hen Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
DAILY DEVOTION, June 22, 2022
Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
I believe in the church because the church proclaims absolute truth in this relativistic age in which we live. Allan Bloom, in his book The Closing of the American Mind, writes: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.”
Do you grasp what this intellectual environment means for us as Christians? We must either deny the basic truths of our faith and agree that religion is a matter of opinion, or we are enemies of society. I am one of those dangerous people who does not accept the relativity and openness of today’s society. I am glad there are still some churches around that are not afraid to go against the grain of modern society and declare, “Thus saith the Lord.”
The God of the Bible is a God who loves us, and in His love tells us precisely what will please Him, and what will provoke His wrath. Since I believe the God of the Bible is the only God who exists, I appreciate the fact that there are still churches around who proclaim the absolute truth of God — and who do so without compromise. I believe in the church.
Father, I thank you that You have spoken absolute truth to us. Help me to hold tightly to Your Word in this age of relativism. Thank You for loving me and forgiving me through Your Son, in whose name, I pray. Amen.