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Relativism in the Church

One of the most talked about aspects of our culture today is the prevalence of relativism. Relativism is the philosophy that absolute truth does not exist. There is no truth with a capital T, only many truths that only apply to individuals in there own lives. What is true or right or wrong for me, may not be for you.

As believers in Christ and as believers in His word, we know that relativism is a false belief. Unfortunately, its effects can be seen not only in the secular world, but also in many churches today.

How else do you explain the tolerance for false doctrines and incomplete (and sometimes completely false) views of God?

It seems that no one wants to talk about differences in theology between believers. This avoidance takes place in the name of love and unity. Allowing fellow believers to continue in false beliefs of who God is or how He operates is actually not loving at all. And Biblical unity begins with unity of mind. Of course, it is hard to remedy these misconceptions about the concepts of love and unit without being viewed as harsh and divisive.

I will readily admit that believers have rigidly stood their ground on less than essential points of theology. Sometimes to the point of breaking fellowship with those who disagree with them. We are not all going to agree on every single aspect of our theology. However, we need to be able to identify those areas of Scripture teaching that compromise our faith if we fail to rightly understand them.

It seems that in response to over zealous defense of less important points in theology, in some cases we have swung too far the other way. Now any defense of a particular view of scripture or a point of theology is looked at as divisive and unloving.

I sometimes wonder what Paul would say if he visited our churches today. What kind of letter would be write to us? Would it be one of gently teaching and encouraging? Or would it be a scathing rebuke that we have too often forsaken the God of scripture for a God of our own making?

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