What is Truth?


by Mike Ratliff

They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:5-6 ESV)

A few years ago I had a fellow with whom I work, when he found out that I was a Christian, demand that I listen to his “reasoning” why “everything is relative.” I told him I would listen to him if he could refute the following statement, “Aren’t you making an ‘absolute statement’ when you say, ‘there are no absolutes’?” He chuckled nervously and left my cubicle. I still pray that God will save him. My brethren, the scourge of relativism is a blight within the visible Church. It causes people to flee from the absolute. When truth is seen as relative then in what or whom can anyone have faith and trust? Do we read the words of our Lord in Sacred Scripture ever saying, “Well, it depends?” Continue reading

Why Psalm 12:6,7 is not a Promise of the Infallible Preservation of Scripture

In light of our inadvertent discussion yesterday that detoured into the realm of the reliability of certain biblical texts and the insistence of one person that we examine Psalm 12:6,7, I did a bit of research today on this. It seems that some have interpreted this passage to state that this is a proof text that teaches an infallibly preserved Bible. My own study of Psalm 12 made it clear to me that using these two verses this way is a violation of the context of the Psalm. That isn’t the message David is giving us here. In any case, I wanted to write my own exposition of this, but decided to allow someone who is much more educated in Hebrew than I to explain this. Continue reading

Please pray for my friend Jim Bublitz

When God drew me out of the seeker-sensitive darkness, one of the men God used to assist me with His wisdom and discernment was Jim Bublitz. I thank God for this man and his ministry. In any case, he is very ill. Here is a note from His website Old Truth.

Dear Readers:
After three years of posting, the blog will be closing, though the Old Truth site will remain up and you will still find past postings, videos, and resources.
I’ve enjoyed interacting with many of you and posting on so many of the issues that effect today’s church. I have, as of late experienced some medical problems that make it impossible for me to continue blogging at this time. I recently learned that I have “Non Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver” which will require a liver transplant in order to survive beyond the next several years. For the past month I’ve spent a double-digit number of hours per day sleeping and have lost over 60 pounds in water retention. As some of you know, I’ve also been battling broken bones this last year, several of which are still giving me some problems.
Through all of this, my family and church in Milwaukee have been incredibly supportive, and I’d like to thank them all. A special thanks goes out to Chad who has not only helped me with blogging through the months, but has also been a loyal friend and brother in the Lord. I am looking to the Lord through all of this and know that he has good that comes from these things (Romans 8:28). I’m at a loss as to how unbelievers are able to make it through these types of things without looking to the Lord for strength.
I would love to return to blogging one day, perhaps after I receive a transplant, but that may be months or even a couple of years. For right now, I’ve been told to expect to get more sick as the months go on, so needless to say – I have some big challenges ahead of me. I do hope that the Old Truth website will continue to be a valuable resource for people. Until I get the site reorganized, use the menus in the left and right margins of this page to navigate your way around, or use the Google search box to the left to search this site. Commenting has been turned off.
Though I am currently very behind in answering emails, you can feel free to send me a message. Thanks again to all of my regular readers and participants on the blog; I’ve learned more from you over the years than you have from me; you have been a blessing to me.
–Jim B.

My brethren, this has caused a great deal of stress to Jim and his family. Please lift them up in prayer for encouragement and healing.
In Christ

Mike Ratliff