Striving for God’s absolute

Larry Sitz - Kedron Church of Christ

Absolute- The underlying unity of spirit and nature, independent of human perception, valuation, and cognition, not dependent on anything else. The whole of reality considered as final and total fact.(Websters Third New International Dictionary)

In our modern society many teach that everything is relative and there are no absolutes. Many entertain the notion there is no right or wrong way, no absolute divine teachings, and one can simply believe and do whatever they choose and all will be fine with God. This is totally contrary to the teachings of the bible, which teaches that God’s word is truth, the one and only absolute truth of all times (John 17:17).

While God did make us in his own image, and we are free moral agents to choose, what we choose can make a huge difference in this life and the one to come. Adam and Eve had the free choice to obey or disobey God’s command to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3). Their wrong choice had truly devastating consequences for all mankind. Since man has freedom of choice, and God does not overpower our will, then we alone are responsible for our actions and ultimately the consequences of such actions.

In I Samuel 15, we read that God commanded king Saul to go against the Amalekites and utterly destroy them and all that they had. God said, slay both men and women, infants and sucklings, ox, camel, sheep, and ass. Saul did as he was told, up to a point, but he spared king Agag, and the best of the sheep, the oxen, and the lambs. Was God pleased that Saul did most of what he said, but placed his own judgment above God’s on the rest? Hardly. God placed his sin of rebellion on the same level with witchcraft, iniquity, and idolatry and rejected Saul and repented that he had made him king. God does not take lightly our even slight deviation from his plan and his commandments. The God of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David is our same God today, for he is unchanging (Mal. 3:6). What he commands us, there are no ifs, ands, or buts, he says what he means and means what he says.

I see many blatantly ignoring God’s commandments. I see many, many churches, when God proclaims there is but one (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4, Col. 1:18, I Cor. 12:20). I see many who claim baptism is not necessary for salvation, even when God commands it (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:37-38, 10:48, Gal. 3:27, Eph. 4:5). I see many who ignore the Lord’s supper, when God commands that we partake of it and gives examples of his church carrying out this very command (Mark 14:22-25, I Cor. 11:22-25, Acts 20:7). I see many playing musical instruments as worship, when God authorizes singing only (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 13:15). I see many who claim we are saved by faith only, yet God proclaims we are justified by works and not faith only, for faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). I see many men being called “father” although Jesus says, call no man father (Matt. 23:9). I see many proclaiming, once saved always saved, when God clearly teaches we can fall and be lost (Gal. 5:4, I Cor. 9:27, 10:12, II Peter 2:20,21). I see many called by many different names, yet God has given us one name, “Christian” (Isaiah 62:2, Acts 11:26, I Peter 4:16).

What many seem to be saying is, “God, this is what we have chosen to give you, just accept it.” I’m afraid God’s ways and thoughts are far above the ways and thoughts of men (Isaiah 55:8-9). God has his reasons for all that he requires of us and does not have to accept anything that he has not specifically authorized. God is our Creator and we must completely surrender to his divine commands, or we could just find ourselves absolutely rejected, like old king Saul, on that great and notable day of judgment.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455

Larry Sitz

Kedron Church of Christ

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