“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” -2 Timothy 4:2-4
We live in a culture that caters to the individual. A culture that wants everyone to feel accepted and validated. Our culture frequently—and might I add tragically—spills over into the Church.
What is truth? To many truth is relative. Your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth. Truth depends on one’s subjective opinion and perspective. I refute this view. I am wholeheartedly persuaded there is one absolute truth—a truth that is independent of one’s opinions and perspectives.
As Christians we enter into very dangerous waters when we begin to think like our culture—when we view truth as relative rather than absolute. All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). Inspired by God Himself, the Word of God is not open to personal interpretation. Scripture contains one truth—and that is the truth determined by God not man.
We must not shape Christianity to man, but man to Christianity. We must, moreover, be weary of man-made religion disguised as ‘Christianity’; religion rooted not in Biblical truth but human philosophy. Salvation is not relative depending on one’s personal understanding. Salvation is absolute and the only salvation that is truly saving is the salvation rooted wholly and completely in the Word of God.