One of the characters in Lanterns on the Levee, a popular novel that was once on the best-seller lists, asks a minister why so many good church members are rascals six days a week. The minister's reply is that it is because they have been born again! They are sure of salvation, so they can do anything they want to do. Such doctrine, needless to say, is far from the Biblical truth. Paul answered that same charge, for it was being made as long ago as his time. "What then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!" (Rom. 6:1), and he answers, "How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?"
Another thing the doctrine of revelation will mean for us is that we will not back down or compromise on moral issues. You know how it is, whenever you speak out against some particularly bad act. People are likely to attack you personally, saying things like, "You'd do the same thing if you were in her situation" or "Do you...