Sunday, January 27, 2013

Relativism vs. Christian Doctrine.

There is a growing misconception within the church in regards to doctrine. The Holy Bible talks about the wheat growing up next to the tares. It is getting increasingly difficult to tell the truth from the world's bag of lies. It is imperative that we look to the word of God more than ever.

Matthew 13:24-30  Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who planted good seed in his field.  (25)  But while people were asleep, his enemy planted weeds in the wheat field and went away.  (26)  When the wheat came up and formed kernels, weeds appeared.  (27)  "The owner's workers came to him and asked, 'Sir, didn't you plant good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?'  (28)  "He told them, 'An enemy did this.' "His workers asked him, 'Do you want us to pull out the weeds?'  (29)  "He replied, 'No. If you pull out the weeds, you may pull out the wheat with them.  (30)  Let both grow together until the harvest. When the grain is cut, I will tell the workers to gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned. But I'll have them bring the wheat into my barn."

There is a key to this passage we need to look too. " While people were asleep...", could lend a reason why tares grow up with the wheat. Now tares are essentially weeds which look like wheat when they grow. You can't tell them apart until it is harvest time for the wheat. The church has and will continue to battle false doctrine until the Lord returns. We have to be careful and ensure we are keeping our hearts in check.

1 Timothy 1:3-6  When I was going to the province of Macedonia, I encouraged you to stay in the city of Ephesus. That way you could order certain people to stop teaching false doctrine  (4)  and occupying themselves with myths and endless genealogies. These myths and genealogies raise a lot of questions rather than promoting God's plan, which centers in faith.  (5)  My goal in giving you this order is for love to flow from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith.  (6)  Some people have left these qualities behind and have turned to useless discussions.

Paul the Apostle warned the church from people who were following and teaching false doctrine. Even in his day, a time not far from Jesus walking on the earth the first time, there were people teaching false doctrine and following the lies of the world.

So what is Relativism? Relativism is a thought or point of view that has no absolute truth or validity. It is a term used to describe moral thought as only a limited approach. It is the belief that there is no absolute truth, and that truth is up to the interpreter. In other words, if it feels right to you then it must be truth.  This idea of relativism has been around for centuries and has taken many forms. It is Satan's doctrine for the mankind and many are falling for it.  It start with the lie in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent challenged Eve on what God actually said. He twisted the words of God, and Eve & Adam fell for it hook line and sinker.

Genesis 3:1-6  The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden'?"  (2)  The woman answered the snake, "We're allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden  (3)  except the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, 'You must never eat it or touch it. If you do, you will die!'"  (4)  "You certainly won't die!" the snake told the woman.  (5)  "God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You'll be like God, knowing good and evil."  (6)  The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

As believers, we believe that the Word of God is absolute truth. We believe in absolutes. Christ absolutely died on the cross for our sins. Sin is absolutely an organism which is destroying the world. God is the absolute creator of all things. We believe in a right and wrong. We believe that God's word never changes and remains the same throughout all time. We believe that the Living God has the final say so on all matters of life and existence.

Relativism denies the sovereignty of God. It states that truth is only what the person perceives it to be. This lie from the enemy is in our churches today and every believer must be on the look out.

Relativism's thoughts:

1. All truth is relative.
2. There are no absolute truths.
3. What is true for you is not true for me.
4. No one can know anything for certainty.
5. You have your reality I have mine.
6. Evil is in the eye of the beholder.
7. Satan is not real.
8. All beliefs are equal.
9. We do our own thing.
10. Morality is up for discussion.

Christianity's thoughts.

1. All truth comes from the Lord.
2. God is the absolute truth for all of mankind.
3. Sin is a sin and it is against God's nature.
4. We know in part but can know more by our relationship with the all knowing God.
5. Our current reality is frail to the reality of eternity with God our without Him.
6. Evil is the opposite of God's holy nature. He is the absolute of Good. Evil only exist because it is the absence of His goodness.
7. Satan is real and the author of evil and sin. He was defeated by the Son of God on the cross in regards to eternal principles. The final chapter of his demise is yet to come.
8. Jesus is the way , the truth, and the life NO ONE can come to the Father but through Jesus. All other religions are constructs from Satan's doctrine of lies.
9. We all have been given a will to chose. We can do our own thing but there are consequences to our choices. Following Godly principles leads to a happy filled life.
10. Morality is not up for discussion. God's word holds the key to our moral code. We were created with an ethical code. God's word describes that code in detail.

Relativism in the Church:

1. God really will not send us to hell.
2. God loves me no matter what I do therefore I can keep sinning.
3. It is not a sin to perform sexual sins.
4. God loves everyone just the way they are.
5. We can't judge only God knows.
6.  The bible is something we read but not fully follow.
7.  Church is not needed. I can follow my own path just as long as I believe in God.
8. Do's and don'ts are the tenants of our faith.

Relativism comes in all shapes and sizes. It is an illogical behavior of man. It is an excuse to live the way we want and forget about God's way of life. God's ways cut to the heart of man; this is why man doesn't desire to follow his truth. His truth is challenging and leads to the direction of hope and truth. If you are in the market of only following your own truth; then His absolute truth is not relative to you.  We have to be careful in the church today. It is easy to mix the relativism with God's truth. The tares are growing up with the wheat. Which do you want to be on that day of righteous judgement? The tare or the wheat?