot serve two masters, you can only serve one. "Choose ye this day whom you will serve."
Life is good! Even in the difficult times, there is a new hope, a new confidence, and a sense of satisfaction when I pillow my head at night.
I am now a part of the true Church of God- a body of believers that really does carry one anothers burdens and prays for each other. I am so thankful each day for the new life God has given to me. Praise God!