7. A False Self-Determining Value System

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” 

(Genesis 3:5)

A. Relativism - Situational Ethics

Opinion based values, morality, standards, priorities, etc.

B. Accountability Factor

New Age public education programs like VALUES CLARIFICATION. “Decide what’s right for you!” Values are not to be imposed from without. Not God, the Bible, your parents, society, or the government. Values must be subjectively discovered from within.

C. No Absolute Truth or Values

What was right is now wrong, what was wrong is now right.

D. Doctrinal Ambiguity

Truth changes - it means something different now.


Examples of Self-Determining Value Systems:

JW’s

Do not observe religious or secular holidays. Do not vote, salute the flag, work in the military, or accept blood transfusions. Charles Taze Russell was once arrested and convicted of running a “Magic Wheat” scam to raise money. Their beliefs have changed many times, “We are more enlightened now.”


SCIENTOLOGY

It is reported that church leaders have had indictments and / or convictions for burglary, wiretapping, conspiracy, and other felonies.


ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Only the Pope has the authority to change doctrine.