In 2 Corinthians 4:2 the apostle Paul wrote: We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.

When reading these words from Paul, it shows the integrity of the preaching of the Gospel. When the gospel is preached through what we say and do, it might be influenced by our own personality, experiences and background, but it’s not with evil intend. 

I’m sure it has happened that people proclaim the gospel for their own sake and fortune. Perhaps we all remember an American TV evangelist with his church mission called PTL, which stood for Praise the Lord. Unfortunately, through scandals the letters PTL became abbreviations for Pass the Loot and Pay the Lady. But, it has never been the intention of the apostles to win fortunes for themselves or to become deceivers who then live in luxury mansions.

Deception and the proclamation of the Gospel are essentially opposite to each other. Therefore Paul is not using flattering words or showing himself to be a different person of who he is in reality. Paul says about himself that he is always working for his own money and never asks for anything except to give it to others in need, like to the church in Jerusalem. 

Some theologians say that Paul wrote these words, because he was accused of being deceptive and distorting the Word of God. But, there’s more to Paul’s words of ‘we do not use deception’ as we can see at first glance.

What is truth, Pilate asked, before he sentenced Jesus to the cross. The Greek word Aleitheia refers back to the word for ‘amen’ in Hebrew. It signifies of what is truth. In the personal context it characterises the speech, the action and thought of the person itself, making the integrity of a person. 

Truth is the foundation of God in His actions and words. As a result, a believer is one who bases life on God's Truth, making the person righteous. As it says in Psalm 51:6 ‘Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being’ means that the truthfulness of God requires the truthfulness of the person. And Psalm 15:2, the one who speaks truth in the heart, has a mind set on truth.

Hosea complains (in 4:1) that ‘truth’ and ‘loyalty’ have left Israel, because truthfulness with loyalty are closely related to knowing God and doing His will. It is all encompassed in the words of 2 Samual 7:28 - Thou art the God, because Thy Words are Truth.

Rabbi’s teaching says that the world rests on 3 things only, which are righteousness, truth and peace. Paul, as a Rabbi, was very well aware of the necessity of being true and not deceptive. It is the Truth of God on which all who believe build their faith. Because we believe God is Truth we trust that He will do what He says or promises. We build our hope on the divine and eternal truth that God has send Jesus Christ into the world for our salvation. 

In a nutshell; God’s truth leads to our salvation and therefore God wants us to be truthful as well. When we believe God is truth, so do we have to be truthful. Being reliable and trustworthy ourselves makes the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and God’s Truth visible to others.