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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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SHAKY FOUNDATIONS

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 ESV)

Samuel A CainSound moral character and right living are built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and His righteousness. Without faith, the ungodly are undone. They have no God to comfort them; no God to trust in; no God to forgive them; no absolute truth to rely on; no eternal moral standard, and no hope for heaven. Every man simply does as he pleases and finds no pleasure in the end. (Judges 21:25)

The foundation of morality begins with the character of God. God has created us as moral beings who are to live in relationship with Him. This requires us to exhibit the moral character found in Jesus Christ. A moral Christian character is the consequence of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the true believer will manifest Jesus in his actions. A strong character is proven by a diligent devotion to the moral values advocated. Continue reading

DESIRING TRUTH

absolute-truth“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160 ESV)

Postmodern culture is made up of many who believe that there is no truth to absolutely define reality. People believe that everything is relative to something else, and thus there can be no “one truth”. This leads many to think that moral absolutes do not exist and there is no real moral authority to declare what is good and bad. Their ethics become “situational”, therefore, right and wrong are relative to their circumstances. This inevitably leads to believing anything that feels good or seems right, at the time, is right in those circumstances.

Higher education has bowed its knee to the religion of personal pragmatic relativism. These institutions have encouraged our youth to adopt the attitude that, “Whatever seems to work for me is my truth.” Have they forgotten truth’s very definition: “The property of being in accord with fact or reality”? In other words, truth must correspond exactly to existence. The world has forgotten that truth does not change with the winds of public opinion. According to Winston Churchill:

“The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it.  Ignorance may deride it.  But in the end, there it is.”

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