| Basics of Relativism
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Relativism has a dogmatic and intolerant belief that there is not truth, there are not absolutes, there is no right or wrong. This is based on a logical error known as a universal negative and their philophies are also self refuting.
Synonyms for Relativism: Unitarianism, Emergents, The Emergent Church
One of several related cults that work in concert: Agnosticism, Atheism, Evolutionism, Humanism, Intellectualism, Liberalism, Materialism, Modernism, Naturalism, Post Modernism, Rationalism, Relativism, and Secularism.
Relativism is intolerant of anyone who believes in such things as an absolute God, absolute truth, or absolute morals. They are intolerant of those who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God without error.
Relativists are increasingly being deceived into thinking that faith in Jesus Christ is evil. Increasingly, they are working toward coercive acts against Christians using governments, the media, the government schools, credentials, economic sanctions, the courts, and any other means at their disposal to coerce Christians and to stop the gospel from being proclaimed.
While Relativism is the self-refuting claim that springs from the fallen mind of mankind without any substance, Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
Some Christians have, either on purpose or by just drifting, inserted parts of Relativism into their walk with Jesus. They tried to make it compatible with Christ. The little changes, however, caused these followers of Christ to stop following Christ and instead they began following Satan. These are the people who say that they can't take the Bible literally. Of course, that statement makes no sense since there are parts of the Bible that are literal and parts are figurative. Even the most ardent fundamentalists know that. However, these are people who want to do what they want to do. They don't want to be directed by God or anyone else. True Christians know that God's direction is much greater than the 10 commandments or laws against perversion. True Christians are not relativists. They know that whatever is not of faith is sin. That is a very narrow way. (Read More)
God's plan for this hour is not to make all religions and philosophies get along. His plan is to have a people, a remnant company, who continue to discover Him, to walk with Him until they come into perfect unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to one totally complete man (the Body of Christ and the Head, Jesus), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
In contrast to Relativism, followers of Christ receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by Relativism compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him. You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.
| Relativism's Worldview of Authority
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The human mind is the only authority, the imagination of each person. The Post Modern scholars and theologians are often held up as authorities. The bottom line is that nothing and no one has any real authority, because, in the mind of the relativist, there is no truth.
God reveals. God reveals through Scripture. God reveals through the things that He has created. God reveals through the gifts of the Spirit. God reveals in many other ways as well. Contrary to the teachings of Relativism, the Bible (Old & New Testaments) as revealed to the hearts and minds of believers by the power of the Spirit but not by the corrupt natural human mind, is the unique, revealed, factual, accurate, & inspired Word of God, the sole authoritative writing for faith & practice.
A dissimilarity to the claimed authority of Relativism is that the teachings of the Bible have been shown to be absolutely accurate in every way by every test possible.
Unlike the teachings of Relativism, God speaks directly through the Bible, creation, the conscience, and other believers. When God speaks, He never conflicts with his revealed Word in the Bible and never conflicts with His creation.
Another way that God's revelation is unlike the teachings of Relativism: God reveals and gives the interpretation of Scripture. God forbids any human speculation, imagination, assumption, presumption, presupposition, rationalization, or anything else that adds to or takes from Scripture. The Scripture is very clear in stating that the human mind is evil, deceptive, and untrustworthy to the point that our own minds can deceive us. The battle is for the mind with Satan and the flesh on the one side and the Holy Spirit joined to the redeemed human spirit on the other side.
The teachings of Relativism do not agree with the revelation that the church, as it is defined in the Bible, has authority. The human-designed deviations from the Scriptural church dilute this authority. Within the church, there are gifts, offices, and ministries, all of whom have a Bible-defined authority. Scripture defines those who have authority to receive the interpretation of the Bible and administer doctrine to the church.
There is a disparity with the teachings of Relativism in that God has declared that there is one and only one truth. Truth is not relative but it is very precise and tangible. Truth is found in Jesus Christ. Whatever God has not revealed and led in is sin. Each Christian, and also every unsaved person, is responsible to find God through Jesus Christ. Whoever seeks Him does find Him. He does speak to them. While the Bible has definitive truth, the Bible is not God. God must reveal the meaning of the Bible to His people. His primary authority for interpreting the Bible is through apostles. Because of the spiritual war that is currently raging, Satan introduces counterfeits of every reality, so Satan introduces false apostles. However, God assures us that we can know the difference by the Spirit of God. The false apostles will give themselves away by their works.
| Relativism's Worldview of the Solution to the Human Problem
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The most important solution that relativists are working toward is to eliminate all faith in God.
They are increasingly seeing faith in Jesus Christ as evil and working toward coercive solutions using governments, the media, the government schools, credentials, economic sanctions, the courts, and any other means at their disposal.
Contradicting the teachings of Relativism, for a Christian who is following Christ, Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is an ongoing relationship. It is an unfolding revelation of the living Christ. Jesus is the only source of righteousness. As a Christian yields to Jesus, the Holy Spirit both leads that Christian into righteousness and also does the righteousness of God through the Christian. This leads to holiness and also to redemption from slavery to sin. Yielding to sin, even for Christians, brings bondage to sin. Sin is habit-forming, but so is the righteousness that is only available through Jesus--the works He does through you.
To further differentiate The Biblical teachings from the teachings of Relativism, salvation is a process that begins with being born again and progresses from glory to ever increasing glory. Salvation is by God's free gift and God's free gift is received through believing and receiving God. God is love, so to receive God is to receive love. Love is righteousness and the fulfillment of the law. When we yield to God, His love does His righteousness through us and fulfills all of God's law. God's love and revelation is always in complete harmony with the Bible, God's word. This is the way in which we are born again into the Kingdom of God. And this is the way in which we proceed from glory to glory to the manifestation of the sons of God, the redemption of our bodies, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
| Relativism's Worldview of Ethics, Values, and Morals
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The one rule of relativism is that it is wrong to believe in absolutes.
A redefined version of tolerance" is one of Relativism's major ethical foundations. They redefine tolerance" to mean that every view must be tolerated except for the Biblical Christian view. In fact, they are becoming more violent in opposing the Biblical Christian view and in opposing the belief in absolutes.
They say that its wrong and bigoted to believe that absolutes exist. Of course, that is a self-refuting statement. If that statement were true, then it would be wrong to make such a statement.
They say that it is intolerant to have saving faith in Jesus Christ as it is defined in the Bible.
Salvation from humanity's sin and depravity requires forgiveness from God. This forgiveness results in the New Birth. Forgiveness and being born again are, and can only be, attained through faith in Jesus Christ, God's Son, and in His efficacious death on the cross of Calvary and His resurrection from the dead. Without being born again, no one can see, or enter the Kingdom of God. Everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ is born again, and that no other action, gift, baptism, or any other such thing is needed for a person to be born again. When a person is born again they are a member of the Church--the Church is the called out Body of Christ made up of the ministries of all the believers.
Righteousness is a free gift from God and that it is part of our salvation. Faith gives us access into grace, the free gift. The free gift includes both forgiveness and righteousness. Righteousness is obtained by drawing near to God and yielding to God.
Righteousness is in the moment. It is the flow of God's love through a human being. Holiness/Sanctification is the establishment of God's righteousness in the mind/soul of a person. Holiness is established by submission to the righteousness of God. Holiness represents a stability in the heart; it is a permanent transformation. Holiness is progressive as we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Redemption is also progressive. Redemption is being set free from sin. Redemption is being set free to serve God.
In variation from the teachings of Relativism, God gave his law on Sinai, and His law is holy and just and good, but human beings are not able to obey His law. As a result, no one can earn salvation.
In opposition to the teachings of Relativism, salvation brings works, not the other way around. We are saved to good works; good works cannot bring salvation. Good works are a gift from God. They are, in fact, God Himself doing His work through us, and that is only available to the saved.
Another difference from the teachings of Relativism is this--because the believer has been born again into Gods family, God speaks the word of faith into the heart of the believer. Then, God gives the power to believe and to discern the voice of God from other voices. God gives the power both to will and to do His good pleasure. He actually does the workit is His grace (free gift) doing the work in the believer. Then, He rewards the believer as if the believer had done something.
Unlike the teachings of Relativism, salvation is free in Christ Jesus.
The Bible contradicts the teachings of Relativism. The law can be summed up in one word, love. So when someone commits adultery this is the opposite of love. Satan, for the sake of confusion, calls adultery love, but it is just the opposite. The same is true of envy, murder, covetousness, disrespect for parents, perversion, or any other part of God's law.
The Bible is diverse from the teachings of Relativism. For those who have been born again, the law is being written on their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit now becomes the One who guides them and gives them power both to will and to do God's good pleasure. No one can obey God unless it is God both giving them the will do good and also doing the good works though them.
The Bible and the leading of the Holy Spirit are at variance with the teachings of Relativism. The Bible is given as an authoritative guide to the truth, and the Holy Spirit teaches us when we read the Bible, provided we ask for leading and believe that we will receive it.
The Holy Spirit, as He has led the Church, is in disagreement with the teachings of Relativism. The Holy Spirit teaches that the Bible gives us the order for the church and the order of the church is also given for guidance in interpreting the Bible and for understanding what is right and what is wrong
Last updated: Dec, 2012
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