Relativism

Relativism

John 14:6

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

We live in a society with an ever increasing spirit of relativism, meaning that there is no true moral absolutes, but you do what you feel is right and I will do what I feel is right. With relativism, there is no real concrete foundation by which to build your life, you simply do what is right in your own eyes. The only thing that is absolutely wrong is saying that there are absolutes.

What this does, in a sly way, is cancel out God. For God created all things through Himself, by Himself and for Himself, and through Him alone do all things consist. Because He skillfully designed us from our outward appearance to the depths of our soul, He also gave us decrees’ by which we should live; decrease that flow out of His very nature; For He is faithful, loving, just, kind, merciful, gracious, righteous, and true, and desires that we would also partake of this nature.   

But in a world that loves sin and hates what is right, commands like “do not commit adultery” don’t settle well. The world hates the light and will not come to the light lest its deeds should be exposed. But since God created all things, He has also given us moral absolutes and solid truths no matter if we acknowledge them or not.

Jesus said things that were very exclusive, such as He alone was the only way to the Father, and that without Him we remain under God’s wrath, condemned and without hope (John 14:6; John 3:36). This would mean that if Jesus is absolutely true, then Buddhism is not true, nor Hinduism nor Islam, nor the god of the Mormons or Jehovah’s witnesses. This would mean that anything that contradicts Jesus teachings is a lie and a deceit.

What do you believe? You have to make a stand on the truth! All believers have to stand for what we believe, and the world will hate us for it, because they don’t want to hear truth. Do not fear, brothers and sisters, but stand up for the truth, so that the world might hear and believe and be saved.

Love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball

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Do Not Mistake the True Meaning of the Cross

Do Not Mistake the True Meaning of the Cross

Please take a while to meditate on this powerful devotional by Tozer. It strikes the heart of our problem today in Churches. If I had the power, I would force every Church-goer and pastor in America to sit down and listen to this over and over, until it sunk in.

A.W. Tozer

Galatians 6:14

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

“All unannounced and mostly undetected there has come in modern times a new cross unto popular evangelical circles.

It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial, the differences fundamental!

From this new cross has sprung up a new philosophy of the Christian life with encouragement for a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist tries to show that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. The modern view is that the new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him!

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere, but it is as false as it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. In Roman times, the man who took up his cross and started down the road was not coming back. He was not going out to have his life redirected: he was going out to have it ended! The cross did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more!

The race of Adam is under death sentence. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. Thus God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life!”

 

Tickle My Ears

Tickle My Ears
Amos 5:10
“They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth.”
During the time of Amos, the children of Israel were living very sinful lives. They had a front like they were religious, they assembled together and sung songs, they did sacrifices to God, but God saw their hearts and was sick of their sacrifices. God knew that the people oppressed the poor, rejected His laws, caused Nazirites to break their vows and they told the prophets to stop prophesying.
During this time, God called Amos out of the fields (he was a shepherd) to be His prophet, His spokesman to the people. Through Amos God rebuked the wicked nation, urging them repeatedly to repent so they might live. The problem is that people hate to be rebuked and don’t like to hear the truth; yet God often rebukes us because we are bent on sin.
To a sin loving world, the last thing it wants is someone to tell them that they are wrong and need to change. That is why we have so many false teachers today, telling people what they want to hear. We have seeker friendly Churches instead of God seeker Churches. We have Churches that are so into pleasing the people that they often compromise the truth to achieve their goal. Yet Paul said we can no longer be people pleasers or else we are NOT servants of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
Jesus said woe unto you when all men speak well of you (Luke 6:26), but blessed are you when men revile you for His name (Matthew 5:11, 12). Therefore, if the message you are preaching makes a sinful, self-centered world happy with you, you have a big problem. Read the Old Testament, and the New; every time God sends a prophet to speak truth they are disliked, but the false prophets are the ones saying to a sinful people, “God will bless you, no harm is coming”, and they are always more numerous. It is the genuine servants of God who speak truth to the people and usually suffer for it. Jeremiah was the weeping prophet because he grieved over the condition of God’s people, he was punched in the face, thrown into a pit and had very few friends. It was Isaiah who wrote so beautifully about the future Messiah yet was sawn in two at his death. People hate truth, but we must hear it, for it is the truth that sets us free.
So also we are told that in the last days, people will no longer listen to sound doctrine, but will heap up teachers who tickle their ears. Nevertheless, God charges you who are godly to preach the word in season and out, to rebuke, exhort and correct using the Scriptures, doing it with long suffering (2 Timothy 4:1- 5)
I encourage you who love the Lord: stand for the truth, even if no one else stands with you. Remember that while Stephen was being stoned to death for rebuking the Lords enemies, Jesus Himself stood up at the right hand of the Father. Jesus will also stand with you as you do what is right; and if God is for you, who can be against you??
With love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball
 
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