"Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy." - John Trapp

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

QT: Truth Wars

The following is from the booklet/program for the DG'06 conference. It is a quote from Voddie Baucham who spoke on the supremacy of Christ and the truth (see bottom for reference).
Truth is under attack in modern American culture. Rare is the person who believes that there are facts that correspond with reality (truths) and that those facts are true for all people in all places and at all times. Common, however, is the man or woman who believes that all religions are the same (religious relativism), that tolerance is the ultimate virtue, and that there is no absolute truth (philosophical pluralism).

Innocuous as these beliefs may seem, they are dangerous. They lead down a path filled with peril. If all religions are the same, then no religion is true. Moreover, if we believe there are no absolute truths, and all truths are equally valid, this will ultimately lead us to nihilism wherein all ideas lose their value. Ultimately, the only thing that will matter is who has sufficient power to exercise his or her will.

Much of this capitulation to secular culture's demands stems from the fact that over the years Christianity in America has been more American than Christian. I am not speaking of a decline in morality here, though there is ample evidence that the lack of Biblical morality in the modern American church has hampered our ability to communicate the gospel to our culture in a winsome and effective manner. I am talking about something deeper, something more fundemental. I am talking about one's worldview. The fact is that what we believe determines how we behave. My goal is not to tell Christians what to do but to challenge what we believe. Currently, much of what we believe is shaped by our culture, and, unfortunately, much of what our culture believes on a fundemental level is diametrically opposed to biblical truth.

from "Who Are These Untrained Men" in The Ever-Loving Truth.


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