A Position Paper Urging the Value of Biblical Preaching to Diagnose as well as Cure Moral Relativism
Moral relativism — the defining of morality from a standpoint outside of the Holy Bible — is a spiritual disease harmful to all people that must be cured by biblical preaching because biblical preaching uniquely and effectively produces true humility; unrestricted joy; and lasting liberty. In other words, only biblical preaching can answer all of the empty promises and pretenses of moral relativism.
Moral relativism must be cured by biblical preaching because biblical preaching uniquely and effectively produces true humility. Moral relativism claims to be humble, God-exalting, and people serving; but it really produces a judgmental attitude toward others (Luke 18:11). Conversely, biblical preaching humbly submits to God and makes its appeal from the vantage point that all genuine morality is a gift from a divine king who has given Himself, so that apart from Him, one can do nothing (Judg 21:25; Matt 5:1–48; John 15:5; Jas 2:8).
Moral relativism must be cured by biblical preaching because biblical preaching uniquely and effectively produces unrestricted joy. Relativistic teachers dedicate themselves to falsehood, but they can never deliver the joy-inducing peace they proclaim (Jer 6:13–19). However, even when biblical preaching takes place under selfish motives it cannot restrict the joy that comes to genuine believers who accept Jesus Christ and go on to preach in view of suffering (Philip 1:18; Ezek 2:4–5; 2 Tim 2:9; 4:1–5).
Moral relativism must be cured by biblical preaching because biblical preaching uniquely and effectively produces lasting liberty. Satan deceptively offers a relativistic viewpoint enslaving people to sin resulting in further deception and ultimate destruction (Gen 3:4; John 8:32–44; Rom 6:23; 2 Thess 2:10; Jas 1:22). Nonetheless, the Word of God understood and expounded, uniquely and effectively provides all that is necessary to liberate people from rising guilt in their consciences and enable them to increasingly live a virtuous life in spite of a sinful world (John 17:17; 18:37–38; Rom 2:15; 2 Tim 3:16–17; Jas 1:25).