CHRIST & THE CULTURE, Part 3 (The Authority of God’s Word in a World of Opinion)

Concluding our look at the authority of God’s Word in a world filled with fallen man’s opinions, here are the final 3 reasons why God’s Word trumps all “so-called” authorities this world offers.

 

Reason #4: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Defines Reality

The Scripture is clear, only God’s Word defines what truth is. Truth, for it to be truly true, must conform to the standard of God’s Word.

Psalm 119:160 – “160 The sum of Your word is truth.”

Psalm 119:142 “142 Your law is truth.”

Psalm 119:151 – “151 Your commandments are truth.”

In the words of Jesus, “17 Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

And the word choice is absolutely essential to grasp.

Notice, in each of the above passages, we do not read that God’s word is true. Though that would be an accurate statement—to say that God’s word is true. But, that is not what the above Scriptures state. Rather, the Bible says that it is truth.

What’s the difference?

Well, if God’s Word was simply true (using an adjective) that would mean that God’s Word had to conform to some other standard of truth. It would be true because it agreed with a standard of truth outside of itself.

But, to say that God’s Word is truth (using a noun) is to say that God’s Word is the standard of truth and anything that is deemed “true” must conform to it.

Only God’s Word defines what truly is.

It is the ultimate Truth in the milieu of small “t” truths.

Perception is not reality. Common consensus does not establish reality. Man’s opinion does not determine reality. The latest polls are worthless. Personal viewpoints are inconsequential. Individual preferences mean nothing. Human philosophies are irrelevant.

Only God’s Word defines what truly is. It is the objective standard, the universal absolute with which anything that wishes to be considered true must conform.

The 4th reason God’s Word is the sole authority that transcends all other authorities—It Alone Defines Reality.

 

 Reason #5: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Promises to Keep Us From Sin

God’s Word promises to never lead us astray. It promises that through obedience to it, you will produce fruit for His glory.

Man’s opinion not only shifts, but also leads to futility. Not so with God’s Word.

Psalm 1:1-3 – “1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Psalm 119:9 – “9 How can a young man keep his way pure?” How can we remain pure in the midst of a morally perverse world? How can we rise above the fray of a culture that is spiraling downward into depravity at break-neck speed? Here’s the answer – “9 By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9).

Psalm 119:11 – “11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:33 – “104 Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.”

Psalm 119:105 – “105 Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

God’s Word trumps all cultural opinions – because it alone promises to keep us from sin.

 

Reason #6: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Will Be the Standard of All Future Judgment

At the end of your life, please understand: you will not be judged by your neighbor. You will not answer to the US Supreme Court. You will not give an account of your life to the 21st sociologists. No, there will be only one before whom you will stand and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. And His final judgment will be based upon His authoritative Word.

For the unbeliever, Jesus’ warnings must be heeded, “26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:26-27):

In John 12, Jesus issued a similar warning, “48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day” (John 12:48):

To reject the Scriptures is to reject the Savior—and thus be rejected by the Savior.

And for the believer, this same principle applies. Future judgment, not a judgment of punishment but a judgment of rewards, will be based upon his submission to God’s Word.

Isaiah 66:2 – “2 But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

2 Timothy 3:16-4:2 – “16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”

For the preacher, his future reward will be based upon his faithfulness to proclaim God’s breathed out word in all of its fullness. And for the hearer, his reward is based upon his faithfulness to conform his life to God’s breathed out Word in all of its fullness.

The 6th Reason Scripture is the sole authority that transcends all other authorities—Because it alone will be the standard of all guture judgment.

In a world and culture where opinions reign, and sin dominates, and pressure to conform is strong, where truth has become individualistic—How are we to live as believers?

We are to come under the authority of God’s truth, and cherish His Lordship, and in faith believe Him, and obey Him.

This is where the Christian’s life within this world begins. This is the 1st step in navigating through the cultural issues of the day—accepting the authority of God’s Word over every area of our life.