Thousands of golf fans around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief this morning as Tiger Woods stood before family and friends and apologized for his infidelity. I was personally relieved and encouraged to see Tiger humble himself by doing the right thing. His act of humility is a step in the right direction and required a great deal of courage.
Tiger Woods needs veritas et lux – truth and light, as he forges ahead into the future and seeks to rebuild his life and merge onto the road to recovery. However, this road will reach an eventual dead end if he continues to embrace a Buddhist worldview. Buddhism teaches adherence to the so-called Eight Fold Path; essentially self-salvation. But the Bible says our “works of righteousness” are unacceptable to God. “We have all become unclean like one who is unclean, and all our righteousness deeds are like a polluted garment” (Isa. 64:6, ESV).
Tiger has taken an important step in the right direction by admitting his error. Indeed, we have all sinned and broken the law of God (Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9). We are sinners faced with eternal judgment for violating God’s law and failing to glorify him as we ought (Rom. 6:23; 2 Thess. 1:8-9). We are sinners in need of a Savior (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 1:15). Every person must confess their sin and their need of Christ (Acts 16:31) and receive the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9).
Tiger Woods needs veritas et lux – and the only way to truth and light is to embrace the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ – the One who came as a Lamb and who will return as a Lion. He is the truth (John 14:6, 18:37) and the light (John 1:1-5), the Son of God who died to set sinners free. Forgiveness is not found through “self-atonement” or “self-salvation.” Forgiveness is not found in confessing ones sins to a priest. Real forgiveness is found as one places faith in the Lion who stood in the place of sinners (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3, ESV).
Christians everywhere should pray for Tiger Woods; for a restored marriage, a restored family, a restored personal life and for salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.