Heeding A Call to Obedience & Submitting to God's truth:
We live in an age of relative truth. According to a 2002 Barna survey, only a minority of believing adults (44%) and an even smaller percentage of believing teenagers (9%) are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth.
Unfortunately, relative truth is polluting the disciple-making efforts of our local churches. In the same survey, George Barna found large proportions of the lay leaders in Christian churches holding a wide range of unbiblical religious views regarding the holiness of Christ, the reality of Satan, the existence of the Holy Spirit, the reality of the resurrection, and the means to salvation.
Jesus stated: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Disciples and disciple-makers must have a firm grasp on the "truth" to which Jesus holds claim:
- Absolute truth is the mind of God revealed in His Holy Word.
- Truth is the mind of God revealed in the obedient life of His son Jesus Christ.
- Truth is the mind of God revealed by the spirit of truth who is the Holy Spirit.
- Truth is the mind of God reflected in the life of an obedient Christian.
As Jesus' followers, we can only prove the absolute truth of Jesus and his one-and-only way to God by our obedience. Jesus was very clear about this: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35)
Click here for a list of Jesus' instructions in righteous obedience.