Hebrews 3:12–13 12Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
“Moral Relativism (or Ethical Relativism) is the position that moral or ethical propositions do not reflect objective and/or universal moral truths, but instead make claims relative to social, cultural, historical or personal circumstances” (definition from The Basics of Philosophy). Many followers of Jesus believe that there are objective and universal moral truths and that the truths of Scripture provide an objective and universal standard. So, Bible-believing Christians do not accept that truth is individually malleable by social, cultural, historical or circumstantial pressures.
Are there any practical implications for followers of Jesus who do not believe in moral relativism, but understand that biblical truth is authoritative as the final rule of faith and practice? Does the Bible provide universal standards of belief and behavior that Christians are responsible to both know and apply? Does the local church provide an array of forums for the truth to be proclaimed and for the application of the truth to be encouraged?
According to the passage above, Christians are to be mutually concerned about, not only believing the truth but also living the truth. Brothers and sisters in local churches are to be on the lookout for any other brother or sister in the church who may be living life in any manner that is contrary to the objective standard of biblical truth. These verses indicate openness and closeness with fellow believers that shows consistent care and admonition. The reason this is important is that the longer someone departs from the truth in belief and practice, the more calloused his or her heart becomes to necessary correction. The local church is an assembly where the action of restoration repeatedly takes place!
Taking biblical truth to heart requires every member of the church to have noticeable expressions of humble openness and discernable loving concern toward others regarding their walk in truth and righteousness. We are not only to attend church and attend small groups meetings. We are to come together with the intention of being individually vulnerable and honest, and being corporately attentive and caring about the way truth is honored by others. For the church to be the church, guarded and disinterested attendance is unacceptable.
If this is not the type of care you have when you attend church, you are not in line with biblical truth. Ask God to forgive your privacy and insensitivity and to give you a heart filled with love for God, His truth, and His people. We need biblical openness in the church!