“One Truth” – Horatius Bonar

“One Truth”

The following words of Horatius Bonar, the 19th Century Scottish pastor, are as relevant and needful today, in a world of religious pluralism, moral relativism and “man-centered”, pragmatic Christianity, as they were when they were written and published in 1866.


“Truth is one, not many; truth is sure, not doubtful. There is but one true creed, one Gospel, one revelation. There is but one faith that saves and blesses. ‘One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.’ (Eph. 4:4-6).

Let us honor the truth as God has done, as His apostles did, as our Reformers did. Let us fearlessly wield it. Let us give it fair play and full swing everywhere. It is ‘quick and powerfull, sharper than any two-edged sword’ (Heb. 4:12). It is a fire, melting the iron. It is a hammer, breaking the rock in pieces.

Truth is not the feeble thing that men often think they can afford to disparage. Truth is power; let it be treated and trusted as such. We need not discuss the question as to the frequent divorcement of head and heart, undervaluing either; but still more let us beware of that unscriptural, unphilosophical sentimentalism which affirms that the heart may be all right when the head is all wrong.”


Taken from Horatius Bonar’s Preface to Catechisms of the Scottish Reformation, 1866.

“Thy word is truth.”

John 17:17b


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