One of the most disturbing trends in the early twenty-first century has been the rapid growth of moral relativism –that is, the belief that there are no fixed standards of right and wrong. As in ancient Israel, the moral standard by which many people live today is to only do “what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 212:25).
This is precisely what led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It will lead to a bad end for any nation – including our own. Multitudes of people do not realize, as William Penn once said, “Right is right even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.”
Moral relativism – the belief that nothing is wrong and right is whatever you want it to be – is sometimes referred to as “the new morality.” It would be more accurate to call it “the absence of morality” or “the old immorality.” The belief that you are free to live by whatever standard you choose for yourself, in effect, makes you your own god. Worshiping yourself is the worst and most dangerous form of idol worship.
The Bible says that God “created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). If this is true, and I believe it is, the true standard of human belief and behavior should be established by our Creator, not by any human creature. Having been created by God, everything we do should be done for the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31). But how can any person determine which actions truly glorify God and obey His will?”
Obviously, since God is our Creator, the only way we can know what is true and is right is for Him to tell us. And that is exactly what He has done in giving us the Bible. The Bible, simply stated, is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is His communication, His Law, His Word, His standard for living. The written Word points us to the living Word, Jesus Christ.
The most basic of all sins, and the root of all other sins, is rebellion against God’s Word. The establishment of any other criterion of truth or morality in preference to the revealed Word of God is sin it its most fundamental and deadly form. The three greatest sins are indifference to, neglect of, and disrespect for the Word of God. To disbelieve God’s Word is to reject Him.
This was the sin of Satan himself in his primordial rebellion against God in heaven. Having rejected God’s truth, he said, “I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). And it was with the sin of unbelief and self-idolatry that Satan tempted Eve, saying to her: “Yes, God has said . . .”, but he followed these four words with a blatant denial of God’s Word by saying: “You will certainly not die . . . you will be as gods” (Genesis 3:1, 4-5).
There needs to be a renewed commitment in our nation to the truth found in God’s Word. It is the only way our nation can experience spiritual renewal. Romans 15:4 tells us that “everything that was written in the past was given to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” And Paul’s message to Timothy reminds us that “all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
The preeminent role of God’s Word as the absolute standard of right and wrong is demonstrated by its role in the future judgment. Jesus said, “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day” (John 12:48).
If you have not done so already, please believe and accept this truth today!