"...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) And if "we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) But if "we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us." Moreover, "if we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. " (1 John 1:8,10)
Today all who identify as Republican, Libertarian, Conservative, and Christian have as their choice for president two sinners: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz has publicly confessed with his mouth that Jesus is Lord, and while still a sinner yet being cleansed of all unrighteousness, is saved. Donald Trump however, is not saved, thus not being cleansed of all unrighteousness. Trump made this abundantly clear when he publicly confessed with his mouth that he has nothing to repent of, meaning that he has not sinned. With his public confession Trump has made a liar out of Jesus Christ and demonstrated that the truth is not in him. Trump then, is an unrighteous moral relativist. In further demonstration of this deadly state of affairs, every time Trump boasts that he is a deal-maker and that everything is negotiable, he is candidly admitting in advance that if elected his campaign-promises will have the longevity of a snow-ball in hell.
Despite Trump's public confessions, certain Evangelical ministers heartily endorse him, shower blessings upon him, permit him to receive Holy Communion, advise their flocks to vote for him and do not warn him that if he dies in his sin he will end up in hell.
What gives? Does Truth not matter to them anymore? Like Pontius Pilate, are they relativists?
“Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18: 38)
Today a sinister black wing covers America. In its deepening gloom the things that everyone really know to be true, good, decent, and right, are treated as unheard of, intolerant, judgmental, dogmatic, hateful, bigoted, anti-science, anti- evolution, anti-global change, backward, stupid, narrow-minded, moronic, alarmist, divisive, racist, xenophobic and homophobic because the prevailing climate is one of moral relativism. This darkness-inducing situation is true for a majority of both Christian and secular, especially when it comes to matters of personal and private vice.
Relativists deny that truth is an objective reality endowed to us by our Creator and affirm instead a sovereign right to their own worldly opinions, which always enslave, never set free as with truth. This darkness is even deeper in Europe where most people have a live-and-let-live attitude, and voice opinions like, “What is right for you may not be right for me, and what is right for me may not be right for you.” (1)
According to the highly respected Evangelical minister Erwin Lutzer, a majority of contemporary Americans prefer darkness to light:
"No nation has turned away from so much light in order to choose darkness. No nation has squandered as many opportunities as we have. We can only call on God for mercy, and if it pleases Him He will come to our aid....if we humble ourselves, weeping for this nation, God may yet intervene and restore decency to this crazed world. Most of all, we should pray that millions would be converted and belong to God forever. People change their minds only when God changes their hearts.” (Erwin W. Lutzer, Where Do We Go From Here?: Hope and Direction in our Present Crisis)
Collin Garbarino, author of "Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are," writes that young conservatives arriving on campus are as morally relative as liberals. While a liberal faculty certainly promotes the idea that “good” is a relative term defined by the individual and the only “bad” is to infringe on another person’s ability to express their own version of “good,” the battle for conservatism was lost long before students ever met their first college professor. In my experience, said Garbarino, freshmen arrive on campus as moral relativists. (The Aquila Report, August 24, 2014)
In other words, it's Christian and Jewish parents who impress their own moral relativism upon their children. Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., reports that polls show that Catholics are as relativistic, both in behavior and in belief, as Protestants. More than half of Evangelicals say they disbelieve in any absolute or unchanging truths, and American Jews are significantly more relativistic and more secular than Gentiles. (A Refutation of Moral Relativism, Peter Kreeft)
What is Truth?
Since the fall, all men and women---like dumb sheep---have obeyed the lusts of the flesh, worshipped the gods of intellectual arrogance and base appetites, and slavishly followed after the prince of the air. Allured by his "enlightened" lies packaged as gleaming nuggets of esoteric truth they have dutifully slouched toward hell.
Truth however, is neither the seductive lies of the devil nor the worldly opinions, fleeting feelings and perverted choices of fallen men and women but rather the Second Person of the Holy Trinity (John 16:6). Jesus is the embodiment of the wisdom of God; He is the eternally unchanging Word of God. John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, hence the Word of the Old Testament's creation account is Jesus Christ of the New Testament (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is the Word. His Word is Truth even as He Himself is Truth, the same today as yesterday and for always. Truth then is Jesus Christ Who teaches, "The truth will make you free."
Truth is fidelity to Jesus Christ, hence Truth is an objective reality meant to be shared by all mankind. But like their father the devil, relativists hate Truth and work to suppress it, and herein lies the psychological violence which is the evil fruit of moral relativism:
"The clue to the mentality of the liar, in his hatred of truth, is his hatred of God. And this hatred of God floods over into hatred of those whom God loves, the innumerable millions for whom his divine Son died." (The Roots of Violence, Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., p. 29)
In "The Poison of Subjectivism," C.S. Lewis warns that moral relativism will end the human race and "damn our souls." Because Lewis was a faithful orthodox Christian he agreed with the fundamental teachings of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophets that salvation presupposes sin (soul sickness) and the need of repentance. The need of repentance logically presupposes an objectively real Moral Law and need of a Savior. It follows that Jesus Christ, our Savior, did not die for our sovereign opinions:
" He did not say that His blood was the blood of the new and everlasting covenant and that it would be shed for you and for all so that opinions may be forgiven; He did not say, "I am a way, a truth, and a life"; He did not say, "Let he who is without opinion cast the first stone"; He did not say to that dark tempter, "It is said, 'Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God,' but hey, Satan, whatever works for you." (2)
In this light we can see that moral relativism will surely damn our souls because just as it suppresses objective truth and reality, so it eliminates Moral Law, thereby trivializing repentance, imperiling salvation and ending the human race, not by flood as in the days of pre-flood relativists, but by fire, reserved for the post-flood world and its "enlightened" relativists.
Lewis sees farther than most, thus he argues that human kind will be ended because the entire human race is becoming increasingly Westernized, thereby relativized. The tragic irony here is that America, which at one time was a fortress of Christian light, is now the primary source of moral relativism (demonic darkness) in the world today. This is because America's collapsing Christian denominations no longer defend Biblical infallibility, objective truth and moral law. And this is why Christians are voting for an unrepentant relativist who has made a liar of Jesus Christ.
Os Guinness comments:
"....it is a point of fact that in many, if not most parts of the Western world, what was still left of the Christian foundations of the West have collapsed or are collapsing. The Christian church is on the defensive everywhere. The Christian faith is derided among the thought leaders of our societies, and now we are told it is being abandoned in droves---even if many of the defectors are not really atheists or even agnostic, but in limbo between the....halfway houses of 'believing without belonging' or still 'belonging without believing.'" (Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, Os Guinness, p. 18)
Guinness sums up the downward spiral of the West under the Judgment of God:
" Western cultural elites have disregarded God for more than two centuries, but for a while the effects were mostly confined to their own circles. At first, they disregarded God. Then they deliberately desecrated Western tradition and lived in ways that would have spelled disaster if they had been followed more closely. But now in the early twenty-first century, their movement from disregard to desecration to decadence is going mainstream, and the United States is only the lead society among those close to the tipping point.... Soon, as the legalization and then normalization of polyamory, polygamy, pedophilia and incest follow the same logic as that of abortion and homosexuality, the socially destructive consequences of these trends will reverberate throughout society until social chaos is beyond recovery. We can only pray there will be a return to God and sanity before the terrible sentence is pronounced: "God has given them over" to the consequences of their own settled choices." (p. 20)
What all of this means is that the rebellion, apostasy, idolatry and moral relativism that has characterized the modern age since its beginning is actually an ominous neon arrow pointing to the Judgment and end ofthe West and America. And when these evils finally prevail throughout the world, then as a thief in the night will come the Day of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:10) and the unrepentant soul-sick human race will meet its' allotted fate:
"Their destruction will overtake them while they dream of happiness, and please themselves with vain amusements. There will be no means to escape the terror or the punishment of that day." However, the Day of the Lord, "will be a happy day to the righteous. They are not in darkness; they are the children of the light. It is the happy condition of all true Christians." (Matthew Henry, commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:2)
The Day of the Lord----when?
As no man can see what lies beyond the horizon no one can say when the Day of the Lord will be. So in the light of all of this bad news what are faithful Christians to do? For one thing, said Guinness, we can recognize that the faithful and orthodox in each tradition, whether Eastern or Roman Catholic and Protestant are actually closer to Jesus and each other than to the liberal relativist revisionists in their own traditions. In other words, a remnant according to the election of grace is slowly but surely emerging from the wreckage. (Roman 11:5)
Though the final factor in the future is unknown it is sure because we can trust that our Lord will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Therefore, as faithful and orthodox believers we can and must repent of our sins, trust in God, stand on His Truth, edify and comfort the saints and proclaim His gospel. We are to be busy about the Father's business in making disciples and seeing the power of the gospel transform lives. We must trust in God and His gospel and challenge the darkness with the only hope there is---the hope brought into being through the presence of the promised Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2-25); the future hope of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6); the redemption of the body and of the whole creation (Romans 8:23-25), the return of Christ (Titus 2:11-14) and eternal life and the inheritance of the saints (Titus 3:5-7).
(1) The Problems with Moral Relativism, Robin Schumacher, Christian Post, 9/23/12
(2) Moral Relativism, Ligonier.org
(3) American Christians and Moral Relativism, Selwyn Duke, American Thinker, Feb. 2010