Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6.
Ever since Ancient Greece, relativism (the view that truth is different for each individual, social group, or historic period), has existed in our world and thanks to philosophers throughout time such as John Locke and David Hume, it is now an important idea in the Modern Era. It was because of relativism that the Enlightenment movement (encouraged people to value logic and reason more than just taking things at face value or accepting them by faith) grew and became
popular in Europe. Because of the Enlightenment, the Great Awakening was born. During the Great Awakening, great Godly men and leaders such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield emerged and preached the Gospel to thousands whom had become more occupied with matters of the world than that of God’s Kingdom.
Due to their devotion to Christ and His Kingdom, many where saved, church attendance increased, Christians from all denominations united in the cause of the Gospel, many were called into vocational Christian ministry, and there was a renewed concern with missions as work among the Native Americans increased. Then once again, relativism became the norm in the US in the 1800’s as people became more interested in the Industrial Revolution, westward expansion, and the culture around them instead of the church and worship. Out of this was born the Second Great Awakening. Like the First Great Awakening, God rose up great leaders and heroes of the faith, such as Charles Finney, to preach the Gospel and challenge the Church to reform the culture. Again God worked through His servants as many people were saved, Christian schools and small groups rapidly increased, and reform movements to address injustices and alleviate suffering were established.
Now relativism, in the form of postmodernism, pluralism, cultural relativism, and moral relativism, is once again taking over our culture and way of life by stating that there is no absolute truth and no universal right and wrong. God is being discarded daily and His children called bigots and haters because we know that truth is absolute and that Jesus is the only way into Heaven. We love the people around us and serve them on a daily basis, but are hated by those exact people for our unwavering commitment to Christ. The early Christians understood that absolute truth is worth fighting for. Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and their contemporaries had a notion that sounds extreme to many today. They felt truth was not only absolute but was even worth dying for.
History is repeating itself and now the Church must, as before, rise up to pray for another Great Awakening and also to change the culture around us instead for allowing the culture to change us. God is raising great leaders around us to lead the charge and we must heed the call that God is proclaiming through them. Relativism is entering the Church and is being used by Satan to achieve his goal of crippling Christ’s body on earth. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. He is absolute truth. The Church must stand firm on absolute truth and proclaim it loudly and often.
Rev. Ryan Dupree