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Do you remember the old question, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to see or hear it, does it make a crashing sound?”
In post-modernity the question goes like this:
“If a person commits an immoral or an illegal act and no one is around to see it happen, is it immoral or wrong?”
The question may seem simplistic.
You may even be quick to dismiss it as silliness, that is until one takes a hard look at the current moral values with and honest heart.
Read the statement again, slowly, then look at these current moral values.
- A baby in the womb is referred to as “fetal tissue” removing the sting that abortion is really murder.
- Fornication or pre-marital sex is now called “hooking up” weakening the stigma of sexual immorality.
- Taking from those who have and giving to those who do not have is not really stealing. It is modern day Robin Hood, taking from the evil wealthy and giving to the under-privileged poor. It is the sharing of wealth, so everyone is equal. That is biblical, is it not?
- Men loving men and women loving women is gender dysphoria. It is the recognition that some identify with a different gender than that which they were biologically born. After all, homosexuality in 21st century is not the same as the homosexuality in the Holy Scripture when it was called an abomination.
The redefining of moral values removes the stigma of sin and softens the blow of undesirable conviction to the heart and what culture deems unwarranted bad feelings.
Sinful conduct is no longer sinful.
Even within the Christian community it is viewed from a medical model.
Alcoholism, narcotic addiction, sexual addiction, addiction to pornography, all are considered a sicknesses. Twelve step programs are offered to the person afflicted with the disease.
Anger management classes and various self-help groups are offered to help the one struggling with behavioral problems.
With the redefining of sinful behavior has come the progressive adoption within the Christian community of the current moral culture.
Christian campuses are flooded with students “hooking up” on weekends.
Churches are filled with “worshipers” who are in the bars and night clubs on Friday and Saturday nights and many are living with their significant other.
They join the church family on Sunday loudly singing, with hands raised, about how much they love God.
Churches that once took a strong biblical position on homosexual relationships are now embracing same-sex couples in membership; celebrating same-sex marriages; ordaining homosexuals as elders, deacons, and clergy.
Grace is no longer the desperate need of a person who is helplessly unable to change their condition because they are habitually a sinner on their way to eternity in the Lake of Fire.
The heart of mankind is no longer “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” as the prophet Jeremiah declared (17:9).
Rather, grace is the extension of a doting loving Father who is willing to accept anyone and everyone no matter their conduct, for He is all loving and all merciful.
The dirty little secret is, moral relativity has not improved life for anyone.
Moral Relativity Is Making the Church Irrelevant
- The number of families experiencing divorce, even multiple divorces, have skyrocketed.
- Sexually transmitted diseases are pandemic.
- Alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual addiction, and pornography addiction are beyond imagination.
- Suicide rates are at an alarming rate.
- Although culture has embraced same-sex relationships, depression, and despair plague the homosexual community and the number of suicides in the same-sex community is very troubling.
What is the answer to this very troubling cultural trend and the moral landslide in the Christian community?
Discovery of the answer begins with the willingness to acknowledge what God, Himself, spoke at a very similar time.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5 NKJV).
“And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).
The natural heart of a man or woman is bent toward sinful behavior not toward good.
When the leaders, educators, medical sciences, and religious leaders insist upon the basic goodness of mankind and then allow the dictates of the human heart to determine and to establish what is morally good and acceptable, it will always end in disaster and destruction.
Human hearts will never see their desperate condition without clear measure defining what is right and what is wrong.
There must be a standard of right and wrong that is founded upon a body of truth that is static, immutable, trans-cultural and trans-generational.
There is only one such body of truth. It was given by Almighty God, himself, and was affirmed by the Holy Spirit.
Do you see the incongruence of Church in the 21st Century with the pages of Holy Scripture?
The Old Testament and New Testament define homosexuality as “women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature” and a man lying “with a male as with a woman” or “leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men.”
The Holy Scripture clearly teaches the sexual relationship is reserved for those who are in marriage covenant and between a man and a woman.
The child of God is called to living a life of holiness and purity.
“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit” (1Thessalonians 4:1-8 NKJV) [my emphasis].
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them” (Ephesians 5:3-7 NKJV) [my emphasis].
The moral landslide in western culture over the last fifty years has been astonishing and devastating to three generations of children who have grown into adulthood believing truth and morality is relative to the individual’s perspective.
Truth has become fuzzy even in the house of the Lord because the Word of God has been given low value.
Preachers are teaching the Old Testament is no longer relevant and the believers need to “unhinge from the Old Testament.”
The sinner is not called to an altar of repentance but is encouraged to call for counseling or to enroll in a twelve-step program.
Yet, Scripture clearly teaches it is repentance and cleansing from sin that will transform the heart and make a whole new person.
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1John 1:8-10 NKJV).