Confronting Absolute Values in Morality and Ethics

Many movements of immorality within our culture have allowed sexual activity outside of the biblical standards of morality. Homosexuals simply have an “alternate lifestyle” and a different “sexual orientation.” Cohabitation without marriage is a “domestic partnership.” Seldom do we hear words like “fornication” or “adultery.” However, the LBGT movement has become so accepted that those who do believe and hold to biblical morality have been marginalized to a great degree and within the local church there seems to be a growing number of folks who wish to protect those participating in immoral activity.
Questions such as, :”How should we determine what conduct is moral or immoral?” and “What principles should determine what is morally right or wrong?” For thousands of years the Word of God has stood as His absolute standard of morality around the world. Until recent decades mankind has generally agreed that the Bible has revealed God’s will and has been the manual used to understand and apply it
We are presented with the question of what standards or standard should be used to to determine what is right and what is wrong. Many think that local or national government should set the standard for moral correctness. History tells us that often times governments are morally corrupt which results in horrible atrocities And it is historically true that mankind discovers over and over again that just as Peter claimed in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men“No matter the opposition we must hold to the teaching of God’s Word.

Many believe that immoral practices must be acceptable because a certain group approves them. What we must understand is that the majority point of view may very well be displeasing to God. Let the biblical record speak for itself, “Now I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.”1 Corinthians 10:1-5. What we do know is that Jesus said most people are on the road to destruction, “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.

Some folks wish to justify sin simply because people they know are involved in it. But if we are honest we will admit that we are sinful and fallible lot then we must also admit that we are wrong. IN the end we must obey Jesus even though we do not agree with those around us. Look at these powerful words of the Christ, “Now great crowds were traveling with Him. So He turned and said to them: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:25-27.

Absolute values are determined by the God of the Universe. Because He is God and Creator He rules over this creation. And like it or not everyone in the room will be judged according to whether or not we have repented from our sin and conformed to His will. “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31.

Right here lies the end of our dispute. If we believe the Bible to be the infallible Word of God, our conclusions about moral issues will always be in conflict with those who do not believe in the biblical record. Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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