Why do some refuse to accept the truth? Some because they believe they already have it. We can only say they are honestly mistaken in their religious convictions. The Eunuch in Acts 8 well illustrates this point. This man was deeply religious. He had gone to Jerusalem “for to worship” and was returning home. He was a Bible reader! He was honest. However, he was wrong! When Philip the evangelist taught him the truth, he not only believed it but obeyed it immediately. He told no experience of grace. No church voted as to whether he might obey Christ in baptism for the remission of his sins. Up to the time of Philip instructing him correctly, this man thought he had the truth.
Many refuse to accept the truth because they are prejudiced. They have already made up their minds and quickly tell you they are satisfied and do not care to be bothered. Like Nathanael, these quickly declare that their minds are made up and closed. Nathanael was told by Philip, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” But this man replies, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:45-51).
Some refuse the truth because they believe the words of their family over the word of God. Jesus said that any who loves father and mother, brothers and sisters, or their own spouse more than Him is not worthy of Him. Mt 10:37 In Luke’s gospel, Jesus said that all who love these more than Him can’t even be a Christian. Lk 14:26
Some refuse the truth because they have a vested interest in false religion. These are they who are paid to preach and teach false doctrines. Mi 3:11 Such were the false prophets of Jezebel. Even in the face of the great miracle God performed at Elijah’s hand, they changed not, nor did Ahab and Jezebel 1 Kin 18. To these, Elijah was the trouble maker. 1 Kin 18:17
Some refuse the truth because they don’t have a love for the truth. In this case, God sends them strong delusions that they might believe a lie. 2 Thess 2:10-12 Such was the case of Pharaoh, when Moses 10 times sought him to release Israel from the hands of bondage. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he might plague Egypt. When we don’t love the truth of God, He will harden our hearts against the truth.
Some refuse the truth because they believe a persuasive, soft spoken, well articulated preacher over the Word of God. These are the kind of preachers who for the right amount of money will tell their congregation exactly what they want to hear, as opposed what they need to hear. Rom 16:17,17 A true gospel preacher will preach the Word in and out of season, refusing to preach fables, and the doctrines of men which turn the listener from the truth. 2 Tim 4:2-5 f; Tit 1:14
Conclusion: It’s a sad thing to see so many blinded from the truth of God. Jesus told his disciples to leave such alone because they be blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Mt 15:14 How will we know if we are among the spiritually blind? Examine yourself whether you be in the faith! 2 Cor 13:5 Compare your belief with the gospel and doctrine of Christ. If you have not obeyed the same gospel which was preached on the day of Pentecost, then you are lost. Acts 2:37-47 If you continue not in the doctrine of Christ, then you are lost. Jn 8:31 f; 2 Jn 9 “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.” Rom 3:4