The Problem of Relativism




Romans 1:21–22 (ESV)
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,”

While many inside and outside the church argue for a revised interpretation of Scripture to better suit their lifestyle, God’s Word remains unchanging and is consistent from Genesis to Revelation. When Paul approaches the sexual immoral practices of homosexuality in Romans 1:26-27, he is confirming such practices, along with the other products of a debased mind listed in Romans 1:28-31, will result in the judgment of God upon those who refuse to acknowledge His lordship over their lives.

Some are good at suppressing the Truth when it attempts to bind them accountable to Him—in fact, they go beyond suppressing to re-interpreting where necessary. For instance, those who are in favor of homosexuality take Scripture such as Leviticus out of context, believing that since we no longer offer bull sacrifices (Leviticus 1:3-9), we should abandon all of Leviticus, including the prohibition of homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22), because it was only relevant to a group of Jews centuries ago.

But in doing so, those who attempt this fail to distinguish between ceremonial law and moral law. They fail to recognize that while sacrifice is no longer required because of the Perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:1-18), God's moral laws do not change. Agreed, the entirety of Leviticus is not applicable today, neither is all of it inapplicable. We must allow the Bible to interpret itself. Where God has repealed laws in other Scripture (such as unclean foods in Mark 7:19), they no longer apply, but where God has not made such a repeal, they stand applicable.

Paul has made the case not only against homosexuality, but other forms of sexual immorality, as practices that God still considers an abomination (c.f. Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-10).

Thus, we cannot pick and choose Scripture authoritatively. You either stand on the entire Bible as God’s Word or you don’t. You cannot say, “God says this…” in Leviticus but “He did not say that in Romans”.

In the end, God requires that our practices align themselves with what He desires. God nowhere and in no way allows for homosexuality. But the one who repents and turns to Him, though the battle will be intense, will not be forsaken. God promises great blessing to those who forsake a life of sin in order to seek His face (Isaiah 55:6–9). The Bible tells us that He is abounding in compassion and slow to anger, though He is at the same time a consuming fire, jealous for His glory (Exodus 34:6–7; Deuteronomy 4:24; Psalm 103:8–14; 145:8–21; Nahum 1:2–8; Hebrews 12:29).

To stand on God’s Word against homosexuality does not make one homophobic. To judge or condemn one who practices homosexuality is wrong, however. We should rebuke in love with a goal of reconciliation, not alienation. “Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:5–6).

Never fear faithfulness to God’s Word.





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