Absolute truth is a casualty of the times. Postmodern thinking has made moral relativism the norm for most of the western world. Absolute truth, known in the Bible in the Greek as aletheia, is scoffed and scorned at by secular humanists inside academia and our courtrooms across America. That was not always so. The Lord willing I feel lead to spend the month of June looking at aletheia truth in preparation for a new venture we will be launching on July 5.
Scorn for absolute truth is not just a modern phenomenon; Jesus faced it even on His last day on earth.
“Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’ Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:37-38a)
You may have heard some sermons or Bible teachings proposing that Pilate was genuinely questioning Jesus, but a Roman Governor, particularly one as calculating as Pilate would have nothing but scorn for a Nazarene.
Why has absolute truth become such a scarcity and moral relativism the norm? Because the former is difficult and very limiting while the latter is easy and extremely permissive. Absolute truth means someone or something else is the ultimate authority and moral relativism means you are in control. Not much of a choice when laid out in such a way.
But the Bible teaches us the goodness of living in righteousness in the light of absolute truth:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1)
Moral relativists who scorn absolute truth consider themselves enlightened giant geniuses while the Bible declares them simpleton mental midgets:
“Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words: ‘How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.’” (Proverbs 1:20-22)
I am often asked in radio interviews what I see as the number one problem in America and I always answer moral relativism. If truth is a casualty, then it is easy to reject a Holy and Righteous God who reigns over the affairs of mankind. I know most will say that our problems in America all stem from our rejecting God so He is rejecting us, but that is the symptom, not the cause. The cause is that man has declared himself more knowledgeable and wiser then God and has rejected His Holy Word. Without absolute truth, who needs the Bible. We make our own rules to our own ruin.
The Prophet Isaiah was met with scorn when he laid out six woes of judgment. Notice the mocking he received:
“Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.’” (Isaiah 28:14-15)
Moral relativism always leads to a self-confidence…
“For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD. The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, ‘I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.’ His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.” (Psalm 10:3-7)
…a self-confidence that is rooted in deceit.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Beloved, I need your help. If we truly want to see a revival come to America, it is going to take work. Revival only comes through repentance and repentance comes through re-education.
I need your prayers. I believe this study will be one of the most important things I’ve set out to do. It cannot be done obviously without the work of the Holy Spirit. It will not be done without hindrances from Satan.
But it will not carry much effect if it is not spread as far and wide as possible. Each of us has a substantial email list no doubt. I would appreciate you spreading the word to all you can. If we do not remove the stinking thinking that is so prevalent in the minds of most Americans, we cannot move God to rescue us.
We are a nation who has made lies our refuge, too many to list here. But be there no doubt if absolute truth remains a casualty of the social civil war America has been involved in for decades, our nation cannot and will not last.
America’s covenant with death is abortion; it is the scourge of this once great nation. The threads are fraying and unraveling and we cannot patch the garment anymore. We need a new one, one fashioned by the hand of Almighty God.
That’s how it all started here; that’s the only way it will continue.
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