“Attend the Church of Your Choice”
There used to be a fairly common billboard in the U.S. that encouraged us to join the church of our “choice.” The mindset of many religious or “spiritual” people today is that it really doesn’t matter what you believe because “all roads lead to Rome.”
This way of thinking in American society has resulted in more than 30,000 Christian denominations with different names, different organizational structures, different forms of worship, different ways to be saved, different rules for church membership, and different ideas regarding the mission of the church.
“Doctrine Doesn’t Matter”
The proliferation of denominationalism among those affirming to follow Christ has, undoubtedly, contributed to the idea that truth is relative. “Doctrine doesn’t matter. The important thing is to believe in Christ,” we are told by many in Christendom. That has eventually morphed into the idea that everyone has “his/her truth.”
This mindset abounds to such an extent in our pluralistic society that now we are told that it is no longer necessary to believe in Christ in order to be right with God. “All of the world’s different religions are teaching the truth,” they insist, regardless of the fact that they contradict one another and despite Jesus’ clear statement that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). There is no way to reconcile this statement with today’s relative-truth mindset. Either Jesus was delusional, a compulsive liar, or He was telling the truth.
Truth Takes a Back Seat
The relative-truth mindset has become so pervasive in American society that scientific fact (truth) is disregarded in favor of what one feels to be true. Whether or not it contradicts reality is not important.
As an example, some are now telling us that babies should be regarded as “theybies.” It is argued that parents should consider their newborns as “gender neutral” until they are able to decide their gender for themselves. Proponents affirm that babies are able to come to this conclusion when they are just —are you ready?— four years old. In this scenario, we have a four-year-old child telling adults what “their truth” is and adults accepting it without question. It doesn’t matter what their physical bodies indicate with respect to sexuality; what’s important is what they feel their gender is. It doesn’t matter that every cell of their DNA is screaming that they are either male or female.
In the midst of the confusing times in which we live, the desire of my heart for myself and for others can be expressed by a few lines of a hymn written by Clara Scott (1841-97):
Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Jesus says that this “wonderful key” is His word. “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).