The True Basis for Ethics and Morality

The ultimate basis of morality is the character and the will of God. Liberal theology has not only forsaken the biblical basis of morality but they have repudiated the God of the Scriptures, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….

The God of the Scriptures whom Jesus acknowledged as His Father is the object of all true religion and the basis of true ethics. His holiness which never changes is the unchanging basis of morality and the supremely valid standard for all morality and ethics. “The Lord hath sworn by His holiness” (Amos 4:2). Holiness is an essential attribute of God; it is His nature and essence. All other standards of morality suffer from the sinfulness or the finite character of those who create them or interpret them. God’s character is holy and His will is always in harmony with His character.

The holy God places man under Himself and under moral obligation to Himself his Creator and God. “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8). The Bible from Genesis to Revelation insists that human ethics must be judged by the moral requirements of the holy God. The standards by which the prophets judged was not an ethical code, nor any moralistic appraisal of the given circumstances. Their standard was what God had revealed to them of His nature, character and will for men. It was because they were so passionately religious that they were so deeply ethical. The ethics of the prophets were theologically sound and properly related to both God and man. The nature and will of the holy God as set forth in the Scriptures is the ultimate basis of morality.

— Dr. Chester E. Tulga, from The Doctrine of Right and Wrong in These Times (1954)