Many times on my life’s journey I run into people at church and other places that would say to me, “my sister or someone close to me belongs to the Mormon Church or is a Jehovah Witness. I believe we pray to the same God and that accepting Jesus isn’t the only way to heaven. My loved one is leading a good life and that is what counts.”
I am sure this happens to many of us and we don’t know how to react for fear they will be upset, or that they will think we are arrogant. Instead of stating John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me,” we say nothing. This is straightforward but people would like to believe otherwise. But to my surprise, according to a survey a high percentage of Evangelicals believe there is more than one-way to heaven.
The world is changing with so many new and dangerous ideas including New Age thought, which states there is no need for a savior because there is no sin. We can all be gods. Some churchgoers believe that ceremonies, sacraments, keeping ordinances and good works will bring them salvation.
Jack Van Impe states in his writings, “Salvation is not found in man-made ceremonies. Neither is it earned through ordinances or religious sacraments. Instead, Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). Still, multitudes believe the pursuance of good works or the following of a prescribed code of ethics automatically earns them the guarantee of eternal life. Others talk about the benefits of the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount, or the observance of the Decalogue-God's Ten Commandments-as the way to prepare one's soul for heaven. Although such ideals should be part of a believer's life, they are a result of salvation, not a means of achieving it.”
“Ephesians 2:10 states, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.... In other words, good works accompany salvation because Christ, who lives within the believer, is doing the work in him. Thus, we see that it is because one is saved that he works. He does not work in order to become saved. Too often, however, mankind puts the cart before the horse and attempts to reverse the gears of God's program. The result is humans trying to do that which only Almighty God can do. The end is frustration, false doctrine, and eternal damnation. Man plays no part in obtaining salvation. It is all of God. Titus 3:5 declares, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”
As we come nearer to meeting our Savior the warning is clear and backed up by the Bible, the inerrant word of God, that many will be fooled into believing in false gods and false doctrines. Many will believe the lies of Satan and his demons and depart from the truth.
How do we keep ourselves vigilant and aware of truth you might ask? The only way is to accept Jesus as your personal savior and listen to the still small voice and study the Bible–this will keep you from believing lies. He strengthens and keeps us on the right track. Ask the Lord to lead you into all truth and He will.
In the United States and other countries around the world people now seek secularism, pushing God out of our government and schools. We are now seeing the results of this–death and a government where liberal judges want to change the Constitution to fit into modern day wishes and beliefs.
Each of us as a true believer can help others to find the truth. We should be steadfast in our faith and willing to be “fools for Christ.” Be watchful, listen and attune ourselves to God.
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I had an experience several years ago when a co-worker said to me "there is more than one way to get to heaven"....I shared the scripture that Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, the life, no man comes to the Father except by me"....she still was not convinced so I asked her if she was willing to wait until she died to prove who is correct?....very soon after that she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. PRAISE GOD!!! We must give them something to think about.