Is Revealed Truth Adaptable?
May 22, 2014
Revealed truth is not adaptable to the preferences of culture or the demands of the elites.
God has revealed what He has chosen about Himself, His plan, and His standards. He is not looking for human approval or a favorable editorial in a secular publication.
Quite the contrary: Of the nations of the earth, David writes, "But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You hold all the nations in derision" (Psalm 58:8).
Here is what Isaiah says God thinks of human endorsement of Who He is and What He declares:
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are accounted as the dust on the scales;
Behold, He takes up the coastlands like fine dust ...
All the nations are as nothing before Him,
They are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness ...
(He) brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. (Isaiah 40:15, 17, 23)
This truth is not "adaptable." It does not conform itself to the spirit of the age and the expressions of that spirit in opinion polls or the arguments of the self-anointed.
None of the Bible's truths are malleable. We accept and submit to them or find ourselves under God's judgment.
Sound harsh? Take it up with Jesus: "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). He loves us immeasurably, which is why He became "sin for us" on the cross, taking the eternal punishment we deserve on our behalf (II Corinthians 5:21). He also is imponderably holy, and His standards of right and wrong are not defined by democratic consensus.
When the Left calls on Christians to accommodate to evil, whether related to human sexuality, marriage, the destruction of unborn human life, the commodification of women, conscience-violating federal law or whatever else, faithful believers will graciously but firmly say "no." For this immovable stand, we invariably will face difficult if not painful consequences.
Jesus did. He told His disciples that "no servant is greater than His master" (John 13:16), and He was crucified. The path of discipleship is the way of the cross, whether that means the loss of social position, professional attainment, family approval, or physical persecution, even death. In the power of God's Spirit, Christians need to get ready.
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council
P.S. Do chastity and marriage still matter? Be sure to read the latest from Dr. Pat Fagan, head of FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute, on "Chastity, Monogamy, and Later Divorce."
Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
- "A Mother's Womb: The Most Dangerous Place In The World For A Baby With Down Syndrome," Noah's Dad
- "Marco Rubio: That Life Begins at Conception is 'Settled Science'," The Christian Post
- "Abortion, Slavery, and Constitutional Meaning," The Public Discourse
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- "Prenatal Testing and Abortion," Crisis Magazine
Euthanasia/End of Life Issues
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- "Why would a euthanasia practitioner tour Auschwitz?," MercatorNet
Stem Cells and Biotechnology
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- "Stem Cells Help Herpes Kill Brain Tumors," Nature World News
- "First test of pluripotent stem cell therapy in monkeys is a success," Phys.org
Marriage & Family
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- "Common Core: Obamacare for Education," The American Spectator
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- "How the student loan debt bubble hurts the poor," Hot Air
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- "The Trauma of Abuse and the Blessing of Repentance," The Gospel Coalition
Homosexuality and Same-Sex "Marriage"
- "Premature Talk of Surrender on Same-Sex Marriage," The Public Discourse
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- "On Gay Adoption, S.E. Cupp is Out to Lunch," The American Thinker
- "'Pornland' Author: Pornography Is a 'Public Health Crisis'," The Christian Post
- "Coalition highlights harms of pornography," The Washington Times
- "The Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn (From Former Porn Actress)," CBN
- "Five Anti-Trafficking Bills Pass the House," Family Research Council
- "Tangled Immigration Laws Impede Help For Trafficking Victims," The Acton Institute
- "Sold into sex slavery: Lawmakers work to end underground sex trafficking," CNN
- "Religious freedom is a fundamental human right," National Catholic Reporter
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Religion in Public Life
- "The Devil Went Down to Harvard," The Public Discourse
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- ""Heaven is for Real" and the Gospel of Life," The Center for Vision and Values
International Religious Liberty
- "The 8 worst places in the world to be religious," CNN
- "Sudan judge sentences Christian woman to death," Sydney Morning Herald
- "Religious Persecution: Our Silence is Deafening," The Christian Post
Other important articles
- "The Good of Government," First Things
- "Who Owns America?," The American Conservative
- "When Judges Talk to Politicians," The Library of Law and Liberty