www.christdeaf.org/bibleChrist Lutheran Church of the Deaf
Silver Spring, MarylandARMOR OF GOD -
#2 The Belt of Truth
let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His great power. Wear all of
God's armor. Then you can stand strong against the devil's terrible
is not against people.
We are fighting
many spiritual rulers,
and many dark powers in this world.
We are fighting
the evil forces in the spirit world.
So put on all of God's armor. Evil days will come.
you did everything you can [finish], you will still stay standing.
the belt of truth around your waist.
Soldiers today use belts for the UNIFORM. A belt is for
Of-course, the belt keeps the pants up! What else?
A soldier's belt holds much equipment.
Long ago in Bible times, soldiers had belts -- also very important.
Sometimes regular CITIZEN people served as soldiers during a
time of war. When the war was finished, people went back to their
families and their regular work. Those people normally dressed
in long ROBES (all the way down to their feet).
If you have a long robe,
you can't run,
you can't move quickly in battle.
If a man joins the battle, he must pull-up his ROBE, and tuck-it-under
his belt. He normally pulled the ROBE up between his legs, and
then tied it up with his belt. It looked like he had shorts on.
A soldier without his belt moves slow against a fast enemy.
A soldier without his belt easily trips-and-falls.
A soldier without his belt is a dead soldier.
 The soldier's
belt kept his robe up.
 His belt
helped keep his BREASTPLATE (chest protector) down. The bottom
part of the chest protector tied to the belt. The belt held the
breastplate so it can't flip-up.
 The soldier
in Bible times used his belt to hold his sword, and other equipment.
Our lesson from Ephesians 6 lists the Christian soldier's equipment.
And the belt is first -- The belt of TRUTH.
We see two ways we must use TRUTH in our fight against our enemy,
What does that mean?
WORD IS TRUE
Some things are always true. It-doesn't-matter if we believe
it or not. They are still true.
Example: Is the earth flat or round?
Naturally, the earth is round.
But in-the-past, most people believed that the earth was flat.
(Some people still believe that!) What everyone believed didn't
change God's truth. He made the earth round. Period!
The earth didn't change from flat to round because people changed
their belief. The earth was always round, no-matter what people
This describes truth in the physical world.
The same idea happens in the spiritual world.
Today people reject all truth, and instead they accept "opinion."
If you try to talk about your faith in God, people reject you,
saying, "That is only your opinion. That is what you believe.
I believe something different. What you believe is true for you.
But what I believe is true for me." End of discussion.
TRUTH does-not depend on what we believe!
TRUTH is what God says is true.
- - -
- - - - - - - - - - - -
A few years ago, a young college student and his wife invited
a small group of other students from the dorm (including myself) to their
apartment for dinner. All those students were studying to become
That night during the discussion, we that our friend's new wife
was also a new Lutheran. The woman grew up in a difference Christian
denomination. But when she fell-in-love with a young man planning
to become a Lutheran pastor, she joined a new member's class. She
studied the teachings of the Lutheran Church, she learned the CATECHISM,
she received Lutheran confirmation, and she became a member of Lutheran
The students all grew-up in the Lutheran Church. We were
curious to learn from this woman: What was her experience joining the
Lutheran Church as an adult? We asked her,
"You saw the
Lutheran church from the outside. How did we look to you?
 That experience going through your studies to become a Lutheran,
what did that feel like?  Now you are in the church, what is
Some day we would
become pastors, and we wanted to learn from this woman's experience.
We got a big shock.
The woman almost became angry and scolded us. She said,
"You boys don't
understand! You don't appreciate the wealth (riches) you have in your
church! In my church, where I grew-up, we never ask hard questions,
because we always assumed no-one had any answers. The message
we all got in our church was, 'Faith is private. Believe anything
you want, because no one can really know what is true.'
We learned an
important lesson that night about the Belt of Truth.
"But in your
church, you are not afraid. You ask the hard questions.
You are always curious, 'What does God say about that question?'
Then you look in the Bible and search all through the Bible for answers.
And when you find the answers, you stand and say, 'This is what God says...'
had that in my church!"
- - -
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Back in 1521, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther stood in
front of the Emperor's court. The Emperor ordered Martin Luther
to admit he taught HERESY, false ideas about God. The Emperor
ordered Martin Luther to reject everything he (ML) already wrote.
Martin Luther's answer:
"If you can't
prove from the Bible that I wrote wrong statements and show where I
spoke conflicting against God’s Word, I refuse to reject what I wrote.
My conscience is bound (joined) to the Word of God. Here I stand.
I can't do any different. God help me. Amen."
- - -
- - - - - - - - - - - -
A few years ago my wife visited a relative, and on Sunday went
to church with her. the church was part of a very large, well-known
Protestant denomination. My wife was shocked to read in the church's
newsletter instructions from the Denomination's headquarters to parents
in their churches: "Don't let your children read the Bible, because
they are not old enough to understand what it means." But
Jesus told us that it is children who understand His Word best! (Mark
10:13-16) Why are those church leaders
really afraid for children to read the Bible? Maybe they are afraid
the children will believe God's Word.
Many Churches today follow popular culture. Many
Churches today are taking-off the Belt of Truth and their pants are
The Old Gospel from the Bible says, "God forgives all our
sins in Christ Jesus."
Our culture offers
a New Gospel that says, "You can't name anything 'sin' anymore.
Don't criticize what people do in private. If you name anything 'sin,'
you are INTOLERANT.'
The Old Gospel
quotes John 3:16 -- "God loved the world so much that He gave His
only Son. Anyone believing in God's Son will not be lost, but will
The New Gospel
quotes Matthew 7:1 "Don't judge other people."
The Old Gospel
wants to tell the whole world about Jesus Christ.
The New Gospel
tells Christians, "Shut-up. Don't say anything about religion.
Keep your faith private. You can use Jesus' name only for cursing,
not for blessing."
Jesus told His
Disciples: "I am the way, [I am] the truth, and [I am ] the
life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." (John
Notice Jesus did not say, "You can choose any way to God;
what your prefer - my way or another religion - doesn't-matter. "
No, Jesus said, "I AM THE WAY." - the only way!
Notice Jesus did not say, "Here is my opinion."
Jesus said, "I AM THE TRUTH."
Notice Jesus did not say, "Follow my example for successful
Jesus said, "I AM THE LIFE."
A few hours later after Jesus said these words to His Disciples,
Jesus stood on trial in-front-of Pontius Pilate. Jesus told Pontius
Pilate, "This is why I was born and came into the world: to tell
people the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."
Pontius Pilate mocked Jesus, saying, "What is truth?!" (John
You see, the Belt of Truth is not only for the Church.
Each Christian also must know what is true. Each Christian also
must stand on the Truth.
Maybe you remember the Bible story about three men; the king
ordered they get thrown into the fire. Why? They knew the
truth about Who is the only true God, and they stood on that truth without
That story continues since-then until today. People who
know the truth, often die for that truth.
On April 20, 1999, three High School girls each saw a gun pointing
at her head. The boy holding the gun asked each girl, "Do you
believe in God?"
Each girl answered, "Yes!"
The boy asked, "Why?" And before the girl could answer,
the boy shot her.
One of those girls stayed alive - her name is VAL SCHURR.
The other two girls died - CASSIE BRUNALL and RACHEL SCOTT.
U.S. Congress invited Rachel Scott's father
to go to Washington DC. They asked him, "Why do we have so much
violence in our schools?"
Mr. Scott answered, "You removed God and His truth from our public
life. What can you expect will happen?!"
Christians today, still experience persecution, prison, and death, because they
refuse to take-off the Belt of Truth.
Christian churches in INDONESIA are burned-down.
Christian pastors in ARAB nations get beaten-up for sharing Jesus.
Christian parents in China and Africa lost their children,
because they taught them to love Jesus.2
One of the High School girls shot in Colorado, Cassie Brunall, was herself involved
in the same OCCULT devil worship as those two boys who shot her.
Cassie also was angry, depressed, and dressed in black. She wrote
notes to her friends, planning how they would kill their parents, kill
their teachers, and kill themselves.
But Cassie's parents moved to another home, to take their daughter
away from her old school and her old friends. They brought Cassie
to a church that helped her know Jesus. And they prayed a
Two days before Cassie died, she wrote this poem: [quote]
"Now I have
given-up on everything else
what Ephesians 6 means, wearing the Belt of God's Truth.
I have found
it to be the only way
know Christ and to experience
power that brought
to life again, and to find
it means to suffer and to
him. So, whatever it takes
I will be
one who lives in the fresh
life of those who are
is the first part for the Belt of Truth...
God's Word is True
The SECOND part for the Belt in the Christian armor is...
Our words are true.
What does that mean?
OBJECTIVE TRUTH shows God's character.
HONESTY shows our character.
Character doesn't mean what other people think about us.
Character means what is inside us.
Your actions that people see don't show your true character.
Your actions when no one is looking, that shows your true
Your character, your honesty, shows on your IRS forms when you get
paid in cash for your work.
Your character, your honesty, shows what you do with computer program
copies that friends give you.
[STORY: Ananias & Sapphra]
The Bible has a sad example about truth and honesty in Christians.
The story in Acts,
chapter 5, is about a husband and wife, name ANANIAS and SAPPHIRA,
living in Jerusalem
They wanted to make a donation to the church. So they sold
Then Ananias brought money to Peter and told him that was all the
money from selling the land.
That was a lie. Really, Ananias and Sapphira kept part of the
money for themselves. That's fine. That money is theirs.
They can do that. But they still wanted make a good impression
in the church. So they told "a little white lie" that didn't hurt
Peter said to Ananias:
"How did Satan
fill your heart, to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep for yourself part
of the money you received for the land? Before you sold the land, it belonged
to you. And after you sold it, you could use the money any way you wanted.
Why did you think about doing this? You didn't lie to us.
You lied to God!"
When Ananias heard
that, he fell down and died. Some young men came in, wrapped up his body,
carried it out, and buried it. But they didn't tell his wife.
Sapphira waited at home for three hours. When her husband did
not come back, she went to find him. She met Peter, and
Peter asked her:
“Tell me, was
the money you got for your field this much?”
“Yes, that was the price.”
Peter said to her,
“Why did you
and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The men
who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
fell down dead.
They buried her body next to her husband.
What was their problem? Truth. Honesty.
Question: Was God too strict?
Killing them for telling a "little white lie" seems really
White lies? Notice that a lie is a "white lie" only for the
liar. You see, if I lie to you, it is only a little
white lie. But if you lie to me, that seems to me like a bold,
two-faced big lie!
If someone I trust lies to me, or worse, if they lie about me, I
feel really hurt! And I can understand a little-bit more how God
feels if I am not honest.
When we discuss honesty, often we play a foolish game, named "What
if?" We try to invent situations where we must tell a lie.
Here is an example:
- - -
- - - - - - - - - -
Corrie Ten Boom & Nollie]
During World War II, many families in Holland worked secretly to
help Jewish people escape from the NAZIs. A woman named CORRIE TEN BOOM
told about her family's work, and her own suffering in a German prison
camp, in a book named The Hiding Place.
One day the family met together for a birthday party in the home
of Corrie's sister, name NOLLIE. The party stopped when Nollie's
two teenage sons ran into the house and announced German soldiers were
coming toward their house. The family had Jews hiding
in that house, plus the Germans wanted to catch the teenage boys and force
them to work in German factories.
Quickly the two boys moved the kitchen table,
pulled off the rug,
and opened a door in the floor
to the small potato cellar
under the kitchen.
The boys jumped-down, and lay-down,
while the family closed the door,
put the rug back,
moved the table back,
put on a table cloth
and set five plates and cups for tea.
Immediately German soldiers broke open the front door,
pointed their guns,
and told everyone to stay,
soldiers searched the house.
But they found only women, and one old grandfather.
They roughly questioned Nollie's youngest daughter, Cocky -
"Where are your brothers!"
Corrie silently prayed that her young niece would have enough sense
to tell a lie to the German soldier. Cocky stayed quiet, answering
The soldier asked the girl: "Do you have any brothers?"
Cocky: "Yes. I have three brothers."
Soldier: "How old are they?"
Cocky: "21, 19, and 18."
Soldier: "Where are your brothers now?"
Cocky: (Slow to answer) "The oldest
is away at school."
Soldier: "Where are your other two brothers?"
Cocky: "Oh, they are under the table."
The soldier motioned with his gun, to move the family away from the
table. Another soldier with a rifle squatted-down, and aimed under
The first soldier took the table cloth and quickly pulled it way.
Immediately Cocky started laughing.
The soldiers became very angry. They thought the girl played
a joke on them, and they felt foolish. So the soldiers quickly
left the house.
The family birthday party changed to an argument. Nollie supported
her daughter's faith and honesty. She said, "God honors truth-telling
with perfect protection."
A few months later, police went back to Nollie's house. The
police asked Nollie directly, "Is that woman with you a Jew?"
Nollie answered honestly, "Yes." Nollie was arrested and taken to
jail. The police took the Jewish woman to a holding place, for the
Germans to take to the death camp. Nollie told her friends,
"God will protect my Jewish friend. She will not go to Germany because
I obeyed Him."
Five days later, the Jewish woman escaped to freedom. Six weeks
after that, Nollie was released (free) from prison. Nollie understood
how to use truth to fight against evil.
- - -
- - - - - - - - - -
Maybe none of us must choose between LIFE or TRUTH, as those people
Some of us may choose between: JOB or TRUTH - when a boss orders
us to write false numbers on a Federal expense report. Many people
lost their jobs because they chose to tell the truth. They could
stay quiet and keep their jobs. But they know... they really
We may choose between: MONEY or TRUTH - when we are working
on our IRS tax forms.
Sometimes we say things, or do things, that are not exactly honest.
 The truth is too embarrassing. If we hide the
truth, we look good. Right?
The Bible says:
Another reason sometimes
we are not honest:
you hide your sins, you will not succeed.
If you confess
and leave your sins, you will receive mercy."
 We don't believe God is big enough, strong enough, or smart enough
to fix our problem honestly, so we must fix the problem ourselves, our
way. We report false information. We write checks without
enough money in our bank.
And when we try to fix our problems our own way, not God's way, we
make our problems worse.
Again, the Bible says:
"The way that
people think is right,
A soldier's belt maybe
is not comfortable. But if a soldier takes-off that belt, he will
be worse than "uncomfortable." His enemy may capture or kill him.
That is our experience in spiritual war. The Belt of Truth may
not be comfortable. But if we take off that belt, and abandon (leave)
the truth, our evil enemy will have us under his control.
that way leads to
Jesus already died on the cross to free us from the devil's control.
God has-already forgiven you. You are now free. You don't
need to go back again to slavery to the enemy.
Remember again the first words from our lesson, Ephesians 6:
"Let the Lord
make you strong.
Depend on His
great power. "
You said that You are only the Way to God our Father.
We forsake [leave] all other ways, and know only You.
You are Truth - your Word is True. We trust You.
You are Life - in your death you give us life.
Lord Jesus, to stay bold, not ashamed, to say Your Name.
Lord, to reflect Your character.
Part 3 - The Breastplate of Righteousness
Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf